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The management structure of Macedonia2025 is composed of a Board of Directors and led by a Chairperson. Currently, Macedonia2025 has eighteen Board members, including a dynamic membership base, made up of exceptionally successful business leaders of Macedonian origin. Macedonia2025 is predominantly financed by Board of Directors membership fees. Through their advisorship, we continue our work to shape Macedonia’s future by promoting sustainable economic growth that will improve opportunities for citizens, companies, and foreign investors.

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Michael Cklamovski is a Senior Managing Director and President of the Northern California region based in the San Francisco office.  In this role, Michael is responsible for leading the Wealth Management business in the Bay Area and neighboring communities.  Previously, Cklamovski served as West Region Market Executive, Managing Director and Banking Team Lead at CIBC Private Bank, and as a Private Client Advisor at US Trust.  Prior to his wealth management experience, Michael was a practicing litigation attorney for Fidelity National Financial. Michael received a dual B.A. degree in both Political Science and Communications from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a J.D. from the Northern Illinois University College of Law, Cum Laude. Michael has served as an officer and board member with various charitable, civic and educational organizations in the Bay Area and Chicago. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Macedonia2025, an international ‘thank & do’tank, on the advisory board of the Veteran’s Business Project and as a Fighting Illini mentor serving current student-athletes at his Alma Mater.

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Michael Cklamovski

Chairman of the Board

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Vasko Kronevski, B.Sc. Degree in Information Technology is an established entrepreneur and digital transformation strategist focused on the economic growth of organizations utilizing digital transformation solutions. He has been developing his expertise in digital transformation and ICT business since 1996, being General Manager at software development companies. Vasko is CEO and co-founder of Nextsense, ICT company specialized in digital transformation solutions founded in 2001 and digital transformation leader in the CEE region. Vasko is responsible for shaping the vision, strategy, and directly involved in the digital transformation products strategy. Vasko’s carrier development encounters more than 25 years of professional experience in driving digital transformation processes for prominent enterprises in the telecom and finance industry, as well as governmental institutions across Europe and wider. During his professional journey, he established a valuable partnership with business, government, and academia to generate opportunities and build capacities for sustainable economic growth, helping them build a stronger organization and improve their business opportunities. He is skilled at identifying key economic challenges of organizations and guiding them in implementing digital solutions. His strong vision and expertise in ICT and sustainable economic development placed him among the most engaged experts and digital strategists on international projects and speakers on a wide array of high level (reputable) conferences. As a strategist, strong analyst and mediator, Vasko has been a member (past and present) in many distinguished professional bodies: World Information Technology and Service Alliance (WITSA) Member of Board; MASIT – Macedonian ICT Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Assembly, President of the Board; Vice President; Steering Committee Coordinator; South East Europe ICT Forum Private sector board member; Member of EBA-European Business Association; e-Democracy Conference Chairman.

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Vasko Kronevski

Vice Chair

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Mike Zafirovski is the Founder, Chairman, and President of The Zaf Group, a family office engaged in operating, investment, and advisory activities. The operating activities include acquiring well-run family businesses with the intention of owning in perpetuity. Currently, the two platform companies are ACP CreativIT, an IT solutions provider and ABCO Systems, a material handling systems integrator for warehouses and distribution centers. Mike is the chairman of both companies, and Mike’s wife Robin is the co-chair of The Zaf Group.

Formerly, Mike was an executive advisor to The Blackstone Group (2011-2021) and served on the board of directors of Boeing (2004-2020), Stericycle (2012-2022), Apria Healthcare (2011-2022), Nortel (2006-2009), Motorola (2002-2005), several Blackstone portfolio and other private companies.

During his corporate career, Mike served as President/CEO at Nortel, Motorola, and five GE businesses. In 21 years of direct P&L responsibility, revenue growth exceeded 8% per year, annual productivity averaged over 6%, and EBITDA margin increases averaged 350bps per year.

From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Zafirovski was appointed by the President of the United States to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC), providing recommendations to the President on a wide range of policy issues related to telecommunications, IT, cybersecurity, and other national security concerns.

The Zafirovski Family Foundation (established in 2005) activities focus on education, healthcare, faith-based ministries, and economic development. A native of Macedonia, Mike is co-founder and director of Macedonia 2025 (www.macedonia2025.com), an organization dedicated to enhancing the country’s economic and democratic development. One of the programs (Zafirovski Executive Development), in partnership with the Kellogg School of Management, is accelerating the development of 100 future CEOs and CXOs in the country.

Mike is on Board of Directors of the Special Olympics (www.SpecialOlympics.org). His other philanthropic and civic involvements include: Council of Chief Executives (member, former Chairman), The CEO Forum (member, https://theceoforum.org/Home), American Enterprise Institute (member of National Council), The Halftime Institute (http://halftimeinstitute.org/, completed the Fellows Program in 2017), The Economic Club of Chicago (member, former director), and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs (member). Mike is co-founder of the Faith at Work ministry at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, Il. Mike is the former Chairman of AUSL (www.ausl-chicago.org), an organization that drove education equity at some of the most challenged public schools in Chicago.

Mike holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, where he captained the soccer and swimming teams. In 2002, Edinboro University awarded him an honorary doctorate degree in public service. He is a visiting lecturer at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He and his wife Robin are former national chairs of Duke University’s Parents’ Committee.

He has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2004); the Distinguished Leadership Award from the NY Hall of Science (2008); the Medal of Honor from the President of Macedonia (2013); and the inagural John L. Bitove Philanthropy Award (2017). In 2018, the Navy Seal Foundation bestowed on Mike and his wife Robin the “Patriot Award,” in recognition of their extensive philanthropic contributions to society, commitment to the Navy Seal community, and spirit and example of patriotism. In 2021, AUSL recognized Mike and Robin for their leadership impact in education.

Mike and Robin, married for 40 years, have three married sons and seven grandchildren. All three sons are involved in The Zaf Group. Mike’s hobbies include anything with family, mentoring, friends, travel, and sports (he completed the Kona Ironman Triathlon in 2018, the NYC marathon in 2021, and is beginning to take golf seriously).

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Mike Zafirovski

Co-founder

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John I. Bitove has a distinguished record of accomplishment in the corporate, sports and community endeavours. He is the sole shareholder of Obelysk, which has major investments in the wireless, satellite radio, real estate, restaurants and other businesses. He is one of the founders of alternative asset investment firm, PointNorth Capital. Recently Obelysk has obtained the right to develop the Canadian market for Bird e-scooters, and the franchise right to develop Dave’s Hot Chicken restaurants in Canada. Mr. Bitove was the founder, Chairman and controlling shareholder of Canadian Satellite Radio Inc. which brought satellite radio service to Canadians, in partnership with U.S.-based XM Satellite Radio. XM later merged with Sirius to become SiriusXM Canada, Canada’s fastest growing media subscription business with over 3 million subscribers. SiriusXM Canada went public in 2005 and has now gone private with Mr. Bitove remaining as a shareholder. Mr. Bitove was the founder, principal shareholder and CEO of KEYreit, Canada’s premier “small-box” retail property owner with over 220 retail real estate properties in eight provinces across Canada. He was also the founder of Mobilicity, one of Canada’s new entrant wireless operators, which was sold to Rogers in 2015. Mr. Bitove acquired Scott’s Restaurants in 1999. Scott’s was renamed as Priszm and grew to almost 700 restaurants across Canada under the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands, serving 2 million customers a week and employing over 10,000 people. Priszm was eventually taken public as an Income Trust. A passionate Canadian, Mr. Bitove was the volunteer President and Chief Executive Officer of Toronto’s Bid for the 2008 Olympic Games (awarded to Beijing, China). He was the head of the organizing committees that brought the successful World Indoor Athletics (Track & Field) Championships and World Championships of Basketball to Canada in 1993 and 1994 respectively. In 1993, he founded the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club. He led the NBA franchise-bid process, launched the team and created the Air Canada Centre (now Scotiabank Arena), Toronto’s major sports and entertainment venue. A strong believer of giving back to the community, Mr. Bitove founded S’Cool Life Fund, to support public elementary schools across Canada. Since the launch in 2005, S’Cool Life Fund has raised and donated over $3 million helping to make school life more enjoyable for thousands of public elementary school kids.

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John I. Bitove

Co-founder

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Mitre Kutanovski is a Co-founder and a former Chairman of Macedonia 2025. Under the leadership of Mr. Kutanovski Macedonia 2025 opened a second office, started an annual golf outing and launched a series of business and professional networking opportunities for the Diaspora. Prior to his involvement with Macedonia 2025, Mr. Kutanovski was the President and CEO of the Mitre Group Inc. a company that consists of: Crown Financial Advisors; Mitre Group LLC. Broker Dealer; Classic and Crown Mortgage Solutions; Crown Tax and Business Services; Crown Insurance Group; Crown Travel Agency; and the weekly radio program Voice of Macedonia.

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Mitre Kutanovski

Co-founder

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Vera Stavroff is the President & CEO of HerbalScience, AlkaloidUSA, and co-founder of GreenBeauty. Vera works with Tikveš Winery on a joint venture to penetrate the US market under the brand Vergina wines. Vera was born in Bitola, Macedonia. Her family emigrated to Ohio’s heartland, where she attended The Ohio State University and received her degree in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. She worked in the pharmaceutical industry (Abbott Laboratories) for 13 years. Vera joined Limited Brands as a member of the Executive Committee and head of Research & Development, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs for the Bath & Body Works division. Vera is the recipient of two U.S. and international patents. She resides in Columbus Ohio with her husband Frank and they have two children, Jacquilyn and Jeffrey.

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Vera Stavroff

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Chris Pavlovski is a serial and global entrepreneur. On the heels of selling multiple businesses, and founding numerous successful companies, Chris became a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010. Shortly there after, one of the businesses Chris founded, is a global IT business with offices in Europe & North America. The business was ranked as the 2nd best employer in Macedonia and has been the recipient of numerous awards. Currently, Chris is the CEO and Founder of Rumble.com. Rumble is a video platform that has distribution partnerships with over ten established media companies, including but not limited to Microsoft, Yahoo, and Bell. Chris also sits on numerous boards. He serves on the board of Every Day Child; a non-profit charity organization. He serves on the advisory board of Close.com; a social network for close friends and family, and also sits Macedonia 2025’s Senior Board.

