Abdulmenaf Bexheti is a professor at the Faculty of Business and Economics at the South East European University in Tetovo and is a full member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MANU). In 2002, he received his PhD from the Faculty of Economy at UKIM and has over 80 published scientific papers, four books and over 300 articles (analyzes, columns, essays, etc.). He is active in social life and participates in professional, scientific and various roundtable debates in the country and beyond. Bexheti was a member of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia from 1996 to 1998, and was previously Deputy Acting Director of the Public Revenue Office.
Aida Ramusovic has been involved in journalism and media for more than 15 years. She has worked as a journalist and radio and television producer. As the longtime editor of Vijesti TV's news program, Aida became the first media ombudsman in Montenegro. Aida Ramusovic is the director of the NGO NOMEN and works as a media consultant and public relations expert.
Alban Dafa is a researcher of governance and security at the Tirana-based Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM). His work focuses on Albanian security and defense institutions and EU accession-related governance reforms. Before joining IDM, he served in the Albanian Naval Force as a patrol boat commander, navigator, and junior hydrographer. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a Chevening alumn.
Aleksandar Samardziev is a master's student at the Institute of Communication Studies. After completing his journalism studies in 2004, he began working for the local television station Kiss of Tetovo. In 2007, after obtaining an international certificate in Internet journalism in the Netherlands, he was appointed editor of the website. Since 2009 he has been the editor-in-chief of Kiss TV. Since 2004 he has been working as a correspondent for several national media. He collaborated with the newspaper Vreme from 2004 to 2007, and from 2008 with Sitel TV and the newspaper Nova Makedonija. Since July 2013, he has been a correspondent for Radio Free Europe.
Alexandra Voudouri is a journalist, born in Athens. She has studied at the National University of Athens (BA) and at the School of Journalism, Media, and Cultural Studies- University of Cardiff, UK (MA). She is covering diplomatic and European affairs issues, while focusing on developments in South Eastern Europe and mainly, in the Balkans. She is currently a foreign affairs analyst for the news service Macropolis.gr, while presenting a daily show focusing on diplomatic and international affairs at the Athens Municipality's radio station, Athina 9.84fm.
Aleksandra Gjurkova works at the Institute for Macedonian Language "Krste Misirkov" at the University "St. Cyril and Methodius University” in Skopje. She has completed Classical Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje (1996), Master's Studies (2001) and Doctoral Studies (2006) at the Faculty of Philology in Skopje. She has studied at the Institute of Slavic Studies at the University of Vienna (1999/2000), at the Institute of Slavic Studies at the University of Lausanne (2002/03), and at the Old Slavonic Institute in Zagreb (2010). She is engaged as a researcher of several projects in the field of history of the Macedonian language and as the main researcher of the project Language Planning and Language Policies in the Republic of Macedonia. She has published over 50 bibliographic units in the field of Church Slavonic syntax, sociolinguistics and stylistics in domestic and foreign scientific journals (Macedonian Language, Philological Studies, Spectrum, Stylistyka, Slavia, Slovo). She is a member of the Committee on Sociolinguistics and Stylistics of the International Slavic Committee.
Aleksandra Zivkovic holds a master's degree in law. In 2016, she defended the thesis "Corruption in Higher Education: Analysis with a special review of the work of the University "St. Cyril and Methodius" - Skopje". Her main focus at work is policies in secondary and higher education, with particular emphasis on the areas of student rights and student organization, discrimination and social policies. In recent years, she has been active in several student initiatives, including the Student Plenum. In 2016, he participated in the UKIM commission for amendments to the Statute regarding student organization.
Aleksandra Filipova is a student at the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus". She is interested in the field of civil and human rights, and enjoys organizing socially useful events. A civil activist who has been actively involved in the civil society sector for three years. Employed in the Youth Educational Forum as a local coordinator of the media art clubs in Skopje.
Alfonc Rakaj is a researcher and coordinator of the project for democratization, security and integration of Albania and the Western Balkans at the Institute for Political Studies in Tirana. He has a master's degree in international relations from King's College London. He completed his undergraduate international studies at Oregon State University, USA.
Alfred Marleku is a Doctor of Political Science and Professor of International Relations and Comparative Politics at UBT College, School of Political Science. He is the author and co-author of numerous scientific papers in the field of political science in relevant regional and international journals. In addition, he is the co-author of a series of strategic documents, mainly in the field of higher education. His research interests include, but are not limited to, international relations, small states and the process of state building. For more than 8 years he has been working as a project manager in various programs funded by the European Commission, USAID, the US Embassy and others, which mainly relate to higher education reforms in Kosovo, especially focusing on: research and development; brain drain; development of curricula, etc.
Ana Neshovska is a student at the Faculty of Law Iustinianus Primus in Skopje, majoring in law. Of particular interest are human rights and their realization through the interdisciplinary prism of law and sociology, law and philosophy, as well as law and literature. She enjoys reading dystopian fiction.
Angel Mojsovski works as a researcher at the European Policy Institute (EPI). During his four years at EPI, Mojsovski worked as a project assistant and researcher on several projects dedicated to human rights, minority rights, with a particular focus on social rights. Mojsovski is a graduate political scientist at the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus". Topics of interest are issues in the field of social policy.
Andrej Petrovski has completed his master's degree in computer crime. He is the Technical Director of the SHARE Foundation in Belgrade. His focus is cyber attacks on online media and civil society organizations in Serbia. He is the author of several works in the field of computer security, information privacy and cybercrime.
Aneta Shijakova holds a master's degree in international politics from the Faculty of Law, after which she is working on her doctoral dissertation at the Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies at the University "Ss. Kliment Ohridski ”- Bitola. As a certified coach for journalism and public relations, she teaches in the field of non-formal education in Macedonia and the region. As a specialist in the field, she teaches the subject of public relations at the "Business Academy Smilevski", after previous experience at the Faculty of Administration and Management of Information Systems. She is an active journalist for the national TV channel Kanal 5 and the weekly "Javnost" and is a contributor from Macedonia to the American web publication "JustLuxe".
Arbër Fetahu completed his Bachelor's degree in Political Science at the University of Prishtina, and his Master's degree in Global Studies at Missouri State University. He is currently engaged as a Research Fellow at the Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS) in Prishtina, Kosovo. He previously worked as a researcher at the Research Institute of Development and European Affairs (RIDEA) and prior to that as a journalist at the Klan Kosova TV. His work is primarily focused on Foreign Policy, public policy, democratization, European integration, and governance.
