Based on an inter-sectoral approach, the objectives of the Interfaith Institute are defined as follows:
Additionally, Alba participates as an independent expert in research, monitoring & evaluation and advocacy projects for several international donors and organizations such as WBF/OSFA/ FES/ BIRN etc. Alba Cela holds a B.A in Political Science/ International relations from the American University in Bulgaria as well as an M. A in Nationalism Studies from the Central European University . She has been a recipient of the prestigious John Gunn scholarship at the University of Washington and Lee in Virginia. Alba’s main areas of research are: democratization, political parties, national identity and European integration.
Arben Ramkaj is an expert on security and religious issues. In 2005, he completed his theological studies at the University of Kuwait. In 2011, Arben completed his Master studies at the International University of Struga, and in 2017 his doctoral studies at the same university, in the field of international relations. Arben is one of the key actors in civil society, contributing to the development of interfaith dialogue and increasing cooperation between communities. At the same time, Arben is the initiator for the establishment of national and international institutions who support inter- religious dialogue inside and outside Albania. ;...From 2007 onwards Arben is: – The founder and board member of the Inter-Religious Institute of Albania (since 2020) – The executive Director of the Institute of Interreligious Studies (since 2020); – The president of the Inter-Religious Center of Elbasan (since 2017); – The founder of the European Muslim League (since 2011); – The representative of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace for the Balkan countries (since 2018); – The member of the Security Council in the Municipality of Elbasan (since 2017); – The member of the High Council of Theologians (since 2015); – The member of the General Council of the Muslim Community (since 2007). Some of his research work includes: – Religious radicalism and violet extremism in Albania – Institute for Democracy and Mediation – Vlerësimi i rreziqeve për sigurine kombëtare/aftësia e shtetit dhe shoqërisë për të reaguar; Lindja e një ndikimi të ri radikal dhe ekstremizmi fetar në Shqipëri- Instituti i Studimeve Ndërkombëtare, Tiranë 2015. – Strengthening religious education should be at the core of anti-radicalization efforts.
While integrating the security with the DevOps approach has always been of high demand, this requires a completely different range of processes and tools. DevOps is already known to boast of an agile development methodology. Now when the inputs of the security experts I’ll be brought in a collaborative environment, the project will have an array of effective security safeguards.
from the Albanian and international interfaith network.
Muslim, Bektashi, Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, etc.
and universities in Europe and around the world.
involved in interfaith activities at the local level
in particular collaboration with schools and universities
at local, regional and national level.
and several other communication channels
The Interfaith Institute is established as a non-governmental and non-profit organization with headquarters and office in Tirana.
The office is headed by an executive director who is primarily responsible for strategic business development, human resource management, fundraising and financial management. Two managers have been hired to develop the two main areas of business, which at a later stage, will lead two organizational departments:
a) Research Department, and
b) Project Department for Interfaith Dialogue.
With its expertise, the research department supports the development of the strategic project at the grassroots level and builds innovative methodologies for interfaith dialogue. All three areas of business also cover awareness raising and PR, as well as advocacy in the area of their activities.