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Chris Pavlovski

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Alek Icev is a Macedonian-American computer scientist and high tech executive based in Seattle, WA. Alek’s research background is in machine learning, data mining and bioinformatics. Alek’s industry experience spans designing core algorithms for life sciences startups, helping scale large enterprise software solutions and leading several engineering teams focused on making Google’s ads systems and platforms smarter. In his free time he is trying to find a sweet spot in his passion for techno-progressivism, stoicism and singularity while being below average soccer player and aspiring yogi. Alek and his wife Kati are blessed of being parents to two kids who share their excitement about skiing and the great northwest pacific outdoors.

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Alek Icev

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Kati Iceva is computer science engineer and leader with over 18 years of experience building and shipping Microsoft products. As Group Engineering Manager, she currently leads the engineering team of Azure Stream Analytics, Microsoft’s real-time analytics service that is designed for mission-critical workloads and was named streaming analytics market leader by Forrester. She is responsible for product strategy, technical vision, architecture, development and operations of the product. Her previous contributions span data technologies including multiple versions of the .NET Entity Framework and Power Query. With her work, she hopes to contribute to advancing the quality of human lives and health. Seeded in her experience of working on three continents, Kati has a strong passion for enabling and supporting diverse and inclusive teams and working environments. Hoping to see more women thrive in technology industries, she takes advantage of every opportunity to encourage girls to explore computer science. Kati holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje and Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She resides in Seattle, Washington with her husband Alek and their two children. Outside of work, you can find her skiing, running, hiking or practicing yoga.

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Kati Iceva

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Viktor Mizo is the Managing Director of Kostal Macedonia, part of the German family owned Kostal Group – global leader in design and manufacturing of advanced electronics and mechatronics products for the automotive industry. He is also President of the Association of foreign companies with technologically advanced manufacturing within the auspices of the Economic Chamber of Macedonia and an outside expert for McKinsey on various economic development, FDI and free zones projects around the World. Mr. Mizo brings to Kostal a record of exceptional leadership and strategic vision, responsible for numerous greenfield investment projects by multinational companies that have located their production or service operations in Macedonia as a CEO of the Macedonia Free Zone Authority over a period of six year. Prior to that, he spent four years as CEO of Invest Macedonia, where he played a critical role in putting Macedonia on the radar of potential investors looking to expand in Europe and was a key member of the Government’s economic team. He co-founded and managed a technology company specialized in digital file distribution for mobile phones in Japan, as well as an internet start-up in the media and entertainment space in London and New York. Preceding this, Mr. Mizo was a technology and financial services consultant at McKinsey’s New York office. He began his career as a design engineer at Magna International and a member of the esteemed Technical Leadership Program at General Electric where he worked on locomotive design that culminated in a Black Belt position in the Six Sigma quality initiative. Mr. Mizo received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating summa cum laude. An alumnus of Harvard University, he holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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Viktor Mizo

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Borko Handjiski is Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company. He joined McKinsey’s Middle East office in June 2015 and has been primarily serving public sector clients in the Gulf region. Before joining McKinsey, Borko Handjiski worked for the World Bank in Washington DC as Senior Economist. Borko began his career at the Macedonian central bank and worked for the European Commission in Macedonia where he advised the government on economic policies related to EU accession. Throughout his 14-year career, Borko has worked with governments in Europe, Central Asia, Africa, and the Middle East in the areas of economic development, public finances, investment, trade, and labor markets. Borko holds an MBA degree in finance from Purdue University and a BA in Economics from the University of Skopje. He resides with his family in Dubai.

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Borko Handjiski

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Metodija Papazoski is a Cofounder and Vice President of EMBS Group, a global market intelligence and advisory company. He has more than 15 years of experience consulting to Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industries including healthcare, industrial goods, consumer goods, and financial services. Metodija is also a frequent speaker at industry events, such as SCIP’s and CIMICON’s International Conferences. Areas of expertise: market entry and business development, strategic advisory, market sizing, competitive intelligence (CI). Metodija holds an MA degree in International Business Management from Bradford University and a BA in Economics from the University of Skopje. He resides in Krakow, Poland with his wife Zuzana and their three children. Metodija enjoys playing basketball, reading, travelling and CrossFit.

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Metodija Papazoski

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Venera Krliu Handjiski is the Deputy CEO, Chief Operations Officer, and Vice President of the Board of Directors at the University American College Skopje (UACS). Besides these management positions, she is also an Associate Professor in Organizational Behavior at the School of Business Economics and Management and Vice-Rector for Education. In 2012, Assoc. Prof. Krliu Handjiski, PhD, was awarded the “Business Leader of the Year” award by the European Business Association in Macedonia. She has completed executive education courses, European Entrepreneurship Colloquiums by Harvard Business School in 2009 and 2015, as well as the Young Managers Programme, organized by the IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia. Assoc. Prof. Krliu Handjiski’s long-term charity work and support was recognized in 2017 by the highest state award “Mother Teresa” for humanity and human solidarity, and for encouraging, promoting mutual understanding and developing cooperation, both between peoples and between members of different communities, cultures and religions in Macedonia.

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Venera Krliu Handjiski

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Gjorgje Vojnovic is the CEO of TriglavOsiguruvanje AD, Skopje and President of the Association of Financial Organizations at the Economic Chamber. He started his professional career at the age of 15, as a basketball player. Throughout his career he played for several Macedonian and international basketball teams, and was a representative player for the National Basketball Team. While advancing in his sports career, Vojnovic gained a University degree at the Faculty of Physical Education, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje. He finished his Master’s studies at Sheffield’s University City College in Thessaloniki, with a dissertation in marketing. In 2006 he was appointed as General Manager of the official Ford importer in Macedonia and in 2007 started working in the financial sector as a Member of the Management Board in the leasing company Hypo Alpe Adria Leasing. In 2012 Vojnovic was appointed as CEO in Triglav Osiguruvanje AD, Skopje and ever since is working in the insurance sector. He attended and completed the Advanced Management Program at Northwestern University-Kellogg School of Management in 2018. In addition to his professional engagements, he is a member of numerous associations and institutions and devoted to humanitarian projects.

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Gjorgje Vojnovic

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Since year 2006, Mukaetov is heading the biggest Macedonian pharmaceutical industry, “Alkaloid AD Skopje”.

Founded in 1936, “Alkaloid” brand is recognizable and well-established, just like its motto- “Health above all”…slogan of one of the key drivers of the Macedonian economy and one of the leading pharmaceutical industries in Southeastern Europe. Headquartered in Skopje, “Alkaloid” places its products in over 40 countries worldwide through its 20 subsidiaries abroad.

For his extraordinary endeavors in the sphere of culture, sports, business and corporate social responsibility, Mukaetov was awarded various national and international acknowledgments. He was decorated with two orders: “Order of the Danish Flag” on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark for valuable services as Consul General of the Kingdom of Denmark (a function he’s performing since 2007) and the “Order of Merit” by the President of the Republic of North Macedonia, H.E. Mr. Stevo Pendarovski for impeccable professional standards in the modern corporate management in the pharmaceutical industry, investments in new technology, education as well as philanthropic culture and broad social responsibility.

Mukaetov is a member of the management boards of various economically important institutions in his country, such as vice-president of the “Chamber of Commerce”. Since 2013, he is President of the “Macedonian Handball Federation” presently running his third mandate and besides being a patron of the Chess Club “Alkaloid”, in 2021 he founded the Handball Club “Alkaloid” aimed at supporting young Macedonian handball talents.

In 2014, Mukaetov joined the prestigious organization “Forum of Young Global Leaders”. Under their auspices, he attended trainings at the prestigious American “University of Yale” in New Haven, CT the “Harvard Kennedy School” in Cambridge, MA and the United Kingdom’s “Saїd Business School” in Oxford.

Since 2007, Mukaetov is presiding the Foundation “Trajche Mukaetov” aimed at supporting young and talented students and professionals who devoted their careers to medicine and pharmacy. Up to date, this Foundation donated EUR 1.9 million for scholarships and premiums to valedictorians.

Zhivko and his wife Emilija are devoted parents of four children.

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Zhivko Mukaetov

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Robert Stevanovski is Co-Founder and Chairman of ACN Inc., the world’s largest direct selling telecommunications service provider.  Robert has worked hard from the beginning, investing his own time and money to make a name for ACN in this highly competitive field.

In addition to his daily operational duties, Robert is a distinguished ACN Board Member. His success has not slowed him down but rather encouraged Robert to continually reevaluate himself and his company. He constantly strives to be better and encourages others to work hard in relentless progression toward greater success.

  • Cofounder of ACN
  • Cofounder of XOOM Energy
  • Cofounder of Anovia Payments
  • Board of the Wells Fargo PGA Championship
  • Board of HoopTee Charities

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Robert Stevanovski

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Dr. Zoran Stojcev is a Specialist in General and Oncological Surgery, currently serving as the Head Department of General and Oncological Surgery Warsaw University Hospital. He graduated from the University of Bratislava in 1988 and obtained specialization degrees in general surgery in 1991 and oncological surgery in 1995. Dr. Stojcev has a wealth of experience and expertise, having performed over 13,000 major operations throughout his career. He has published numerous domestic and international publications and is actively involved in scientific research. Dr. Stojcev is a member of prestigious scientific societies such as the European Society of Surgical Oncology and the Society of Polish Surgeons. He is dedicated to training young doctors and has organized surgical workshops and mentored several specialists in oncological and general surgery. Dr. Stojcev has received several awards and honors, including the “Doctor of the Year 2016” and “Personality of the Year 2016” awards. He is highly respected in his field and plays an active role in setting the standards of oncological treatment.

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Zoran Stojčev

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Borijan Borozanov has more than 20 years of experience in international management and corporate leadership roles. Currently, he is serving as Manufacturing Director for Central and Eastern Europe for Johnson Matthey, a FTSE 100 company, and a leading global provider of clean air technologies. His earlier work history includes building up the new Delphi Electronic Systems factory and serving as plant manager for Aptiv Services. Borijan had a variety of positions in the European automotive sector before moving back to North Macedonia, including Strategic Manufacturing Footprint Planner as part of his Rotational Leadership Development Program. Additionally, he oversaw Invest Macedonia’s Investor Servicing Division and contributed to the execution of over 12 investment projects in North Macedonia’s automotive supply chain.

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Borijan Borozanov

Advisory Board

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Mihail Matevski is CEO and Partner in the company’s GREENTECH in Serbia and Macedonia, waste plastic recycling and processing industry. GREENTECH is member of GREEN GROUP, the largest waste PET bottle recycler/convertor in Eastern and Central Europe.

