The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, since October 4, 2013, was born in Tirana on November 22, 1969.
He has a long and cross-cutting experience in several central and local governmental institutions.
Sokol Dervishaj has previously served as Deputy Minister in charge of Energy Affairs, in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy (September 2010 – April 2013).
He served in different positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, such as Desk Officer in the Regional Affairs Department and Head of Security Affairs Section in the Euro-Atlantic Affairs Department (1998 – 2000), as Advisor to the Minister (2003), and as Chief of Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2009 – 2010).
He has also served in the Ministry of Defence as Minister’s Chief of Cabinet (2000 – 2002), and in the Ministry of Interior as Head of International Co-operation Department (1997 – 1998).
Sokol Dervishaj graduated in Tirana University, Faculty of History and Philology, English Literature chair (1992). He holds an MA in International Studies from King’s College London (2003), and he is a graduate of the Royal College of Defense Studies, London.
He has also attended the High Level Defense Diplomacy course at the Royal Military College of Sciences (2001), and Harvard University executive course, Kennedy School of Governance (2012).
He has been elected as Memorial Marshall Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of United States participating in the Trans-Atlantic relations program (2006), and he is also alumni of the International Visitors Leadership Program of the State Department (2008).
Sokol Dervishaj was elected Chairman of Tirana Municipality Council (2007 – 2011).
He is one of the founding members of the Socialist Movement for Integration and has been elected in different positions in the party leading structures.
He is married to Sidorela Kola and they have two kinds, Omar and Rejana.