Gjermeni, Dr. Eglantina

Distinguished Professor of Leadership
John Wesley School of Leadership
DSW, University of Tirana 2005
MSW, Grand Valley State University 1998
Postgraduate Program in Social Work, University of Tirana 1994
BA in History, University of Tirana 1990


Dr. Gjermeni is a member of the Albanian Parliament, and leads the Subcommittee on Gender Equality and Prevention of Violence against Women. Also, she is a member of the Albanian Delegation at the Council of Europe Assembly, and she is elected as Chair of the Subcommittee on Gender Equality,

Dr. Gjermeni was elected for the first time as member of Albanian Parliament in 2009, representing Socialist Party. In 2013, she was appointed as Minister of Urban Development of Albania, a position she held till 2017.

As a minister and as legislator, Dr. Gjermeni has been very committed to advancing women’s rights in Albania, initiating and/or contributing to different laws on social housing, prevention of domestic violence and violence against women,  and other laws as well, contributing towards a gender sensitive legislation.

Besides her engagement in politics, Dr. Gjermeni serves as a Lecturer at the Social Work and Social Policy Department, Faculty of Social Sciences, at the University of Tirana, since 1995. She has been teaching several courses as well as, “Gender in Social Work”, “Gender and Media”, “Social Work Supervision”, “Integrated methods in Social Work”. Dr. Gjermeni has published several articles on the topics of women rights, women in decision-making, gender equality, gender mainstreaming, and women’s empowerment.

Prior to entering politics, Ms. Gjermeni for ten years served as the Executive Director of the Gender Alliance for Development Center, an organization that provides training, lobbying and advocacy, research and reports on women/gender issues in Albania.  She has been engaged in different national and regional projects as trainer, consultant or expert.

In April 2017, Dr. Gjermeni was awarded “Distinguished Alumni Award”, by Alumni Association, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Since 2017, she is a member of Steering Committee of Regional Women's Lobby for Peace, Security and Justice in Southeast Europe.

Dr. Gjermeni is a proud mother of two children, Erik and Megi.

Gjermeni, Dr. Eglantina