Faculty of Economy

Faculty of Economy

Assoc. Prof. Vasil Qano
Vice Rector

Vasil Qano has a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Tirana, where he did his preparing phase at Surrey University and Swansea University, UK. He has a BA and MSc degree in Physics from the University of Tirana, Faculty of Natural Sciences. He has broad experience in teaching and leading in higher education, starting from 1971. From 1998 to 2001, Vasil was Director of the Minister’s Office, Ministry of Environment. Vasil has many published research papers and articles on Scientific Reviews and is the author of two books, respectively “Physics for compulsory education and gymnasiums” and “Astronomy for gymnasium.” The subjects he delivers are physics, photonics, mathematics, informatic systems management.

Assoc. Prof. Altin Hoti
Dean of Economy Faculty
Altin Hoti has a PhD in International Economy from the Faculty of Economy, St Petersburg State University. Altin has completed his postdoctoral studies in Development Economics from George Washington University. He holds a second level degree in Economics for foreign relations from St. Petersburg State Technical University. He has more than 12-year teaching experience in higher education institutions in Albania and abroad. Altin delivers subjects such as International Trade and Logistic, Management Information Systems. His research area is Development Economic, International Economy, Economic Relation and he has more than 20 scientific articles published. He has also received a number of reviews and one of them is also a senior researcher from European Union Research Center of Business School, The George Washington University.
Dr. Edmira Cakrani
Vice Dean of Economy Faculty

Edmira Cakrani has a PhD in Economics from the Faculty of Economy, University of Tirana. Edmira has a Second Level Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the Faculty of Economy, University of Tirana, and a 4-year degree in Business Administration where she was an Honor Student from Faculty of Economy, University of Vlora. She has a 17-year teaching experience in higher education institutions and delivers subjects such as Introduction to Economics, Microeconomics, International Economics, Managerial Economics, Statistics, and Calculus. Her research area is Open Economy Macroeconomics, Development Economics, Applied Economics, Behavioral Economics.

Dr. Enriko Ceko
Head of Business Administration & IT Department

Enriko Ceko is a lecturer at CIT, , WBSF Senator, Ambassador of the International Peace Association, Lead Auditor for ISO standards, etc. He has finished bachelor & master studies in Agriculture University Tirana for Agronomy (1989), Economy (1996), Law (Law Faculty, Tirana University 2002), MBA (Linkoln Univesity & FEUT 2000). Doctor of Science in Management (2005, FEUT), trained in Albania, USA, UK, Germany, Israel, Austria, etc) for economic, law, environmental subjects. Besides lecturing, his previous experience is related to the Ministry of Agriculture, British Embassy Tirana, World Bank, NATO / USA Army, local newspapers, etc
Participating in more than 70 international scientific conferences and published around 50 articles in international scientific journals and academic books.

Dr. Eugen Musta
Head of Business Administration Department

Eugen Musta graduated in “International Economic Relations” and specialized in “European Economic Integration” at the “University of National and World Economy” in Sofia, Bulgaria. He holds a Doctorate in Finance and for almost a decade now, he has been engaged as a lecturer in academia. His research work and interests reflected in scientific papers, national and international conferences, cover a range of topics: financial markets and institutions; corporate finance; Islamic finance and banking; public finance; welfare economics; growth and development; political economy, etc. He was a curriculum designer and trainer at ASPA and as a coordinator, trainer, and mentor in many programs supporting young entrepreneurs and the development of the startup ecosystem in Albania.

Assoc. Prof. Reis Mulita
Director of Projects Office and Internationalisation

Reis Mulita, holds a PhD/Doctor of Research from University of Trieste, Italy, a MSc in European Studies from University of Tirana as well as a Master of Second Level in History and Geography from “E.Cabej” University.
Prof. Mulita study and research activity is focused on Sustainable Development, Business Ethics, Circular Economy, Technology and Society. He is author of Sustainable Development courses in Bachelor and MSc.  Prof. Mulita is member of experts group of the innovative courses on “Open Innovation” and “Circular Economy, under Long Life Learning  and Erasmus+ EU programs. He is awarded with Doctoral scholarship from Italian Ministry of F.Affairs, the USAID-NDI Political Management Program and the Brain Gain program, of UNDP. Prof. Mulita, has backgrounds across Ministries of Transport- Public Works, Telecommunication, Labour-Social Affairs and Migration. 

Assoc. Prof. Agim Mamuti

Agim Mamuti has had a various academic and governmental working experience in the past fifteen years. He has taught business courses at all university levels in few business schools of the South-Eastern Europe and Turkey. Prof. Mamuti holds a PhD and MSc degree from the Univerity of “Cyril and Methodius&” in Skopje, and a bachelor degree in finance from “South-Eastern European University” (SEEU). Currently he teaches at CIT the following master courses: Financial Reporting Standards; Advanced Financial Accounting; Advanced Managerial Accounting; and (Advanced) Financial Statements Analysis. He has published four books and more than fifty scientific research papers in international journals and conferences.

