Dr. Valbona Zeneli is a Professor of Security Studies and Director of the Black Sea Eurasia Program at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. Previously she also served as Deputy Director for the Central and South-East Europe program. Dr. Zeneli’s academic credentials include a PhD in international political economy from the University of Studies of Bari (Italy), a postgraduate studies degree on International Marketing from Georgetown University, (Washington D.C.) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Bologna (Italy). Her research interests extend to various issues of European and Transatlantic security, economic security, international development, good governance and anticorruption. She has published numerous papers and book chapters and is a frequent contributor to many international leading magazines. She speaks English, Albanian, Italian and German.