Arlinda Ilazi is the program director of the Multicultural Association - Tetovo. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Languages, Cultures and Communications at the University of Southeast Europe, where she is currently studying for a master's degree in marketing. Her entire experience is focused on civil rights through the promotion of youth activism and participation in the decision-making process and the development of cultural and interethnic tolerance and cooperation. She has experience with a number of projects, research and analysis and is the editor of several publications. Actively works in the field of Free Legal Aid.
Ardita Abazi Imeri is EU Program Coordinator Acquis and Sectoral Policy at the European Policy Institute (EPI) - Skopje. She holds a master's degree from the Faculty of Law at the University of Maastricht. Between 2008 and 2010 she worked at the Secretariat for European Affairs. She is currently working on projects related to public administration reform and Chapter 23.
Atidze Selman is a graduated journalist and MA degree holder at the Institute of Communication Studies. She has many years of work experience as a journalist in the Editorial Board for shows in Romani language on Macedonian Radio Television. Her area of interest is research and reporting in the areas of social and education.
Barbara Halla is the Managing Editor for the English page of Exit News, a non-profit journalism portal in Albania. Since 2017, she has also been part of the editorial board of Asymptote, an international literary journal focusing on literature in English translation, where she currently serves as Criticism Editor. Barbara has written about the cultural roots of sexual violence in Albania for Politikja, an Albanian academic journal, among other writing projects. She has a degree in History from Harvard and has lived and worked in Tirana, Cambridge, and Paris.
Besart Lachi is a Chevening Fellow of the British Government. He completed his master's degree in Marketing at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Besart is the coordinator of the "Move Your Finger" initiative and has many years of experience in the non-governmental sector.
Biljana Ginova is a feminist and queer activist involved in several national, regional and European LGBTI movements. She completed her master's degree at the University of Sussex in the UK under the Gender, Violence and Conflict program. She is currently employed by the LGBTI - ERA Association for Equal Rights in the Western Balkans and Turkey as Head of Advocacy.
Blagica Novkovska is a university professor, Doctor of Economics and Master of Social Policy. She worked for 27 years at the State Statistical Office, ten years as director of the institution. As an expert, she has worked on many projects of international institutions, the most important of which are: the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the International Labor Organization, UNICEF, the European Commission, both in Macedonia and in the Western Balkans and Africa. He has co-authored several books and authored numerous scientific papers published in national and international journals.
Blagica Petreski is the chief economist and CEO of Finance Think - Institute for Economic Research and Policy in Skopje. She is a researcher in the field of banking system and economics, advocate for better economic policies and an intensive policy advisor. She has a strong professional background in analysis for the banking system, which stems from her five years of work experience in one of the largest commercial banks in Macedonia. Blagica is the winner of the Award for Young Researcher of the Year from the NBRM and the Award for Best Paper in Risk and Insurance by the Insurance Supervision Agency.
Blagoja Markovski is a doctor of military-political sciences. He is the founder of the Public Relations Service of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Macedonia, and has held the positions of Head of the Service, Spokesman of the ARM and MoD and Adviser to the Minister of Defense for Military-Political Affairs. for security whose sphere of interest are the theoretical-empirical perceptions and analyzes of the political-security problems in Macedonia and the region of Southeast Europe.
Blazen Maleski is a student of political science at the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" in Skopje. He is interested in the areas of gender equality, civic and youth participation as well as rights related to public gatherings. In the civil society sector active for more than four years as a member and junior researcher of the think tank organization Reactor - Research in Action.
Bojan Georgievski has an MA from the Faculty of Law, Department of International Law and International Relations. His research interests fall into several areas: the right to privacy and the protection of personal data, media law and new social media. He is the author of several academic and research articles.
Bojan Perkov is a researcher at the SHARE Foundation in Belgrade. His research interests and fields of work include freedom of expression and online media, as well as all other issues related to Internet expression, such as hate speech, net neutrality, censorship, etc. Through his work at SHARE, he has gained knowledge in the field of personal data protection and information security, primarily in the field of protection of journalists and their sources.
Bojana Guberac is a journalist for the Lupiga.Com portal, which has been implementing the project "A Step Further: Challenges of European Croatia" for the past four years. In her work, she is dedicated to issues of human rights, hate speech and violence against women. As a freelancer, she also writes for the CroL and Women and Media portals. She worked as a journalist of culture and news program on the county television Kanal Ri, on Radio Rijeka, Radio Sova and the radios of the Croatian Radio and Television, as well as on the portals Novi list, Riportal and Kvarner News. In 2019, she created a performance that deals with the secondary victimization of women victims of violence, from which the experimental film "Scarier than a Fist" was created. In her spare time she writes poetry.
Borjan Gjuzelov is a PhD student at Queen Marry University of London. His main field of scientific and professional interest is the democratization of post-socialist societies and good governance. He is the author of several papers in the field of social capital, informal practices and anti-corruption.
Boro Kontic is the director of the Media Center (www.media.ba) in Sarajevo. He has been involved in journalism for more than 30 years. He was a journalist for Radio Sarajevo, editor and host of several shows (Primus, Youth Program, Radio Sarajevo's Second Program). During the war (1993-1995) he reported from Sarajevo on the Voice of America. He is the author of a dozen radio and video documentaries. He is particularly involved in news propaganda and media in transition countries.
Branimir Jovanovic is an economic researcher and professor of economics at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Skopje. He received his Ph.D. in financial crisis from the University of Tor Vergata in Rome. He has worked at the National Bank, the Ministry of Finance and the University of Turin. More information about him on his website: branimir.site
Branko Prlja is a member of the DPM (Writers' Association of Macedonia) and AJM (Association of Journalists of Macedonia). He graduated from the Faculty of Art and Design at the European University. He has published more than 15 works as a writer, and writes under the pseudonym Bert Stein. He is the founder of the arno.mk portal, as well as the groups "Give, do not throw" and "Do not throw, do not pollute" through which he works to raise awareness about recycling, reuse and reduced use in order to preserve the environment.
Butrint Berisha is a Researcher at Prishtina Institute for Political Studies (PIPS) and a Regular Contributor at Sbunker. He earned his MSc degree from Stockholm University in Political Science, and also studied at University of Strathclyde, in United Kingdom. His main research interests include the EU enlargement policy vis-à-vis Western Balkans, state-recognition, regional relations etc.
