The Hon. Rexhep Meidani
Former President of Albania; Former Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana, Albania
Meidani's political career began in the 1990 when he served as chair of the Central Election Commission in the first multiparty elections in Albania in 1991. He was a member of the Presidential Council the same year. From 1992-1996 he was also engaged in civil society, and served as the chair of the Board of the Albanian Center of Human Rights. In 1996, he joined the Socialist Party and was elected as its Secretary General.
In the anticipated parliamentary elections of June 1997, Meidani was elected as a member of parliament in the Albanian Assembly. After the elections, the Albanian Assembly elected Meidani the President of Albania. Meidani served as the nation's third President until 2002. During his time in office, he played a crucial role in safeguarding his country’s nascent democratic institutions and facilitating its economic revival. He also played a key role in the adoption and implementation of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, a measure designed to foster peace, democracy, and economic development in the Balkans.