Violeta Ackoska, Ph.D Violeta Ackoska, Ph.D
Violeta Ackoska, Ph.D., is a full professor and coordinator of the postgraduate studies program at the Faculty of Philosophy at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. She was awarded her Ph.D. in Historical Science upon presentation of her thesis Agriculture and the Village in Macedonia During 1944-1953. Her research interests include Macedonian and Balkan history of the 20th century, political history, social and cultural history, inter-ethnic relations, victims of the communist regime, agrarian policy, the history of historiography, methods and methodologies, problems in teaching history, and historical science. Ackoska is an accomplished author with numerous publications in scientific works for scientific reviews, books, and additional materials for teaching history. In addition to her publications, she is cited for interviews, columns, television and radio programs, critiques, and frequently gives public speeches about historical subjects, as well as provide commentary, scenarios, and interviews for documentaries.
Doc. Dr. Oliver Andonov Doc. Dr. Oliver Andonov
Doc. Dr. Oliver Andonov was born in Skopje, the Republic of Macedonia. He was raised in the town of Kriva Palanka where he completed his primary education. In 1989, he graduated from the Land Army Military High School in Sarajevo, as an artillery man in the typographic-triangulation service. In 1999, Andonov earned his BA degree from the Institute of Defense at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje. In 2007 he successfully defended his master thesis “Ethno-political mobilization and the conflict process in the Republic of Macedonia” at the Institute of Defense in Skopje. In 2010, he was awarded his Ph.D. in Peace and Development, upon presentation of his doctoral dissertation “The model of advance warning of the EU and its influence on the safety policy in the Republic of Macedonia”. Since September 2011, Andonov has been promoted by the MIT University in Skopje to an assistant-professor at the Faculty of security, criminology and financial control and a lecturer in Criminal Intelligence, Criminal Methodology and Financial Crime Research Methodology.
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.
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.
Irena Avirovik Ph.D Irena Avirovik Ph.D
Irena Avirovik is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of National History, where her working dissertation is titled Macedonian Emigration to the United States Between the Two World Wars. Avirovik graduated from the Faculty of Philology "Blaze Koneski" in Skopje, in the Departments of Italian Language and Literature, and Spanish Language and Literature, and also holds a Masters in Advanced East European Studies from the University of Bologna, Italy. She has worked as a research assistant since 2010, and has published several articles in national and international journals, as well as a monograph entitled Patterns of Migration - Patterns of Segregation? A Macedonian Micro-Study. She has worked as an Italian and Spanish language instructor at the "Casta Diva" school for foreign languages since 2005, and previously taught at University American College Skopje from 2009 to 2012.
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.
Dimitar Bogov Dimitar Bogov
Dimitar Bogov, the Governor of the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia, has over twenty years of working experience including nine years in management positions in the governmental sector, one year in business consultancy, and four years in a senior position in the largest Macedonian bank. He held managerial posts in the State Statistical Office and Ministry of Finance involving the production of macroeconomic statistics, economic analysis, macroeconomic forecasting, economic policy proposals and negotiation with the IMF. He also worked with the Macedonian Business Resource Center dealing with financial analysis and preparation of investment projects and business plans for small private sector companies. From 2002-2007, he worked as a chief economist in Stopanska Banka AD Skopje, a member of NBG Group, where he was responsible for economic and market analysis, business planning, management accounting and risk management. From 2007-2011, he was the Vice Governor of the National Bank of Republic of Macedonia responsible for financial markets, f/x reserves management and payment systems and assumed the role of Governor in 2011. He holds an MBA degree from Sheffield University.
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.
Todor Cepreganov Todor Cepreganov
Todor Cepreganov is a Professor and Director of the Institute of National History (2001-2012). His fields of interest are the relations of the Great Powers towards the Balkans and Macedonia from 1918 onwards. He has published more than 40 monographs and collections of documents as well as over 150 journal articles. He has led 8 projects and collaborated on 5. He has held fellowships in the United States and the United Kingdom. His latest publications include: The History of the Macedonian People, Institute of National History, Skopje, 2008; and Testimoni?s for the Macedonian Identity in the 18th-20th centuries, Institute of National History, Skopje, 2010; The Greek Civil War in the British Diplomatic Correspondence, Documents, Institute of National History, Skopje, 2011; and Great Britain and Macedonia 1918-1940, Documents, Institute of National History, 2011.
Vladimir Cretulescu Vladimir Cretulescu
Vladimir Cretulescu is a PhD student currently preparing an interdisciplinary History – Political Science thesis under a joint supervision programme, at the University of Bucharest History Faculty and the Université Montesquieu - Bordeaux 4. His thesis subject is ‘Representing the identity of Macedonian Aromanians (1903-1912)’. The thesis is to be written in French, its original prospective title being Les représentations identitaires sur les Aroumains de Macédoine (1903 – 1912).
