Turdiu Gazmend

Secretary General, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Albania

Turdiu Gazmend

Secretary General, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Albania


Gazmend Turdiu took office as Secretary General of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs on 22 July 2022.

Mr. Turdiu joined the diplomatic service of in May 1992 and held several positions, both in Albania and abroad.

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Turdiu held the positions of Director of the Department for Euro Atlantic Cooperation (1998-2000), Director of the Department of Europe (2003), Director General for Legal and Consular Affairs (2008-2009), Director of Regional Affairs and Neighbouring Countries (2019-2021), and Director of the Directorate for the Security Council (24 March 2021 – 21 July 2022.

From 2001 to 2002, Mr. Turdiu served as Director General for Coordination of Foreign Aid at the Albanian Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Trade.

From 2009-2013, Mr. Turdiu served his first term as Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Turdiu was Ambassador of Albania in Bern, Switzerland (1992-1997), Ambassador of Albania in Berlin, Germany (2003-2008), and Deputy Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, a regional organization based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2013-2019).

Mr. Turdiu has been Albanian Governor at the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (2009), Chief negotiator in the process of Schengen visa liberalisation for Albanian citizens (2009-2010), 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 Centre for Humanitarian Demining (2010 to 2013).

Mr. Turdiu holds a Civil Engineering Degree from the University of Tirana. He was born on 6 April 1959; he speaks English and Italian.

Mr. Turdiu is married and has two children.

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