Zyhrada Kongoli has worked as an independent legal consultant since 2007. As a consultant, Kongoli’s roles included: providing legal expertise to Albanian line ministries in the EU integration process as well as carrying out quality assessment of strategic project proposals submitted under the EU’s IPA programme; providing consultancy services to German Development Cooperation’s office in Tirana; project coordination for the Tirana-based Albanian Institute for Social Innovation; providing consultancy services to Abt Associates Inc. in the implementation of the USAID Enabling Equitable Health Reforms in Albania; social audit for Fair Labour Association (FLA), etc.
In the period 2004-2007, Kongoli worked as Rule of Law Manager / Deputy Chief of Party at Casals & Associates in Tirana. Her main task was to provide legal support in the Project to Enhance the Rule of Law in Albania and to Combat Corruption. She also worked as a staff attorney at the American Bar Association Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA/CEELI) in Tirana (2002-2004), and as Head of Legal Department at the Albanian Ministry of Finance, General Directorate of Customs (1997-2002).
Kongoli holds a BA in Law from the University of Tirana, and an MA in International and European Studies from the Institut de Recherche et d’Enseignementen Relations Internationales&Europeennes, Tirana. She also obtained an MA in Post-University Legal Studies from the University of Tirana. Presently, Kongoli is a PhD candidate at the University of Tirana. The title of her thesis is “Environmental Information Right and the Need to Increase the Public Participation in Environmental