Vladimir Cretulescu also has a Masters Degree in Medieval Studies and a BA in Art History, obtained from the University of Bucharest History Faculty in 2010 and 2008, respectively. He equally possesses a BA in Film Directing from the National University of Theatrical and Cinematographical Arts (UNATC), in Bucharest.
He writes film reviews for an online portal and is a Romanian – English / English – Romanian translator, officially certified by the Romanian Ministry of Culture.
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).
Marius Diaconescu Ph.D Marius Diaconescu Ph.D
Marius Diaconescu Ph.D., has been a lecturer at the University of Bucharest since 2002. He teaches courses in the Faculty of History on Romanian Medieval History, Latin Paleography, and the History of Vlachs from the Balkans and Northern Carpathians. He graduated from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in 1995, and received his Ph.D. in History in 2004 from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. His research interests include the history of Central and South-Eastern Europe, focusing on two major themes, the Romanians in Middle Ages and the interethnic relations from the Middle Ages to today. Recently, he has explored the history of Vlachs from the Balkans and Northern Carpathians, and has opened a new topic of research for his students. In the context of his interest for the Vlach history, he is studying the Balkan Wars. He has published over 30 studies, articles and editions of historical sources. In his studies, based especially on the archival sources, he promotes the free myths perspective on history. He is the Director of the Historical Archive of Romania - a research center at the University in Bucharest, and is a member of scientific committees for several journals in Romania. Details on his Curriculum Vitae can be seen on his webpage www.mariusdiaconescu.ro.
Vasilka Dimitrovska Vasilka Dimitrovska
Vasilka Dimitrovska is a researcher and blogger from the Republic of Macedonia, professionally engaged in public archaeology and cultural heritage. Vasilka holds a Master of Science in Archaeology from University of Belgrade, and currently, is a Ph.D. candidate in Prehistoric Archaeology. She takes part in many excavations, writes and publishes scientific and popular articles on archaeological issues, participates in public debates and symposiums and gives professional advice about Macedonia’s cultural heritage. Her area of expertise in archaeology is prehistory, mainly stone tools, technology, and raw materials. In 2010, Vasilka was proclaimed one of the most influential bloggers in the Balkans and accepted the award for best promoter of cultural heritage in the Republic of Macedonia. She is a member of EAA, AARG and MAND. She supports the use of CC licenses and free and open access to knowledge on the Internet. Since 2012, Vasilka is the co-founder/head of HAEMUS - Center for Scientific Research and Promotion of Culture, based in Skopje. She is also a professional licenced tourist guide, and she is an author for the upcoming official Guide on the Skopje's Old Bazaar.
Teon Djingo, Ph.D Teon Djingo, Ph.D
Teon Djingo, Ph.D., earned his Bachelors degree in 2005 from the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje, Institute of History, and in 2008 defended his Masters thesis entitled Great Britain’s Idea for Creating a Balkan Pact (1939 - 1941). After obtaining his MA in History, in 2009 he enrolled in the PhD program of the Institute of National History, where he developed his doctoral thesis entitled The Balkans Through the Policy of Great Britain in the Interwar Period. He authored numerous articles in national and international scientific journals, as well as composed, edited and translated collections of documents such as Great Britain and Macedonia (1918-1941) together with Todor Cepreganov. Djingo has been employed as a research assistant in the department of Balkan studies at the Institute of National History since 2008.
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.
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.
Samuel Foster Samuel Foster
Samuel Foster is currently in his second year of a Ph.D. at the University of East Anglia where he previously completed both a BA and an MA in History. His principal area of interest focuses on British perceptions and portrayals of the Western Balkans through the lens of pre-Communist Yugoslavia and Yugoslavism. The current working title of his thesis is British Travellers and pre-Communist Yugoslavism 1900-1941. Samuel has presented papers based on his research at numerous conferences within the United Kingdom including the BASEES/ICEES European Congress held in Cambridge in April 2013. In November 2012, he was invited to participate as a discussant at a local history conference in Novi Sad in northern Serbia. He has also written for the British photography magazine Source on the political exploitation of imagery from the Balkan Wars during the 1990s.
Vera Goseva, Ph.D Vera Goseva, Ph.D
Vera Goseva, Ph.D., earned a Bachelors degree from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, at the Faculty of Philosophy, Department of History in 1987. She completed her Masters degree at the same University in 1993 on The Role of Pavel Satev in the Macedonian Liberation Movement after the May Manifest of 1924, whereby she received the academic title of Master of historical science. The same year, she was employed in the Department for the Interwar Period at the Institute for National History in Skopje. In 2000, at the University Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, she defended her doctoral dissertation The Ilinden Organisation Between the Two World Wars, and she became a doctor of historical sciences. She was selected as a Scientific Adviser Senior / Full Professor in 2010. Her fields of research are: Macedonian emigration to Bulgaria between the two world wars, economic history, the revolutionary movement, and the Balkan wars. She was a member of the Presidency of the Association of Historians of Macedonia in the period from 2007-2010.
