Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of Albania (LEAD Albania Fellow)
MPA in Energy, Technology and Climate Policy - 2020
What were you doing prior to starting the STEaPP MPA?
I was working in policymaking in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency, including strategies and action plans. Previously, I was a civil servant at the Ministry of Energy of Albania and before starting the MPA I was working at the Energy Community Secretariat where I helped monitor and support 9 contracting parties of the Community.
Why did you choose to study at STEaPP?
I was an engineer working on policy making and, until then, I had learnt by doing so I needed a proper, well structured, program of study on how to approach policy in a methodical way. I also wanted to expand my knowledge on international policy development on climate change matters. Many topics of the curricula were very useful to my future career and I was particularly attracted by the real-world dissertation group project and the international reputation of the lecturers.
What was your favourite aspect of the MPA?
The introduction to the science evidence of climate change. The professors made sure to bring all of our knowledge on climate issues to the same level before introducing policy aspects. I also enjoyed the real-world simulations of assignments, such as memos to ministers, and working in a group for the final project. Working with a real-world partner organisation, having an academically successful paper, and at the same time an applicable document for the more practically focused partner company, was challenging but very useful experience for my professional development.
How has the STEaPP MPA shaped your experiences since leaving UCL?
It has been one of the determining factors in me being chosen for my current job. The MPA consolidated my view of policy advice and helped me pinpoint what I wanted my future career to be. When applying for my current position, I referenced the papers I delivered during the course to strengthen my profile and ultimately be chosen as an Advisor to the Minister.
What is the one piece of advice you would give to future candidates?
Make the most of the resources that are available to you during the year and share your ideas with other students and professors. Also, be proactive in class.