Highlights of expertise: packaging waste management, waste plastic processing, business development, sales, international trading, production management and team leadership. Working experience of 23 years: 16 years at position of CEO/General Manager, 2 years in business consultancy and 5 years in sales management.
Co-founder and Board President of the Serbian Association of Packaging Waste Recyclers, co-founder of the Macedonian Solid Waste Association (MASWA),  member of CANSEE – Canadian-Serbian Business Association, member of the working group for recycling and waste minimization within the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), Macedonia2025 diaspora organization Board member.
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at State University of Macedonia.

 

Northwestern University-Kellogg School of Management, Advanced Management Program Certification since 2018.

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Mihail Mateski
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Dr. Jana Marin graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry at the “St. Cyril and Methodius” University in Skopje, Macedonia. She attained a Master’s degree in International Healthcare Management, Economics and Policy at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Dr. Marin obtained her first professional experience in healthcare management in the Quality Department of the German unit of Capio Group , Capio Deutsche Klinik GmbH.

She developed an important, formative part of her professional expertise while working at the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Macedonia. During her appointment as Advisor to the Minister of Health, Dr. Marin was personally involved in a broad spectrum of issues of concern to National Healthcare Policies and Economic Planning of Public Health in Macedonia.

Her educational background, coupled with the expertise she obtained in the last decade of independent, intensive, daily involvement in decision making processes, paved the way to Dr. Marin being holding key management positions. Due to her proven managerial capability and particularly her innovative approach to problem solving, she had been entrusted with management of key projects. Recently, she led the team, which successfully completed the prominently complex and important Joint Commission International Accreditation process and thus, brought Acibadem Sistina Hospital the title of First JCI Accredited Hospital in Macedonia.

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Jana Marin
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Vanja Josifovski, CTO, Pinterest

Vanja Josifovski is the CTO of Pinterest where he’s responsible for establishing the company’s overall technical strategy as well as leading efforts in the areas of machine learning, search, feeds, and online advertising product development. Prior to serving as CTO, Vanja led the Pinterest Discovery team overseeing content selection for home feed, search and visual discovery, as well as the Growth team responsible for user and engagement growth. Before Pinterest, he worked on large scale machine learning and information extraction at Google Research for products including Search, Search Advertising, Play and YouTube. Earlier, he was Senior Director at Yahoo Research where he led the design and initial development of two major advertising platforms and core Hadoop components.

Dr. Josifovski is the co-founder of the new scientific sub-discipline of “Computational Advertising”, which defines the scientific principles behind the online advertising technology. He also taught the first course on this topic at Stanford University. Additionally, he’s an ACM Distinguished Scientist, with over 90 publications in the top peer reviewed conferences and 30 granted patents. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Linköping University (Sweden), Master’s in Computer Science from University of Florida, and Dipl. Eng. from Ljubljana University. He attended USO Korchagin in Skopje.

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Vanja Josifovski
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Vladimir has been an IT consultant and a serial entrepreneur in Macedonia, New Zealand and Australia – currently working on a SaaS start-up in Manly NSW in addition to providing architecture and cloud transformation consultancy to the government and the banking sectors.

An electrical engineer (ETF Skopje) with postgraduate in business management (AIM Sydney) and treasury and derivative markets (FINSIA Sydney).

Started his career as a UKIM researcher and published academic papers internationally on automation and control systems predominantly for the IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control).

Blessed with a wonderful family living in a wonderful spot shared with a wonderful community that includes many Macedonians too! Picnics, kids’ soccer tournaments and, of course, that extra shrimp on the barbie… it’s the vibe of it.

Vlad is a passionate sailor and he completed his first Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in 2017.

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Vladimir Deskov
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Lily Stojanovska is a Professor at the Department Dept of Nutrition and Health, at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University. For a number of years, she worked as a professor at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, where she now holds the position of an Emeritus Professor. She is also an Honorary Professor at Universities in Thailand, Hong Kong, Mexico, and North Macedonia. She is actively involved in the areas of nutritional research, and management of chronic diseases through nutritional and complementary modalities. She is teaching and supervising graduate students in the areas of nutrition, immunology, women’s health, and prevention of chronic diseases including diabetes and cardiovascular health.

Professor Stojanovska has over 115 publications in highly ranked international journals, 8 book chapters, and she is a co-author of 4 popular books.

Her list of publications can be accessed following this link: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7186-4461

Since 2010 Professor Stojanovska’s achievements have been listed annually in Who is Who Internationally.  She is also a recipient of many awards including the Australian Honour Roll of Women for her role as an international educator including her active engagement with the Macedonian community in Australia.

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Professor Lily Stojanovska MSc. PhD.
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Ivan Skenderoski is a founder and managing partner of Salience, a telecom management consulting and professional services organization. He has been with the company since its launch in 2010 and is based in Dubai, UAE since 2008. Ivan is the Engagement Lead on a number of Salience projects, strategist on National Broadband enablement and lead on the New Operator Launch practice. He is a board member of Salience, management team member and is involved in setting the company’s strategic vision and direction. In addition, he also has a hands on approach in the financial and operational management of the company.

He has over 17 years of dedicated telecom experience across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to Salience, Ivan was working for the UK incumbent operator, British Telecom (BT) on numerous roles – Principal consultant in the Middle East, Specialist technology and service advisor for BT’s bid to acquire telecom license in Singapore, Head of the Asian Innovation Centre in Malaysia as well as the UK based technology roles at the BT Labs in Martlesham. He is also a Board Member of Awasr Oman, the first regional fibre only operator.

Ivan is a recognized thought leader, speaking frequently at Telecom conferences covering broadband strategy. He has contributed to several Salience whitepapers on National Broadband, Next Generations Access Networks and Fibre to the Home. He holds MSc in Telecom Engineering from Macedonia.

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Ivan Skenderoski
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Vlado Dimovski is a Professor of Management and organization unit, at the University of Ljubljana. His primary areas of expertise are organizational learning, knowledge management and leadership. Prof Dimovski has published numerous articles in recognized journals and has authored a number of books on leadership.

Prof Dimovski was the State Secretary for Industry in the Government of Slovenia (1995-1997), the president of the Centre for International Competitiveness of Slovenia (1997-2000), and the Minister of Labor, Family and Social Affairs (2000-2004). He was also the consultant to the Prime Minister of Macedonian Government. He has received numerous awards, such as the Beta Gamma Sigma Award (1992) and Harvard Directory of Scholars (1993).

Prof Dimovski is also the Head of the Slovenian national research group dealing with knowledge management and organizational learning in contemporary organizations and is Head of the economic and business department of IFIMES (The International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies).

Prof Dimovski has a BA degree in Economics and Philosophy and MA degree in Economics from the University of Ljubljana. He has a PhD in Management and Finance from Cleveland State University.

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Vlado Dimovski
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Prof Slavica Waite, Director of PEC International, and founder and Trustee of the ‘Kiril Trajkovski Foundation’, UK

Prof Slavica Waite is the CEO of PEC International, UK, an energy consultancy that specializes in the Oil and Gas Industry; concentrating mainly on high value capital investment projects. Prof Waite is also the founder and Trustee of the ‘Kiril Trajkovski Foundation’ founded in memory of her late brother who was a renowned Macedonian Archaeologist and patriot.

From the early days of Macedonia’s independence, Prof Waite has been an active lobbyist in the UK and Europe on behalf of Macedonia. In 1992, she was appointed Director of the Macedonian Information Office in the UK. In 2000, Prof Waite was awarded the Order of St. Kliment in recognition of her achievements in promoting Macedonian business and culture in the UK.

Prof Waite graduated from the Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje with a PhD in world literature.

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Slavica Waite
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Dr. Vlaho Kostov is an R&D Executive, Head of CEE and Mediterranean region and represents Panasonic in several management boards of industry consortiums and associations. He has more than 20 years of expertise in Consumer Electronics, Telecom, and Automotive industries within the private sector, the public organizations, and academics. Dr. Kostov is deeply involved in R&D, technology management and new business strategy.

Previously he was based in the UK, managing the new business development for Panasonic in Europe and was responsible for industry alliances & collaboration. He spent ten years in Japan, leading the Technology Germination and R&D development including venturing & start-ups in the Silicon Valley (US).  The early career was in the telecom industry, United Nations and T-Mobile.

Dr. Kostov obtained his Ph.D. at the Tokyo Metropolitan Inst. Of Technology, where he also worked as Associate Professor teaching Project Management and Communications (in English and Japanese). He has more than 25 peer-reviewed technical publications and led the design innovation and industry projects while studying at Stanford University. Among his most memorable volunteer activities are serving as President of IAESTE Macedonia (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) and Board Member of the European School Frankfurt (leading international school with >1400 students), responsible for overlooking the after-school activities and Social Fund Committee. He is currently a member of the Education Councils for both Primary and Secondary.

He is a Senior Member of IEEE and received a Gold award of the Lincoln Foundation Graduate Design Competition (Stanford Univ./TMIT for Toyota Corp.)

He has been working, living and communicating in native language in Tokyo, the Silicon Valley, London, Zurich, Milan, Frankfurt, and South East Europe.

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Vlaho Kostov
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Professor Terziovski joined the Swinburne University of Technology in January 2018 as Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is the Department Chair of Business Technology and Entrepreneurship, Swinburne Business School and Director of the Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation program in the Australian Graduate School of Business. Professor Terziovski is the Former Dean of the Curtin Graduate School of Business for 4 years, and Professor of Innovation, and Former Head of School, International Graduate School of Business, at the University of South Australia (4 years). He worked at the University of Melbourne as Assoc. Professor and Executive Director of the Centre for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship for 10 years; and at Monash University as Senior Lecturer for 4 years.

Prior to his academic career, Professor Terziovski held several positions within the Rio Tinto Group. He left Rio after 17 years to do his Ph.D. research studies at the Melbourne Business School. Professor Terziovski’s publications have been featured in prestigious journals such as the Journal of Operations Management (JOM) where he won the best paper award, the Strategic Management Journal (SMJ), where he published a single-authored article. He is also the recipient of two best paper awards from the US Academy of Management and was nominated for an all-academy international best paper award.