Nikola Gruevski His Excellency Nikola Gruevski
His Excellency Nikola Gruevski became the sixth Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia in 2006. He is the first-elected European head of government born in the 1970s, and is currently, the second youngest Prime Minister in Europe at the age of 42.
Prior to becoming Prime Minister, Prime Minister Gruevski, who has led his party VMRO-DPMNE since 2003, was a member of the Macedonian Parliament and opposition leader. In the past, he has served as Macedonian Minister of Trade, Minister of Finance, and was the Advisor to the Minister of Finance for the Republic of Serbia as part of a USAID project.
Prime Minister Gruevski earned a degree from Bitola’s St. Clement of Ohrid Univerity’s Faculty of Economics in 1996, and in 2006, he acquired a Master of Science in Economics from Skopje’s Ss. Cyril and Methodius University’s Faculty of Economics.
Prime Minister Gruevski and his wife Borkica reside in Skopje with their daughters Anastasija and Sofija. He and his family are guided by a strong faith in God and the ideal of constant and truly dedicated work for the well-being and prosperity of Macedonia and its citizens.
Liljana Gushevska Liljana Gushevska
Liljana Gushevska was born in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia. She finished her undergraduate studies at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Department of Macedonian Language and South-Slavic Languages, where she also acquired her MA and PhD degrees. Her current position is Associate Professor at the Institute of National History, Skopje, Department of Revival and National Liberation Movement of the Macedonian People in 19th century until 1912. Since 2004, she has also been engaged at the State University in Tetovo, the Macedonian Language Department, as a Lecturer. Her research interests are the History of Macedonian Language and Literature, the Revival Movement and National Awakening, as well as the National Identities and the Balkan Wars. She has participated in numerous projects and conferences, and has published her works in proceedings and journals in Macedonia and abroad. Her involvement in different bodies of the Association of Historians of the Republic of Macedonia (AHRM) led to her being a current member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of History published by the AHRM.
Andreј Iliev, Ph.D Andreј Iliev, Ph.D
Andreј Iliev, Ph.D., is a doctor of historical sciences and teaches 8 subjects as an Assistant Professor at the General Mihailo Apostolski Military Academy in Skopje. His subjects include: The Evolution of Combat, Unconventional Warfare and Armed Conflict, Collective Security and Defense Systems, Globalization and Security, RHB Security and Protection, and Modern Security Systems. He has authored several historical books, such as: Military Operations of the Ottoman Army in Macedonia (1371-1689), Military Operations of the Ottoman Army in Macedonia (1876-1909), RHB support for the Macedonian Army, and so on. He is the author of more than 30 international papers among, which the most notable are: The Warfare Tactics of the Macedonian Revolutionary Forces From the Kresna Uprising until the Young Turk Revolution (2011), Notes of Evliya Çelebi About Macedonian Cities (2012), Forecasting and Grim Scenarios Presented by the Collapse of the Former Yugoslavia (2012), and NATO and EU Initiatives for Regional Cooperation in SEE Countries, Skopje, 2011.
Borce Ilievski, Ph.D Borce Ilievski, Ph.D
Borce Ilievski, Ph.D., completed his higher education at the Department of History at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje. Ilievski finished his BA studies in 2000, was awarded an MA in Historical Studies in 2003, and a PhD in Historical Sciences in 2008. He has been an employee of the Faculty of Philosophy since 2005, and was elected as an associate professor in 2013. His latest publications include: Македонско-српските црковни односи 1944-1970, Скопје, 2011(The Macedonian-Serbian Church Relations 1944-1970, Skopje, 2011); The Macedonian-Serbian Church Conflict from 1945 to the Present. In 2012, he published Re-Sakralisterung des öffentlicahen Raumes in Südosteuropa nach der Wende 1989?, Herausgegeben von Alojz Ivanišević. Frankfurt am Main, 2012, 133-145.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Srgjan Kerim Dr Srgjan Kerim
President of the 62 Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations
President of the Board of Media Print Macedonia
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.
Vladimir Kofcegarski Vladimir Kofcegarski
With over 15 years in the banking industry in Australia, Vladimir has been working for several major banking institutions such as Macquarie Bank, St George Bank, Commonwealth Bank and CIT Finance Group in various roles as a National Credit Risk and Investments Manager, Business Development & Relationship Manager, Project Manager as well as Portfolio manager for companies such as Fuji Xerox, Dell, Honda & Apple with turnover capital from $250 to $1 billion. As of September 2011, Vladimir founded the Macedonian Trade Council Asia Pacific and is currently serving as Head of International Trade and Investments covering the Asia Pacific Region with the head office in Sydney, Australia. He holds a Diploma of Business Management from Alpha Beta College and an MBA from the Australian School of Business.
