NEHEMIAH GATEWAY University
Helping and empowering people to sustainably shape and determine
their lives in dignity and independence
Born in 1960 in Bayreuth, Germany
Arnold Geiger and his wife Esther have five children. Having finished his studies in public administration he occupied different functions within the federal police for nine years.
Following several relief-goods transports and humanitarian missions to various countries including Sudan, Eritrea, Malawi, Ethiopia, Russia, Rumania, Turkey and Iran, he and his family decided to move to Pogradec, in Albania after the opening of the borders in 1991 to actively and sustainably invest in the long-term development of that society.
A multitude of projects and services of all kinds came into being: emergency aid, spiritual support through churches, medical and social aid as well as educational institutions ranging from kindergarten to university.
Arnold Geiger is the founding member of various national and international organizations. He was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit for his multifaceted commitment (Bundesverdienstkreuz) in 2008. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Nehemiah Gateway in Albania he received the "Mother Teresa" award, honoring his outstanding achievements for the country of Albania.
Born in 1950 in Egenhausen / Northern Black Forest, Germany.
On completion of his studies in architecture at the University of Stuttgart, Helmut Hauser started his career in 1976 for Heuser+Dorner+Partner in Nagold. As an architect and junior partner, he dealt with various larger projects, predominantly in the field of social services. In 1984, he founded his own architecture office hauserpartner in Egenhausen. A further office was opened in Berlin in 2004. His staff of 22 coworkers implement architecture and engineering projects from planning to construction monitoring in the areas of urban planning, clinics and hospitals, church-related constructions, educational institutions, industry and business constructions as well as residential buildings of different sizes. Apart from their core competence of cost and time management, the company specializes in the development and implementation of woodwork constructions.
Helmut Hauser occupies several voluntary positions: member of the municipal council, member of the county council Calw, Supervisory Board member of the Klinikverbund Südwest, Advisory Board member of „de’ignis-Fachklinik“, Board member of the architectural association of Calw-Freudenstadt, German-Albanian Economic Society Berlin, and member of the council of the foundation for core values and international understanding in Berlin. In 1966, Helmut Hauser cofounded the Black-Forest-Brass-Band of which he is still an active trombonist.
After his first trip to Albania in 1992, he had numerous encounters with NEHEMIAH GATEWAY in Albania. As he continued to become acquainted with the country and its people he developed a growing appreciation and love for them. The contact deepened, dreams became reality over the years as they were able to construct a variety of buildings, such as schools, a university, a guest house, a church and a sports compound.
Helmut Hauser is married and has one daughter.
Born in 1982 in Elbasan, Albania
Mrs. Merdani studied German language at the “Aleksander Xhuvani” University in Elbasan, at the University of Vienna, Austria and Leipzig, Germany. After an internship in the German Parliament, she finished her Master studies on European Studies at the University of Leipzig, Germany.
Involved in the work of the opening of Nehemiah Gateway University, in which she also teaches with main focus on methods and scientific research.
Member of organizations such as, Verein zur Förderung der Bildungseinrichtungen der Stiftung Nehemia e.V.“ with seat in Weilheim, Germany and Albanian – German Economic Association, in Berlin, “Albanischer Verein der Bundestagsstipendiaten”, etc.
After completing his law studies at the University of Tirana in Albania and his Master studies in International Trade Law at the University of Newcastle in the United Kingdom, Elis Tarelli worked as legal counsel for the Austrian law firm Wolf Theiss in Tirana, Pristina and Wien, where he specialised in Company, Contract, Tax and Real Estate Law.
In 2006 he started working as Legal Advisor to the Governor of the Albanian Central Bank. Some of the most important projects, which Mr. Tarelli lead or co-lead were the preparation of the regulatory framework for the creation and operation of the first Public Credit Registry in Albania, the drafting of the current Albanian Banking Law, the preparation of the regulatory framework of the Bank of Albania private pension fund, as well as the drafting of several regulatory acts on the functioning of the Albanian banking and financial sector.
Elis Tarelli has finished his doctoral studies in Banking and Company Law at the University of Hamburg in Germany. He has also published several articles on Company, Tax and Non-Profit Law issues.
Born in 1983 in Pogradec, Albania
Eliverta Muço studied Albanian language at the "Aleksander Xhuvani" University in Elbasan. After teaching in the public school system, she joined the staff of Nehemia School in Bucimas, Albania and was later a part of the effort to open Nehemiah Gateway University.
Concurrent to her subsequent work as assistant of Nehemiah Gateway’s Managing Director, she finished her advanced studies in Business and Economics at Nehemiah Gateway University, followed by Master studies in Entrepreneurship at SRH International University in Berlin. Presently, her work at Nehemiah Gateway focuses on project empowerment and finance for global operations.