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Mile Terziovski
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Igor Ivan Tulevski is Macedonian born cardiologist, living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He finished elementary school and gymnasium in Skopje (place of birth), while earned his medical degree, PhD and cardiology residency at the University of Amsterdam (AMC Hospital). Currently Igor is the CEO of the Cardiology Centers of The Netherlands (CCN) www.cardiologiecentra.nl which he founded in 2006. His sub-specializations are congenital cardiology, imaging (PhD thesis) and sport cardiology, He is elected fellow of the European (FESC) and American (FACC) college of cardiology. Igor also serves as a Chairman of the Supervisory Board of de Sionsberg hospital in Dokkum (acquired in 2015). His mission as disruptive innovator in cardiology and healthcare in combination with research have been predominating his professional career.

His list of publications can be accessed following this link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=tulevski+ii

Entrepreneurship, sports (triathlons, skiing and endurance activities), travelling and his family are the real joy of Igor’s life.

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Igor Tulevski
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Dejan Krstevski joined Franklin University-Columbus, Ohio in December 2012 as an International Teaching Faculty of Corporate Finance and Management Accounting for Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Also, he has been working as a Visiting Professor for Cost Accounting at Modern College of Business and Science – Sultanate of Oman and Associate Professor at State University St. Kliment Ohridski. He is playing a key role in the ongoing development, facilitation, and management of undergraduate and graduate courses within the University’s Master of Business Administration, Corporate Finance and Managerial Accounting programs delivered to students around the globe. Navigate face-to-face and online instructional models, working equally well engaging students in a traditional campus setting or via an internet-based classroom.

Prior to his academic career, Krstevski has been worked for Deutsche Telekom AG on numerous roles: a member of Financial Board of T-Mobile International, Bon, Germany, a member of Executive Management committee of Deutsche Telekom AG, a member of Management Committee of Magyar Telekom, Budapest, Hungary and a CFO of T-Mobile Macedonia. He is a proven business partner to management, effective in working with all departments, linking finance with operations to improve productivity, efficiency, and bottom-line results.

Krstevski holds a Ph.D. in Economics, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), a Bachelor of Economics (BSc) and a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng). He also obtained an executive education and specialization from London Business School (LBS) – UK, Joint Vienna Institute (JVI) – Austria and Management Centre Europe (MCE) – Belgium.

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Dejan Krstevski
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Peter is a senior leader of transformation and change with a career spanning over 20 years in industries including manufacturing and financial services. He is currently the co-founder and director of SixEdge, working with some of Australia’s leading organisations to turn ‘strategy talk’ in to execution and leading and delivering high value outcomes to drive improved performance.

 

Before co-founding SixEdge, Peter spent time leading transformation with specialties including strategic planning and execution, business transformation, operations management, operational excellence, and lean/six sigma implementation. Peter is particularly passionate about bringing together different stakeholder groups in large organisations and leading and delivering high value outcomes across organisational silos. He enjoys developing and leading high performing teams with a focus on taking strategic themes and high-level enterprise objectives and creating a clear path to delivering business results.

 

Peter holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Deakin University, a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng Hons) from RMIT University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

 

Peter is a keen traveller and enjoys experiencing different cultures. He enjoys a range of sports and on weekends can typically be found spending time with family and friends and supporting his three children in their various pursuits.

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Petar Atanasovski
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For over 15 years, Branko Trajkovski has been a noteworthy leader in IoT. Driven by the desire to solve complex problems, he created Bransys, an international solution provider of next gen cloud-based technology that combines big data, analytics and security to help businesses get actionable insights and improve their operations in transportation and asset tracking.

An electrical engineering graduate, Branko also holds an MBA. His rigorous business acumen lead the expansion over 3 continents, serving hundreds of customers worldwide.

In addition to his contributions in IoT, Branko is a well-known pioneer in the future of energy and co-founder of a smart energy storage technology company.

A multi-award winning serial entrepreneur, today Branko lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Branko Trajkovski
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Ambassador Zoran Jolevski has a 35-year track record of diplomatic, managerial and consulting experience within the public and private sectors in the domains of international development, international trade, public-private dialogue, private sector development, foreign affairs and national security. Ambassador Jolevski currently provides advice to a few multinational companies. Ambassador Jolevski has been Fellow at Harvard University in 2021 and the first half of 2022. Dr Jolevski is professor at European University Skopje. He also is lecturing at the prestigious universities, such as the LSE. He is regular speaker to international conferences around the world.

 

He served as a Minister of Defense from 2014 until 2017. Jolevski was ambassador of Macedonia to the United States from 2007 until 2014. In 2008, he was appointed the Macedonian’s chief negotiator on name differences with Greece. He was the non-resident Ambassador to Mexico and Brazil from 2011.

 

From 2000 to 2004, Ambassador Jolevski was Chief of Staff to the late Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski and served as the Chief Adviser to the Macedonian Government on Macedonia’s World Trade Organization accession. He has worked in various capacities in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1988 until 1999.

 

He served as a member of the boards of several companies and non-governmental organizations and held several positions in the United Nations bodies in the field of international trade. Ambassador Jolevski is the President of the Institute for Strategic Initiatives and Policies as well as of the Art Colony Debarca. He serves as a Chairman of Advisory Board of Ambassadorial Roundtable, San Diego, US too. Dr. Jolevski was honorary member of the Board of “Macedonia 2025”, as well as founder and the first President of the Institute for Economic Strategies and International Affairs – “Ohrid”. He served also as the President of “The Boris Trajkovski International Foundation”, as a as a member of the Presidency of Macedonian Euro-Atlantic Club.

 

Jolevski holds a Ph.D. in International Economy from the School of Economics, University of “Cyril and Metodij”, as well as a Master of Science in International Trade Law from the Law School at the same University. He is teaching at the European University in Skopje. He has authored three books and has been the chief editor of several books. He is the author of more than fifty articles.

Ambassador Zoran Jolevski has a 35-year track record of diplomatic, managerial and consulting experience within the public and private sectors in the domains of international development, international trade, public-private dialogue, private sector development, foreign affairs and national security. Ambassador Jolevski currently provides advice to a few multinational companies. Ambassador Jolevski has been Fellow at Harvard University in 2021 and the first half of 2022. Dr Jolevski is professor at European University Skopje. He also is lecturing at the prestigious universities, such as the LSE. He is regular speaker to international conferences around the world.

 

He served as a Minister of Defense from 2014 until 2017. Jolevski was ambassador of Macedonia to the United States from 2007 until 2014. In 2008, he was appointed the Macedonian’s chief negotiator on name differences with Greece. He was the non-resident Ambassador to Mexico and Brazil from 2011.

 

From 2000 to 2004, Ambassador Jolevski was Chief of Staff to the late Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski and served as the Chief Adviser to the Macedonian Government on Macedonia’s World Trade Organization accession. He has worked in various capacities in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1988 until 1999.

 

He served as a member of the boards of several companies and non-governmental organizations and held several positions in the United Nations bodies in the field of international trade. Ambassador Jolevski is the President of the Institute for Strategic Initiatives and Policies as well as of the Art Colony Debarca. He serves as a Chairman of Advisory Board of Ambassadorial Roundtable, San Diego, US too. Dr. Jolevski was honorary member of the Board of “Macedonia 2025”, as well as founder and the first President of the Institute for Economic Strategies and International Affairs – “Ohrid”. He served also as the President of “The Boris Trajkovski International Foundation”, as a as a member of the Presidency of Macedonian Euro-Atlantic Club.

 

Jolevski holds a Ph.D. in International Economy from the School of Economics, University of “Cyril and Metodij”, as well as a Master of Science in International Trade Law from the Law School at the same University. He is teaching at the European University in Skopje. He has authored three books and has been the chief editor of several books. He is the author of more than fifty articles.

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Zoran Jolevski
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Dr. Dobrin Nedelkov, President, Isoformix Inc. Phoenix AZ

Dr. Nedelkov is a leader in clinical mass spectrometry assays and technology development, with 25+ years scientific and management experience.

Dr. Nedelkov received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Arizona State University in 1997. After a year as a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University, Dr. Nedelkov joined Intrinsic Bioprobes where over the span of 15 years he progressed through the ranks to ultimately become Scientific Director and CEO of the company, leading the early commercialization efforts in technology development for targeted proteomics and protein biomarkers. After Thermo Scientific acquired the company, in 2013 Dr. Nedelkov joined the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University as a group leader of the Molecular Biomarkers Unit, focusing on proteoform biomarker discovery, validation, and translation. In 2017 Dr. Nedelkov started Isoformix Inc. with the goal of translating mass spectrometry protein tests into the clinic.

Dr. Nedelkov has authored over 100 peer reviewed scientific articles, presented at more than 60 scientific meetings, has 4 issued patents, and has served as a principal investigator on numerous NIH grants.

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Dr. Dobrin Nedelkov
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Biljana Nikolova is a highly qualified finance professional with more than 15 years’ experience and strong track record in leadership, strategy execution, business transformation, private equity, and advisory. Biljana currently holds the position of General Manager at National Australia Bank (NAB).

Prior to this, Biljama held the roles of Chief Operating Officer, Global Corporate and Institutional Banking at NAB; Executive Director, NAB Corporate Bank; Head of Performance, NAB Group Strategy; Investment Executive, NAB Private Equity; Senior Manager, ANZ Corporate Finance Advisory and other management roles within the Institutional and Corporate divisions of ANZ. She is an Honorary Fellow at Macquarie University at the Masters of Applied Finance Centre.

Biljana holds a Ph.D. in Finance and her academic work has been published in reputable international finance journals and presented at a number of domestic and international finance and economics conferences.

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Biljana Nikolova
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Eliza Prendzov is a distinguished leader and innovator in finance. Eliza serves as Head of Partnerships and Director of Consulting at 17 Asset Management. She has over 15 years Wall Street and government experience. Eliza’s background includes asset management, finance, global financial product management, government, consulting and multilateral relations. She has worked at Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley (formerly Smith Barney), the United Nations, and on the Biden Presidential Campaign. Eliza  has a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Ss Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, has earned her Master in International Affairs (MIA), International Finance and Banking from SIPA, Columbia University, New York, and is a PhD in Economics candidate at American University College Skopje. Eliza’s interests span across geographies and industries, and include collaborative leadership, asset management, sustainable finance, and financial education. Eliza lives in New York City with her family.

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Eliza Prendzov
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Angelka is one of the frontrunners in the area of public relations and communication management in NMacedonia and insists on high level of ethics, professionalism and commitment in her profession and broader field of work.