Assoc. Prof. Artur Jaupaj

Artur Jaupaj holds a PhD degree in American Studies from Hacettepe University, Turkey. He has been part of our academic staff since 2012. Has various academic working experience at CIT as Senior Lecturer, Director of Corporate Training and Continuing Education, Head of Business Administration and IT Department, and Dean of Faculty of Economy. His research interest span in the field of Education Sciences/ Education Management and Policy; Technology-Based Teaching and Learning; Strategic Human Resource Management (HRM); Leadership: Organizational, Educational, Strategic; Professional and Vocational Training; Higher Education (HE) and Curricula Development; In addition to his native Albanian language, he also speaks English and Turkish (Proficient), Italian (intermediate).

Dr. Jona Puci

Jona Puci leads the Research Center and has been part of CIT since 2015. She graduated in 2010 from the University of Tirana and afterward specialized in Finance and Banking. Over the years, she has been engaged in the private sector giving her expertise as a Financial Reporter among other positions. Her research interest and contribution are reflected in conference participation and articles published in peer-reviewed journals. She holds a Doctorate in Finance from the University of New York Tirana and has been engaged as a lecturer of Finance-related courses. As a senior lecturer in the field of Finance, she contributes toward the development of the finance subject area.

Dr. Blendi Shima
Blendi Shima has a PhD and DBA in Business Administration from SMC Business School and University of Central Nicaragua. His collaborations span across the globe. He is part of various journal editorial boards, locally and internationally, conference proceedings, and articles for scientific journals. In recognition of his work, he was awarded the “Best Researcher” award for the conference paper “Sustainable Development by Means of Community-Centered Business Practices: The Tourism Industry in Context” at the 11th International Scientific Conference of Business Faculty, “Aleksander Moisiu” University. He also was a winner of the “New Central Europe I” Research Scholarship Program, granted by the EU and Hungary and coo financed by the European Social Fund.
Prof. Dr. Shkëlqim Cani
Shkelqim Cani is a “Professor of Economic Sciences” since 2003 for distinguished Academic Activity and Contributions to Scientific Studies in Economics from University of Tirana. He also has a PhD for Specialized Studies in Banking. Shkelqim has a second level degree on International Trade with excellent results. He is a lecturing professor in Canadian Institute of Technology since 2017. He has a successful career and has held a number of important posts as well as the post of Minister of Finance for 3 years. Shkëlqim Cani was Governor of the Bank of Albania, which is the Central Bank of Albania, from August 1997 to October 2004. He delivers subjects such as Lecturing International Business Finance, Public Finance, Corporate Finance, Monetary and Fiscal Policy and Bank Management. His research area is international business, finance, banking techniques and relevant legislation, international marketing, export-import policies, trade finance, etc. Shkelqim numbers many scientific articles and conferences in the field of economics and beyond
Assoc. Prof. Fabian Zhilla

Fabian Zhilla is a lecturer of Law in both Faculty of Economy and the Faculty of Engineering. Mr. Zhilla is also a senior advisor on criminal markets and organized crime to Global Initiative against Transnational Crime in Western Balkans. He also consults EU projects on the rule of law and has contributed to several studies on terrorism and cybercrime in Albania. Fabian is awarded both the Fulbright Scholarship and Chevening Scholarship for his postgraduate studies. In 2017 he was a visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. He wrote his PhD in Law at Kings College London in 2012. Fabian also led a three years project on the study of organized crime in Albania under the auspices of Open Society Foundation, 2013-2017.

Dr. Dorina Guraj

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Dr. Leida Matja
Leida Matja teaches marketing courses such as International Marketing, Online Consumer Behavior both in Bachelor and Master programs. She is part of Canadian Institute Of Technology since 2020. Leida owns a PhD in Marketing from “Aleksander Moisiu” University. She has a second level degree in Business Administration from University of Nebraska, Linkoln, USA. Leida has more than 15 years in consultancy and expertise in VET expertize including module designation, training, skills need analysis and LMA. She has been part of many EU projects. Her research area is International Marketing, Economy and Transition, Digital Marketing Strategies for Tourism Development., Marketing of Tourism. Leida is coauthor of the study for skill need analysis in 10 priority sectors. Author of many studies concerning marketing and management of SME-s.
Dr. Oriola Musa

Oriola Musa studied a Major in Economics and Management, Finance, and a Minor in Public Relations and Communication; completed Master Studies in Economic Analysis & Policy; graduated “Cum Laude” at IAMM University of Montpellier, France, a QS ranked University, with triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA; completed another Master of Business Administration (MBA) at UET and obtained her PhD degree in Economics and Sustainable Development at UET. Her research interests are in the areas of Economic Growth, Circular Economy, Economic Sustainable Development, and Public Policy. She has published her work in research publications including the International Journal of Economics and Development Studies, Journal of Sustainable Economics and Management Studies.