Metodija A. Koloski Metodija A. Koloski
President of the United Macedonian Diaspora
Metodija A. Koloski is Co-Founder and President of the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), headquartered in Washington, D.C. Koloski is an expert on Macedonia’s right to its name, minorities in Southeast Europe, and NATO and EU enlargement issues, and his opinion-pieces on these topics have been published in the Washington Times, the Foreign Policy Association, The Hill’s Congress Blog, the National Post, the Journal Gazette, and the International Relations Forum. He is frequently quoted in the Macedonian and international media on topics related to Macedonia and the diaspora.
In his previous capacities, Koloski has worked for the Foreign Policy Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and DLA Piper LLP. He holds a Bachelors of Arts from Manhattanville College in Political Science and International Relations.
Koloski’s family migrated to the United States from Macedonia in the early 1950s due to communist Yugoslavia’s anti-democratic policies. Koloski was born and raised in Garfield, New Jersey. His family has roots in the Republic of Macedonia, Aegean Macedonia, and Korca, Albania.
Natasha Kotlar-Trajkova Natasha Kotlar-Trajkova
Natasha Kotlar-Trajkova is a historian and works as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of National History in Skopje. Her fields of interest include: the national awaking and revolutionary movements, national identity, the Balkan wars and ethnicity, and history textbooks. She has collaborated on many projects and has participated in a number of domestic and foreign scientific conferences. She is author and co-author of many journal articles and several publications. Her latest publications include: 18th Century Macedonia (1800 – 1902), MI-AN, Skopje, 2007(as co-author); Testimonies About the Macedonian Identity (18th-20th century), Skopje, 2010, (as collaborator); and Commander Nikola Petrov Rusinski (1875-1943), Skopje, Menora, 2013,(as author). Since 2011, she has been the president of the Association of Historians of the Republic of Macedonia (AHRM).
Aleksandar Kržalovski Aleksandar Kržalovski
Born on June 19, 1969 in Skopje. Graduated at the Electro-Technical Faculty in Skopje in 1993. During the studies he was actively involved in three civil society organizations. Started to work in MCIC in 1995. Since 2009 he is Executive Director of MCIC and is responsible for the programs for relations with communities and for the Balkans. He has extensive experience in coordination and management of different projects and programs (including identification, drafting, monitoring and evaluation) including the large humanitarian operations (1999-2001) and activities targeting sensitive groups (religious communities, former combatants). He is a member of the National Council for European Integrations within the Macedonian Parliament. Since 2000, he participates in consultancy missions for organizational and program evaluations in Macedonia and the Balkans. He is co-author of several publications.
Dr. Dejan Marolov Dr. Dejan Marolov
Dr. Dejan Marolov was born in Stip, Republic of Macedonia. He obtained his B.A. from the Faculty of Law at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, and his M.A. in Nice, France at the European Institute of High International Studies. Marolov acquired the title doctor of legal sciences in 2011 at the European Centre for Peace and Development in Belgrade, Serbia. He has published one book and several research papers in different international journals. He is part of the international editorial lists of several international journals. Currently, he is working as lecturer at Goce Delchev University.
Adis Merdzanovic Adis Merdzanovic
Adis Merdzanovic is a Ph.D. candidate at the Departments for Political Science and Philosophy of the University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland. In 2010, he received an M.A. in political science from this institution, where he also worked as a teaching assistant for courses dedicated to political philosophy and Swiss domestic politics. His current research focuses on constitutional order in divided post-conflict societies, using the perspective of political theory, in particular the theory of consociational democracy. At UZH, he is also co-teaching a course on the European Union’s Accession and Neighborhood Policy.
Georgios Michalopoulos Georgios Michalopoulos
Georgios Michalopoulos is currently finishing his PhD at Oxford. His research focuses on the diplomatic history of early twentieth history Greece, and especially on the Macedonian Question and Greece’s approach to it. Georgios has also spent time in Athens, Berlin, Helsingborg, Aarhus, Madrid, Minsk, and Cambridge where he studied European history, analytic philosophy, theology, languages, linguistics, and Viking archaeology.
Georgios is at present preparing an article on entertainment during the German occupation of Athens (1941-44), based on oral testimonies of survivors. He is also writing on the anticommunist camps for kids that were set up during and after the Civil War- and where many kids of Macedonian origin and communist ideology were indoctrinated.
His published works include “Greek historiography and the establishment of the Bulgarian Exarchate,” “Oliver Cromwell” (a short biography for non-specialists), and “Martin Luther, his views on the Statehood, and the Italian Renaissance.”
He speaks French, Spanish, Italian, a bit of German and Russian.
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.
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.
Aleksandar Mitreski Aleksandar Mitreski
Vice President and Chair of UMD Advisory Council
Aleksandar Mitreski was born in Skopje, Macedonia, and as a young adult immigrated to the United States to complete his graduate studies in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University. He also holds a Master of Business and Administration from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. With over 10 years in the electric utility industry, Mitreski currently works for ISO New England, where he designs the regional wholesale energy markets. During one of the summer breaks from his university studies, on his way home to Macedonia, he met his wife, Jasmina, with whom they have two children.
