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Kocho Andonovski Kocho Andonovski
Kocho Andonovski, Program Director of the LGBTI Support Center (subsidiary of the Macedonian Helsinki Committee. Focal point for reporting on the situation with the rights of the LGBTI people in the Republic of Macedonia towards ILGA Europe and Coordinator of the LGBTI Program of the Helsinski Committee in the Republic of Macedonia (including monitoring of the implementation of the Recommendations of the Council of Europe on combating discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and documentation of the legal and medical practices towards the changing of the gender identity; Coordinator of the project “Improving participation in the democratic processes of the ethnic communities smaller than 20%” supported by EIDHR; Developing indicators for measuring discrimination on the local level: lecturing/trainer on the workshops with the local Councils, administration and NGO’s in all 84 municipalities in the Republic of Macedonia for “Implementation of indicators for measuring discrimination on the local level” and writing reports about the findings during the visits of the Municipalities, especially on the work of the local Commissions for equal opportunities between men and women; Writing reports for the Helsinki Committee “Monthly reports on the situation with the human rights in the Republic of Macedonia”; Lobbying and reporting nationally and in the European Commission/DG Enlargement as well as for the American Embassy on the situation with the rights of the LGBTIQ persons; Actively involved in the work of the National Coordinative Body for Combating Discrimination; Permanent work with the Media. He was born in Bitola, Macedonia and has studied at the London School of Public Relations, and Ss. Cyril and Methodius University.
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Dimitar Atanasovski Dimitar Atanasovski
Dimitar Atanasovski began his career at the age of 18 as a young and energetic broadcaster for the Macedonian National Television. Over the course of the past seven years, he has taken part in all of the crucial TV projects throughout Macedonia and the surrounding region. Dimitar was originally educated as a lawyer but decided instead to pursue his passion for media. His contributions are evident in numerous projects, including, among others: Effect (MRT 1), Plachalnik (K-15 TV), Trotoar (Channel 5, MRT 1), M2 Show (Sitel), a humanitarian concert for the monastery of St. Jovan Bigorski (MRT, Sitel, Channel 5), and Macedonian Points Eurovision 2013. Atanasovski has served as the presenter and moderator of almost all events of national interest in Macedonia: the celebration of 20 years of independence, the welcoming of the Macedonian handball and basketball teams after their success at the European Championships, Macedonia Sport Oscar 2012, and the traditional New Year’s party at Macedonia square in Skopje. He has also directed numerous presentations by leading private corporations including T-home, Bi-milk, Coca Cola and Toyota, as well as the annua lBalkan Spa Awards and Coffee-fest Skopje. Atanasovski has attended seminars on debating and building leadership capacity (Towson University - Maryland), media influence (Stockholm), and business management (Breviary Skopje). Currently, Dimitar Atanasovski is a spokesperson for the French clothing brand Celio and the Japanese car manufacturer Toyota. He works as a radio broadcaster at City Radio and TV personality at All our song, on MRT 1.
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Josette Baer, Ph.D Josette Baer, Ph.D
Josette Baer, Ph.D., graduated from Zurich University (UZH) with a PhD dissertation entitled Politik als praktizierte Sittlichkeit. Zum Demokratiebegriff bei Thomas G. Masaryk und Václav Havel (Politics as Pragmatic Morality. The Notion of Democracy in the Political Thought of Thomas G. Masaryk and Václav Havel). From 1988 to 1993, she studied Slavonic philology and political science with a focus on political philosophy and international relations, and the history of Eastern Europe. From 1996 to 2001, she specialized in the 19th century intellectual history of the Slavic-speaking countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Her projects were supported by various stipends, which resulted in research in Budapest (Hungary), Bratislava (Slovakia) and Leeds (UK). In 2001, she received a three-year stipend from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and moved to Seattle, Washington, where she taught and researched at University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. The philosophical faculty of UZH approved her thesis Slavic Thinkers. Intellectual History and Political Thought in Central Europe and the Balkans, 19th Century in the summer of 2006. As a fellow of the Open Society Institute (OSI), she taught from 2004 to 2006 in Minsk (Belarus) and St. Petersburg (Russia). Since the autumn term of 2006, she has taught at UZH, and the Faculty of Philosophy of UZH appointed her titular professor in June 2012. Her upcoming publication is entitled“‘Warum bin ich ein Bürger?’ Karel Havlícek zur alltäglichen Korruption im Böhmen des 19. Jahrhunderts” (‘Why am I a citizen?’ Karel Havlícek on Everyday Corruption in 19th century Bohemia), due out in 2013 in Geld. Basel: Schwabe, 2013.
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Gjorgi Cakarjanevski, Ph.D Gjorgi Cakarjanevski, Ph.D
Gjorgi Cakarjanevski, Ph.D., completed his doctoral studies in History from the Faculty of Philosophy at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, and has been working at the Institute for National History since 1976. He completed his Masters at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje in 1989, and defended his doctoral dissertation State Legal Aspects in Action on the Headquarters of NOV and PO in Macedonia (1941-1945). Cakarjanevski acquired a senior fellowship in 1999, and in 2001, during his post-graduate studies at the Institute of National History, was made instructor for the subject of “History of the Macedonian nation from the Balkan wars to 1945”. In 2002, he was granted the position of full professor. He is also a professor at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Goce Delcev in Stip in the department of history and archeology. He has authored and co-authored publications, monographs, collections of documents, and historical atlases. He has published over 80 scientific articles and participated in more than 50 conferences, of which most were international. Cakarjanevski is a member of the editorial boards of several scientific journals, organizational boards and commissions, served as the Secretary of the Association of Historians of Macedonia, served two terms as vice president of the Council of INI (2001), President of the Council of INI (2006 to present), and as Head of the Department of History of the Macedonian People. He is a recipient of the Goce Delcev Award.
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Sinisa Daskalovski, Ph.D Sinisa Daskalovski, Ph.D
Sinisa Daskalovski, Ph.D., is a full time professor at the Institute for Security, Defense and Peace. He completed his undergraduate studies in the Department of Security, Defense and Peace, Faculty of Philosophy at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, and then postgraduate studies with a paper defense at a specialist seminar in Belgrade, Serbia (1987). He acquired both a Master of Science (1991) and Ph.D. (1997) from the Faculty of Philosophy at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje.

