Belioza Coku

Chief of Staff

Odeta Barbullushi received her PhD in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom in 2010. She holds an MA in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Sussex, UK (2004) and another one in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University, Budapest (2003). She graduated in Journalism from the University of Tirana in 2001. 

From January 2015 to September 2017, Dr Barbullushi held the position of Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs. Her responsibilities included Albania’s relations with the neighboring countries, both bilaterally and in the framework of multilateral cooperation, regional initiatives and Albania’s relations with EU member states. As from September 2017, she holds the position of Chief of Staff at the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. 

Before joining the MEFA, Dr. Barbullushi held several research and management positions in the academic sector. From 2007 to 2008 she worked as a lecturer at the Centre for European Studies, University of Birmingham; from 2009 to 2014 she worked at the European University of Tirana, initially as the Head of Department of Political Science and International Relations, and most recently as the Vice-Rector for Research and Methodology.