Gazmend Turdiu, took office as Head of Program Department at the Secretariat of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) on 2 September 2013, after serving four years as Secretary General at the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2009-2013).

He joined the Foreign Service of his country in May 1992 and held several positions, both in Albania and abroad.

Mr. Turdiu was Ambassador of Albania in Bern, Switzerland (1992-1997), and Ambassador of Albania in Berlin, Germany (2003-2008).

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of his country, Mr. Turdiu has held the position of the Director of the Department for Euroatlantic Cooperation (1998-2000), Director of the Department of Europe (2003), and Director General for Legal and Consular Affairs (2008-2009). From 2001 to 2002, Mr. Turdiu served as Director General for Coordination of Foreign Aid at the Albanian Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Trade.

During his career, Mr. Turdiu has been member of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (2009), President of the 10th Meeting of the States Parties to the Ottawa Convention (2010-2011) and member of the Council of Foundation of the Geneva Center for Humanitarian Demining (2010 to 2013).

Mr. Turdiu holds a Civil Engineering Degree from the University of Tirana. Born on 6 April 1959, he speaks Albanian, English and Italian. He is married and has two children.

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