As one of the co-founders of UMD, since the beginning Mr. Mitreski has volunteered his efforts to build an organization that will unite the Macedonians worldwide. He was the inaugural Chairman of the Board, and has continually served as the Vice President of the organization. Mitreski also chairs the UMD Advisory Council.
Jerry Naumoff His Excellency Jerry Naumoff
His Excellency Jerry Naumoff was appointed the Minister responsible for attracting foreign investment to the Republic of Macedonia in May 2013. He was born and grew up in Columbus, Ohio where his family, with roots in Gavato, Macedonia, owned and operated a successful restaurant for over 30 years. In 1980, he earned a football scholarship at Ball State Universtity and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in marketing and business administration. He began his career in employee benefits, human resources and risk management, and worked for several large insurance companies and top-ranked Chicago-based consulting firms. In 1993, he founded The Naumoff Group, Inc., a total risk management advisory firm. In addition to being a member of the UMD Advisory Council, Naumoff also serves on the Board of Directors of Macedonia 2025.
Jerry and his wife LuAnn, until recently, lived in the Chicago area, and have six children, two of which were adopted from the orphanage in Bitola, Macedonia. Their sons Anthony and Nicholas both live and work in Skopje, Macedonia.
Elizabeth Naumovski Elizabeth Naumovski
Elizabeth Naumovski is a Vice President of Marketing at Caldwell Securities Ltd., based in Toronto, since joining the firm in 1997. During this time, she has been responsible for marketing, corporate communications and public relations. Naumovski is on the marketing committee of the Investment Industry Association of Canada. She also serves on the Board of the Macedonian Film Festival, is a former Board member of the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, and for many years has raised money for the Princess Margaret Hospital, and Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research. Naumovski has also hosted and guest hosted Money Line, a live hour-long call-in show on Rogers television, where she most recently filled in for Dale Goldhawk on Goldhawk Live. In 2009, she climbed Stromboli, an active volcano north of Sicily, in the Aolian Islands.
Katerina Neskova Katerina Neskova
Katerina Neskova was born in Skopje, the Republic of Macedonia. Since 2012, she has been working as a journalist for the daily newspaper Dnevnik, covering politics and research issues. Her career was launched at the local newspaper Vreme in 2004 and she also worked for the newspaper Nova Makedonija and as an editor for the weekly newspaper Forum. In 2005, she graduated from the Iustinianus Primus Faculty of Law, where she is currently finishing her master studies in International Law and Politics.
Dr. Miso Netkov Dr. Miso Netkov
Dr. Miso Netkov is a prominent Macedonian television author, whose portfolio includes more than 400 authorial documentary films. His work is presented on almost all world festivals viewing documentary films. Miso Netkov is a winner of several domestic and international awards and prizes, among them is the TV festival of documentary film in Krakow (Poland), third prize Himedji (Japan), special award Sandanski (Bulgaria), Grand Prix Krusevo (Macedonia), special award for scenario Bansko, (Bulgaria), Grand Prix, Sevastopol- Ukraine 3 special awards for storyline and other numerous awards; Author of several scientific papers in the field of history, communication and methodology. Employed at the Macedonian National Television as an editor he is also visiting professor at the French Film Academy ESRA in Skopje.
He is the founder and president of the Balkan Eurasian Academy of TV and Film authors and active member at the Eurasian academy in Moscow.
Mr. Zlatko Nikoloski,
Ph. D Mr. Zlatko Nikoloski, Ph. D
Mr. Zlatko Nikoloski, Ph. D., born in Skopje in 1969, and is currently working for the Ministry of Internal Affaires – Sector of Conterminous Affairs and Migrations of the Republic of Macedonia, simultaneously involved as a visiting professor of the Faculty of Business Studies of EURO COLLEGE in Kumanovo. He graduated from Law School and completed his Ph.D. studies at the Institute of Security, Defense and Peace at the Faculty of Philosophy, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, the title of his doctoral thesis being The Importance of the Macedonian Diaspora for the Development and Peace of the Republic of Macedonia thus acquiring the degree of Ph. D in Peace and Development. He is the author of the book entitled Migrations – Counter-indications or Reason for Positive Effects, 2010, as well as of several works in the field of migrations and security. He has been following the problems of migrations and the potential of the Diaspora, which enabled him to participate at many important domestic and international conferences.
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.
Stojan Nikolov Stojan Nikolov
Chairman of the Board
Stojan Nikolov was born and raised in Strumica, Macedonia, he moved to the United States during high school as an exchange student. He is married and has two children. Nikolov holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance, a Masters in Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University, and is also a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS). He currently works as a Project Manager/Consultant for an organization overseeing the electrical demands for New England. In the past, he has worked as a Financial/Business Analyst and Project Manager in both the HR Consulting and Outsourcing and the Marketing and Media Information industries.
