Dr Valbona Zeneli joined the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (GCMC) in August 2011 as a professor of national security studies. She is also Chair of the Strategic Initiatives Department. Previously, she also served as the Black Sea and Eurasia program director and deputy director for the Central and Southeast Europe program.
Before joining the GCMC, Valbona was a professor of international economics at the European University of Tirana and associate professor at the New York University of Tirana. She has served as chief of protocol and later economic adviser to the Albanian prime minister. Prior to that, she worked as adviser to the minister of economy of Albania.
Valbona holds a PhD in political economy from the University of Studies “Aldo Moro”, Bari, Italy, as well as a postgraduate studies degree on international marketing from Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
Valbona’s Europe’s Futures fellowship goal is to examine several scenarios, projected over the period until 2050, of how continued expansion of Chinese engagement in Southeastern Europe could potentially affect the EU integration process of membership-aspiring countries of the region.