 

Professional profile – Extensive experience in the area of corporate, institutional and political communications, working for some of the most successful international and domestic companies, institutions and organizations and designing and implementing political campaigns within the country and the region. She has also a huge political experience.

 

Political Profile – First generation of politicians developing liberal idea in the country – starting from 1990 until 2006 when she froze her political activities. She was President of Liberal Youth (1992-1997), Vice President of Liberal-Democrats (1997-2006), elected member of Skopje City Council (1996-2000). Member of Parliament (2002- 2006).

 

Business profile – Professional politician in her early career and later an entrepreneur, co-creating, co-founding, developing and coordinating several successful companies within the country and the region – all of them in the segment of communications, covering: communication management, public relations, media monitoring and analyses, advertising, production, research, below the line communication. She is a visionary in creating new business stories with successful portfolio on the markets.

 

Academic Profile and Philanthropy – Angelka is a Lecturer of Public Relations at the University American College Skopje, PhD candidate and founder of the Movement for supporting young creatives „Bravo sine!“, which has supported and implemented more than 50 humanitarian projects. She was elected Rotarian of the Year in 2019 for her contribution in the same field.

 

The most challenging life project are her kids – Vera and Vedran.

 

She is often invited to speak on various public events, panels and debates.

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Angelka Peeva Laurencic
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Jim Nikopoulos is the Founder and CEO of MJ Holdings Corp., an asset management company.  Jim also serves as Founder & CEO of Core Data Centres Inc. (a data centre and connectivity services company), Vice-Chair of Triad Financial Services Inc. (the longest-standing manufactured housing finance company in the U.S.), and Vice-Chair of My Abilities Technologies Inc. (a smart health technology company focused on workplace injury prevention and resolution).

 

Jim was the former President of ECN Capital Corp. (TSX: ECN), a leading provider of prime credit portfolios to more than 90 US financial institutions, and was formerly the EVP and GC of Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX: EFN), the world’s largest fleet management company.

Jim also served as Board Chair and SVP at TeraGo Inc. (TSX: TGO), a cloud, collocation and connectivity services provider to Canadian businesses.

 

Jim began his career as a Partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, a leading business law firm, where he practiced in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and governance.

 

Mr. Nikopoulos currently serves as a Director on the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation Board.  He also holds positions on numerous other charitable and private boards.

 

Mr. Nikopoulos earned an Honours BA degree (Economics & Political Science) from the University of Toronto and a Law degree (JD) from Osgoode Hall Law School. Mr. Nikopoulos was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Lawyers by Lexpert in 2014.

 

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Jim Nikopoulos
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is a Biomedical Data Science & Technology Executive with a strong innovation and strategy track record. She is a passionate scientist and a technologist with a drive to bring cutting edge data science, diagnostic and biopharmaceutical technology to solve problems in human health, clinical and life sciences through digital transformation. She is a PhD in Computer Science, with extensive leadership of cross-functional global teams to initiate solutions, with multiple stakeholders in a complex matrixed organization. Nevenka has over 140 publications, 80 issued patents spanning healthcare, life sciences, and technology.

In her role as a VP of Biomedical Data at GlaxoSmithKline she brought transformational change stepping into first of a kind next gen cloud for pharma R&D. Many first of a kind digital technology implementations for R&D at large in the areas of computational data governance and data staging, new dataflows on Google Cloud, full stack machine learning applications to speed up the biopharma process for R&D.

Previously, as CTO of Oncology Informatics and Genomics in Philips, she took products from conception to market success and open new business opportunities. She has been committed to improve patients’ outcomes, by bringing digital innovations into the world of researchers and practicing clinicians to add precision and clarity – with cloud informatics and machine learning. She was awarded with the Gilles Holst award, the highest peer recognition at Philips. Her expertise is in improving clinical outcomes in oncology, epidemiology, and immunology.

Nevenka feels strongly about giving back to the community and has been involved in many initiatives. Nevenka serves on the Macedonia 2025 to help build initiatives in leadership education as well as high-tech education. She is very passionate about implementation of programs for enhancing digital skills, as well as coding and robotics, among young underserved Macedonian students. She has founded and serves on the board of Seed of Life, an innovative nutrition company in North Macedonia.

She serves on the board of Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Serbia supporting with expertise and networking for the Institute to become a global Center of Excellence in scientific research and technology transfer in Artificial Intelligence for Serbia and the region. Nevenka serves on the Advisory Council of the global Ekagrid Artificial Intelligence in India where she brings expertise in research, education, innovation, road mapping for the institute and its Centers for Excellence in Health and Cyber Security.

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Nevenka Dimitrova
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is an experienced corporate commercial and securities lawyer. As a partner in Gowlings’ Toronto office, Peter focuses his practice on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and structured products. Working closely with issuers, underwriters, and other corporate clients, Peter delivers practical, effective advice to help businesses move their transactions forward. He has acted for clients across a range of industries, such as mining, energy and technology. His expertise includes: Public offerings, including initial public offerings (IPOs); Private placements; Reverse takeovers and qualifying transactions; Bought deal financings; Secondary offerings; Share and asset purchase transactions In addition to his work in private practice, Peter is also an experienced in-house lawyer. He spent several years as corporate counsel at a multinational technology company, and completed a secondment at the Ontario Securities Commission in its Market Regulation Group.

 

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Peter Simeon
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has been a General Manager of Tikveš Winery since 2017. His professional background includes working in the business sector for leading domestic companies and for international corporations, as well as in the public sector where he was engaged in a government agency aiming to promote Macedonian export and attract foreign investments. Radoš started his career in Alkaloid AD Skopje where he got his first managerial experience as Head of the Supply Chain in PC Pharmaceuticals in 2003. He further expanded his experience in pharmaceutical business as Area Sales Manager for Serbia, Montenegro & Bosnia and Hercegovina, a position he held until 2008. In the following years, he pivoted in FMCG sector as Operations Manager for Macedonia at the Coca Cola Company and from 2010 until 2013 he was assigned on the position of Head of Marketing and PR at Tikveš Winery, where he later became General Manager. In the period from 2013 to 2017, Radoš was part of Invest Macedonia – Macedonian Government Agency responsible for attracting foreign direct investments and export promotion, as Head of International Office for Bulgaria and Serbia. During his tenure, he was also named First Secretary at the Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia to the Republic of Bulgaria.

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Radosh Vukichevich
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Valentin Gjorgjioski

Ambassadors Club

The Ambassadors Club is Macedonia2025’s face to the outside world. It is a group of successful professionals of Macedonian origin from around the world, all of whom share one goal: To help us build a stronger nation! As a network of exceptional individuals, the Ambassadors join their efforts to assist in the implementation of Macedonia2025’s projects and events, adding value to the networking opportunities within the organization, as well as contributing to the expansion of the Macedonian market and fundraising opportunities. The Ambassadors’ potential contribution is shaped by their physical location and expertise, varying from year to year.

All our Ambassadors Club members come from diverse backgrounds, many of them working in middle or high level management. Macedonia2025 is looking to expand the Ambassadors Club around the world and reach out to as many Macedonians as possible. If you would be interested in joining our Ambassadors Club, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to contact Macedonia2025’s Diaspora Relations Officer at galena@macedonia2025.com for more information on the Ambassadors Club membership.

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Mitko Andonov is an acknowledged Business Development Manager at Kolid International, leader company in distribution of FMCG and production of confectionery products. Co- owner of Gama Dizajn, factory producing wood pallets. Founder of Eon Eden ltd, marketing and strategy. Master franchisor for Macedonia for Jumping Clay and event coordinator at Eventum team. He has almost fifteen years of experience in sales and marketing, specializing in brand management, marketing strategy, business development and market research.

Mr. Andonov holds a degree in Financial Management from the University of Goce Delcev, Shtip. He spent a few years in Chicago, USA where he worked on his professional development. Today he is helping or being part of a few organizations: president of AC Strumica, founder of Vita Honesta, Youth Council, Business Club Strumica etc.

He is born and lives in Strumica, constantly participating and taking part in various events, like FMCG summits, social entrepreneurship, startups and motivational talks. Devoted to the idea that social entrepreneurship and sincere nonpolitical acting can play a major role in creating a positive impulse and a big difference for a better future.Mitko Andonov is an acknowledged Business Development Manager at Kolid International, leader company in distribution of FMCG and production of confectionery products. Co- owner of Gama Dizajn, factory producing wood pallets. Founder of Eon Eden ltd, marketing and strategy. Master franchisor for Macedonia for Jumping Clay and event coordinator at Eventum team. He has almost fifteen years of experience in sales and marketing, specializing in brand management, marketing strategy, business development and market research.

Mr. Andonov holds a degree in Financial Management from the University of Goce Delcev, Shtip. He spent a few years in Chicago, USA where he worked on his professional development. Today he is helping or being part of a few organizations: president of AC Strumica, founder of Vita Honesta, Youth Council, Business Club Strumica etc.

He is born and lives in Strumica, constantly participating and taking part in various events, like FMCG summits, social entrepreneurship, startups and motivational talks. Devoted to the idea that social entrepreneurship and sincere nonpolitical acting can play a major role in creating a positive impulse and a big difference for a better future.

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Mitko Andonov
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Vladimir Robevski was born in Macedonia and raised in Sydney Australia. He graduated from UNSW as and Electrical Engineer. In 2003 he co-founded Webski Solution, a company providing web presence and marketing services. Being challenged to stay competitive and having to decide to outsource its non-core business processes he chose Macedonia, a destination as good as any with significant untapped potential. At this stage in 2009 Vladimir moved to Macedonia and set up iSource Doo Bitola an IT outsourcing company where he serves as a Managing Director helping expand operations internationally and grow the company to 40 staff.

What drives and motivates Vladimir is helping build a strong and prosperous Macedonia where his family and all Macedonians would choose and love to live in!

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Vladimir Robevski
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Alan Castillo received his Bachelors at Webster University in Vienna, Austria, double majoring in Business Administration and International Relations, as well as leading his Student Union for over 3 years. He has lived in over a dozen countries, and visited and worked with many more, giving him insight on how societies around the world are structured and the best business practices one can employ. This led him to develop skills crucial to his work at Indbus Macedonia. Shortly after seeing all the possibilities within Macedonia and with all his background knowledge as well as interest in entrepreneurship led him to co-found Rota Telecom Macedonia, Lynx Studios, E-Sports team Mischievous and became managing partner Indbus EU/NA.

