Lessons in Leadership Ethics: An Interview with Beso Buranaj Hoxha

Beso Buranaj Hoxha is born in Fier, Albania in 1987. Beso has always been passionate about sports and swam for Longhorn Aquatics and was a water polo player for University of Texas. In 2010 he represented Albania in swimming. Since then he has helped the Sport Federation in Albania find talents from the diaspora and incorporate them to represent Albania in the international arena. He is an active member of the diaspora organization of Albanian Roots and Albanian Talents.

Beso’s professional career is focused on the technical field. By profession he is a research Scientist at the University of Texas, where he works as a lab manager of the Fluids Automation and Petrophysics laboratory. Beso Buranaj Hoxha completed his BSC degree in Chemistry with basis in engineering and Masters in Operations Research.

He currently is working with Dael Dervishi to initiate and develop the first-ever Albanian peer review Journal.


NY Elite Interview with Beso Buranaj Hoxha

NY Elite: What projects have been your favorites that you have been a part of and why? 

Beso Buranaj Hoxha: 

  1. Albanian Parade organizing committee member 2014-present.
  2. Supporter and member of Arberia organization in Houston, Texas.
  3. The Albanian Equality Movement that was initiated in the white house petitions portal to raise awareness for Albanian equal rights in the Balkans after the incident of the Albania-Serbia game in October 2014.
  4. Presenter and speaker for various Albanian –Jewish relations presentation. Resining Awareness on Albania’s religious tolerance and their important role of savings Jews during the Holocaust.
  5. Initiating and supporting the Albanian/Illyrian Studies Program at University of Texas with Albanian American Heritage Center (AAHC) from Dallas, Texas.

NY Elite: What three social issues are most important to you and why?

Beso Buranaj Hoxha: 

  1. Sports
  2. Education
  3. Tolerance

Three pillars to sustain a peaceful society.

NY Elite: What was the most significant change you brought about in a project / organization?

Beso Buranaj Hoxha: Our work is not yet done. I leave you with this message from Socrates.

“The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new”.

NY Elite: What is the biggest lesson you have learned in your career?

Beso Buranaj Hoxha: 

  • Do not resist the “communication”, allow for flow of communication in order to compromise and realize acceptable and reasonable solution.
  • There is more that unites us than divides us.
  • Do not criticize peoples believes, even if they are wrong. Show them there is a better way that benefits everyone.

NY Elite: What are the most important values and ethics of a leader?

Beso Buranaj Hoxha: For me , it is to realize when to lead in front and to “ know when to be lead”.


NY Elite: How can one improve their leadership skills?

Beso Buranaj Hoxha: Getting out of the box and taking a step back to reevaluate their approach.

NY Elite: What is your advice for those who would like to reach higher in their career?

Beso Buranaj Hoxha: “ Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill.

NY Elite: What/who inspires you?

Beso Buranaj Hoxha: My father, Burhan Hoxha. I hope one day I can be respected and beloved as much as he is.

NY Elite: What are five characteristics that make successful leaders?

Beso Buranaj Hoxha: Adaptable, Tolerant, Empathetic, Non-judgmental, non-sensitive.




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