Vanja Stokić je diplomirana novinarka, koja živi i radi u Banjaluci, Bosna i Hercegovina. Specijalizovala se za izvještavanje o ljudskim pravima i marginalizovanim grupama. Zaposlena je na portalu eTrafika.net, te sarađuje sa nekoliko medija koji izvještavaju o ranjivim kategorijama društva. Dobitnica je nekoliko značajnih nagrada, poput nagrade "Srđan Aleksić" i UNICEF nagrade. Nedavno je proglašena šampionkom rodne ravnopravnosti u BiH.
Vedrana Simičević is a longtime journalist and editor with a degree in psychology. She is specialized in science, technology, environment protection and social issues. She has been published in magazines such as Science, Physics Today and New Scientist, as well as domestic media such as Jutarnji list and Lupiga. Vedrana is a fellow of Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme and a recipient of several other grants. She has also received the annual “Velebitska Degenija” award for best journalistic work by the Croatian Journalist Assocation.
Vesna Garvanlieva Andonova has a master's degree in business administration from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, since 2006. She is a senior researcher at the Center for Economic Analysis (CEA) in the field of micro and macro economics, business environment, policy analysis, etc. She has many years of experience in the field of business development management and project management.
Assoc. Dr. Vesna Poposka is a university professor, independent expert and longtime activist. She defended her doctoral dissertation titled "International Legal Aspects for the Protection of Critical Infrastructure from Modern Security Threats" at the Military Academy in Skopje in 2019. She holds an MA degree in International Law from the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" and is the author of several scientific and professional papers in her field. She is an alumnus of the Council of Europe School of Politics. She has been working at the International "Vision" University since its establishment in 2015, where in March 2021 she was elected Dean of the Faculty of Law.
Vesna Shopar is a long-standing expert in the field of information and communication, mass media, public opinion, intercultural communication, information and communication theories and systems, media law, business communication, politics and media. She has published more than 40 scientific publications, books, monographs, participated in numerous scientific gatherings, conferences and seminars, and participated in more than 30 scientific research projects in the country and abroad. Professor Shopar has been and is a member of numerous organizations and associations in Macedonia and abroad.
Viktorija Jakimovska currently works as an assistant researcher at the University of Leuven, Belgium. She graduated from Iustinanus Primus Faculty of Law in Skopje and later acquired a degree in International Law from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and a Master's degree in International Humanitarian Law from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. In 2012, she worked as an assistant researcher at the 64th session of the United Nations Commission on International Law in Geneva.
Vildan Drpljanin is a human rights activist, legal adviser to the Helsinki Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Youth Education Forum. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University "Ss. Cyril and Methodius” University in Skopje and holds a Master's degree in Intellectual Property Law in a dual degree program organized by the University of Strasbourg, where he writes about the conflict between copyright enforcement and freedom of expression. He specializes in human rights as part of his master's program in international public law at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, where he holds a cum laude master's degree.
Violeta Zefi received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Masaryk in the Czech Republic. She is currently a professor at UBT College in Kosovo, and works on counseling and psycho-education for people living with HIV in Kosovo. Her main research interests are mental health and stigma, the relationship between attitudes and behavior, psycho-social aspects of health and dangerous behavior in adolescents and young people.
Vladimir Atanasov is a finance, risk and performance measurement consultant, and FX trader. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the American University of Rome and subsequently earned his Master’s degree in Finance from the London Business School. He earned the CFA® Charter in 2017 and subsequently become a CAIA® Charterholder in 2018. In 2019 he had also earned the right to use the Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement™ designation. From 2020 he is also a Financial Risk Manager - Certified by the Global Association of Risk Professionals. CFA® and Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement™ are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute. CAIA® is registered trademark owned by Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association. FRM® is registered trademark owned by Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).
Vladimir Djordjevic is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Territorial Studies at Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies of Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic. He is also Visiting Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, and a Research Fellow at the Strategic Policy Institute in Bratislava, Slovakia. His specialization includes the Western Balkans, EU integration, US Foreign Policy, and Human Rights.
Vlatko Mitkovski is a graduate philologist in Macedonian literature and Croatian language and literature. Scholar and participant in the Slavic School at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, Republic of Croatia. Permanent court translator from Macedonian to Croatian and vice versa. He is currently a Master's student in Strategic Communications Management at the Institute of Communication Studies. Many years of work experience in the Ministry of Interior in the field of international cooperation where he currently manages the bilateral cooperation of the Ministry. He is particularly interested in public diplomacy, foreign security policy, negotiations, lobbying and crisis communication.
Vuko Melov was born in Kavadarci in 1994. He is currently a fourth year student at the Faculty of Economics in Prilep. Spheres of his personal interest are public finances.
Voislav Stojanovski is a human rights activist, legal adviser to the Helsinki Committee and a lecturer at the Academy of Judges and Public Prosecutors. He graduated in law in Macedonia, holds a master's degree in Germany and a doctorate in the Czech Republic. A former scholarship holder of the German Bundestag, the Government of the United Kingdom and the Max Planck Institute, author of one book and twenty professional papers published in several countries.
Gabriela Dimovska is a graduate economist and a master's student at the Department of Monetary Economics, Finance and Banking at the Faculty of Economics in Skopje. She currently works as a senior researcher at the Center for Economic Analysis (CEA) in the field of macroeconomics, socio-economics, public policy analysis, but is also part of the management board of the organization. She is the author of several publications in the field of fiscal transparency and socio-economy.
Georgia Nakou writes about current affairs, policy and culture. She has several years' experience in the alternative finance sector, has worked for think tanks in the energy sector, and produced influential academic research. She maintains an interest in her first field of study, archaeology.
Gzim Visoka is a political science lecturer at the University of Dublin, Ireland, where he teaches peace and conflict. He completed his doctoral studies at the same university in the field of politics and international relations. He is the author of three books and dozens of scientific articles on intervention, peace and the state. His academic work can be read at www.gezimvisoka.com.
Goran Temenugov has a 21-year journalistic career. He worked in television, radio, daily newspapers and weeklies. He is currently engaged in Alsat-M TV as a journalist, news editor and editor of the economic newsroom. He has been specializing in economics for almost 17 years. In addition to daily journalism, in his career he has authored and hosted several shows, some in economics, some in politics. Currently, his primary areas of reporting are: fiscal and monetary policy, as well as the telecommunications sector.
Gordan Kalajdziev is a full professor of criminal procedure, juvenile justice, comparative criminal law, international criminal law, philosophy of law and international human rights law at the Faculty of Law at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, and also teaches at the Police Academy in Skopje and the Academy of Judges and Public Prosecutors in Skopje. He is also the author of more than 200 published papers and articles on issues of criminal law and procedure, police powers and human rights. He is currently chairing the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights.
