CEO, OTP Bank Albania
Mr. Bledar Shella is the Chief executive Officer / Chairman of the Management Board of OTP Bank Albania since December 2018. He was entrusted with the management of OTP Bank Albania, after a long experience in leading positions in Societe Generale Albania. For a period of 7 years Mr. Shella has been the Risk Management Department Manager and then, in 2015 he was elected Deputy General Manager and Retail Division Manager at Societe Generale Albania Bank. Prior to joining Societe Generale Albania Bank, Mr. Shella held the position of Deputy Head of Supervision Department and Head of Inspections of the Bank of Albania, a bank in which he started his career in October 2000 in the Foreign Exchange Reserve Administration, at the Monetary Operations Department.
In addition to his engagement in the Banking Sector, he has given his contribution in the academic field as a Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Tirana and in the Master Program at the European University of Tirana.
Mr. Shella is a member of the Board of the Association of Foreign Investors in Albania (FIAA) and part of the Assembly of the Albanian Association of Banks (AAB).
Mr. Shella holds a degree in Finance and Accounting from the Faculty of Economics, University of Tirana and holds the title of Certified Financial Analyst from the International Institute of Professionals, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in Charlottesville, USA. He is proficient in three foreign languages English, Italian and French.
CEO and Board Member of Banka Kombëtare Tregtare (BKT)
Mr. Seyhan Pencablıgil, holds a B.A. in Business Administration and a M.A. in General Management from Bosphorus University, Turkey; a M.Sc. in Finance from Lancaster University, UK. He has done doctoral studies in philosophy at Sofia University in Bulgaria. Mr. Pencablıgil has been the CEO and Board Member of BKT since October 2000, Honorary Chairman of the National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce – ICC Albania, Chairman of “Albania Leasing Sh.a.” and Alternate Member of the Board of Directors of the World Savings Bank Institute (WSBI). He has held other positions like Chairman of the Albanian Association of Banks and Board Member of the Albanian Investment Development Agency.
Mr. Pencablıgil has been awarded with many prestigious awards during his long career, in 2012 Mr. Pencablıgil was elected “CEO of the Year in Europe” by the prestigious magazine “EMEA Finance”. He was honored with the title “Doctor Honoris Causa” by the University “Aleksandër Moisiu” and recently Mr. Pencablıgil was awarded by the prestigious financial magazine Finance Central Europe as ‘Best Banker in Albania for 2020’.
CEO, Credins Bank
Maltin Korkuti was appointed CEO of Credins Bank in July 17, 2014. Prior to this position he was Deputy CEO of Credins Bank and Board member since the establishment of Credins Bank on 31 March 2003. Mr. Korkuti has a 20-year experience in the banking industry, the insurance sector, management of banking operations, risk management and treasury activity.
He is one of the founders of Banka Credins, the first Bank with Albanian capital, playing a key role in establishing the Bank’s structures, its growth and development throughout the years. Today Credins Bank is one of the two main banks operating in the market.
Mr. Korkuti is the initiator of the successful start-up of many financial institutions in the field of insurance, leasing, investment, brokerage and stock exchange in Albania, some of which are among the first initiatives ever undertaken in the country.
His career in the banking sector started with managerial positions, first in Savings Bank of Albania, the “Credins” Financial Institute and Credins Bank.
Mr. Korkuti has been awarded with the title “Magister rerum socialium oeconomicarumque” from the University of Vienna, Faculty of Economics, Department of International Business Administration in 1999, and holds the title” Doctor” from the University of Tirana, Finance Accounting Division, in 2004. Mr. Korkuti communicates fluently in English and German, and has good knowledge of Italian language.
CEO, ABI Bank
Andi Ballta has a long experience in the banking sector in the US and Europe. Mr. Ballta was a Managing Director at NCH Capital Inc., a private equity firm based in New York. At NCH Capital Inc., he led the acquisitions of and managed a regional portfolio of prime shorefront land for tourist development in Greece and Western Balkans.
With NCH Capital, Mr. Ballta co-founded Tranzit Finance, an Albanian debt purchase, collection, and financing company. In 2015, after the purchase of Crédit Agricole Albania SA from Tranzit, Mr. Ballta
became CEO of the newly formed American Bank of Investments (ABI Bank).
Prior to joining NCH Capital Inc., Mr. Ballta worked for seven years with the Israel Discount Bank in New York and Miami as Senior Vice President – Head of Sponsored and Syndicated Financing.
During the mid-1990s in Albania, Mr. Ballta worked with GIZ (then GTZ – German Government Technical Assistance) where he assisted small and medium-sized enterprises in the privatization process and in facilitating direct investment in the country.
CEO, Union Bank
Mrs. Veipi has an experience of an executive caliber that goes over twenty years in banking, finance, investments, and projects on strategic management and leadership. In 2000, Mrs. Veipi joined ProCredit Bank Albania where she held several key directing positions, and finally that of the Director of the Bank’s Board of Directors until 2014. Currently, Mrs. Veipi is the CEO and a Member of the Board of Directors of Union Bank.
Her other involvements and expertise include other important and honorable positions such as Member of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce and Chairperson of the “Woman Active in Business” Committee in the period 2012-2014. She was also a member of the Executive Board of the Albanian Association of Banks in the period 2011-2013, as well as from 2019 onwards.
Mrs. Veipi graduated from the University of Tirana with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Accounting in 2000 and from the University of Roehampton, London with an MBA degree.