Board of FIAA

Tom Kristian LARSEN

Board Member and President of FIAA elected on March 6th, 2018

Tom Kristian Larsen is a professional with international experience in Europe and Asia, in important sectors such as telecommunications and renewable energy in global companies such as Telenor, Statoil and Statkraft.

Mr. Larsen is skilled in Financial Management, Engineering Management, Management of Regulatory Affairs, Government Relations, Anti-Corruption Compliance and Legal Compliance. He has Master in Business and Economics from Norwegian School of Management, as well as completed International Executive Program with INSEAD.

Since July 2015 he is CEO and Country Head of Statkraft in Albania. Statkraft is a state-owned Norwegian company and is present in Albania since 2008 with its investment, Devoll Hydropower, which represents one of the country’s largest foreign investments in the renewable energy industry. Statkraft is a leader in business conduct, anti-corruption policies and integrity values and has practical, hands-on experience in its implementation.

Mr. Larsen’s current mission in Albania is to bring the construction of 256MW Devoll Hydropower projects into operation, ensure market access for generated electricity from the project and establish a long term sustainable and efficient organization that will maximize the contribution from the investment. This, while managing stakeholders and contractors to safeguard the high ethical, safety and environmental standards of Statkraft. Mr. Larsen actively introduced measures to strengthen anti-corruption management within the company.

 

Rohan D’SOUZA
Board Member of FIAA elected on March 20th, 2019

Rohan D’Souza, was appointed as Country Chairman of Shell in Albania in 2018 and is resident in Tirana. He had previously been the Commercial Director of Shell’s Upstream Albania venture since early 2017.

He is an oil and gas professional who has worked for Shell in multiple locations spanning Albania, Nigeria, Singapore and Australia in a variety of project development, commercial and operational roles. This has been across Shell’s businesses in Downstream Retail, Integrated Gas LNG Projects and Upstream Exploration and Development.

Prior to working for Shell, he was employed by the Australian Government based in Beijing and Canberra.

He is an Australian, married and has two children.

 

Xingyun SUN
Board Member of FIAA elected on March 20th, 2019

Mr. Sun was born and raised in China. He has joined Bankers Petroleum Albania in June 2018 and holds the position of Chief Executive Officer.  He brings over 25 years of oil and gas experience to the Bankers Executive team.

After graduating in 1990 with a Master Degree of Petroleum Engineering from the China University of Petroleum, Mr. Sun worked as an engineer at Tarim Oil Company, a branch of one the biggest oil companies in the world, China National Petroleum Company.

In 1994 he moved to China National Petroleum Company where he worked for 12 years and developed his career by achieving senior position within the company, such as Executive Director of the Research and Development department.

During this period, Mr. Sun attended the University of Texas at Arlington where he was graduated with an EMBA by the Business School.

In 2006 he moved to Kazakhstan to manage the development of the new companies bought by CNPC. He was appointed CEO of the third largest oil company in Kazakhstan, MMG in 2009. During his leadership (2009-2015), MMG performance improved remarkably by expanding production and revenues.

Beside, developing his career in oil sector he always remained focused in academic qualification. Therefore he was graduated by Harvard Business School in 2016.

In June 2018 Mr. Sun moved to settle in Albania, as CEO of Bankers Petroleum Albania, biggest oil company in the country.

 

Stela DHAMI
Board Member of FIAA elected on March 20th, 2019

Stela Dhami is an Albanian citizen born and raised in Tirana, Albania. She conducted her studies in the United States, in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon in the Pacific Northwest. She attended Reed College and University of Portland where she was awarded many merit-based scholarships based on her academic performance. She was on the Dean’s List for the entire duration of her academic career. She holds a BA in Economics from Reed College, a liberal arts college with emphasis on developing economies. She additionally holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Portland.

After her education Stela worked for U.S. Bank, a leading financial institution in the United States in their Business Center assisting many Portland based businesses with their financing needs. She additionally worked for Mercy Corps one of the biggest NGOs worldwide in their economic development arm aiding businesses with their business growth plans.

Since 2007, Stela is back in Albania and working for Colliers International, a global commercial real estate company. She is currently the Managing Partner of the office in Albania covering real estate brokerage, valuation and advisory services for many local and international clients.

Most recently Stela intermediated the process for the arrival and introduction to the Albanian market of Hyatt International Hotels. She is keen to work further in this market with the provision of real estate services to promote Albania as a travel and tourism destination on the rise.

Stela has been a long-standing member and supporter of FIAA and its activities in Albania and believes in its purpose and vision in being the main source of information and advocacy for international companies in Albania.

 

Perparim KALO
Board Member of FIAA elected on March 20th, 2019

Mr. Perparim Kalo is Founder and Managing Partner of KALO & ASSOCIATES, with 4 decades of work experience, in public and private sector. Legal expert in major transactions, including Albanian privatizations, public procurement, concessions, acquisitions and mergers in Albania and Kosovo and wider in South East Europe.

