History of APEN

In 2007, APEN was founded by a collective of young and ambitious Albanian Americans in New York City. Led initially, by Andi Ballta and Etrita Ibroci, APEN sought to bring together like-minded professional Albanians in order to advance our community in the United States. The first APEN meeting was held as an open forum, where over 100 young Albanian professionals came together to meet, network, and talk about the needs of young professional Albanians. What was expressed was a real need to meet like-minded Albanian-Americans and grow the power of our professional and personal connections. APEN continues to organize events, happy hours, panels, and workshops to promote Albanian-American talent. APEN's yearly signature events include our Annual Dignitaries Event, our Annual Art Event, and our Annual Holiday Party. 

APEN hopes to expand its mentorship and scholarship programming as we move into a new decade of service. As our organization grows, APEN also hopes to grow in its mission and membership.