Hasani Igli

Hasani Igli


Hasani Igli

Igli Hasani (born in Tirana on December 4, 1976) is an Albanian high-ranking diplomat and security expert. Since September 2023, he holds the position of Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania in the government of Prime Minister Edi Rama.

Igli Hasani completed his studies at the University of Tirana, at the Faculty of Social Sciences for Philosophy-Sociology (BA, 1996-2001), as well as at the Faculty of Law for Law (LLB, 2001-2006). He completed his master’s studies (MA) in International Relations (2006) at King’s College in London, in a joint program with the Royal College of Defense Studies of Great Britain, one of the most prestigious defense educational institutions in the world. During his professional career, Igli Hasani has completed a series of executive qualifications at the Marshall Centre in Germany and the Monterey Naval Postgraduate School in the United States of America.

Before taking on his current position as Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, from October 2021 to September 2023, Igli Hasani held the position of OSCE Coordinator for Economic-Environmental Affairs. This was the highest position held by an Albanian citizen in the OSCE since Albania’s membership in the Organization in 1991.

Igli Hasani joined the Albanian diplomatic corps in 2018, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Albania to International Organizations in Vienna, a position he held until September 2021.

In December 2018, Albania received the support of the participating States of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to chair the Organization in 2020. The Albanian Chairmanship of the OSCE would be the first time that Albania would chair the world’s largest regional security organization, thus taking on an unprecedented responsibility in multilateral diplomacy. To this end, in the years 2019-2021, when Albania was part of the OSCE leadership Troika, Ambassador Hasani led an international team composed of 40+ Albanian and foreign diplomats and experts, work which culminated in the Albanian Chairmanship of the OSCE in 2020.

In a very difficult year marked by the global pandemic of COVID-19, Albania, under the leadership of Prime Minister Rama as the Chair in Office of the OSCE, and Ambassador Hasani in Vienna as Chair of the OSCE Permanent Council, achieved concrete results for the Organization, which included the non-interrupted operations in virtual format for the first time in history, as well as the election of the four OSCE leadership positions. Also, in the Ministerial of Tirana, the first held under pandemic conditions and in an almost fully virtual format and without the possibility of in-person negotiations, the Albanian Chairmanship managed to secure consensus for the adoption of 11 decisions of the Council of Ministers of the OSCE, in each of the dimensions of the work of the Organization, specifically that of security, economic-environmental, and human rights. The Albanian chairmanship of the OSCE was widely considered successful, proving the readiness of Albania and its diplomatic service for important tasks in the international arena.

During 2019 and in the period January-September 2021, Mr. Hasani led respectively the Mediterranean Contact Group and the Cooperation Group of Asian Partners in Vienna, as well as worked closely with the Slovak and Swedish Presidencies of the OSCE as part of the OSCE Troika.

In the period 2001-2018, Mr. Hasani held leadership positions in the Ministry of Defense, including as Secretary General (2017-2018), Director General for Defense Policies (2014), Director of NATO, EU and Foreign Relations and General Director of Support Services and Legal Director (2013), as well as Director of Euro-Atlantic Integration and Defense Policy (2008-2011). During the years 2012-2013, Igli Hasani held the position of Head of the Department for Security and International Relations at the National Center for Security and Defense.

Before starting his career in the field of security and then diplomacy, Igli Hasani had several years of experience in the field of media and journalism, serving as a Policy and Media Advisor to the Minister of Defense (2006-2008) as well as Director of Press and Information at the Ministry of Defense (2004-2006). During the years 2001-2003, he held the position of Deputy Director of Press and Information in the Ministry of Defense as well as Head of Public Relations for the Secretariat for Refugees in the Ministry of Local Government and Decentralization.

Previously, Igli Hasani worked as a journalist and editor for various Albanian newspapers and TV stations from 1997 to 2001.

Igli Hasani is fluent in English, Italian, and Greek.

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