About Flock Wool

Founded in 2019, Flock Wool Trading Company is an international wool export company headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, USA, with an operational HQ in southern Albania. Our team is located in Albania, Germany, and the US in order to best serve our customers. Our wool is 100% sourced from Albania.

We proudly bring quality Albanian wool to the carpet, rug, and insulation industry.

Our Founding Team

Evan Thomsen, chief executive officer

Evan is the CEO of Flock Wool and is dedicated to building a strong, ethical, and sustainable wool industry in Albania.

Originally from Iowa, USA, Evan and his wife Tyanna have been living around the world since 2016.

Concurrently, Evan serves as the director of marketing and IT for one of the fastest growing financial services firms in Australia. Prior to Flock, Evan owned and operated his own consulting business, specializing in marketing, business process optimization, and management consulting. Before embarking on the entrepreneurial and global life, Evan worked in the international development and humanitarian industry, gaining experience in supporting agriculture and economic development projects on two continents. Evan is also a veteran of the US army where he served for five years in the 82nd Airborne Division.  

Evan has multiple degrees in the field of international affairs, security, and conflict analysis, and he has an MBA from the Washington State University, Carson College of Business.

Evan and Tyanna hope to one day own a small farm and a few sheep of their own.

albi alikaj, chief operations officer

Albi is the COO of Flock Wool and is focused on creating an industry that will have a huge impact in Albania’s rural areas.

Born and raised in Saranda, Albania, Albi has built a successful business in property management in the southern region of the country and has extensive experience in operations and logistics management in the tourism industry. Albi is also a member of a growing network of entrepreneurs and executives in Albania, who are motivated to contribute to healthy, sustainable, and productive business development in the country.

Albi has his degree in Mechatronic Engineering from Tirana University. He currently lives in Saranda.

elisabeth van delden, chief marketing officer

As Flock Wool’s Chief Marketing Officer, Elisabeth is passionate about communicating about the Albanian sheep and wool industry.

In addition to dedicating her time to Flock Wool, Elisabeth works as a freelance wool communicator helping wool industry businesses communicate successfully online.

Between 2011 to 2016 Elisabeth has been the Secretary General of the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) in Brussels, Belgium. Based on the international wool network she was able to establish during her time at IWTO, Elisabeth published the Wool Academy Podcast. With more than 100 industry expert interviews the podcast is a unique repository of wool knowledge.  

Elisabeth studied Communications and Fashion Marketing in Berlin and London and worked for a PR agency supporting major German retailers in the area of international corporate communications.

Elisabeth lives with her husband Nico and Labrador dog Cooper in the countryside in the small town of Gronau, Germany.

flogert gjini, chief product officer

As our CPO, Flogert is responsible for maintaining the quality of our wool and building relationships with the farmers of Albania. As a generations-old family farmer, he is passionate about rebuilding the lost tradition of wool trading in Albania.

Born and raised in Tatzat village, Albania, Flogert has been involved in the farming and agriculture industry his entire life. He is also a successful small business owner in Saranda, where he works with local farmers in sourcing food and agriculture materials. He has a vision for rekindling a successful and sustainable wool industry in Albania. With his own flock of Ruda and Bardoka sheep, he understands the challenges and opportunities all wool growers face.

Flogert studied Agriculture at Tirana University.

tyanna thomsen, co-founder & executive secretary

Tyanna is the Co-founder and Executive Secretary of Flock Wool, and is in love with the beauty of Albania and the opportunity to help develop a company that can provide meaning and livelihood to so many.

Originally from South Carolina, USA, Tyanna has been living around the world with her husband, Evan.

Having been married to Evan for many years, Tyanna has become an expert in supporting his work and that of executive teams.

Tyanna holds a degree in Public Health from the College of Charleston.