Alan is a passionate entrepreneur that is always willing to share his knowledge and experience with the younger generations through variety of formal and informal seminars, educational institutions, business accelerators and non-governmental organizations. Global trends require an enormous dedication, flexibility and goal oriented mindset in order to face the challenges of today’s fast changing working environment is his core belief.

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Alan Castillo
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Petar Spaseski is a Global Manager at Hatch responsible for Asset Management IT affairs. He has significant experience in the IT industry, asset management, new technology development and their transformation into business enablers.

Mr. Spaseski holds Master degree of Information Technology Management broadening on his computer science degree. In 2010 he founded iTnnovate, small software engineering and consulting company – globally recognised and based in Macedonia.

Constantly supporting and embracing Macedonian cause: he is one of the founders of the first Macedonian youth club in Australia – MAYC, technically supported Macedonian Radio Hertz (one of the first Macedonian radios broadcasting live on the Internet), developed and deployed Macedonian Studies module at Macquarie University portal…

Passionate about technology, sport and making a difference. Currently lives in Ohrid, Macedonia.

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Petar Spaseski
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Mr. Celeski is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC®) with proven and extensive consulting experience in leading professional services and management consultancy firms.
In addition to the Certificate of Management Consultant (CMC®), he is also certified by the BAS program of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Macedonia as an expert consultant, SHL certified Master Revenue Management Trainer, Certified Chartered Accountant, Certified Bankruptcy Manager, and candidate (2020/2021) for Certified Valuer and Certified Investment Advisor.

Mr. Celeski has worked as a management consultant, trainer, coach and mentor for a number of SMEs from the region of the Balkans, as well as for international and Macedonian public and government institutions and NGOs. He has a wide and numerous experience of more than 15 years as an expert in Strategic Management, Strategic Marketing and Communication, Public Relations, Marketing and Sales, Corporate Finance, Reconstruction&Reorganization, Budgeting, Compliance, Management Accounting and Reporting and Business Development.

Finally, he became a member of DUEL Consulting in 2019 as a Co-Founder and Executive Director. Mr. Celeski‘s main responsibilities are advisory services such as business plan and development, feasibility studies, valuations, due diligence, transaction advisory services, mergers and acquisitions, operational, commercial and financial advisory, reorganization, managerial accounting, loan applications, market research, access to markets, pricing policy, budgeting, etc. with emphasis on business conceptualization, business development, innovations, investments and fundraising for SMSs and Start ups. DUEL Consulting collaborates with FITD, EBRD, SwissContact, USIAD-BEP Project, Palladium IME2 Project, CEED, Macedonian Stock Exchange, Funderbeam.  As an advisor, Aleksandar has been involved in collaboration with SEEU TechPark, UKIM Accelerator, SEAVUS Accelerator, University of St. Clement and Naum Bitola Accelerator, etc. He advises SMEs, Startups and other entrepreneurial business in their early stages of setting up and development, access to finance, business idea conceptualization, innovations, etc. with mentorship and coaching services.

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Aleksandar Celeski
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Nikola Kjurchiski, MA is a Research Analyst at the Center for Resource Economics affiliated to the Russian Presidential Academy (RANEPA). Mr. Kjurchiski has more than 3 years of experience in researching resource economies, with focus on oil and gas countries. He was a consultant on a project from the Nigerian government about adjusting the mining tax, to attract foreign investments.

At the moment Mr. Kjurchiski is a British Petroleum PhD candidate in Political Science at RANEPA. He holds master degree in Change Management and International Business from RANEPA and Bachelor degree in Computer Science. Beside Macedonian as his native language, Mr.Kjurchiski is fluent in English and Russian.

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Nikola Kjurchiski
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Stefan earned a Master in City Planning at the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 with a full scholarship from the Government of Macedonia. As part of his Master’s project, he worked with a 14-member international team in designing an innovation district for São Paulo, Brazil. While he worked in the Cabinet for Attracting Foreign Investments at the Government of Macedonia he prepared a proposal to develop an innovation district in Skopje.

Stefan now works at Salience, a management consulting company focusing on delivering solutions for the telecommunications sector in emerging markets.

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Stefan Ivanovski
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Pero Jolevski is a Director at Blue Star Strategies, LLC, where he leads the European operations of the firm. His work experience is in a variety of fields including banking and finance, healthcare policy, international development, energy, telecom, transportation, information and communication technology, government relations and anti-money laundering.

Prior to joining Blue Star Strategies, Pero worked on an international development project with Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. and assisted with finance and marketing strategies at Merrill Lynch.

Pero is a member of the Leaders Club of Macedonia 2025.  He received a degree in Finance at Florida Gulf Coast University.  During his studies, he served as Director of Government Relations of Student Government, and managed a portfolio account of the University’s Foundation.

Born and raised in Macedonia, over the years Pero lived in Switzerland, Netherlands, and the United States. He is fluent in French, Macedonian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Croatian, and has basic knowledge of Spanish.

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Pero Jolevski
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Originally from Skopje, Macedonia, Oliver Petkovski received his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of SS’ Cyril and Methodius. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois where he is focusing on his post-baccalaureate degree in Global Business from Northwestern University while working as a financial coordinator at the Kellogg School of Management. From his prior experience as an import manager for a European company which worked closely with China, to his current role at the Kellogg School of Management, Petkovski has gathered first-hand, key insights to the dynamic working relationships within the international business market.

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Oliver Petkovski
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Bozhanka Vitanova is Co-Founder and CEO of TeamLift, the first HR tech company focused on improving the effectiveness of collaboration within large organizations. TeamLift’s cloud software solution scans how an organization collaborates, makes sense of the connections among employees and uses graph machine learning to suggest actionable improvements.

Bozhanka is also a Fulbright scholar and an NSF I-Corps Instructor at Brandeis University. She first got introduced to the entrepreneurship space in 2013, when she co-founded Yunus&Youth (Y&Y), a social business operating in 35+ countries, supported by Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus.

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Bozhanka Vitanova
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Високо посветена, иновативна и насочена кон целта Александра Милошеска е водечкa личност во деловен развој, управување со врски со клиенти и претприемач со над 15 години професионално искуство. Како основач и извршен директор на QuickFitBites и сегашен стратешки консултант и партнер за развој на деловни активности за AI во Codewell Group, компанија за развој на софтвер што има водечка AI платформа за развој на AI дигитални асистенти, таа има изработено силна основа за тоа што е потребно за успешно поттикнување на профитабилен раст на бизнисот.

Пред нејзините сегашни улоги, Александра има завршено магистратура по деловна администрација и маркетинг и има завршено додипломски студии по финансии и економија. По дипломирањето, таа ја започна својата кариера во Бектон и Дикинсон како финансиски аналитичар, водејќи анализа на производствените трошоци, финансиско известување и консолидација. Потоа продолжи да ја надградува својата кариера во Evonik Industries и беше одговорна за финансиското планирање, контролирање и известување за деловните линии на сегментот за ефикасност на ресурсите.

Брзо напред кон денес, Александра е горд партнер во Codewell US, додека истовремено го раководи QuickFitBites. Генерално, таа има вистинска ревност за нејзината кариера и ужива да ја користи својата широка позадина, што вклучува и развој на деловни активности, финансии и стратешко планирање. Александра ја демонстрира својата работна етика и посветеност преку обезбедување квалификувана, професионална и непречена услуга, осигирувајќи сè дека деловната заедница што ја поддржува има одлични конструктивни искуства за раст и развој во текот на нивното оперирање.

Александра го сака она што го работи и секогаш бара начини да се унапреди и лично и професионално. Меѓутоа, кога не работи, можете да ја пронајдете како поминува време со нејзините три убави ќерки и гордо служи како член на организација на жени претприемачи, која го поддржува нејзиното застапување за да им помогне на жените да успеат во бизнисот.

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Aleksandra Miloshevska
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Aleksandar is a Product Safety Engineer at CSA Group one of the largest certification and standards organization in the world. He has more than 17 years diversified experience between manufacturing and service industry. While being part of the manufacturing sector, in the first 10 years Aleksandar worked on various positions as a Quality Assurance Inspector, Production Supervisor, and later Plant Manager/ Supervisor. During his years spent in manufacturing, Mr. Orovcanec was exposed in many different manufacturing areas and gained significant experiences in management, engineering, quality, lean and custom manufacturing design.

With his passion to come back and work in the electrical engineering field, in mid-2012, he decided to pursue new challenges and moved into the compliance engineering industry at CSA Group. In late 2014, Aleksandar completed Licensing International Engineers Program (LIEP) at University of Toronto, was granted Electrical Engineer in Canada and received in March 2016 Professional Engineering License, P. Eng. He lives in Toronto together with his family.

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Aleksandar Orovchanec
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Margarita is an accomplished, insightful and respected team leader with exceptional planning, critical thinking and process engineering capabilities. She holds a Bachelor degree in Software Engineering. Margarita has extensive experience in Data warehouse, Business System Analysis, Process Improvement and Project Management at CIBC, one of the five biggest banks in Canada.  With more than 16 years experience in the financial industry, mainly in the area of Risk Management, Margarita is currently working as an Auditor. She is a Scrum Master using Agile framework to plan, lead and conduct different kinds of audits. Margarita is passionate about running and helping the community.  She resides with her family in Toronto.

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Margarita Mincheva
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Mr. Maurovski  is a Licensed Mortgage Broker based in Toronto. He has over 8 years of experience in the Mortgage Industry. His company Casabrite Financing is affiliated with Canada’s largest Mortgage Brokering Network, Dominion Lending Centres.  He holds the Executive Award Achievement for 2019.  His previous experience includes business management and  small business development.

Mr. Maurovski immigrated to Canada in 2005 after completing a Bachelor of Commerence at the university of SS. Cyril and Methodius; accredited by the University of Toronto. He holds both Canadian securities and mortgage broker licenses.

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Ilija Maurovski
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Dimitar is an experienced IT-professional, having a strong track record in start-ups and established technology companies. He is founder and CEO of Intertec.io, Software Development company with HQ in Munich, Germany and office in Skopje. Dimitar is well connected in the Startup world as Mentor of many accelerators in Germany, including SAP.io, TechFounders, InsureTech and others.