From 1980-1988, he worked for the former Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA), and was assigned as an instructor to the then Socialistic Republic of Macedonia Headquarters for Territorial Defense (TO) to train personnel in the field of defense and protection. He taught courses and trained students in Security and Intelligence Activities and Tactics and Fire Training. In the 1988/89 academic year, he was elected as a Lecturer at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, and subsequently as Senior Lecturer (1994), Assistant Professor (1997), Associate Professor (2002), and full time Professor (2007), in the Department of Defense and Protection and Defense Science within the Faculty of Philosophy. He also served as the Department Head for several terms. He was assigned a position in the Institute for Security, Defense and Peace in 2009. He has held courses at various faculties, including the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Food, Faculty of Physical Education, as well as a course for postgraduate studies on European Integration and Communications at the Institute for Sociology. He has also received invitations to hold courses on military organization at the Military Academy.

Daskalovski has had successful cooperation with both governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as with an American expert team that was working on the Stability and Maintenance Program. In addition, he participated in forums centered on the relationship between the Republic of Macedonia and NATO. At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Macedonia, the Ministry of Defence, and the Faculty of Philosophy, he participates and contributes to discussions in the development of national defense strategy. He has also recievied invitations from the newly established Center for Security Policy, and contributed to discussions on topics within the themes the Macedonian public with regard to the relations of the Republic of Macedonia, and NATO and the role of the NATO missions in Republic of Macedonia.

In addition, he is the author of many papers, including three most recent: The Development and Upgrading of the Republic of Macedonia’s Military Organization Model (International scientific conference The Balkans-security challenge for Europe and the International Community, Congress Center of UKIM, Ohrid, 1-3, October 2010); The Significance of National and Historical Experience in Shaping the Military Organization of the Modern Republic of Macedonia During the Second World War (International scientific conference); Macedonia Through the Centuries (Institute of History, Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje, Skopje 11-12 November 2011); Crisis and Development Discrepancies in the Balkans as a Challenge for Security in the Region, Security and Euro Atlantic Perspectives of the Balkans (International scientific Conference, Ohrid 25-26 May, 2012). He also participated in the first scientific symposium on Defense After the Cold War period, in Ohrid (1996).
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Milorad (Miki) Dodevski Milorad (Miki) Dodevski
Milorad (Miki) Dodevski is the first Member of Parliament in the history of democratic Republic of Macedonia who represents the interests of the Macedonian diaspora from Australia and Asia. Miki Dodevski was born in Skopje, but moved to Melbourne with his family in 1993. Dodevski holds a Bachelor of Business from Victoria University. Before his election as a representative in the Macedonian Parliament, he worked as a manager in the banking and finance sector in Australia.

Dodevski was the initiator and leader of a number of projects and activities within the Macedonian diaspora in Australia. His past voluntary community activities include: member of the Macedonian Alliance in Melbourne, founder and president of the Macedonian Film Festival in Australia, member of the Macedonian Community Council of Victoria and chairman of the Initiative Board for the organization of the biggest meeting of the Macedonian community in Australia in 2008. Throughout more than 10 years of community volunteering and devotion, he has always had the community interests at heart, with the aim of representing the Macedonian community to the general Australian public and to support the advancement of Multiculturalism in Australia.

