National Leader in the ESIL project
Endri Bahja as a national leader in the ESIL project his task is to establish an EU Framework for capacity building for early-stage investors in Albania, facilitating the take up of Angel Investing, overcoming obstacles related to market outreach and engaging key actors e.g. entrepreneurs, innovators, unconventional early stage investors and crowdfunding. Further the role of Endri as a national leader aims to improve and expand the angel investment market within the country and beyond, stimulate cross-border investment opportunities, link the most relevant angel networks and create a tailor-made training program for ecosystems’ locals. The CEO of EXINN Technology Center in Albania, Endri Bahja, is a certified Strategic Innovation Technology Auditor & Manager and a certified Business Mentor for start-ups. His latest assignments include the Balkans Regional Manager for FinnoLux, Luxembourg and Entrepreneur in Residence for Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Program in Rotterdam. He is a former Innovation Management Assessor and Trainer for DG EASME, and was a Business Development Account Manager for Innogreen Holland Technologies. He has directed the business development of organizations during periods of tremendous growth, and has a deep understanding of how implementations and business functions impact organizational change. He holds a MBA degree in Corporate Strategy and Economic Policy from Maastricht School of Management as a Fellow of the Netherlands Fellowship Programme; a Bachelor of Arts degree (with Honours) in International Business Management from Oxford Brookes University in UK; and an Executive Diploma in Food Security in an Urbanising Society from Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands.