We are delighted to add Edi Rama to our speakers line up. Edi Rama, born on 4 July 1964, is an Albanian politician, painter, publicist, professor, and former athlete and is currently the leader of the Socialist Party of Albania. He served as Mayor of Tirana for three consecutive terms, from 2000 to 2011. Edi Rama has been named World Mayor in2004 and chosen by Time Magazine to be one of the 2005 European Heroes, a tribute given by the Magazine to 37 people who are changing the world for the better.
After taking office in 2000, he carried out a regeneration campaign of the capital, by clearing many areas of Tirana’s center and the Lana River from illegal buildings and kiosks that had basically occupied all of the capitals parks and public spaces and by increasing the green spaces in the city. He also ordered the painting of many old buildings in what has come to be known as Edi Rama colours (very bright yellow, green, violet). He is also known for the creative and effective manner in which he promoted culture and arts in Albania.
Edi Rama was given an award by Kofi Annan in light of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in 2002 and has been chosen to be a visiting professor in the 2002/03 Robert C. Wood Visiting Professorship of Public and Urban Affairs at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and Harvard University.
He has also served as Minister of Culture of Albania, board member of Open Society Foundation of Albania (Soros), President of the Association of Mayors of Albania, and Minister of Culture, Youth, and Sports of Albania.
In 2009, Edi Rama published a collection of personal notes and paintings in a book entitled Edi Rama.