On his initiative and also as the founder, recently the first NGO was formed in the Republic of Macedonia called “Macedonian Society for Friendship with Australia” with the aim of advancing the ties between the people of Australia and Macedonia on all levels. In April 2013, a commemoration of ANZAC Day was held for the first time in Macedonia, attended by many distinguished guests and representatives of government, diplomats and Australian expats in honor of soldier John Paterson from Australia who is buried in the British war cemetery in Skopje.

As a representative of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, Dodevski has greatly contributed to the social development of the Republic of Macedonia and has always stood up for the interests of the Macedonian expatriates in Australia. In his frequent visits to Australia, Dodevski has met many Australian representatives at all governing levels, as well as initiating and supporting closer collaboration between Australian and Macedonian organizations and businesses. He has a strong belief that the national identity of every Macedonian in the diaspora is inextricable part of their individual success and with that to the success of the community in which they live. Being aware of the historic importance of the role of a leading representative, a primary goal of the perennial activism of Dodevski, is the diaspora to become an equal partner in the development of the Republic of Macedonia and to further strengthen the excellent ties between his two countries.
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Ivanka Dodovska Ph.D Ivanka Dodovska Ph.D
Ivanka Dodovska Ph.D. was born in Skopje. She finished her bachelor degree on Faculty of Law “Iustinian I”, on Political studies in May 2004. In the academic year 2004/2005 she enrolled on the graduate studies on State-Law History of Macedonia, on the Facutly of law “Iustinian I” in Skopje. She acquired the academic degree Master of legal sciences on the field of State-law history after successfully defended master theses entitled “The Exchange of Minorities Between the Kingdom of Greece and the Bulgarian Empire and the Process of Establishment of the National States on the Balkan”, on December 1st, 2009. With decision of the Scientific council of the Faculty of law “Iustinian I”, University “St. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje, on 22.12.2008 she was elected for junior assistant on the subject Contemporary European and Macedonian History (19-20 century), on the political studies and journalistic studies. With decision of the Scientific council of the Faculty of Law “Iustinian I”, Univ. “St. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje, on 24.03.2010 she was elected for teaching assistant on the scientific field History of law, by which she is continuously included in the cooperation activities on the subjects: Contemporary European and Macedonian History (19-20 century) on the political studies and journalistic studies, History of Diplomacy on the political studies, and the master studies of International law and International relations, and History of law. On November 6 st, 2012, she acquired the academic degree Doctor of legal sciences after successfully defended doctoral theses entitled “The Balkan Entente of 1934 - 1941, and the Macedonian Question”. With decision of the Scientific council of the Faculty of law “Iustinian I”, University “St. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje, on 31.01.2013 she was elected for assistant professor on the scientific field History of law. On the Faculty of law “Iustinian I”, beside the aforementioned subjects, PhD. Dodovska is engaged also on the master studies of Applied politics, and the Tempus programs on the political studies on the subjects: Political History of the Balkan (19-20 century) and History of diplomacy.
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His Excellency
Dr. Gjorge Ivanov His Excellency Dr. Gjorge Ivanov
His Excellency Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, the President of the Republic of Macedonia was born in Valandovo, a town in the South-East of Republic of Macedonia. After completing his elementary and high school education in Valandovo, he commenced studies in Law at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje.

While at University, Ivanov became politically active in liberal and reformist-oriented youth organizations. In 1988, his career with the national broadcaster “Macedonian Television” began, where he was ultimately promoted to the position of Editor. He was also active in the movement to reform the political system, which aimed to promote ideas such as political plurality and the free market economy. In 1995, Ivanov returned the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, earning a Master’s Degree in Political Science with a thesis entitled: “Civil Society - New Contradictions of an Old Debate.” During his PhD research he focused on building democracies in divided societies and successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Democracy in Divided Societies: the Case of Macedonia.”

At the Law Faculty, a long-time centre of Macedonian political life, Professor Ivanov taught political theory and political philosophy to his students, introducing new teaching methods which helped open Macedonian academia to Western universities through contemporary literature and magazines. In 1999, he was a Visiting Professor to the South-East Europe Programme at the University of Athens, Greece. Knowing that opening the Republic of Macedonia to the West will require the efforts of upcoming generations, he also became active in EU’s TEMPUS Programme for the Republic of Macedonia, introducing a reformed curricula and English language Master Programmes.

Ivanov is a leading expert on civil society, being the first to introduce its systematic research in Macedonian academia. He has been a consultant to leading think-tanks and researchers. Generations of leaders have passed his training in political management. Professor Ivanov is the co-founder of the first Macedonian political science journal “Political Opinion”, and the founder and Honorary President of the Macedonian Political Science Association. He is also one of the founders of the Institute for Democracy, Solidarity and Civil Society, a renowned Macedonian think-tank which has helped shape the political landscape in Macedonia. While never a party member, he became active in helping fashion the policy of the reformist VMRO-DPMNE party, which supported his presidential nomination in 2009. He won the elections with a distinctive majority.

