Honorary Presidents

Kent Ford Fairfax, Virginia, USA

President-Emeritus and FIAA First President

kent_ford_fiaaMr. Ford is a Director for Chemonics International of Washington, DC. He was one of the Founders of FIAA and acted as its first president. Mr. Ford has over twenty years of international development experience spanning nearly 60 countries. Mr. Ford was in-country investment advisor for the EBRD’s $14 million Albania Reconstruction Equity Fund and has traveled to Albania over 30 times. Prior to his work with Chemonics, he co-founded Global Development Solutions, LLC a consulting firm with offices in Reston, Virginia, USA and Tokyo, Japan. In post-war Kosovo, Mr. Ford was Trade and Investment Advisor for USAID’s Kosovo Business Support Project where he designed and executed economic development and competitiveness strategies which resulted in opening new markets and generating critically important jobs and millions of dollars in trade, investment and supply chain linkages for Kosovar businesses. Mr. Ford holds a Masters of Business Administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA.


Thomas Papaspyrou
Honorary President

Honorary President of FIAA elected on February 24th, 2009

wfoto papaspyrou honorary presidentMr. Papaspyrou is the President of Far East Restaurant.

From September 2002 to September 2008 he was General Director of Vodafone Albania sh.a. He was a Consultant to Vodafone Albania during the start up period (March 2001 – August 2002).
In March 1993, Thomas Papaspyrou joined the management team of Vodafone Greece as Marketing Manager. In 1998, he was appointed Manager of Commercial Department. During the period 2000-2002, he was holding the position of Distribution Development Director, and at the same time General Director of Next Net (Vodafone Panafon Service Provider).
Thomas Papaspyrou was graduated at the North-East Polytechnic School in London, majored in business administration. He pursued the post-graduation studies in business administration at Kingston Management Center in England. He is holder of the Master Degree in marketing Administration issued and awarded by the Lancaster University in England.