Advisory Board

Ambassador Arben Çejku

Ambassador Arben Çejku

Ambassador Çejku (R) is a strong and influential pro-democracy activist and proponent of Albania’s integrationist policies. He is the Executive Director of the Albanian Centre for Good Governance - ACGG, a Tirana-based think-tank, supported by the German Foundation “Konrad Adenauer”, and a co-founder and a member of the Steering Board of the Albanian Ambassadors Council.

Born in 1970, Çejku became a vital player in the Students’ Movement against the communist dictatorship that broke out in December 1990. He was the spokesperson and press adviser of the Democratic Party from 1996 till 2000.

Çejku embarked on a diplomatic career in 1993 and within a year completed several training courses in international relations in Germany, NATO School, and Diplomatic Academy in Austria. He left the foreign affairs service in 1995 for a better position in the press sector in Albania. He resumed his career in foreign affairs in 2005 when the DP came back in power. He worked as deputy Charge de Affairs and then as the Head of the Albanian Mission in Kosovo. In June 2020 he published an extensively researched and well-analyzed book (Sovereignty versus Integrity - Behind the scenes of dialogue and challenges of reconciliation between Kosovo-Serbia 2005 to 2020). He is also well-known as a writer with books published since 1996.

In 2009 Çejku was appointed as Ambassador of Albania in North Macedonia where he worked towards inter-ethnic and inter-religious reconciliation and peace.

As head of ACGG, Çejku has been one of the most ardent supporters of the ‘Regional Civil Society Platform’, a regional NGO’s network encompassing Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Northern Macedonia, working on Berlin Process and other regional cooperation initiatives. He is a regular contributor at national and international conferences and the annual European Parliament Prayer Breakfast meetings. He is married and has two sons.