During his Presidential mandate, Professor GjorgeIvanov has received numerous invitations to give lectures at renowned universities in the European centers. In October 2009, he was awarded the title Doctor HonorisCausa at the TOBB University of Economics and Technology, one of the most prominent private universities in Turkey, whereas he talked on the topic “The Millet System – Forgotten History or Recipe for the Future”. The title Doctor HonorisCausa was for the second time awarded to President Ivanov by the Rector of the Istanbul University in March 2011. On this occasion Professor GjorgeIvanov held a lecture on the theme “The Megapolis as a Societal Management Model of the 21st Century”. The last awarded title Doctor HonorisCausa, President Ivanov received in Bucharest, Romania, at the Christian University “DimitrieCantemir” in October 2011. In September 2011, President Ivanov was awarded the highest Order of the St. Lazarus Order from Jerusalem.

President Ivanov is married and has one child.
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Alexander Karapancev Alexander Karapancev
Alexander Karapancev is currently a law student at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. Prior to pursuing an education in law, Alexander completed his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, graduating on the Deans List. At Western, Alexander was quite involved in student life. He was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity where he held the position of Vice President and was honoured with the Best Officer, Campus Involvement, and Recruitment Awards. As VP, he organized London, Ontario’s largest food drive in cooperation with the London Food Bank, which received recognition from politicians at all levels of government, including the Ontario Premier’s Office. He was also an executive member of the Inter Fraternity Council and Treasurer of the Macedonian Students Association. In 2011, he received the UMD John L. N. Bitove, C.M. Macedonian Heritage Scholarship Award. Being active in politics since his teen years, Alexander has been involved in election campaigns for various levels of government. Last year, he was selected by his riding association to be a delegate at the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Conference.

At Exeter, Alexander is an executive committee member of the Conservative Future Society. As a shooting sports enthusiast, he is also social chairman of the University’s Rifle Club. He has appeared numerous times on Exeter’s 87.7FM radio discussing international politics and societal issues. Alexander has also publically debated politics for Exeter’s Debating Society.

Being a supporter of UMD since its early days, Alexander is a strong advocate of the Macedonian cause and is thrilled to be attending this year’s conference. Currently studying law, he is interested in applying International and European legal principles to the political problems facing Macedonia and the Macedonian people.
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Jovanka Kepeska, Ph.D Jovanka Kepeska, Ph.D
Jovanka Kepeska, Ph.D., defended her dissertation entitled Modern Scientific and Technological Development, and earned her interdisciplinary doctorate (philosophy, sociology, political economy) from the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade, Serbia. From the time she was appointed lecturer in 1974 to her retirement in 2005, she served as a professor for categories of social theory across various faculties at the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, but served longest as a professor for the Faculty of Philosophy. She was also engaged in postgraduate studies at several other universities in Skopje.

Kepeska’s scientific interest center mostly around philosophical and sociological themes of contemporary democratic development of the world and society. Published books include: Modern Scientific and Technological Development -Philosophical and Sociological Aspects (1997), Topics of the Sociology of Sport (2000), Why and How in the Dispute for our Name (2010), and Totalitarian Consciousness and Us (2011). Previously, Kepeska published the book Our Present Moment. She has published more than 300 scientific articles and essays in national and international journals, periodicals and daily newspapers. Kepeska also participated in many international and domestic projects and presented at more than 50 conferences, including conferences in the UK, Ireland, U.S., Poland, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Montenegro.
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Dr Srgjan Kerim Dr Srgjan Kerim
President of the 62 Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations
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President of the Board of Media Print Macedonia
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A seasoned diplomat, economist, scholar and businessman, Dr. Kerim brings with him a wealth of experience in international political and economic affairs.

In the field of academia, Dr. Kerim was a professor of international economic affairs with the Faculty of Economics of the University of Belgrade. In addition, he was a visiting professor at the University of Hamburg (Germany) and at New York University. He has lectured widely on Balkan issues, is the author of 12 books dealing with international politics, economics and youth and poetry. He has written more than 100 scholarly papers, many of which have been published in countries across Europe. He holds a doctorate in international economics from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Belgrade and is fluent in English, French and German as well as Serbian, Croatian and Bulgarian.

Dr. Kerim represented his country as Ambassador to Germany, from 1994 to 2000, and to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, from 1995 to 2000. During this period, from 1999 to 2000, he served as Special Envoy of the Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe.