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Dimitar Siljanovski
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He is a highly motivated young professional with analytical expertise in financial risk modelling at private equity funds, certified Specialist in Real Estate Investment Funds – Business Processes from Luxembourg`s Institute for Training in Banking (IFBL) and direct cooperation skills with auditors, banks and institutional investors and experience in investment execution. He has a Master in Business Administration, and direct collaboration skills with auditors, banks and institutional investors. Currently works as a Fund and Risk Controller (Illiquid Fund-of-Funds) at DB Private Equity GmbH, Cologne.

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Zlate Koviloski
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Mirčo received a diploma in Industrial Engineering from the University of Muenster, Germany in 2008. As part of his diploma studies, he gained experience in Management, Entrepreneurship and marketing in the Volkswagen Group (AUDI, VW, and AutoUni).

Afterward, he started as a project manager in a development project at Daimler. Since 2014, he works in the development service sector and as a passioned Business Development Manager he worked together with his team on various development projects. He writes for various industry magazines and as a blog owner, he talks about entrepreneur issues.

Today, as strategic manager for sales, business development and sustainable customer relationships at a premium technology partner, he contributes innovation development services in the software and hardware sector to the next level.

In addition to his membership in the Ambassador’s Club in Macedonia, Mirčo acts in his spare time as Keynote Speaker about the topics Digitalization, E-Mobility and New Working World. He is also a prospective voluntary Career and Business Coach.

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Sadat is a financial services management consultant at the Advisory department of the Zurich based PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) company, one of the largest professional services firm in the world. Prior to joining PwC, Sadat was working for a similar consultancy company in the financial services sector as well as for one of the world’s biggest technology company, IBM.

Due to international project assignments, Sadat has had the opportunity to work in Canada and as well as gain broad international experience as Project Manager and Business Analyst in a long-term (1.5 years) bank transformation engagement in south-east-Asia. One of his main interests includes his engagement in the board of the SAFA (Swiss Albanian Finance Association) in Zurich, which offers its members a networking platform and also operates as a link between its members and the public institutions in various countries in the Balkans as well as other professional associations.

>Sadat is passionate about flying. He is a student at the Swiss Pilot School Association and a prospective European licensed private pilot.

Born in Macedonia and raised in Zurich, Switzerland, Sadat graduated in General Management/Business Administration at the University of Applied Science Zurich (HWZ) and followed joint degree digressions in Political Science &  Economics in Banking & Finance at the University of Zurich.

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Sadat Alimi
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Petar Kajevski is a management and IT consultant based in Vienna, Austria. He has worked in variety of functions spanning the two fields, particularly in the area of business value – helping companies understand the business impact of various IT solutions.

As an employee or a consultant, he has worked for companies such as Roland Berger, Arthur D. Little, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and Finastra. Mr. Kajevski holds an MBA from the University of St. Gallen, an MSc in Information Systems from the London School of Economics and an electric engineering degree from the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje.

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Petar Kajevski
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Vahit Alili was born in Macedonia and raised in Vienna, Austria. He is an investment banker since 2010 with working experience in Germany and the United Kingdom and project assignments across Europe and the Middle East. After more than five years at the US-investment banks Jefferies and Lincoln International, Vahit joined the London-based Healthcare Investment Banking team of Deutsche Bank in 2015. He graduated from the University of Zurich in Economics with a major in Banking & Finance in 2009. His main interests include literature, politics and sports. In addition, he has a passion for restaurants and commercial real estate and has realized several investments in Germany and Austria. Being born into an entrepreneurial family, one of his key characteristics are a strong can-do attitude and drive to kick-off new projects.

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Vahit Alili
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The Macedonian Bassbaritone Ivan Naumovski finished his bachelor studies 2013 in his hometown Skopje. Shortly after he won a scholarship from Steiermarkische Sparkasse (Best of South East), which enabled him to study Master in Graz, Austria, and to complete his Master studies in 2016. During that period , he sang numerous concerts in halls like Musikverein Graz, Kasematten Graz, and also made his professional debut in Opera Graz in 2014 with the role of Vicomte Cascada in the Operetta “Die lustige Witwe”. In Oper Graz he sang also the main role of Beelzebub Irrwitzer in the contemporary opera “Der Wunschpunsch”, which premiered in Austria. During the season 2014-15 he sang numerous concerts and projects in the opera, but also he sang roles at the KUG University in Graz like Papageno in “The magic flute”, Impresario in “Viva la mamma”, Masetto in “Don Giovanni”, and others.

He won several competitions in Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo, and he was also given the “Virtuozi” award in 2015 for best young talent in the field of classical music in Macedonia. He shared the stage with the Philharmonic orchestra and the opera orchestra in Macedonia, as well as other ensembles. In his operatic debut in Macedonia he performs the role of Eugene Onegin in the opera “Eugene Onegin” at the opening of the festival “May opera nights”. From 2016 he is a Master student at MDW in Vienna, and also is professionally involved in lot of concert halls in Vienna like Palais and Garten Liechtenstein, Kursalon, Palais Eschenbach, Schlosstheater Schönbrunn, and he often sings at Festspiele Musikwelten, which occurs every year with concerts in Czech Republic, Austria and Germany.
He sang wide repertoire of roles like Figaro, Guglielmo, Masetto, Don Giovanni, Onegin, Papageno, Malatesta, Belcore and others. He also is a Lied and Oratorio performer. Ivan worked with renowned international musicians and attended masterclasses with KS Christa Ludwig, KS Gabriele Fontana, Karlheinz Hanser and others.

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Ivan Naumovski
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Bojana Kiseloski born and raised in Kumanovo, Macedonia received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Euro College Kumanovo (official partner of American Heritage University of Southern California). She has diversified experience between production, sales and telecommunications. Currently based in Kuwait, she is working in the logistics area.

She finds working in teams very inspiring and is passionate about emotional intelligence (EQ) in the work place. Bojana is certified Trainer for Adults from the Ministry of Education and Science of R. North Macedonia and have been trained in transactional analysis (TA) for more than three years.

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Bojana Kiseloski
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Vasja has more than 10 years of experience in IT, out of which 5 in Senior Management. Since January 2014 Vasja relocated from Macedonia to Sweden in order to pursue even more challenging career in IT.

Vasja is now a Managing Director for two companies: Further DOOEL in Macedonia and Amplius Field Service Group AB in Sweden. Well versed with procedures and processes on European Union Projects. Collaborated with government bodies and companies from all over the world.

Highly skilled in tracking details, communicating deadlines, and following‐up with internal and external partners to ensure on‐time completion within budget. Ability and interest in learning and incorporating new technology. Consistently receive positive feedback from managers, co‐workers and clients.

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Vasja Petkovska
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Monika Rizovska is a Women in Tech® Country Ambassador with a proven track record in the IT Industry. She is the Co-founder of Ways2help and an experienced marketing consultant in employer branding and building high-performing teams for growing tech companies

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Monika Rizovska
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Born and raised in New Jersey, Sandra Elik obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison. She double majored in Accounting and Finance and minored in Wealth Management and Financial Planning. In 2018, she graduated a semester early with a Magna Cum Laude designation and was ranked within the top ten percent of her graduating class. Thereafter, she was inducted into Beta Alpha Psi–the international honor organization for financial information students and professionals founded in 1919.

 

Sandra held accounting roles in several publicly traded companies including Realogy and BASF. Notably, she worked in Big 4 public accounting at KPMG in the Private Client Services department. Sandra was responsible for preparing both high net worth individual and partnership tax returns for some of New York City’s largest hedge funds and financial management companies in the private equity sector.

 

Not long into her professional career, she began independently investing in real estate, quickly growing a passion for it and later obtaining her Real Estate Salesperson license issued by the New Jersey State Department of Banking and Insurance. Sandra currently works for one of the top selling real estate teams in New Jersey at eXp Realty. Founded in 2009, eXp Realty is one of the world’s fastest growing cloud-based real estate brokerages. Sandra looks forward to expanding her real estate business primarily throughout central New Jersey.

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Sandra Elik
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Joseph Shulack was born in New Jersey and has worked around the world as an engineer, supporting projects such as airport construction and oil spill remediation.
While Mr. Shulack has primarily transferred his professional career out of engineering, he retains a vast wealth of knowledge and is always willing to share, plan and advise with others about what needs to be done. He is also well-versed with compliance with ISO and EU regulatory measures regarding safety and environmental health issues.

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Joseph Shulack
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Passionate about growth, leadership, emerging technologies & entrepreneurship. Aleksandar has been exposed to projects within different forms of organizations working in an international environment. Motivated by solving problems and exploring new business opportunities.

Aleksandar has extensive experience in working with C-level executives, government officials as well as startup founders. His international exposure is mainly in the IT, Edu-Tech, and Talent Development Industry.

His main strength lies in vast interdisciplinary and cross-functional knowledge stemming from his educational background, professional interests, start-up, and corporate experience. He is currently involved in business development activities, working closely with partners to enable Digital Sales and eCommerce processes for companies in the Luxury, Automotive, and Manufacturing Verticles.

Aleksandar holds Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree and a Master’s degree in International Business (MIB) from Grenoble École de Management (London Campus).

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Aleksandar Chaminski
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Jana is the Vice Dean at the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, UKIM, Skopje. She is an experienced researcher and Vice Dean for teaching with 11 years of experience. Jana is a Doctor of Chemical Engineering at University of Maribor. She is involved in numerous staff mobility and research projects and a Founder of Les.scientist, the molecular gastronomy platform for corporative food and innovation. Currently, Jana is working on 4 projects for food innovation, and one project on current comertionalization, which has been finalized. She is a postdoctoral researcher at Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg. Furthermore, Jana is an evaluator at FITR, core group management in Cost project, Sourdomics.

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Jana Klopchevska
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Biography: Ideas are cheap – execution makes the difference. I’m transferring my experience (aka lots of mistakes) to help scaling businesses and investors to avoid them!

– I get tech and business – technical strategic marketing and business development
– I articulate the correct product-market-fit – strategic business development with over 10 years of experience in a variety of sector most notably in the security and defense, wireless communications, device manufacturers
– I help with relationship management (not the marital type) – comprehensive Go-To-Market strategy planning and execution
– I herd cats around the world – ecosystem development (Co-Chair of the Light Communications Alliance).
– I make sure everyone has a shared vision – international standardization (Chair of IEEE 802.11bb, Vice-Chair of IEEE 802.15.13)

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Nikola Serafimovski
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Viktor is an experienced risk manager and Executive Director of UBS’ Ultra High Net Worth franchise in Zurich, Switzerland.

