Teuta Topi, First Lady of Albania
Teuta Topi (Mema) is the First Lady of Albania and the wife of Bamir Topi. She has two daughters,Nada Topi (born 1984) and Etida Topi (born 1990). The spouse of the President of the Republic, First Lady Teuta Topi was born in Tirana on June 13, 1961. Mrs. Topi graduated from Petro Nini Gymnasium in the capital and earned her college degree in 1984, majoring in Agronomy from the Agricultural University of Tirana. The First Lady has also earned a Master on the Environmental Science and Technology. Mrs. Topi has a long professional experience working as specialist in the Entity of Seeds and Saplings and also as a specialist of the rural development in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Protection of the Consumer. Mrs. Topi has expanded her professional experience with domestic qualifications and studying abroad Mississippi State University, USA. Mrs. Topi is a member of the Work Group for rural development in the Balkans; representative of the Ministry of Agriculture of Albania to the IRENE Project, the INTERREG III Program for the Regional Development o Local Basis; member of the Work Group to draft the strategy of regional development and member of the Technical Work Group on the collaboration in the agricultural field with the neighboring countries. The First Lady has not been involved in politics, but she has been active in programs of social and public interest such as in issue of gender pertinence or in issues of European integration and the Association-Stabilization process. In 1986 she met and later on married Bamir Topi. They are parents of two daughters: Nada and Etida. Mrs. Topi has not interrupted her professional activity in the Ministry of Agriculture, while her activity as the First Lady she will dedicate to the most needy levels of the society.