Pëllumb Xhufi, born in 1951 in Durrës (Albania), studied Classical Philology at the University of Rome. From 1991 to 1992 he undertook research as a grant holder of the Humboldt Foundation at the University of Cologne. After fifteen years of working at the Institute for History he began to work for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. From 1998 to 2001 he was the Deputy Foreign Minister and then the Albanian ambassador in Rome. Prof. Dr. Pëllumb Xhufi has published numerous translations and scientific publications about the history of Albania and the Balkans.