Over the course of his distinguished career spanning more than three decades, from 2000 to 2001, Dr. Kerim was Foreign Minister of the Republic of Macedonia, in which capacity he also served as Chairman of the South-East European Cooperation Process. He then became his country's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, from 2001 to 2003, during which time he served as vice-chairman both of the International Conference on Financing for Development (Monterrey, 2002) and of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg, 2002). In addition, he was a member of the group of facilitators of the President of the fifty-sixth UN General Assembly, focusing on UN reform, and was a co-organizer of the Regional Forum on Dialogue of Civilizations (Ohrid, 2003).

Since 2003, Dr. Kerim has been General Manager of Media Print Macedonia in Skopje. From 2006-2008 he was General Manager for South-Eastern Europe of the WAZ Media Group, based in Vienna. Since 2008, he has served as a Member of the Board based in Vienna, and as Special Advisor of the WAZ Media Group for political issues.

From September 2007 to September 2008 Dr Kerim was President of the 62nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. During his Presidency, the Assembly has focused on the following key issues: Responding to Climate Change, Financing for Development, Implementing the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, Advancing United Nations Reform, Following up on measures to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Since September 2008 Dr. Kerim is serving as Special Envoy of the Secretary General on Climate Change.

Awarded with several decorations, amongst them the Grand Cross of Merit with star of the Federal Republic of Germany; Grand Decoration of Honor in Gold with Sash for Services to the Republic of Austria; Great Cross of Merit with brilliants of the Principality of Lichtenstein; Grand Cross of Merit Melitensi Special Class of the Sovereign Order of Malta; Golden Medal of Honor of the OIER (Organization for International Economic Relations); Honorable Decoration for Merit of the Republic of Albania; Kentucky Colonel, Highest decoration of the State of Kentucky, USA; Honorary degree of the Gumilev Eurasian National University in Astana, Kazakhstan

He is also the author of 12 books and of more than a hundred periodical publications in the fields of economics, international relations, politics and youth-related issues.

Born on 12 December 1948 in Skopje, Dr. Kerim is married to Snezana Lazova Kerim, with three children.
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Toni Mileski, Ph.D Toni Mileski, Ph.D
Toni Mileski, Ph.D., is an associate professor and researcher in the Department of Security, Defense and Peace, Faculty of Philosophy at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. His research fields are political geography and geopolitics, environmental security, energy security, and migration and conflicts. In 2005, he defended his doctoral dissertation "Political and Geographical Position of the Republic of Macedonia: Perspectives for Development into Euro-Atlantic Ambient". Professor Mileski has participated in several scientific and research projects. He served as project assistant for the project “Partners for Peace and Prevention”, in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Initiative forBuilding Peace and Democracy. He was also a project leader in the implementation of the Open Journal System for the Faculty of Philosophy at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University. In October 2012, he participated in the International VoluntaryLeadership Program (IVLP). The program was organized by the United States Embassy, and held sessions in Washington D.C., NewYork City, and Boston. Professor Mileski, is editor-in-chief of the internationally peer-reviewed, and open access journal, Security Dialogues. He is also a member of the editorial board of Italian book series Globolitical, which providesa forum for participants todiscuss issues related to geopolitics, geo-strategy, security, sociology, economics, conflict prevention and resolution, lands,borders, peoples, and more. Prof. Mileskihas participated in many national and internal conferences, and has authored and coauthored over 80 scientific papers, books,textbooks and book manuals.
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Antonio Miloshoski Antonio Miloshoski
Born on 29 January 1976 in Tetovo. Graduated from the Faculty of Law in Skopje in 1999. In 2002 attained Masters Degree on European integration from Friedrich-Wilhelm University of Bonn, Germany. Since 2005 worked as a scientific associate in the Institute for Political Sciences of the Gerhard Mercator University in Duisburg, Germany, where he also begun his doctoral studies.

Since 2011 he is Member of Parliament in the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Policy, except in the period 2006-2011 when he was Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Antonio Miloshoski represented the Republic of Macedonia before the International Court of Justice in the lawsuit against Greece for violation of the Interim Accord of 1995 signed between the two countries.

In the period May 2000-September 2001 he was spokesperson of the Government, while in 1999-2000 he was Head of Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia.

Since 2004 he is member of the Executive Committee of VMRO-DPMNE. In the period 1997-1998 he was Deputy President of the Union of Young Forces of VMRO-DPMNE. For a period of time he was columnist in the newspapers "Dnevnik" and "Utrinski vesnik". He is founder of the Association of Citizens "Youth Euro-Atlantic Forum" situated in Skopje and is member of the German association South-East Europe.

In September 2012 he was Head of the OSCE/ODIHR Mission that observed the parliamentary elections in the Republic of Belarus, while in December 2011 he was member of the Delegation of the International Republican Institute (IRI) during the parliamentary elections in Egypt.

