Dr. Ilir Aliaj is Partner & Country Director DAMSON Group (Albania). Since 2002, he has worked as Executive Director of Center for Development and Democratization of Institutions (CDDI), a think tank based in Tirana. Main donors of the organization include CARDS, EU Commission, German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, World Bank, Open Society Justice Initiative, and USAID. His expert subjects include competitiveness of a country, business and innovation, geography of finance, transparency of public institutions, transparency of extractive industry, justice reform, and technical assistance to public institutions, etc. He is also lecturer at Mediterranean University in Tirana, Albania.