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In her role as Director of Finance and Administration Mirela serves as a strategic thought-partner to the Faculty and Executive Director in strategic decision-making to ensure the smooth operation of all financial, compliance and administrative aspects of the organization as the Mittal Institute continues to grow. As the Director of Finance and Administration, Mirela brings a wealth of experience in financial management and administration with a strong foundation in research administration and oversight of complex research activities at Harvard University in progressive leadership roles. Mirela is responsible for the overall financial health of the Institute and provides a broad range of financial, administrative and compliance oversight for the finance operations for both Cambridge and New Delhi offices. This includes overseeing the Institute’s budget, forecasting, financial reporting, developing and implementing financial strategies, policies and procedures and ensuring compliance with the University and sponsor policies and requirements. She also oversees the administrative functions as well as the Institute’s space to ensure efficient and consistent operations as the Institute scales.

Mirela works closely and transparently with all external partners including Harvard Global, Office of Sponsored Programs, FAS Office of Finance, FAS HR, FAS Division of Social Science and other partners.    

With extensive experience in finance and administration at Harvard University since 2007, she is passionate about using her skills and experience to make a positive impact on the Mittal Institute and is committed to ensuring that the Institute is well equipped to achieve its mission and goals. Mirela is excited to be a part of such a dynamic and talented team, and she looks forward to contributing to the success of Mittal Institute. 

Mirela holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Tirana and a master’s in Management with concentration in Finance and Control from Harvard University.