Counsel to various government agencies, international development agencies and IFIs such as World Bank, IFC, EBRD, USAID, KFW, IMF, DANIDA, EU Delegation, GTZ, and SIDA. Advised many Fortune 500 such as Microsoft, Bechtel, Deutsche Bank, Shell, Ericsson, Deutsche Bank, Volvo Trucks, Ford Motors, Porsche, Lafarge, Credit Agricole, Societe Generale, American Express, Western Union, Visa International, Lockheed Martin, etc.

He led the firm through many challenges and initiatives from 1994 to date, including the foundation of the largest legal alliance in South East Europe Legal Group (www.seelegal.org)

Board Member: Foreign Investors Association in Albania, 2010-2014; Austrian Society Albania, 2012- to date’; American Chamber of Commerce, 2005-2009; Institute of Contemporary Studies, Tirana, 1999; European University of Tirana, Advisory Board Member, 2009-2010;  Marin Barleti University, Member of Academic Board, 2008-2009; Tirana International School/QSI, Advisory Board Member, 2012-2014; Honorary Member at Centre for International Legal Studies, 1998; Visiting Instructor at International Development Law Organization (IDLO), 1996; Albanian Corporate Social Responsibility Network; 2013; Gender Equality Organization at Soros Foundation, Board Member, 1998

Founder/Co-founder: South East Legal Group (SEE LEGAL), 2003 to date; Founder and President of FONDACIONI KALO ART, 2014 to date; Co-founder of Foundation for Visual Arts, 2005-2015

He was also Member of 5-member Albanian Securities Commission (voted by the Parliament), 2004

Honorary Counsel of Denmark, appointed by the Queen Margreth II, 2017

Pёrparim is a Law Graduate from Tirana Law Faculty and holds a Master of Laws in U.S. and Global Business Law from Suffolk University, Boston.

He speaks fluently English, Italian and has a very good understanding of French and Spanish.

 

Patrick PASCAL
Board Member of FIAA elected on March 6th, 2018

Mr. Patrick Pascal is the CEO of Selenice Bitumi Sh.a, a mining company that produces natural bitumen which is unique in Europe.
Selenice Bitumi Sh.a is an economic and social driver of the city of Selenice, located in the east of Vlora.
Mr. Pascal negotiated and acquired the mine on behalf of the French group KLP Industries in 2000 and was appointed to assume its management as well as re-launch the production starting from February 2001.
Since then, the Company Selenice Bitumi Sh.a, has experienced rapid growth and has been steadily expanding, becoming a success story and giving to Mr. Pascal the vision and experience to fully grasp and understand the Albanian reality and particularly the business sector.
Mr. Pascal is a member of FIAA since 2001. In 2007 he became FIAA’s Vice President and in 2009 he was elected as its President by the Board, a mandate which was renewed in 2011 until 2015.
Being for a long time in Albania and within the FIAA’s Community, he has understood and learned the needs of the foreign business community and has fully committed himself to the improvement of the Albanian business environment.
Mr. Pascal has also been committed to philanthropic activities by participating and taking the lead as the President of the Lions Club of Tirana.
Mr. Pascal is also founder and President of the French School of Tirana since April 2011.
He’s appointed as an official Foreign Trade Advisor of France since January 2014.
He was elected in 2015 for 6 years as Conseiller Consulaire by the French Community for 6 Countries in the Balkan (Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria) and he’s de facto a great elector for the French Senate. On decision by the French President François Hollande, he was awarded the title of Chevalier of the National Order of Merit.
Because he believes he can share his experience in responding to the challenges of the economic development of this country, in 2017 FIAA Elections he submitted candidacy and was elected to the Board.

 

Mario BRACCI

Board Member of FIAA elected on March 6th, 2018

Mario Bracci joined the Titan Group in 2017 and is currently the General Manager of Titan Antea Cement in Albania.

Mario Bracci is an Italian business executive with over 25 years of global experience in the cement manufacturing business. During his career he covered various managerial positions, from operational to general management, in Italy, USA, Switzerland, Thailand, Spain and Morocco.

Mr. Bracci holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florence and has completed the PMD executive program at Harvard Business School.

He is a member of the Board of the Hellenic Business Association and of the CSR Network of Albania.

 

Marinela JAZOJ, MBA
Executive Director of FIAA

Ms. Marinela Jazoj (Albanian) holds a Master Degree in Investment Management from University of Wales (London School of Business and Finance, UK). Since 2004, she is the Executive Director of the Foreign Investors Association in Albania (FIAA). During the last ten years she acts as a contact point for the International Investors aiming to know about Investment Opportunities in Albania. She is also active on the management of the Cross Border Economic Co-operations through EU funded projects.