Mrs. Eglantina Gjermeni was born on November 24th, 1968, in Kruja, Albania.
She is a member of the Cabinet since 2013, when she was sworn in as Minister of Urban Development. In 2015 she received the Title “Associated Professor” from the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Social Science, University of Tirana, Albania. She graduated from the Faculty of History and Philology in 1990. Always fascinated on social issues, she pursued her further academic career in Grand Valley State University, Michigan, USA in 1998 where she received her Master’s in Social Work.
In 2005 Mrs. Gjermeni received her Ph.D. in Social Work. She worked as a full time Professor at the Faculty of Social Work where she taught Integration of Gender in Media, Supervision in Social Work, Gender and Social Work, Contemporary Issues in Social Work from 1995 until 2008 and as a part time Lecturer in the same Faculty from 2009 until September of 2013.
In 2009, Eglantina Gjermeni was elected Member of the 18th Legislature of the Assembly of the Republic of Albania, representing the Socialist Party. During her first mandate as a Member of Parliament she was member of the Health and Social Affairs Committee. She was re-elected as Member of Parliament in the 19th Legislation after the general elections held in 2013.
In 2011, Ms. Gjermeni was elected Member of the Chairmanship of the Socialist Party. From 1999 until 2009 she directed the Gender Alliance Center for Development a nongovernmental organization mainly focused on gender equality and advocacy on gender issues.
Fully dedicated in social research Eglantina Gjermeni is author and co – author of numerous articles, studies and publications addressing social issues, mainstreaming gender issues in policy making and women empowerment as concepts strongly related to the social, economic and political development of the country.