Patrick is of Irish Nationality. He has had a career spanning the public and private sector. For a number of years he ran an international cooperation program at DG Industry of the European Commission. His activities spanned all of Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Since then he has worked in an advisory capacity for public and private sector clients in areas such as information technology, energy and waste, electric vehicles, agricultural production, food processing, education and training, quality assurance, regional development, municipal development.
Head of Hotel, Resort and Marina Development
Olard speaks Italian and Albanian as his mother tongues. He is also fluent in English, French and German. He studied law and European policy at Cologne in Germany and at the Institute of EU studies in Brussels, Belgium. He has an LLM in European Law from the University of Salento in Italy. He is an expert in EU law, EU institutions and EU decision making processes. He has considerable experience in project management and contract law. He has deep knowledge of EU approaches to regional development, the development of twinning arrangements and the establishment of networks for professional collaboration involving city managers and regional development officers.
President of the Board
Baki is originally from Albania. He has spent much of his professional life working in the fields of food and beverage, retail and distribution, restaurant, leisure and real estate. He knows these businesses from the bottom up, both as a manager dealing with the day-to-day of selecting and developing personnel, and as an investor partnering with people who have a vision, but require practical and financial support.