Gorica Nadjinska is currently preparing her master's thesis in the field of genocide at the master's studies in International Law and International Relations at the Faculty of Law in Skopje. In 2014, she made a study visit to the Faculty of Philosophy in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She was an intern at the Macedonian Association of Young Lawyers, the Office of the Ombudsman of the Republic of Macedonia and a law office. Since 2015 she has been working at the Center for Legal Research and Analysis as a Program Assistant.
Goce Trpkovski has been working as a journalist for more than 11 years, and in the last five years he has been following the events, flows and processes in domestic and foreign policy. He monitors the movements on the political scene, the behavior and activities of political actors, the relations between them, political culture, foreign policy issues (EU, relations with neighbors) in terms of their reflections on internal political relations, as well as media and media freedom.
Dane Taleski received his PhD in Political Science from the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. He co-authored two books on the EU integration process and regional co-operation. His works have been published in Democratization, Ethnopolitics, Suedosteuropa and New Balkan Politics, and as chapters in several books. In 2014, he received the Civil Society Scholar Award from the New York Open Society Institute. Since October 2015, he has been a visiting researcher at the Center for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, and since March 2016, he has been a researcher at the Center for Advanced Study in Southeast Europe at the University of Rijeka.
Daniela Vukcevic is a graduate of journalism and communication at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Belgrade. She has more than 10 year professional experience in Montenegrin national and regional media, print and electronic, specializing in economics and finance. Author of several research papers in the field of media.
Danijal Hadzovic acquired his formal education at the Faculty of Political Science in Sarajevo. A far greater education, although informal, acquired by reading books and developing skills of his own choosing. The first journalistic assignment was with Radio 202 in 2009. Then worked at Depo Portal, Federation TV, and the Slobodna Bosna weekly. Authored several hundreds of articles: commentaries, columns, analyses, investigative stories and interviews published in Bosnian- Herzegovinian and regional media outlets. In 2015. with several like-minded individuals established the Liberal Forum, and association dedicated to the promotion and spreading of policies and values of open and free society.
Dea Zdravkovska is a student at the Institute of Biology at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Skopje. She is a member of the Research Society of Biological Students and the Macedonian Ecological Society. She has a special interest in scientific research, as well as student organization and youth in society.
Dejan Donev holds a PhD from the Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy at Ss. Cyril and Methodius ”in Skopje, where he previously defended his master's thesis. He teaches several undergraduate and postgraduate studies in media ethics and public relations, managerial and business ethics, political ethics, ethics and public administration, as well as organizational theory and development, globalization theories and research methodology.
Dimitar Apasiev is a doctor of law. He acquired his master's degree and a doctorate at the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" in Skopje. He is a longtime activist of the Lenka Social Justice Movement and a member of the political party Levica's presidium. He has participated in over a hundred domestic and international scientific symposia. He is the author of a dozen law books and monographs, as well as over 50 articles and professional papers. He has been a legal consultant to several judicial state bodies, trade unions, civic associations and informal activist initiatives. He is currently working as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law at the State University "Goce Delchev" - Stip, Department of Civil Law. Lecture: Roman Law, Judicial Rhetoric and Philosophy of Law.
Dina Bajramspahic is a public policy researcher at the Institute Alternativa (IA), a non-profit, think-tank organization. She has been working in that position for ten years and she coordinates the activities of the IA in the program area "Rule of Law", which includes the reform of the security sector and the reform of criminal justice. She is a political scientist by profession, specializing in European politics. She has a registered master's thesis at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Podgorica "Control function of the Parliament of Montenegro in the field of security and defense", in the direction of Euro-Atlantic integration. She is involved in Montenegro's accession negotiations with the European Union as a member of the Working Group for Chapter 23 "Justice and Fundamental Rights" and is actively involved in enlargement policy and EU instruments in relation to the region.
Dragan Malinovski graduated from the Faculty of Law in Skopje. Lawyer since 1988. In the period 2002-2007 he was a member of the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption. Analyst of the political and judicial system.
Dubravka Valic Nedeljkovic, until October 2018, was a full professor at the Department of Media Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad, Serbia. Key topics: journalism, media literacy, mass media, analysis of critical media discourses, gender studies, minority language media, multiculturalism and diversity of reporting. She is a contributor to magazines and conference participants in the country and abroad (over 150). She has published eight books and over 300 academic papers in the field of media. She has won many journalistic awards for information radio program (news) and radio reporting.
Gjorgji Mitrevski has more than fifteen years of experience in market research, media sector research and public opinion research. During his career he has led a number of research projects in the country and the region. He is an expert in the field of qualitative and quantitative research methods. For the past nine years he has been the Executive Director for Macedonia and Kosovo at the international research agency Ipsos, and currently works as an independent research consultant with a special focus on designing research methodologies and data analysis.
Gjorgji Spasov (born 1949) is a university professor. He has published papers in the field of political science, communication science and public relations. He was the Secretary General of SDSM, Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, Minister of Justice and Ambassador of Macedonia to Bulgaria and the United Kingdom. He is one of the founders of the “Rating” agency. He publishes columns in daily and weekly newspapers and participates in televised debates on current political issues. He is also the author of the handbooks "The Ten Determinants of Social Democracy Today" and "The Development of Social Democracy" published by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, which are used to train young social democrats in the country.
Edison Jakurti is a PhD Candidate in Economics at the Freie Universität Berlin. Recently, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Economy, Employment, Trade, Industry, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Investments in Kosovo. He earned his Master of International Development Policy degree, concentrating in Applied Economics, from Duke University, and his BSc degree, majoring in Economics & Statistics, from R.I.T. He has worked as a research and teaching assistant at Duke University, and as a consultant at the World Bank in Washington, DC.
Elena Ignovska is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law, Ss. Cyril and Methodius ”, Skopje. She completed her law studies and master's degree in civil law at the Justinianus Primus Faculty of Law in Skopje, as well as her master's degree in bioethics as a scholarship holder of the Erasmus Mundus program at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), Radbud University in Nijmegen University (Netherlands) and (Italy). She received her PhD from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ghent (Belgium) as a scholarship holder of the Basileus project of the Erasmus Mundus program.
Elizabeta Sekirarska is a professor at the high school "Pero Nakov" - Kumanovo. She actively works on the implementation of modern interactive teaching methods and techniques and as a trainer and developer of computer tools for working in the classroom. She is a member of the editorial board of the pedagogical review "Educational Crossroads", where she publishes his professional papers, some of which have been awarded. In 2013, she was named State Education Officer of the Year in the High School category.
Emilija Lokvenec is a doctoral student in constitutional law at the Faculty of Law Justinianus Primus at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius and Master of Laws in Civil Law. She holds a master's degree in "Supreme Court's Principles and Legal Opinions as a Source of Civil Law" and is currently working on her doctoral dissertation on "The Role of the Supreme Court in Providing Unity in the Application of Laws by Courts".
Zaklina Filipova - Svekarovska is a professor of literature and Macedonian language. She writes poetry, essays and slams. She is particularly sensitive to human rights violations. She is deeply convinced that there is only one universal truth that she respects endlessly - life.
Zdravko Saveski (1976) is a doctor of political science, trade unionist and longtime activist. Until February 2016, he was the secretary of the Multiethnic Trade Union of Education, and previously a professor at FON University - Skopje.
Zlatiborka Popov-Momcinovic is an associate professor of political science at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Eastern Sarajevo. The focus of her research is on gender issues, civil society development and women's activism, religion and politics, media professionalism and reconciliation processes. She is active in civil society and the women's movement, trying to reconcile scientific and activist efforts.
Zlatko Jakimovski is a doctoral student at the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" in Skopje. During his undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Law, he stayed for several months at Lomonosov Moscow University and worked as a legal advisor in several law firms. He was hired as a lecturer at the Skopje high school "Josip Broz Tito" on the subject Introduction to Law as an external collaborator of the NGO "Coalition All for a Fair Trial". Jakimovski participated and was a speaker at several conferences and seminars.
Zoran Bojarovski, journalist. In his thirty-year career, he was a journalist and editor and deputy editor-in-chief and editor-in-chief of MRT, A1 Television, Forum and the Kirilica portal, and Alpha TV. He has been dedicated to the field of informal media education for twenty years as a coach and lecturer at the Macedonian Institute of Media, the School of Journalism and Public Relations and other civil society organizations. He is the author and co-author of dozens of studies and publications in the field of media and civic and media activism.
Zoran Gega Madzovski has been a freelance journalist and radio host with more than 20 years of journalistic experience. He started as a journalist at Student Radio and worked at several local radio stations. He wrote about everyday life and current affairs as a correspondent for the newspaper Dnevnik, the MIA news agency and Radio Kanal77. Since the establishment of the Independent Trade Union of Journalists and Media Workers (SSNM), he has been active in the protection of workers' rights.
Zoran Dimitrovski is a journalist, political analyst and editor with many years of experience. In 1995, as a scholarship holder of the Open Society Foundation Macedonia, he received a master's degree in political science from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. He has been involved in journalism since 1985 in Student Word and Mlad Borec, where in the late 80's and early 90's of the last century, together with a group of young journalists he participated in the Macedonian Democratic Spring, giving his own contribution with its political analysis.
Zoran Kardula is a graduate electrical engineer who has been involved in graphic design since 2000. He works as a freelancer, and at the same time is dedicated to painting. So far, he has participated in various competitions, including a jewelry design competition for Swarovski and INYO, where he was a finalist. In November 2017, he had a poster exhibition on "Soviet Neo-Constructivist Propaganda" in Minneapolis, USA. In January 2018, he presented in Rome an "Exhibition without a jury", a set of 40 of his works that were a redesign of the symbols that marked the socialist era of the former Yugoslavia.
Zoran Kjuka has been working as a journalist for Free Europe in Prague since its establishment in 2001. He started his career in the Macedonian Radio, followed by A1 TV and Telma TV, with simultaneous correspondence work for Radio and TV Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zagreb Independent 101 Radio and Ljubljana Student Radio. As a journalist, among other things, he covered events from the conflicts in Macedonia, Kosovo and various international events and conferences. He has written texts and columns in several daily and weekly newspapers in Macedonia.
Ivan Anastasovski is Vice Dean for Science and International Cooperation at the Faculty of Physical Education, Sports and Health.
Ivan Kolevski graduated from the Faculty of Law in Skopje. He completed his master's degree at the University of Vienna in the field of international and European business law. Since 2014 he has been working as a court associate in the Court of Appeals in Bitola. Areas of special interest include the harmonization of case law and the legal aspects of urban planning, on which topics he has published several articles and publications.
Ivan Vchkov graduated from the University of Oulu, Finland in the field of finance and from the University of Wales - Institute, Cardiff, in the field of agribusiness management. His interests are in the areas of macroeconomics, financial markets and financial instruments. He is a member of the Finnish Association of Business School Graduates. Since 2015, he has been part of the Finance Think team where he works on issues related to fiscal transparency, remittances and the gender pay gap.
Ivan Durgutov is a Master of Laws at the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" at the University "St. Cyril and Methodius" in Skopje. His specialty is criminal law, and especially human rights issues, with a focus on hate speech and hate crime. He is an active member and part of the management of the European Association of Law Students (ELSA) - Republic of Macedonia.
Ivana Velkovska is an MSc in International Economics and a researcher at the Center for Economic Analysis (www.cea.org.mk). Her research interests include public finance, economic inequality and tax policies. She has worked for Bloomberg and PricewaterhouseCoopers so far.
Ivana Tufegdzic is a graduate political scientist at the Faculty of Political Science at the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" and a student of the Master's program in Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law. Her area of special interest is human rights with an emphasis on minority rights, political system and elections and electoral systems, as well as the processes of democratization and the influence of religion and political culture in them.
Ivo Bosilkov is a doctor of political science from the University of Milan, specializing in the field of media effects on public opinion. He holds a Master's degree in Political Communication from the University of Amsterdam as part of the Erasmus Mundus Program for Journalism, Media and Globalization. He works as a researcher at the Center for Southeast European Studies in Graz and has published papers in several international scientific journals.
Ilina Mangova holds a master's degree in comparative politics - democracy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in London, UK. She is currently a doctoral student at the Faculty of Law, Department of Political Studies, where she explores the role of leaders in the transition to democracy. She is leading the program of the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Macedonia.
Ilo Trajkovski is a full professor at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje and a visiting professor at the Arizona State University in Themes, USA and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. His scientific and research interests are in the fields of sociology of politics and the political system, the sociology of citizenship and human rights, and modern sociological theory. He has published several papers and translations of sociological literature from English into Macedonian. He has managed and participated in several domestic and foreign scientific research projects and has been a scientific consultant on several applied projects.
Igor Todorovic is a journalist who specializes in finance and energy on a global level. He follows Balkan topics with an equal focus, with an emphasis on transition and overcoming the consequences of war, migration and emancipation. He has participated in several art and humanitarian projects.
Irena Cvetkovic holds a PhD in gender studies. As a young researcher, she has worked on many research projects in the fields of sociology, gender studies, and the media. She was the author of the socially engaged blog Femgerila, and then a columnist for the daily newspaper Dnevnik. She is a human rights activist for marginalized communities, and is particularly active in advocating for the rights of LGBT people, drug users, and sex workers. She is active in several formal and informal activist associations. She is currently the Executive Director of the Coalition "Sexual and Health Rights of Marginalized Communities" - Skopje.
Irena Cuculoska is a PhD student in European Law at the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" in Skopje. She holds a Master's degree in International Law and International Relations and graduated as a first-generation graduate of the Faculty of Law. She is employed in the Bureau for Representation of the Republic of Macedonia before the European Court of Human Rights at the Ministry of Justice. She has been a member of the Institute for Human Rights for many years, where she has worked as a project coordinator and legal researcher. Her entire experience and focus of interest is on human rights, EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights. She has experience with a number of projects, research and analysis and is the author, co-author and editor of several publications.
Isak Vorgucic - Executive producer and manager of radio and television "Kim" in Caglavica, Kosovo, since its establishment in 2000. Fields of interest: journalism, theology and military education. Brewmaster and co-founder of the family kraft brewery "Pivdžan" in Gračanica in 2017.
Ismail Kamberi has a master's degree in criminal law from the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" at the University of "Cyril and Methodius" in Skopje. His area of interest is basic human rights with a special emphasis on Roma rights and he strives to represent their legal interests. He has experience in international organizations such as the OSCE / ODIHR and in various Roma organizations. In his work experience so far, Ismail has participated in a number of trainings, seminars and conferences. He is currently working as a junior researcher at the European Policy Institute (EPI) in Skopje on a project investigating the problem of restricting the right of movement of Roma in Macedonia.
Jana Lozanoska is a PhD student at the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica. She has a master's degree in international human rights law from the University of Geneva and the Institute for International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Undergraduate at the Faculty of Law in Skopje. She has published papers on human rights, gender and LBT; the name issue from the perspective of international law, the EU and human rights, etc.
Janaki Mitrovski holds a master's degree from the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" at UKIM in 2014 on "Legalization as a way of combating drug trafficking". He is the founder of the Association for Cannabis and Green Policies BILKA Skopje.
Jasmin Kalac holds a PhD from the Department of Criminal Law at Ankara University's Faculty of Law. He is a lawyer and his main areas of interest are criminal law, criminology, penology and human rights.
Jovana Marovic is the executive director of the Politikon network, an independent research center in Podgorica, a member of BiEPAG, and the working group for Chapter 23 in Montenegro's EU accession negotiations. She received her PhD from the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade. Areas of her research interests include the rule of law, democracy, federalism, the Balkans, the EU's political system and enlargement policy.
Jona Koprencka is an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations and Political Science at Epoka University in Tirana, Albania. She is a former deputy editor of the online newspaper Gazeta Mendimi, which, among other things, covers issues related to the conflicts in the Middle East and relations between Russia and NATO / US in the Balkans.
Jorde Jakimovski is employed at the Institute for Sociological and Political-Legal Research from 1979 until today, works in the field of regional and rural development, population structure and social differentiation, social and structural policy, living standard and sustainable development and labor market.
Jugoslava Dukovska (1964, Belgrade, Republic of Serbia). Eco-activist, mountaineer, free-lance journalist.
Julia Brsakoska Bazerkoska is an associate professor of international political relations at the Faculty of Law, Ss. Cyril and Methodius ”, Skopje. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Cologne, Germany.
Kaan Bayırakoşan is currently a master student in Political Science at University of Warsaw in Poland. He completed his bachelor in Journalism at Ege University in Turkey. He also studied at Vilnius University in Lithuania in this field as a part of a student exchange program. He had journalism experience in local media during his bachelor in Izmir, Turkey.
Karolina Ristova Aasterud is a professor at the Faculty of Law Iustinianus Primus in Skopje, within the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius. Former MP in the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia (2002-2006).
Katarina Blažina Mukavec was born in Zagreb. She holds a Master's degree in Communication from the Faculty of Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb in 2015. Since 2012, she has been an active member of the Society for Communication and Media Culture and participates in the creation of educational content and lectures for primary and secondary school students, as well as webinars for educators from all over Croatia. Since 2016, she has been the coordinator of the section of lecturers and volunteers in the Children of the Media project, which the Association is implementing with the aim of improving media literacy of the citizens of the Republic of Croatia.
Katarina Tadic has eight years of experience working in the civil sector in Serbia and the region. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science and completed her Master's Degree in Public Policy Research at the University of Bristol. She is currently living and working in Belgrade.
Katerina Kolozova is a senior scientific advisor and full professor at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities as well as its director. At the Institute, she is a professor of policy studies, political philosophy and gender studies. At the Faculty of Media and Communications - Belgrade, Serbia: Department of Critical Political Studies, Professor of Contemporary Political Philosophy. She has co-ordinated numerous policy studies on "illiberal democracy," "captive state," media freedom, and academic freedom. She is the author of several international monographs, the most cited of which is Cut of the Real: Subjectivity in Poststructuralist Philosophy published by Columbia University Press-NY, 2014.
Kiril Arsovski Przo is a biologist-ecologist. He is involved in research on national biodiversity and urban ecology. Former President of the Research Society of Biological Students (IDSB), member of the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES) and scholarship holder of the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation. Civil activist, writes analyzes and lectures in the field of environmental protection.
Kiril Barbareev is the Vice Rector for Development, Investment and Maintenance of the University "Goce Delchev" (UGD) in Stip. He completed his doctoral studies in 2010 at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje on the topic "Education and professional development of educators in preschool education", which earned him the title of Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences. In 2011 he was elected a professor at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at UGD.
Konstantin Bitrakov holds a master's degree in law (field: administrative law) with a bar exam and a doctorate from the Faculty of Law in Belgrade. Professionally, he performs scientific and administrative work as an associate at the Center for Strategic Research at the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, but is also active in the NGO sector.
Kristijan Fidanovski holds a PhD in Social Policy from Oxford University, where he studies policies to stimulate the birth rate in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Christian holds a master's degree in political science and Eastern European studies from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor's degree in the same field from University College London (UCL). In addition to birth rates, his primary research focus is on party systems, European integration processes, and conspiracy theories. He has published academic papers and journalistic texts in Macedonian, English and Italian for dozens of domestic and international publications.
