Etjen Xhafaj

Deputy Minister

Etjen  Xhafaj


Birthdate: April 6, 1982, Vlora, Albania
Nationality: Albanian
MOBILE: +355 69 40 14477

July 2016 – June 2017   Director of the Minister’s Cabinet, Albanian Ministry of Finance

June 2015 – June 2016  Research Fellow with the Center for International Development at Harvard Kennedy School of Government (while studying for an MPA).

September 2013 – July 2015 Director of the Minister’s Cabinet, Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Entrepreneurship

March 2006 – October 2013 Albanian Daily News Columnist (Politics, Economics and Current Events)

September 2005 – February 2008
Financial Services Volunteer Corps (USAID Program Officer:

• Project proposal and all implementation phases of projects on technical assistance to the Albanian financial sector.
• Fund management according to the grant’s four year plan;
• Official contact point for Albanian institutions;
• Co-founder of the Albanian Actuarial Association of Albania.


2013 Co writer of the study on the development of the Albanian democracy over the Transition period, in collaboration with the National Democracy Institute and representatives from left wing parties from Eastern Europe.

2012 Translator of the official records of the Foreign Office on the 1912-1914 period, between the creation of the Albanian State and the start of WWI, on Albania and the Albanian issues. Published by Prof. Valentina Duka under the title “Albania and Albanians in the British official documents” “Shqipëria dhe shqiptarët në dokumentet britanike” (tetor 1913 - dhjetor 1913) , by Toena publishing.

2011 Prepared and published together with the Agenda Institute and the Olof Palme International Center, the study: “SWOT analysis on the sustainable development of Vlora.”

2009 Translator and Editor of “Canonic Text in Media Research” for the Albanian Media Institute.

2005 – and onwards

 Translator of text, legislation and studies for a variety of public and private institutions, both national and foreign, such as the OSBE, the World Bank, IMF etc. Member of several working groups that have drafted and prepared studies and publications on policy, economics, development, employment and other issues.


2015 – 2016  Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.

2014  Executive Education, “Leading Economic Growth,” at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  

2001 – 2004   B.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations and in International Economics from Schiller International University, Paris, France.  

1999-2001 Associate Degree on International Relations from the Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, USA.


Albanian – Mother tongue
English – Excellent
Italian – Excellent
French – Moderate
Spanish – Beginner