Hello everyone !
I grew up in Tirana, the capital city of Albania. When I was 19 I decided to pursue my bachelor and Master studies at the University of Ancona in Italy.
After 9 years I left Italy to come to Luxembourg for further studies. I lived in Luxembourg for 2 years and then decided to go back to my country Albania.
I lived and worked in Albania for 5 years and after that I came back to Luxembourg again. This time no more alone, no more as a student but with my lovely family.
What studies did you do and what is your main activity?
I have a Master Degree in Economics with a specialization in Finance and International Markets from Universita Politecnica delle Marche in Ancona, Italy. In 2008 I came to Luxembourg for the first time to attend a Professional Master Program in International Finance, Audit and Control organized by the Italian-Luxembourgish Chamber of Commerce followed by a period of internship in an Italian Private Bank. Now I work for the European Investment Bank in the field of Compliance.
How long have you been in Luxembourg?
I’ve been living in Luxembourg since December 2015.
Which reason took you to Luxembourg?
I wanted to pursue a career within a European Institution and in the same time in a big financial institution and Luxembourg proved to satisfy both conditions.
Tell us few things that have surprised you when first arrived?
Well the first time back in 2008 I was struck by the respect shown by the automobilists towards the pedestrians.
Or by the number of tower cranes that are still the symbol of the Luxembourg City’s skyline. That showed and continues to show how dynamic this country is. In fact, if I would compare how the district of Kirchberg looked like just ten years ago with how it looks like now, the panorama has dramatically changed. At the end I would say that the pace with which things change still continues to surprise me.
Can you give me 3 adjectives to describe your life in the Grand Duchy?
Intense, optimistic, forward looking, comfortable
What aspect of Luxembourg would you miss if you had to leave tomorrow?
The quality of life especially for the children and all the benefits in terms of education (not just schooling opportunities) that the GDL offers to its residents.
Tell us what is your preferred district in Luxembourg and why?
Gare and Kirchberg. I have lived very near to the train station and I loved the fact that everything was at arms’ length: shops, supermarkets, service boutiques, etc. Kirchberg because I work there and can see how this district is growing day after day
Can you give me one word in your language which is impossible to translate into other languages?
“Besa”. Besa can be translated by “faith” or “word of honor”.
For which reason have you decided to join the JUST ARRIVED Ambassadors club?
When I arrived I really wished I had someone that could advise me on a wealth of things that are of extreme importance to a newcomer. I have in mind the housing which is the FIRST problem that needs a quick solution; or a number of bureaucratic issues that need to be solved (even where to go to get a certificate is not so trivial); and, more important, what are actions that are good to consider in a long-term perspective. Not everyone might be as lucky as I was to get to know some locals and become their very good friend. So having someone that speaks your own language might definitely help.