Born and raised in Skopje, Viktor graduated from the faculty of law while being actively involved in leadership roles in AIESEC in Macedonia and Austria. After a brief stint in the Vienna startup scene (“a miserable failure but an amazing learning experience” according to him), Viktor moved to Switzerland where in between his work at UBS he obtained the MA in Banking and Finance from University of Zurich.

Very passionate about investing, entrepreneurship and giving back with the purpose of positive impact, Viktor actively hussles to improve lives around him.

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Viktor Dinevski
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Vesna has a wealth of hands-on experience shaping, transforming, and propelling ideas across different industries, including telecommunications, education and currently, the hospitality industry. Her deep, engineering-backed knowledge and passion for growth and engagement has led her to multiple diverse start-ups and highly successful large companies. Outside of work, Vesna believes that nothing is more rewarding and engaging than traveling and spending time with her family. She has a strong interest in health and mind-body wellbeing. She is also an average but avid tennis player.

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Vesna Cupikj-Andreska
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Trajche is a President and Co-Owner of Bright Design Build, where he specializes in project execution. He studied Economics at the St. Cyril and Methodius University in Bulgaria and has over 10 years of real estate investment and development experience in Eastern Europe. Trajche also has prior investment and business management experience in the logistics industry, and has recently spent the last 5 years in general contracting, design and development of Chicago properties. He has experience in new construction, renovation and landmark adaptive reuse projects.

Trajche is from Strumica, Macedonia and has spent the last 15 years living in Chicago, specifically Lincoln Square, Bucktown and Ukrainian Village. He recently moved to the North Shore with his family. Trajche is an avid traveler and collects old maps from places he has visited.

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Trajche Angelov
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Christopher Balkos is a fund structuring, corporate finance, and structured finance professional. Christopher has worked in house on the legal team at Pemberton Asset Management, an institutional credit investment fund focused on alternative lending and structured credit products. Prior to joining Pemberton, Christopher was an associate at Paul Hastings, specialising in structured finance, securitisation, and credit funds, with a focus on CLOs. Christopher’s previous experience includes domestic and cross-border going public transactions, debt and equity financings for both publicly traded and private companies, public and private mergers and acquisitions, and advisory for a range of companies in various industries, including alternative asset management, specialty finance, cannabis, technology, and security industries. Christopher previously worked in international asset management, private equity, and real estate development. Christopher graduated on the Dean’s List from Western University’s combined H.B.A./J.D. dual-degree program between Western’s Faculty of Law and Ivey Business School. Christopher received Western’s Global and Intercultural Engagement Honour recognizing his global experience in both curricular and extracurricular activities.

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Christopher Balkos
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Ivica Jevtic is managing partner of Tosic and Jevtic law firm. He is responsible for the M&A, mining and finance sector in the firm. He is serving on the board of Macedonian – Bulgarian chamber and was serving on the board of MK basketball federation

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Professor Nikica Mojsoska-Blazevski is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Macedonia2025. Nikica’s prior experience was in academia, where she served two terms as Dean of the Business School at University American College-Skopje, as well as in the public administration where she worked as a Head of the Macroeconomic Policy Department at the Ministry of Finance of Republic of Macedonia. Nikica has an extensive experience of over 15 years in research, consultancy and advisory in economic policies, social systems and policy, labour markets, and education in Macedonia, as well as the Western Balkan region. She has been so far working with major international economic organisations and institutions, such as the World Bank, ILO, RCC, UNDP, UN Women and the European Commission. Mojsoska-Blazevski is author of many journal articles and several book chapters, mainly in the area of social policy, labour markets, education, gender issues, youth, etc. Nikica has served as an advisor to the government institutions in Macedonia and the Western Balkan region on economic, employment and social policy issues. Nikica is a member of several professional organizations in Macedonia, as well as of well-renowned international scientific organizations.

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Nikica Mojsoska Blazevski

Chief Executive Officer

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Nena Manchev is the Leadership and Education Program Manager at Macedonia2025. She graduated at the Faculty of Economics at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, at the Department for Comprehensive Economy. Nena’s prior experience is in the public administration sector, where she worked as Head of Unit for Administrative Support and Coordination at the Fund for Innovation and Technological Development. She also worked as Head of Cabinet of the Minister of Finance at the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of North Macedonia. Before joining the public administration, Nena accumulated an extensive experience of around 15 years in the civil society sector, working at the Country Office of the German Foundation Friedrich Ebert, Skopje. She has been working mostly in developing and implementing consultancy programs in the field of political science, strengthening of political dialogue and political parties’ capacities, as well as programs in the area of socio-economic policies, social-just reforms projects, active civic participation and improving citizens’ and youth participation in social discussions and decision-making processes. Nena has a significant knowledge and experience in conceptualizing and organizing regional SEE platforms and programs, political and experts programs for high-ranking politicians/officials/experts from Germany and EU member-state countries, as well as for representatives from the SEE region. During her career in FES Skopje, besides the position of Program Coordinator, she also held the positions of Finance and Accounting Manager for 6 years and Head of Office for two years.

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Nena Manchev

Leadership and Education Program Manager at Macedonia2025

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Galena Cunningham is the Senior Associate for International Relations and Summit Manager at Macedonia2025. She works to connect people and support the extension of Macedonia2025’s strategic vision. Galena has been a local project manager on international research projects in the field of education. She has worked on transition teams, helping to launch small businesses in Macedonia. Galena started her professional life in Macedonia in 2013 as an intern with the Macedonian Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Before returning to Macedonia, Galena studied Political Science at the University of Toronto. She rounded out her competencies by completing a degree in Business Administration and Finance at University American College Skopje.

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Galena Cunningham

Senior Associate for International Relations

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Voislav Ilievski is the Senior Associate for Business Programs at Macedonia2025. He has legal background and practice in business enabling activities and commercial legislation areas. Throughout his career he accumulated experience by continuously working on international donor funded Projects for over 15 years engaging in the Civil Sector. He has worked with Ministry-level counterparts to design and implement legal changes and transparent, sustainable reforms. He was also included in performing regulatory assessments in the Republic of Macedonia. His strengths are in regulatory reform, inspection supervision, business environment reform, export promotion, project management and institutional capacity building. Voislav Ilievski is an action-oriented professional with strong ability to communicate effectively with business, state, and non-governmental audiences.

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Voislav Ilievski

Senior Associate for Business Programs at Macedonia2025

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Jasmina Dimkovska is an Associate for Administrative and Financial Operations at Macedonia2025. She is responsible for material and financial bookkeeping and other administrative-financial matters. She studied at the Faculty of Economics at the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius Skopje, at the department of accounting and auditing. She has extensive experience working in multinational companies in the field of finance and administration. Jasmina began her career in 2006 in market and public opinion research companies, including Mediana Group in Macedonia conducting TGI research in the region. She continued her career in a French company in the oil industry, in the finance and procurement sector. The last two years, she worked in an international trading company in the finance department.

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Jasmina Dimkovska

Associate for Administrative and Financial Operations

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Jana Krstevskais the Economics Analyst with Macedonia 2025. Jana contributes to the international and domestic research studies and policy briefings. Jana has only recently gained a master’s degree in Policy Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, after gaining a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Economics from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. While in the Netherlands, she held the position of Chair of the event management club in the Utrecht School of Economics Study Association and was an active member of The Royal Society for Political Economy. Jana has several internships in her career. She has been an administrative assistant in Melon Solutions in Skopje and worked on the implementation of the Erasmus + Entrepreneurial Manual in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lab of the Mechanical Engineering Faculty in Skopje.

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Jana Krstevska

Economic Analyst

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Marija Poposka Trenevska is the Multimedia Designer at Macedonia2025. She creates engaging presentations of images and information for various media including the web, social media and Macedonia2025 events. Marija is currently finishing up a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Diplomacy at the University American College Skopje, and is studying UX/UI design at Brainster Academy. Marija also studied Theatre Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria. Marija has lived in Sweden, Canada, Belgium, Austria and Portugal before returning to Macedonia, and is fluent in English, German and Macedonian.

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Marija Poposka Trenevska

Multimedia Designer

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Gordana Klincharova

Financial Consultant

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Marija Adjiev is a third-year marketing student at the University American College Skopje and a volunteer at Macedonia2025. She started her professional career with Macedonia2025 as an intern in June 2021 and since then she has worked on many projects within the company and has joined our annual Summit two years in a row. She has been a part of many other non-profit organizations such as the American Corner Skopje and Girls up. Marija is an ambitious person who wants to accomplish even more and strive for success in her youth, very communicative and eager to collaborate and help her colleagues to achieve greater success together and maintain an effective and efficient work ethic within the company. On a professional level she is always ready in the field of managing serious projects and tasks. Moreover, as a former event volunteer she has excellent skills in leading, controlling and motivating her.

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Marija Adjiev

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Matej Mincev is a student volunteer at Macedonia2025. He edits and proofreads a variety of written documents, such as monthly newsletters, interviews and articles. Matej joined Macedonia2025 in February 2021, after he was featured on the Youth Diaspora campaign. Matej is going into his final year of engineering studies, and is currently working as an intern at HTS Engineering in Toronto, Canada. Along with his native Macedonian and English, he also speaks French and Spanish. Throughout his time at university, he has been involved in several projects pertaining to the fields of electronics, fluid mechanics and programming. Outside of school and work, Matej likes to stay active by participating in different sports, including soccer and skiing. He enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures, as well as watching major sports leagues such as the National Basketball Association (NBA). Matej is also a Level 1 Ski Instructor, having obtained his license in 2016 from the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance (CSIA). Matej also seeks to give back to his home country of Macedonia in various ways. Since 2021, he has been involved in Project Happiness (Proekt Sreka), which is a fundraising campaign that builds and renovates homes for children in need.

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Matej Mincev

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Tea Pesheva lives in Toronto, Canada, and works for the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks. She has a BSc in Sustainable Development from the University of St Andrews, Scotland and an MSc in Sustainability Management from University of Toronto. She has worked with the Ontario government for over 4 years, in various environmental departments as well as for accessibility. Her primary focuses are on stakeholder relations, communications, and program implementation and enhancement. Before moving abroad, she lived in Skopje, Macedonia, where her family still resides. She is always interested in learning and finding ways to bring back the knowledge and experience she has gained through her professional career to enhance Macedonia’s awareness of environmental management options.

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Tea Pesheva

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