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Elda Sinani

Director, City of Hartford, Division of Licenses & Inspection

Dr. Elda Sinani, LL.M. is the Director of Licenses & Inspections for the City of Hartford, becoming the first woman in 200 years’ history to lead the building, permits and inspections department. Her main goal is to reintegrate the online permitting, inspection process, and all code violations, which will not only be more efficient increasing the revenues, but provide better customer service. In her current role she aims to be a positive influence on increasing women's interest in construction and code compliance industry.

Dr. Sinani previously worked as Operations Director of the Department of Development Services where she managed successfully a multimillion-dollar operation budget, multiple contracts and human resources program which resulted in cost reductions, revenue improvement, and team building.  Dr. Sinani has also worked as a Project Manager with City of Hartford and State Attorney in her home country.  

In addition to her law degree from Albania, Dr. Sinani holds a Law Degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and a Doctorate in Law and Public Policy from Northeastern University. She has spoken and attended trainings at well-known institutions such as Yale and Harvard University on subjects of Negotiation, Leadership Development, Arbitration and Conflict Resolution. 

Dr. Sinani is the author of several reports and articles on human rights, racial and gender discrimination, and immigration issues. Her name was added to the Wall of Tolerance in Montgomery, Alabama to provide inspiration to all those who chose to stand up against hatred and racial discrimination.

Dr. Sinani is very proud of her Albanian heritage and organized the city’s and state’s first official Albanian Independence Day in November, 2007.

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