Valmira holds an MSc. in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure by the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Sweden, and a Bachelor’s in Construction Management form Brigham Young University in Utah, USA. She is an environmental planner with national and international work experience in the NGO sector, private sector, and central government. Her specific interests are in environmental and resource management. Prior to joining UNEP, Valmira worked as the Head of the Solid Waste Sector at the Ministry of Urban Development and led the process of producing the first digital map of waste deposit sites in Albania. In her two years with UNEP Albania Valmira has been coordinating the GEF Land Degradation project with pilot sites located in Kolonja Municipality.