2 min read July 2022 — Bler, executive director for Capital Analytics, spoke on how her degree in international economics, management and finance has played a role in her current position as well as her innate ability to pick up new languages with ease. She also discussed the journey that brought her to her home in Mexico City.
What initially interested you in the position of Executive Director?
I have a lot of prior experience in this type of work. For instance, I used to work in Morocco and Ghana doing the same type of job. I enjoyed it because it exposed me to a lot of industries I had no idea about, and you also get a chance to learn firsthand from leaders in these industries. The type of work I do is very much in line with my education. I studied international economics, management and finance, so it combines well with my profession..
In your time at CAA, what has been your favorite thing about the position so far?
Of course it can be a lot of work to manage meetings and get the content you need in order to get your publication to stand out, however it’s one of the things I enjoy the most. I love meeting new people and finding out the wonderful things that they’re doing in their respective industries. It’s wonderful to hear stories and learn. It inspires me to hear all these initiatives that their organizations are spearheading.
You are proficient in five languages. Has learning a new language always come naturally for you?
To be honest, I never found a struggle in learning them. I have always found myself in a position to pick them up as I was thrown into new countries, so I had no choice. I’m originally from Albania, so this occurred at a very young age when I moved to Italy. After learning a Latin language like Italian, it has a lot in common with Spanish and French, so I could understand 40% of what was being said to me. Eventually, I became fluent in all of them. I have to thank my parents who invested a lot of their time and effort to expose me to these languages, encouraging me and finding time to practice.
What inspired your move to Mexico City?
I have always dreamt of moving here at some point in life. When the opportunity first presented itself about two and a half years ago, I turned it down. I wanted to stay in West Africa a little longer. Ghana became home, and I loved it there. However, after the pandemic, I understood some of the difficulties that come with living in a developing country. One of those is healthcare. We were all nervous because healthcare still has a long way to go in Ghana, so I made the decision to leave the country for good.
When I left Ghana, I was supposed to start a project in the Middle East with my old company. Nonetheless, a lot of the embassies were closed. This eventually led me to this opportunity to live in Mexico City. I’m happy that I chose Mexico, it is something that I always wanted to do. I’m not going to lie, I was nervous at first; however, you shouldn’t believe everything you read about a place until you’ve been there.
What’s your favorite thing about living there?
My favorite thing has to be the food. The food is amazing in Mexico.
What do you like to do in your downtime to relax?
When you’re working remotely, you can work from anywhere, so traveling is my number one hobby. I also like reading. I’m a big fan of classic literature, especially the French and the Russians. I also paint, although I don’t do it as much as I used to or as much I want to, but I do enjoy it. Pilates is something I also enjoy doing. It’s the only type of workout that I’m into.
How have your different jobs shaped you into the person that you are today?
The main thing is becoming more open minded. The more you travel and the more you engage with people with different backgrounds, the more open minded it makes you about a lot of things. It has made me more aware of social issues, and I’m grateful for the experiences. For instance, when I was in West Africa, I learned a lot about slavery and how it impacted their society.
Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
I’m not good at planning. Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, so far mine has surprised me in wonderful ways. I definitely want to be able to continue my education. I would love to do a masters at some point, especially in the next five years. Hopefully, I will be settled in a country permanently because I have moved quite a lot. I don’t know whether it will be Mexico City or Canada.