Dr. Ditila Ekmekciu

Ditila Ekmekciu has a PhD in Operations Research from the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana, 2019. She has an integrated Diploma in Business Information Technology from the Faculty of Economy, University of Tirana. Ditila has vast experience in the financial sector and has published research papers such as: “Limited Agents Mix-Training in Operations – A Call Center Case” – IJSR, 2017, “Queuing Models – A Call Center Case” – IJSR, 2017, “Scheduling a Call Center utilizing a stochastic model” – JMEST, 2016, “Performance Indicators Analysis inside a Call Center Using a Simulation Program” 4-th International Conference on Information Systems and Security, UBT University, 2015

Dr. Elsa Tomja
Elsa Jashar (Tomja) obtained her Bachelor Degree and Master Degree in “Banking and Finance” from Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) in Northern Cyprus. She was awarded as: ”The Best Performing Student” of Banking and Finance Graduates in July 2005. Mrs. Jashar obtained her PhD title in the field of “Banking and Finance” from “Aleksander Moisiu” University. She has attained a designation as “Associate of Institute of Canadian Bankers” (AICB) and a professional certificate in “Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis” from Queen’s University, Canada. She is the author of a book published from Scholars Press, Germany (OmniScriptum Publishing Group), with title” Management of Contingent Liabilities in PPP Infrastructure Projects” (available in Amazon.com). She is author of several articles published in national and international papers. She works in the banking system in Albania for the last 15 years. She has been engaged in academic field as part time lecturer in several universities in Albania.
Dr. Endrit Shabani

Endrit Shabani  is a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Politics from University of Oxford. He also holds a Master of Science in Education Policy from University of Oxford. He has experience as a lecturer and guest lecturer in Albanian universities and abroad. Endrit started his experience at CIT in 2021 and he delivers subjects such as Research Methods, Academic Writing and Reading. His research interest are in International Relations, Research Methods, Philosophy and Politics of Education. Endrit was also part of Open Society Foundation in Albania by leading several research projects and contributing to evidence-based policies in education, gender balance, law enforcement and civic engagement.

Dr. Erjona Deshati

Erjona Deshati teaches business management courses including Strategic Management, Project Management, Principles of Management, and Marketing, at CIT since 2016. From 2018 she serves as CIT Review Journal Coordinator. She is also part of scientific editorial board and reviewer team member for many international academic journals in the field of management and marketing. Between May and November 2021. Mrs. Deshati was the Administrator of CIT. She received a BA and a MSc Degree in Business Administration and she is currently pursuing a PhD in Business Administration at UACS. Her current research looks at of the global business environment and how prompt strategic responses enable companies to achieve sustainable competitive advantage.

MSc. Besarta Tafa

Besarta Tafa has been a lecturer of Finance and Accounting at Canadian institute of technology since 2014. Graduated in Finance and Accounting, with an experience as financier in NGO. Holding a PhD diploma in Business Administration from Charisma University, United Kingdom. Research associated at EMAT laboratory, University de Moncton, Canada. Author of the book titled “Islamic Finance, an alternative solution to financial crisis”, published by LAP publishing house, Germany. Author of some journal articles.

MSc. Isida Mansaku

Isida Mansaku has completed her BSc in Business Administration, with a major in International Management at the University of Vienna, and MSc studies in Finance and Bank profile at CIT. She continues to broaden her academic knowledge and professional development through publishing in research journals, attending conferences, and more. She has vast working experience starting her studies in Austria to Albania at ALBtelecom, ADISA. Currently, she is a Lecturer and Training Office Coordinator at CIT. She is a non-executive member of the Board of Directors at WVP Tirana and engaged in the organization “People in Focus” as well as e-Reviewer in Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Richtmann Publishing, London, UK.

MSc. Klodiana Bllaci

Klodiana Bllaci has been part of CIT since 2012. She graduated in 1997 from the University of Tirana, holding an MBA degree from the University of Tirana (in collaboration with the University of Nebraska). Experienced Certified Public Accountant with over 15 years of experience, more than 8 years experience as Finance Director and Manager, include local and international companies in a variety of sectors, including energy service, professional service, financial services, as well as non-profit organizations. From 2014, she has the title of Legal Auditor registered in IEKA. Her research interest and contribution are reflected in conference participation in the area of Auditing, Accounting, Business Planning, Management, Finance, and Tax Consulting.

MSc. Ilir Ciko

Ilir Ciko is an Albanian economist with considerable experience in private and public institutions, as well as developing and implementing large projects. His 24 years of working experience includes research for international organizations including USAID, DFID, UNDP, World Bank, EBRD, GIZ, UNICEF, Oxfam, ILO, etc. Mr. Ciko has been Albania’s non-political Deputy Minister of Economy (2003-2005) and key advisor chief of staff in the same Ministry (2009-2010). In 2008 he received affiliation by the Institute for Competitiveness and Strategy, offered as part of the global network Microeconomics of Competitiveness for the MBA program in Albania, transferred in 2014 at CIT in Tirana, where he is currently teaching courses for the MBA program.