Jean Monnet Module Coordinator

Jean Monnet Module Coordinator

Dr. Erjon Curraj
Jean Monnet Module Coordinator
Contact: erjon.curraj@kpt.edu.al

Erjon is an expert in business development, innovation, and digital transformation. He avails of a blended professional experience in academia, the public and private sectors (Triple Helix). He has a Ph.D. in management studies with a research project on the impact of digitalisation on SMEs’ performance in Albania. He is a Jean Monnet Module Coordinator on Digital Transformation with a grant awarded by the European Commission Erasmus+ Programme. In addition, he lectures advanced modules on IT Project Management, Entrepreneurship, and Smart Business in various Albania universities.  He has been an external lecturer at Professional College of Tirana for several years now.

Erjon has an established track record in conducting research and consultancy services for local and international actors. He has led a research project on the linkages between the science and the private sector in Albania for the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency, recommending concrete and plausible collaboration modalities. He has also been engaged as an Expert for the UND Programme on consolidating digitalisation of services at the local government level. He is also a mentor for business development and digitalisation process of local media outlets as part of the Media for All project and in cooperation with Thomson Foundation. Further more, Erjon is an expert for Regional Cooperation Council in assessing digital skills in Albania and Kosovo and providing recommendations for the education, private and public sectors. Erjon has more than 15 years of professional experience in IT and digital transformation project management. He is the founder of Tech360 Smart Solution start-up. 

Publications

Presentations in the public sphere

  • “Sustainable Innovation as the best cure for COVID19 impact on economy” available here.

  • Team Leader – Development of business plan on initiatives in the framework of social entrepreneurship such as the project “Handmade Albania – the impact of e-commerce on growth for local communities”. The business plan was awarded First Prize/Winner in the Albanian Business Plan Competition organised by the Albanian Investment Development Agency/AIDA, OECD Investment Compact for South East Europe and the Albanian Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy (METE)

  • Curraj, E., (2015) “Research and business sector cooperation”, discussed in the roundtable organised by European University of Tirana on the framework of Tempus ConSus Project: Sustainable and Innovation in Western Balkans.

  • Expert – IoT in the Agriculture Sector in Albania during High Tech fair, Ex-Praktiker, Albania, February 2016

  • Curraj, E., (2016) “Digitalisation of SMEs in Albania”, Research Seminar at Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland.

  • Curraj, E., (2016) “Business Automation: Opportunities and Challenges in Albania”, discussed in First Security Forum in Albania, November 2016, available at here.

  • Expert – Building synergies between certification, education and employment, available at BusinessMag.

  • Expert – Digital Transformation in the Business Sector in Albania: Smart Business, Vodafone Albania Development Days, Tirana, September 2017

  • Expert – Digital Transformation in the Business Sector in Albania during Tirana SME Week, Tirana Business University, Albania, November 2018

  • Speaker – “From Finland to Tirana: Bringing models for business development through innovation: The case of Tech360”, at the ‘MeetUp #1- DiGi Diaspora’, organized by Innovate Albania, AITA and Techspace.al, 30 December 2019

  • Expert – Supporting SMEs with tools to develop their business, InnoPlatform Project, Interreg BalkanMed, September 2019, available here.

  • Facilitator of Workshop “Digitalisation and depopulation of rural areas”, at the Euromed Summit 2019 economic and social councils and similar institutions, co-organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and The Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UFM) The event is co-financed by the European Commission. October 2019.  Available here.

  • Speaker – “Digitalisation of SMEs in Albania” at the Euromed Summit 2019 economic and social councils and similar institutions, co-organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and The Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UFM) The event is co-financed by the European Commission. October 2019. Available here and here.

  • Moderator and speaker of the Webinar “Value of Innovation in time of Crisis” organized by Tech360, SCiDEV, CCIS and KPT.

Media Presence

    • Article on the digital transformations of SMEs during COVID19 pandemic, available here and here and here.
    • Interview on business development through digital skills, October 2019, ProBusiness, KlanPlus TV, available here.
    • Interview on vocational and education training and higher education, SCAN TV, July 2018, available here.
    • Interview on digital transformation, SCAN TV, December 2018, available here.
    • Showcasing Smart Home, Wake Up, TopChannel, June 2016, available here.
    • Instruments to boost innovation within SMEs, published at MAPO Newspaper, available here.
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Membership

    • Deputy Head of the Assembly of the Albanian IT Association (AITA) and active participant and consultant for their regular activities in IT in Albania and in the region;
    • consultant/expert for IT Resource Centre ProTIK with the support of Assist Impact and USAID;
    • A consultant for digital transformation and inclusive digitalisation for Center Science and Innovation for Development.
    • Promoter and supporter of Network of Albanian Women in STEM.
    • LSE Research on South East Europe Network (LSEE), London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom.
    • Member of Regional USAID Network on Business Relations Development with entrepreneurs, start-ups, business accelerators and incubators as well as Network at Silicon Valley in San Francisco, USA.
    • Mentor and promoter of start-ups.
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