He speaks English, German, Serbian, Croatian and Bulgarian language.

Antonio Miloshoski is married with one child.
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Slave Nikolovski-Katin Slave Nikolovski-Katin
Slave Nikolovski-Katin is a publicist whose literary works are devoted mostly to the life of the Macedonians living all over the world, and to many other aspects related to our diaspora, as well as to our culture, literature, language, history, journalism and religion. He is known to the Macedonianand the international public for his numerous publications, and journal and research papers.Katin is an author of 45 publications that couldbe found and read on his website: www.slavekatin.com.

The literary opus of Slave Nikolovski-Katin is very rich and, starting with his first work English-Macedonian Limnological Dictionary(1986) to date, the following works should be singled out: The Macedonians in the United States and Canada (2002), (in Macedonian and English);The Macedonian Orthodox Churches in Australia, Canada and the United States(1990); Macedonian Holocaust”(1991);Macedonian Emigrant Press(1993);Ilinden 1903-2003 and the Macedonian Emigrants(1998);(in Macedonian), then the monographs: Andrea Branovfrom Melbourne(2001);The Janovskisfrom Toronto (2002);Steve Stamevskifrom Detroit (2005)’ George Tomov, from NewYork(2007);Boshko Rajchovski-Pelisterskifrom Florida (2008);Metropolitan Kirill (2007), as well as the books about the great benefactors from the Macedonian diaspora: Atanas Bliznakoff (2000/2013);Peter Stamatoff(2010), and George Atanasoski(2012),(in Macedonian and English). Heis also known for his translation of the historical novel Alexander the Great(1988) from English into Macedonian by Ulrich Vilken.
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Professor
Vladimir Ortakovski Professor Vladimir Ortakovski
Professor Vladimir Ortakovski was born in Skopje, Macedonia. He graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade with a degree in International Politics. He obtained his M.A. and LL.D. in International Law and International Relations at the Faculty of Law in Belgrade. In 1989, he was promoted to Docent, in 1994 to Associate Professor, and in 1997 to Full Professor at the Faculty of Security at the University “Sts. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje. In 2001, he was promoted for the second time to Full Professor in Public International Law.

He was Deputy Minister for Science in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia from 1993 to 1996. He was the undersecretary and later Assistant to the Minister at the Ministry of Education and Science from 2000 to 2004. He was president of the Committee on Foreign Diploma Recognition at the Ministry of Education and Science from 2002-2006. He was a member of Senatus at the University St. Kiril and Metodij Skopje from 1996-2000; since 2008 and presently he has been a member of Senatus of the University St. Kliment Ohridski in Bitola.

He has written extensively on International Law, Diplomacy, Ethnic Minorities etc. He has published over 220 bibliographic units consisting of scientific and specialist publication in journals and newspapers, papers at symposia and scientific gatherings in Macedonia and abroad. He participated in around 60 international conferences, round tables, symposiums, presenting his papers (in Europe and USA). He made a number of study visits to international organizations or to higher education institutions abroad, participated in international seminars and conferences, as an expert or member of the governmental or ministerial delegation in international meetings. Prof. Ortakovski is the author of seven books and four university textbooks and manuals. He was awarded the state prize “Goce Delchev” for the best scientific publication in 1996 for his book “The International Position of Minorities”. His book “Minorities in the Balkans” was published by “Transnational Publishers, Inc.”, Ardsley, New York, in 2000.

He was Dean at the Police Academy from 2004-2008 and was Head of Postgraduate Studies in the field of Security from 2006-2008. He has been Head of Department for Social-Politic and Law Sciences at the Faculty of Security since 2005. He continues to lecture on Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights and Minorities Rights Law as well as Diplomacy and International Security. Currently he is lecturing at the Faculty of Security at graduate and postgraduate studies. He is also lecturing as visiting professor at a number of other Higher Education Institutions. He is a Member of the Council of Centre for Strategic Research, in Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MASA) (since 2000), and a President of the State Council for Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency (since 2009).
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His Excellency
Vladimir Peševski His Excellency Vladimir Peševski
His Excellency Vladimir Peševski is the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs for the Government of the Republic of Macedonia. He received his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje in 1993. In 2001, Peševski completed a Master of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Sheffield (UK), through a program affiliated with the City College in Thessaloniki, Greece. Prior to his appointment in the Ministry of Economic Affairs in 2009, Peševski worked in various positions both in and out of the corporate world, including as an Assistant in the Center for Research in New Technologies within the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (1993-1996), Management Consultant for a USAID project in strategic management and finances in the Macedonian Business Center (1996-1998), General Manager for SEAF Macedonia (1998-2005), Member of the First Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Macedonia (2003-2006), as a Lecturer of M.A. studies at the University of Sheffield, through a program based out of the City College in Thessaloniki (2004-2007), and as General Manager for the SEAF South Balkan Fund (2005-2009). In 2001, Peševski also served as a short-term advisor to former Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski, where he advised on economic policies and measures in the areas affected by the 2001 political crisis.
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His Excellency
Nikola Poposki His Excellency Nikola Poposki
His Excellency Nikola Poposki was appointed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia in July 2011. Prior to his appointment, he was the Ambassador of the Republic Macedonia to the European Union from 2010 to 2011.