During his time with UMD, Nikolov has led many projects and initiatives. Since 2008, he has served as the Development Director for our quarterly magazine and premiere publication, UMD Voice. He also heads up UMD’s youth program for developing and encouraging young Macedonian leaders, Generation M. A firm believer that only united and through hard work and collaboration can Macedonia and our people prosper and correct the mistakes and injustices of the past, Nikolov has devoted much of his own personal time and energy to contribute towards this end through UMD over the last few years.
Sonja Nikolova Sonja Nikolova
Sonja Nikolova, Master, earned a Bachelors degree from „Ss. Cyril and Methodius University“ in Skopje, at the Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Common National Defence in 1995. She completed her Masters degree at the Institute of national History in 2012 on the „Party organization of Shtip and the activity of Kiro Kukushev-secretary of the Local Committy of CPY for Macedonia“ whereby she received the academic title of Master of historical science. In 213 she started the doctoral studies on the University of from „Ss. Cyril and Methodius University“. Her field of interest was Contemporary history of Macedonia and Balkan especially the role of Metodija Shatorov Sharlo in the Macedonian revolutionary movement. She works in the Public Company „Isar“ in Shtip. She has published several articles on the role of Metodija Shatorov Sharlo in the Macedonian revolutionary movement.
Andrej Novakovski Andrej Novakovski
Andrej Novakovski graduated from Jahja Kemal College in Struga, Macedonia in 2010, and is currently a junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Philosophy at Western New England University in Massachusetts. Some of the extracurricular organizations in which he is involved include: President of the Model United Nations Club at Western New England University, mentor at the United and Mutually Equal's Connection Mentoring program, open house Associate, peer tutor and office assistant.
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).
Zhikica Pagovski Zhikica Pagovski
Zhikica Pagovski is the UMD Regional Representative for Washington, D.C./Maryland/Virginia. He is currently doing an M.A. program in International Affairs (concentrating on Diplomacy and International Security) at American University’s School of International Service. He obtained his B.A. from the American University in Bulgaria with Summa Cum Laude, double-majoring in European Studies (Honors) and Political Science and International Relations (Honors). He was recognized for his accomplishments with the Presidential Medal for the most outstanding and well-rounded senior in his class. He was also recognized for outstanding achievement in the field of European Students by American University’s School of International Service in Washington DC.
Zhikica Pagovski is working as a Program Assistant at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. In his previous professional capacity, Pagovski worked at the Untied Nations, and the Government of Macedonia. Pagovski was also a consultant at the Challenge Future think tank organization in Slovenia. His academic work was previously published in renowned journals in Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Columbia, and his scholarly work has been presented at conferences in Germany, Poland, Hungary, and most recently at the School of Foreign Service (Georgetown University) European Union Conference.
Stevo Pendarovski Stevo Pendarovski
Stevo Pendarovski is Associate Professor in International Security and Globalization at the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University American College Skopje, Macedonia. In the 1990-ties he had been an Assistant- Minister for Public Relations and Head of the Analytical and Research Department in the Ministry of Interior Affairs. In the last decade had served as National Security and Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to two Presidents of the Republic of Macedonia. In 2004/5 was a Head of the State Election Commission.
His teaching and research areas include international affairs, intelligence, national security, geopolitics, globalization, US foreign policy, EU foreign and security policy, small states in international affairs.
Aleksandar Petrovski Aleksandar Petrovski
Aleksandar Petrovski obtained a Masters in Geographic Information Systems, and their implementation in defense (military geography and topography). He works as an assistant at the General Mihalo Apostolski Military Academy in Skopje. He is the author of more than 10 international articles, including: Geographical Information Systems for Achieving Defense Needs, (Skopje, 2011), Comparative Analysis of Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Asia Pacific, (Skopje, 2011), Regional and Global Conflicts Through the Prism of Multiculturalism and Multilateralism (Skopje, 2012), and Security Sector Reform in the Republic of Albania for the Prevention of Organized Crime (Tirana, 2013). He is an assistant in 5 subjects at the Military Academy: Military Geography and Topography, Hydrology and Flood Phenomenology, Forest Fires and Floods, Typology of Civilian Disasters and Accidents, Unconventional Weapons and Armed Conflicts (C-IED).
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.
Dragica Popovska, Ph.D Dragica Popovska, Ph.D
Dragica Popovska, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the Institute of National History in Skopje. She graduated and also holds a Master from the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. Popovska defended her Ph.D. dissertation at the Institute of National History in Skopje. Dr. Popovska’s research is in the field of socio-cultural anthropology and cultural history. Her interest is focused on "sacred" spaces in Macedonian culture, religion and religious traditions and ethnic identities and interactions. The results of the mentioned research topics have been presented at many international conferences and domestic scientific gatherings. Popovska is an author of monographs and many scientific papers, published in Macedonia and abroad.
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.
