Shtylla oversees the development and communications departments. She previously worked as ICFJ senior program director for Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia and as deputy director of the Knight International Journalism Fellowships (1997-2007).
Before joining ICFJ, Shtylla was regional director of the Solon Foundation in Albania (1994-96); Humphrey Fellow in Mass Communication at Boston University (1993-94); and assistant director of the Encyclopedia Publishing House in Tirana, Albania (1992-93). She has a B.A. in Chinese language from the Beijing Institute of Foreign Languages and a B.A. in language and literature from Beijing University. A native Albanian speaker, she is fluent in English and Mandarin, and proficient in French.