Ksenija Milovic | is a molecular biologist and a member of the main board of the opposition political party in Montenegro - Demos. She is a member of the presidency of the Women's Forum and a member of a political network in Montenegro. Committed to achieving all the social issues that can contribute to becoming a society of equal opportunities for all.
Lejla Turcilo is a full professor at the Department of Communication / Journalism at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Sarajevo, where she teaches Media Theory, TV Journalism, Internet Journalism and Media and undergraduate and postgraduate policy and New Media Design and PR. doctoral studies. She is the head of the Center for Lifelong Learning at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Sarajevo and the Department of Communication / Journalism.
Leposava Ognjanoska is a law graduate at the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus", and is currently a student of the Master's program in International Law and International Relations. Her field of special interest is the concept of democracy and the rule of law, through the prism of the integration of societies.
Lidija Pisker is a journalist and researcher from Bosnia and Herzegovina. She often writes on human rights and democracy issues for regional and international media. She is the recipient of the United Nations Prize for raising public awareness about the fight against discrimination and the protection of children's rights.
Lila Milikj is an equal rights activist and an activist for transgender rights and the rights of sexual workers.
Liljana Pecova is the founder of IMPETUS - Center for Internet, Development and Good Management, Program Director for Privacy and Internet, as well as one of the founders of the Internet Management Forum in Macedonia. She previously had ten years of work experience in the Ministry of Interior, followed by a 4-year advisory position in the Directorate for Personal Data Protection, where she was part of the expert working group of the Intergovernmental Body for the Protection of Human Rights.
Lina Kjostarova-Unkovska is a clinical psychologist, majoring in trauma psychology, and the 1998 lead researcher at the Health Behavior in School Aged Children Study in Macedonia, since 1998. After 20 years of work at UKIM, as a lecturer in clinical psychology and mental health, she founded the Center for Psychosocial and Crisis Action, as an independent professional agency. The center organizes projects and intervention actions in response to the urgent need for psychosocial assistance and support for individuals, groups and communities at risk, and especially children and young people facing social and gender inequality, and endangering human and children's lives. rights, especially in conditions of weakness of the institutions of the system, affected by the uncertain and turbulent transformation of the community.
Lirim Gashi has obtained his Bachelor's degree in law at the Law Faculty and in History at the Philosophic Faculty of the University of Prishtina. He obtained a Master's Degree in International Law. He is currently working as an Attorney at Law in his Law Office.
Luka Pavicevic is a high school student at NOVA International Schools as a scholarship holder of the Boris Trajkovski International Foundation. Active in the NGO sector. He is particularly interested in education issues.
Lyudmil Iliev is a political scientist by education and works as a journalist in the Bulgarian newspaper "Sega" and the website Segabg. As a reporter, he covers Bulgarian political life, as well as the activities of the Bulgarian National Assembly and the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A former employee of the ministry's Political Affairs Directorate.
Magdalena Lembovska is a security researcher at Analytica Think Tank. She is the author of numerous analyzes and studies on good governance, security sector reform, irregular migration and protection of human rights and freedoms. She has a master's degree in Global Crime, Justice and Security from the University of Edinburgh.
Magdalena Petkova is a biology student. Member of the Research Society of Biologists and the Macedonian Ecological Society. She is actively working in the field of limnology and paleolimnology, currently with a special focus on Lake Ohrid.
Maja Anastasova-Stojanovska has been in journalism for 25 years since her professional engagement. She worked for dailies and weekly newspapers, where she went through all the steps from a novice journalist to an editor-in-chief. She followed, analyzed and commented on the developments on the domestic field, politically and economically. However, her main area of interest is banking and finance. She has collaborated with Bosnian and German media. She graduated in General and Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Philology "Blaze Koneski".
Maja Stojanova is a Doctor of Political Science at the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" at the University "St. Cyril and Methodius" in Skopje. She previously holds a master's degree from the Department of Political Science at the Justinian I Faculty of Law at the TEMPUS Political Management Program. She researches in the areas of public opinion and public opinion research, modern political theories and modern political thought. She is a columnist and author of several scientific papers in the country and abroad. She has won several certificates and awards from international associations.
Malinka Ristevska Jordanova has been engaged in the EU integration process since the late nineties, holding high public administration positions in the Macedonian Parliament and Government. As State Advisor in the Secretariat for European Affairs, she chaired the MK-EU SAA Subcommittee on Justice and Home Affairs from 2002-2008 and the SAA Committee from 2008-2010 and was the coordinator of the national programme for the adoption of the acquis. She gave a special contribution to the candidacy of her country for accession to the EU, the fulfilment of the recommendations for starting accession negotiations and realising the benchmarks set in the roadmap on visa liberalization. Dr. Ristevska – Jordanova is a founder and former director (February 2011 - February 2017) of the Macedonian think tank European Policy Institute – Skopje, now being a non-executive member of its Management Board. In her research, Dr. Jordanova has focused on the application of the EU policy of conditionality in the region of South-East Europe, as well as on the transposition of the EU acquis.
Marija Topuzovska Latkovic has been working at the Institute for Sociological and Political-Legal Research - UKIM since 2006. She is a professor of postgraduate studies in Human Resource Management and doctoral studies in Organizational Sciences (Management) and Sociology of Organization. She regularly publishes scientific papers in domestic and international scientific journals, and as a supervisor and lead researcher or member of a research team, she has participated in several national and international projects. As a member of the working group, she directly participated in the creation of the National Networking Strategy, cooperation and reduction of the outflow of highly educated and professional staff (2013-2020), as well as in the consultative process for preparation of the National Youth Strategy (2015-2026). Topics of research interest: youth and employment, organizational behavior, lifelong learning, quality of working life.
Marjan Vuckovic graduated from the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" in Skopje, where he received his master's degree from the Department of Political Science in the field of civil society and interethnic relations in the Republic of Macedonia and the region. He is the President of the Macedonian Political Science Forum, an association of political scientists in Macedonia, as well as a longtime columnist for the weekly magazine "Ego". He deals with political and social developments in the country and beyond, while giving his own views and thoughts on them.
Marjan Nikolov holds a PhD from the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and a master's degree in International Economics and Finance from the Faculty of Economics in Reykjavik, Iceland. He is president of the Center for Economic Analysis (CEA) and an independent consultant. He actively works in several economic areas, such as macroeconomic modeling, econometrics and statistics, fiscal decentralization and public-private partnership. He worked on building the capacities of the public administration and the local government in the Republic of Macedonia through review and reengineering of tax procedures, analysis of fiscal capacities, preparation of strategies and feasibility studies, etc. Nikolov worked as a professor at several faculties in Macedonia, is the author of several publications and has participated in many conferences, seminars and trainings.