Minister Poposki has held numerous positions in the public and private sectors, including: team leader of the Joint Research Centre at the European Commission from 2006-2009, for which he was awarded the Excellence Award for his contributions to policy development of the EU towards the Western Balkans; Client Relationship Manager for DEPFA Bank in Dublin from 2005-2006; Secretary of the French Embassy to the Republic of Macedonia from 2001-2004, of which from 2003-2004 he worked in the Analysis and Development Department of the Rouen Part Authorities; and Manager’s Assistant for the British Royal Engineers Quality from 1999-2001. In addition,he is a European Commission trained internal auditor for implementation of integrated environmental management and health and safety standards (ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001).

Minister Poposki earned his Bachelors in Economics from Sts. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia, and the University of Nice, France on a French Government Scholarship. He holds a Masters in Languages and International Trade in the European Union from the University of Rennes and Sts. Cyril and Methodius University, as well as a Masters of Arts in European Economic Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges.

In addition to his native Macedonian, Minister Poposki is fluent in both English and French, and is conversational in Croatian, Dutch, and Italian. He is married and has one child.
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Pavle Sazdov
MP-North and South Americas Pavle Sazdov MP-North and South Americas
The Honorable Pavle Sazdov was elected member of the Macedonian Assembly in the 2011 Parliamentary Elections, and is the first MP representing the interests of the Macedonian diaspora from North and South America. Prior to his election, Mr. Sazdov served as State Secretary for the Macedonian Ministry of Information Society and Administration (2010 to 2011), where he was responsible for many projects, including the “Interoperability” project, the “Document Management System” for the State Administration, “e-Forms”, “Government IT network”, “e-Textbooks”, and “e-Content”. He was also involved in the development of the Strategy for Public Administration Reform in the Republic of Macedonia.

Prior to moving to Macedonia from Canada, Mr. Sazdovheld numerous positions, primarily in the private sector. From 2005 to 2010, he provided consulting in information technologies for Best Buy Co. Inc., North America’s largest electronics retailer and service provider.

The Honorable Pavle Sazdov holds a Diploma in Network and Internet Security (highest honors) from Everest College – School of Technology, in Mississauga, Canada, as well as Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from FON University – Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies,both in the field of information sciences and technologies. He was recently appointed Senior Fellow at New Westminster College of Canada. In addition, he has earned many industry related certificates from prominent companies in the information technology industry. Mr. Sazdov has also authored several professional and scientific articles in the field of information sciences and technologies.

In addition to his native Macedonian, Mr. Sazdov is fluent in English and is conversational in Bulgarian, Croatian, and Serbian. He is married and has one child.
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Velika Stojkova Serafimovska Velika Stojkova Serafimovska
Velika Stojkova Serafimovska, Ethnomusicologist, born 1973 in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. Graduated in ethnomusicology at the Faculty for Music Art in Skopje and MA studies on ethnomusicology on the Faculty for Music Art in Belgrade (Serbia). Finishing PhD studies at University “St. Kiril and Metodij”, Skopje, R. Macedonia.

Her research as an ethnomusicologist is focused on the function and the aesthetic in rural tradition, the ritual folklore and the ritual songs and dances in Macedonia, the multipart rural singing and the transition in the Macedonian music tradition. She is also interested in the music folklore of the minorities in Macedonia. Until know she has acquired 20 years of experience in fieldwork, mostly in rural areas of Macedonia. Her research includes old polyphonic rural singing, male and female. She works at the Institute for Folklore research "Marko Cepenkov" - Skopje. Her working experience also includes working at the State Ensemble for folk dances and songs in Macedonia “Tanec”, stage performance of Macedonian folk songs, research activities in preparing choreographies and working with the vocal group in singing old songs and the reconstruction of polyphonic singing that is almost disappearing in the field. She is also a leader of the vocal group “Clear Waters” performing authentic Macedonian folk songs. She is involved in several projects connected with ethnology and ethnomusicology in Macedonia, and collaborates with numerous ethnomusicologists from the Balkan countries. She is Chair of the ICTM National committee of Macedonia, Chair of the ICTM study group “Music and Dance in South-eastern Europe”, a member of the Balkan Musical Forum, the southeast European forum for intangible heritage – UNESCO, the Composers’ Association of Macedonia, ICTM and other.