Rade Rajkovcevski Ph.D Rade Rajkovcevski Ph.D
Rade Rajkovcevski is a PhD candidate and senior teaching assistant in the Department of Police Sciences at Sv. Kliment Ohridski - University of Bitola's Faculty of Security in Skopje, Macedonia. He is currently working on "Development and Perspectives of International Police Cooperation in Europe". Rajkovcevski graduated in 2002 as an Infantry Officer of the Army of the Republic of Macedonia at the Military Academy in Skopje. In 2002-2003, he worked as a Commander of the Motorized Infantry Platoon within the First Professional Brigade of the Army of Republic of Macedonia. He completed his professional education in the field of civil protection and security in 2005, and worked in the same area in Northern France. His academic carrier began in 2006 when he was elected teaching assistant at the Faculty of Security. In 2010, he defended his Master’s thesis entitled “Elements of Security Policy Aimed at Preventing Conflicts in the Republic of Macedonia” (2010). Throughout his academic career, he has written a significant number of papers related to security issues. He is also part of the EU funded FP7 project, and has participated in many conferences in Macedonia and abroad. His main areas of research are related to: organization, education, oversight and functions of the police; professional subculture and standards in the security sector; security policy; and international security cooperation.
Dr. Zekir Ramcilovic Dr. Zekir Ramcilovic
Dr. Zekir Ramcilovic is a Professor at Yahya Kemal College-Skopje and is also a Counselor at the Municipality of Petrovec, Macedonia. He completed his Ph.D from the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University’s Institute for National History. In 2006, he earned a pedagogical specialization for being a director of a primary school from University American College Skopje. He holds a BA and MA from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University. He is native in Bosnian and Macedonian and speaks English, Turkish, and Serbo-Croatian.
Silvana Sidorovska - Cupovska, Ph.D Silvana Sidorovska - Cupovska, Ph.D
Silvana Sidorovska-Cupovska, Ph.D., completed her studies at the Philosophy Faculty of the Institute of History in Skopje in 1989. Since 1994, she is employed at the Department of the National-Revolutionary and Revivalist Movement, at the Institute for National History in Skopje. In April 2000, she defended her Master’s thesis Преродбата во Велес и Велешко од почетокот на XIX век до 1912 година (The Revival in Veles and Veleško from the beginning of 19th century to 1912). In March 2006, at the Institute of National History in Skopje, she defended her doctoral dissertation on Educational and Cultural Conditions in Macedonia in the 19th century. In 2006, she was made a Fellow at the Institute for National History to research: History of the Macedonian People from 1371 to the Balkan Wars and Balkan History and Macedonians in the Diaspora. She teaches the following subjects: History of the Macedonian National Liberation Movement 19th century to 1919, The Balkans in the Era of the Formation of Nation-States and Cultural History of Macedonia. She has participated in numerous conferences and symposiums in the country and abroad, and has implemented several national and international projects. She is currently working on the national project: Health and Healthcare in Macedonia in the 19th century.
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.
Radmila Shekerinska Radmila Shekerinska
Shekerinska is serving her fourth mandate as Member of Parliament. She is the Chair of the National Council for European Integration of Macedonia.
Šekerinska was Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration and National Coordinator for Foreign Assistance of the Republic of Macedonia (2002-2006) and also was the acting Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia on two occasions in 2004. During her term as a Deputy Prime Minister responsible for European Integration, the European Council granted Macedonia a status of candidate country for accession to the European Union.
At the Congress of the Socialist International held in July 2008, she was elected Vice-President of this organization. She was the President of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDUM) from 2006 to 2008, when she resigned after the party has been defeated on the early Parliamentary elections.
Šekerinska acted as a Head of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission for the Presidential election in the Kyrgyz Republic in July 2009 and for the Parliamentary election in May 2012 in Armenia.
Radmila Šekerinska holds a Master's Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. She graduated at the Skopje's Faculty of Electrical Engineering with a degree in Power Engineering.
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.
Vasil Sterjovski Vasil Sterjovski
Vasil Sterjovski was born in the village of Gorna Gorica, Mala Prespa region, Republic of Albania. In 2006, he graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje at the Department of History and is currently finishing his master studies at the Institute of National History in Skopje, with focus on the History of the Macedonian people (1913-1945). In the period 2002-2007 Stejovski was elected three times the president of the Macedonian Student Society of the neighboring countries of the Republic of Macedonia. Since 2007, he serves as the president of the Youth Union and a member of the central executive committee of the Macedonian alliance for European integration. In the period 2007-2010, he served as the mayor of the municipality of Pustec. Since 2010, Sterjovski has been the head of the Water Authority & Waste Management for the rural area of county Korca, Albania.
