Organization Board

Co-PLAN Leading Board is a decision-making body consisting of three members, namely Dr. Sokol Çelo, Prof. Dr. Besnik Aliaj and Sotir Dhamo. The board is headed by Dr Çelo, and takes decisions concerning overall organisational policies and strategies. The Advisory Board comprises Dr. Peter Nientied (NL), John Driscoll  (USA) and Prof. Maros Finka (SK). You can learn more on our Advisory Board Members here.

Dr. Sokol ÇELO – Head of the board
Has been acting as the Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2002. Currently working as Assistant Professor of Management and International Business at Suffolk University, Boston – USA. A mathematician by qualification, Dr. Çelo furthered his studies in the field of business administration, and focused his research on location decision making for international investments of multinational corporations.

Prof. Dr. Besnik ALIAJ – Member of the board
A co-funder and current Rector of POLIS University, the International School of Architecture and Development Policies, where he also teaches Urban Design. Dr Aliaj is an urban planner by qualification and profession, author to numerous publications in this field, and guest speaker in various international conferences. Currently a member of the Municipal Council of Tirana, and ‘Citizen of Honour of Kamza Municipality’.

Doc. Sotir DHAMO – Member of the board
The Administrator of the founding board of Polis University, and lecturer of two courses: Urban Design and Territorial Analysis and Human Settlements. He is an editor or the scientific journal of U_POLIS ‘Forum A+P’, and engages in consultancy and research activities in the field of urban planning and urban design, and is author to numerous publications in the field.

Dr. Peter NIENTIED has been advisor to Co-Plan since its inception. In the Netherlands, Peter Nientied teaches and advises on innovation management and organizational development. In Albania, Peter Nientied has contributed to many projects of Co-Plan. He teaches in Polis University’s MBA programme and he conducts research – currently on sustainable tourism in the Balkan and on innovation management.

Dr. Sokol ÇELO

Prof. Dr. Besnik ALIAJ

Doc. Sotir DHAMO

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