Until now, she has actively participated in 23 international conferences and symposiums in Macedonia and abroad. Her papers have been published in several music magazines.
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Doc. Dr.Aleksandar Stojchev Doc. Dr.Aleksandar Stojchev
Doc. Dr.Aleksandar Stojcevwas born on 5thApril, 1975 in Belgrade. Stojchev graduated from the Department of History at the Faculty in Philosophy, in Skopje, in 2001. After the successful defence of his MA thesis “The Dojran positions at the Macedonian front 1915-1918” in 2006, and his doctoral dissertation “The Macedonian Front 1915-1918” at the National History Institute in Skopje, in 2009, he earned the title PhD in History. In2012 (16th July to 3rd August), he participatedand was certified in the program “Conflict Resolution” organized by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Government, held in several locations throughout the U.S.A.

From 2002 to 2005, Stojchev was engaged as a younger assistant at the Military Academy “General MihailoApostolski” in Skopje, and promoted to a military historyassistant professor,in 2009. Parallel to his lecturing career at the Military academy in Skopje, he also taught at the GoceDelcev University in Stip and the School for pilots in Skopje. He is highly interested in research and museum work. Starting from 2006, Stojchev was elected the head of the Military History Department at the War museum within the Ministry of Defense. In June 2002, he participated in the training seminar of the Coalition for Peace, on the subject of “Internet usage by the practitioners of international security policies”, organized by the Government of Switzerland and the Cabinet of the President of the Republic of Macedonia. From 2000 to 2003, Stojchevtook part in the research project “War history course- computer supported teaching.” From the beginning of 2005, he is a participant in the international research project for cultural reorganization of the Presparegion, implemented by the Central European University in Budapest,the Institute and Museum of Prehistoric Archeology in Ohrid, Sweet Briar College in USA, Durham University in England and the U.S. National Park Service. In 2006, he became the director of the National War Museum in Skopje. Alexander Stojchev is the author of the following publications:
• 155 original historical maps for the English edition of “The War History of Macedonia”- published in Skopje, 2004.
• 13 original historical maps as part of the permanent exhibition “Anti-Fascist Assembly for the People's Liberation of Macedonia (ASNOM) 1944-2004” - at the National Museum of Macedonia, 2004.
• 4 original historical maps for the permanent numismatics exhibition at OhridBank in Ohrid,May, 2005.
• “Dojran 1915-1918 (Military operations)”- monograph, published in Skopje, 2007.
• Several professional papersrelatedto the war history of Macedonia, published in the magazines “Odbrana” and “Shtit”, from 2001 to 2012.
• “Noble Prize Winners and ARM for peace” - permanent photo exhibition, 2011.
• “General MihailoApostoloski Memorial Room” - museum exhibition, 2012.
• “Treaty of Bucharest and the Division of Macedonia in 1913”- documentary screenplay, produced by the Macedonian Radio-Television.
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Ivona Opetcheska–Tatarchevska Ivona Opetcheska–Tatarchevska
Ivona Opetcheska–Tatarchevska was born in Struga, south-west Macedonia. Bachelor of Ethnomusicology at Faculty of Music, University St. “Ciril and Metody”-Skopje. Master of science on Institute for Ethnology and Anthropology at the same university. Working experience in music pedagogy (1996-1998); (1998-2004); worked as assistant - dance researcher in Institute for Folklore Research "Marko Cepenkov" Skopje; (2005/2006) Lecturer on Faculty of Music Art-Skopje (2005-2007). From October 2005 works in Ministry of Culture –Cultural Heritage Protection Office. In the period 2007-2010 is a junior reseacher in the project ”Nation – building processes in Southeastern Europe” at the Free Univeristy, Institute for South-eastern Europe - Berlin. From 2010 is external researcher within Berlin Phonogram Archive on the digitalizing of the Kuppers-Sonnenberg collections. Active member in International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) Study group for Ethnochoreology from 2004. From 2006 member of SOKOM (Composer’s association in Macedonia). As expert for Intangible Cultural Heritage, is a member of working expert’s groups of UNESCO and WIPO. Participated in organization’s councils of: Festival for traditional instruments and songs "Pece Atanasovski" - Dolneni (1998-2002); Ethnoaucustic festival-Ohrid (2000); Student folk festival-Skopje (2002) e.t.c. Active participant on international symposiums: in Macedonia, Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria, Italy, Great Britain, Romania, Austria, Germany, South Africa, Poland. Fields of interests: Dance ethnology; Iconography of music and dance; Kinetography Laban analysis; Mediterranean and Slavs cultures; Protection of intangible cultural heritage with special accent on macedonian traditional and folk dances. Published in professional journals: „Music“, „Macedonian folklore“„Macedonian Music“.

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