Strasko Stojanovski, Ph.D Strasko Stojanovski, Ph.D
Strasko Stojanovski, Ph.D., earned his doctorate from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Faculty of Philosophy, Institute of Sociology in Skopje. He completed his Bachelors and Masters at the same institution. He is interested in: the construction of collective identities, ethnic groups, nationalism, multiethnic coexistence in the Balkans and in Macedonia, and constructing permanent peace-sociological aspects. In 2011, he became Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, at Goce Delcev University in Stip, Macedonia. The subjects he teaches include: Sociology of Law, Philosophy of Law, and Political Sociology.
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.
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“.
Nicholas Thaw Nicholas Thaw
Nicholas Thaw is a Trustee and Program Officer at the International Music and Art Foundation of Vaduz, Liechtenstein (www.imaf.li). He has a background in theatre management, architecture, and business consulting. He earned his Bachelor of Professional Studies Degree in Architecture from State University of New York at Buffalo, and did Postgraduate Studies at Glasgow University's Mackintosh School of Architecture in Scotland. Thaw has served on the Executive Committee of the National Council of Glimmerglass Opera, and as a Vice-Chair of the Council of Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library. Formerly on the Board of the New York State Historical Association and the World Monuments Fund, he has also served on the Board of Old Deerfield Productions, The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, The Common School, Hybrid Vigor Music, and the Macedonian Arts Council. He now divides his time between Skopje, Macedonia, and Miami Beach, Florida. Thaw serves as a member of the UMD Advisory Council.
Paul D. Wohlers Ambassador Paul D. Wohlers
Ambassador Paul D. Wohlers was sworn in as the sixth U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on August 11, 2011. He arrived in Skopje on September 12, and presented his Credentials to the President of the Republic of Macedonia on September 13, 2011.
Ambassador Wohlers is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service who was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on August 2, 2011 to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia.Prior to his nomination, he served as Deputy Executive Secretary at the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Wohlers previously served as Director of the Office of Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Deputy Director of the Executive Secretariat Staff, and Senior Watch Officer in the Operations Center. Earlier in his career, Mr. Wohlers held diplomatic postings at U.S. embassies in Bucharest, Moscow, and Nicosia. In Washington, Mr. Wohlers worked on arms control issues in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs and was Desk Officer for Bangladesh in the Bureau of South Asian Affairs. He also served on the Executive Secretariat Staff.
Prior to joining the State Department, Ambassador Wohlers served as a Naval Flight Officer. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and earned a J.D. from the University of Washington.
Christopher Yvon Ambassador Christopher Yvon
Christopher Yvon has been British Ambassador to Macedonia since August 2010. Before that he was Deputy Head of International Organisations Department from 2007 to 2010. He has particular experience of multilateral work, especially in UN issues. His experience includes areas such as human rights and UN Security Council work.
Christopher began his career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1989. He has been posted to Prague, Bangkok, Riyadh and Port Louis.
Christopher attended Marling Grammar School in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
He is married to Annette and has two daughters and one son.
Dragan Zajkovski, Ph.D Dragan Zajkovski, Ph.D
Dragan Zajkovski, Ph.D., has been an assistant professor and docent at the Institute of National History in Skopje since 2008. His research focuses on religion and the Christian church in Macedonia. He obtained his MA in 2004 and his Ph.D. in 2011. His Ph.D. thesis is entitled The Christian Church in Macedonia in the Early Middle Ages. His latest publications include: Христијанството во Македонија (I – IV век) (Christianity in Macedonia 1st-4th century) and several articles in the field of Church history published in relevant scientific journals. One of the articles is Писмата на александрискиот патријарх Кирил до македонските епископи Флавијан и Руф како сведоштво за црковните прилики во Македонија (Letters from Cyril, Patriarch of Alexandria, to the Macedonian Bishops Flavian and Ruf as a testimony for Church Affairs in Macedonia). Since 2010, he has been member of the Presidency of the Association of Historians of the Republic of Macedonia (AHRM).
Nikola Zezov, Ph.D Nikola Zezov, Ph.D
Nikola Zezov, Ph.D., completed his undergraduate studies in 1995 in the Department of History, Faculty of Philosophy, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. The same year he enrolled in MA studies of the same Department, in the Contemporary History Program. In October 2000, Zezov defended his MA thesis entitled The Regime of the Kingdom of the SCS and the Resistance of Macedonian People in the District of Bregalnica (1918-1924.). Since 2002, he has been part of the academic staff of the Department of History, and is a teaching assistant for the course “Modern History of Macedonian Nation”. In 2006, he defended his PhD thesis entitled The Macedonian Question in Yugoslav-Bulgarian Relations between the Two World Wars and was awarded with the title of PhD in Historical Sciences. He participated in several symposia on historical sciences (in Romania, Bulgaria, and Croatia), and many seminars covering topics in teaching methodology. Zezov also worked on implementing ECTS in institutions of Higher Education in Macedonia. He is also the author of several published articles in scientific journals and teaches the courses “The History of Macedonia in the Twentieth Century” and “Didactics of Teaching History” at the Department of History. Since 2009, Zezov has been the Vice Dean for Education at the Faculty of Philosophy.