M. & M. Ivanaj Foundation Institute Structure

Executive officers:

Drita Ivanaj – Interim Executive Director
Pertefe Leka – Vice President
Ani Rizo – Treasurer

Board Members:


Drita Ivanaj, with BA’s in Science and Economics, is a Certified Computer Professional, who has had two full time careers: in business management and large contracts administration for the international conglomerate of FIAT, and in information systems and large computer operations at Columbia University in New York.  Ms. Ivanaj is the founder and President of The Martin and Mirash Ivanaj Foundation in New York, and the M. & M. Ivanaj Foundation Institute in Tirana (Albania), which promote Albanian education and culture.  She has been an active member of many professional organizations, and has served as Advisory and Board member of AAWO (Albanian American Women Organization) in New York City and a Consultant to, and a Trustee of NAAC (National Albanian American Council) in Washington, DC.


Perteve Leka was educated at Shkodra’s ‘Pedagogic Institute’, graduated in Linguistics & History there and at the Faculty of  Philology and Literature in Tirana where she was also an Instructor for School Methodology in Literature and Albanian Language, overseeing 14 night schools for this program. After retiring from the Albanian school system, she continued her pedagogical activities as an English Instructor at English-Albanian “Phoenix” School in Tirana, applying contemporary and Montessori methods for 5-6 year old children, and as a Trainer at “Lexo” School of young Teachers for pre-schooling. She has received an Award from Albania’s Ministry of Culture for her effective role in educational impact of pedagogical studies, and an Honorary Award as a Teacher from the “Order of  Naim Frasheri”.  For over a decade she has been a Freelance Journalist for newspapers “Drita” and  “Kosova” in Tirana, and Illyria in NYC, while being actively involved as Vice President of the M. & M. Ivanaj Foundation Institute.


Aferdita Prroni, graduated in the Faculty of Philology, Tirana and Faculty of Law. Ms. Prroni is the Founder and Executive Director of the Human rights in Democracy Centre (2002), a domestic NGO that promotes and protects human rights in Albania, with special focus for the promotion and protection of women’s rights.  Prior to 2002, Ms. Prroni was engaged in several projects carried out by human rights organizations operating in Albania.


Ani Rizo graduated from the University of Tirana with a degree in Economics.  Since the year 2000 she has been working as an Economist at a private firm called V.T. E. Trading.

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