Woman On Boards Albania Manifesto

The establishment of “Women on Boards – Albania” in August 2023 is a positive development for promoting gender diversity in corporate leadership in Albania. Women on Boards – Albania is founded on the belief that thriving women create a thriving world.   The organisation’s goal is to play a tangible role in advocating for diversity in the corporate Boards and providing capacity building that uplift women empowerment in senior decision-making roles and elevate her leadership and economic power. It aims to significantly contribute to increasing the number of women on corporate boards, increasing the number of next generation women leaders, and promoting a more inclusive and diverse business environment in Albania. It provides capacity building, training, networking, and mentorship programs, and works on raising awareness about the importance of gender diversity in governance. It provides a platform for Board aspiring women within and outside Albania to connect, share, and mutually support each other to grow and unleash their potential.

In a world that changes fast, Albanian women are making courageous efforts to build on their aspirations and potential. Today, we are excited to announce the creation of Women on Boards-Albania!
There are 8.5 million Albanians in the world and only 2.8 in Albania. Among them, famous and honourable professional women are at the forefront of innovation, leading successful businesses, and corporate boards. From Queen Teuta, to Shorte Galica, to Mother Tereza, from Sabiha Kasimati, to Kozeta Sevrani, to Mira Murati, from Elena Gjika, to Tefta Tashko, to Dua Lipa – Albania has women role models, within and outside Albania, in all life spheres and professions who can inspire generations to make a difference.

“The birth of WOB-AL is a testament to our unwavering commitment to harness the incredible potential of Albanian women to lead us towards brighter futures. and the urgent need to boost economic and social innovation in Albania”.

Thriving women create a thriving world. Empowered women boost economic and social innovation. These aspirations inspired the founders of WOB-AL and are connecting honourable Albanian women and men who consider Diversity on Boards as a cornerstone to a better Albania, to a better world.

WOBAL Vision

Our vision is to: Provide a platform that inspires and enables sustainable growth and positive impact of women on Boards and in Leadership.

WOB Albania aims to become the advocating voice of DEI in the Boards of Directors and of the leadership and economic growth of women. It aims to be a constructive partner in the creation of a society with more integrity, a society that nurtures the potential of women all by resecting gender equality and best-known practices.

Board Members

Albana Vrioni

Executive Director

I believe that thriving women create a thriving society. Unlocking the immense potential of women to excel in leadership roles is at the heart of creating a society that innovates with the pace of time and shaping better futures. Albania needs to tap into this potential! By creating and leading Women On Boards – Albania I want to set the stepstones of making this happen.

Irush Vrioni

I believe in the wisdom “If you want to go fast, go alone – if you want to go far, go together” and find that together we are a much stronger force in shaping better futures.

Irush Vrioni

I believe in the wisdom “If you want to go fast go alone – if you want to go far go together” and find that together we are a much stronger force in shaping better futures.

Rudina Murati

I am privileged to come from a family that taught me at an early age to be independent while deeply caring for my dearest, and that in every stage of my life I have had near me strong women that have helped, supported, and empowered me.

I joined Women on Boad Albania because I felt it was time for me to co-create and contribute together with other women and men to improve the Albanian ecosystem for women in their careers and boardrooms, for us and our society.

Fatbardha Rino

I’m thrilled to be a part of “Women in Board Albanian” as a board member. I firmly believe in the immense potential of women to excel in leadership roles. Our society thrives when diverse perspectives and talents are at the forefront, and women have a crucial role to play in this. By becoming a board member, I hope to contribute to breaking down barriers that hold women back and creating a more inclusive boardroom environment.

Fatbardha Rino

I’m thrilled to be a part of “Women in Board Albanian” as a board member.
I firmly believe in the immense potential of women to excel in leadership roles. Our society thrives when diverse perspectives and talents are at the forefront, and women have a crucial role to play in this. By becoming a board member, I hope to contribute to breaking down barriers that hold women back and creating a more inclusive boardroom environment.

Our MISSION is to:

  • Champion Diversity and Inclusion in the Company Boards;
  • Foster a community of future-shaping leaders, uplifting and empowering  women to make a difference;
  • Unleash the exceptional talents of Albanian professional women on the global stage.

Our FOCUS:

WOB-Albania stands for Parity in the representation of Women on Boards based on meritocracy, aligned with the European Directive on Diversity & Inclusion. Collaborating with international Partners who share and support our aspirations, we are committed to building a Modern and European Albania.

Our VALUES:

We believe in and are driven by:

  • Elevating the individual within the collective;
  • Believing in actions that speak louder than words;
  • Building connections and leveraging the power of Trust, Respect, and Resonance to fulfil our mission.

We feel humbled to have among us honourable Albanian and international “catalysts” and to operate in partnership with European Women on Bords (EWOB).
I am truly grateful for the dedication of our startup board: Albana Vrioni, Rudina Murati, Fatbardha Rino, Irush Vrioni, as well as our esteemed advisors: Hagen Graf von Schweinitz-Krain, Kristen Anderson, Eglantina Gjermeni, Kozeta Sevrani, Entela Memishaj, Ines Muçostepa