Marjan Petreski is an associate professor of economics and vice-rector for research and development at the American College University in Skopje. He has extensive theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the broad field of macroeconomics and development economics, especially in the area of critical analysis and policy making. He has participated in numerous projects related to economic analysis, analysis of infrastructure projects and financial analysis of projects and companies in countries with developing economies and transition, such as Macedonia, Balkan countries and countries in the Far East and Africa.
Martin Manaskov is a researcher-analyst at Analytica think tank from Skopje, where he is part of the security policy program. He was a student at the School of Journalism and Public Relations. His work experience includes research in think tanks and journalistic engagements in the Macedonian media. His areas of interest are security, diplomacy, democracy and the media.
Martin Naunov is a researcher at the Prague Institute for Security Studies. He has previously worked on the legal team at Hearst Media Company in New York and as a research assistant at Johns Hopkins University and Middlebury College in the United States.
Mahir Sijamija has a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Sarajevo (2018). He currently works as an associate at the Media and Policy Analysis Centers in Sarajevo and is a junior author on the Media Watchdog platform Analiziraj.ba. He was hired as Project Coordinator at the INFOHOUSE Foundation on the USAID Youth and Reconciliation Project. He has previously worked as an external associate for the Faculty of Political Science, University of Sarajevo and UNICEF BiH. He has also been involved in various research projects that stand out for International Republican Institute, Humanity in action, RRPP, UN, CREDI, Media Center and Albany Associates. He is a member of the UNESCO Advisory Group on MIL in BiH, a Senior Fellow Humanity in Action BiH.
Mersiha Drinjakovic - journalist and executive editor of Gracija magazine, and associate of the Analiziraj.ba portal. She completed her studies in journalism at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo, and during her work she went through various additional educations in the USA, Malaysia, Germany and France. She has been a journalist for 20 years. She is the winner of the UNICEF Special Award for journalistic contribution to information, protection and promotion of children's rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina for 2015 and the winner of the UN Women 2017 Journalist Award - for the best article on gender-based violence in the print media category. In 2017, she was also presented with a letter of thanks from the Helsinki Committee of BiH at the Competition for the best media story / reportage that promotes LGBT rights and culture. In 2018, she was awarded the UN BiH recognition for her journalistic contribution to informing about the Sustainable Development Goals in BiH and their promotion - for the text published on the Analiziraj.ba portal.
Milorad Stojmanovski is a journalist with three decades of experience, mainly in the print media. He started as a part-time associate at the Macedonian Television, and his first job was as a sports journalist in Vecer. After several years of experience as an editor at Skok magazine, he and his colleagues are one of the founders of Dnevnik, where he holds all positions, including the position of Deputy Editor-in-Chief. He also has a short work experience with the "Sportmedia" portal, and currently works for the newspaper "Free Press". Longtime correspondent of foreign sports magazines, agencies and portals, as well as a member of the Assembly of the Macedonian Olympic Committee. He reported on several important sporting events, such as the Athens Olympics and the World and European Football and Basketball Championships.
Milcho Balevski was born in Skopje in 1992. He graduated from the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, where he is currently studying for a master's degree. His personal interests are the sphere of constitutional law and legal theory. He has participated in several court simulations in the field of constitutional law and in conferences and seminars in the field of sports law.
Minas Bakalchev is an architect and professor at the Faculty of Architecture at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. He received his master's degree from the University of Belgrade in 1991, and his doctorate from the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje in 2004. Participant and co-curator of the Macedonian National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale for which he received special recognition with the project "City of Possible Worlds" for 2008.
Mirjana Lazarova Trajkovska is a judge and chair of a section at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Previously, she was a judge at the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Macedonia, President of the State Election Commission, Head of the Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as Assistant Minister of Administrative Procedures at the Ministry of Interior. She graduated from the Faculty of Law in Skopje. She holds a master's degree and a doctorate from the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana.
Mirjana Najcevska is a doctor of legal sciences and a full professor and scientific advisor at the Institute for Sociological and Political-Legal Research at UKIM. Key qualifications are in the areas of human rights (discrimination, rights of minority and marginalized groups, freedom of thought and expression, the rule of law and the rule of law), interethnic relations, decentralization and local self-government. It is dedicated to promoting the concept of human rights and freedoms and the mechanisms for their protection and practice. She has been involved in the work of several NGOs and informal civic associations (former chairman of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights and current chairman of the Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution). Internationally, she has been part of the work of several professional and expert bodies within the UN, the EU and the Council of Europe.
Miroslav Draganov is the executive director of the Institute for Human Rights (IHR). He received a master's degree in constitutional law from the Faculty of Law in Skopje, and passed a bar exam in 2013. He has work experience as a demonstrator at the Faculty of Law, an associate for investment funds and in a law firm and a bank lawyer. Areas of interest for research include the judiciary, freedom of expression and access to information, non-discrimination and local self-government.
Michaela Ružičková is a PhD candidate at Department of Political Science at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Slovakia. Her research is devoted to environmental factors in geopolitics. During her studies, she gained experience as an intern at the Foreign Policy Department in the Office of the President of Slovak Republic. Currently she is working for an independent think-tank Strategic Policy Institute, for which she publishes analyzes in the field of conflict areas. She also works as a content editor for the Digital Infospace Security Initiative newsletter on disinformation. Other areas of her interest include cognitive security, information security and hybrid threats.
Mladen Obrenovic is a Doctor of Communication Sciences and a professional journalist with many years of experience in several media in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. His professional journalistic career began in 1996 in Vukovar, where he worked for the local media as a correspondent for Glas Slavonia and Jutarnji list. From 2010 to 2013, he was engaged in tportal in Zagreb, where he reported on topics of daily politics and current issues in Croatian society and reported from the Croatian Parliament, the government and the judiciary. Now in Sarajevo, he works for Radio Al Jazeera Balkans first as a journalist and then editor of the portal. He also worked as a BIRN journalist in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has participated in several media courses and scientific conferences, and has published several scientific and professional studies.
Naum Kajchev teaches new and contemporary Balkan history at Sofia University "St. Clement of Ohrid ". He is the author of the books Macedonia, Desired: The Army, the School and the Construction of the Nation in Serbia and Bulgaria (1878-1912) and Illyria from Varna to Villach: Croatian National Revival, Serbs and Bulgarians (until 1848). He is also the Deputy Chairman of the Joint Commission on Historical and Educational Issues between Bulgaria and Northern Macedonia.
Natasa Kovacevic is a law graduate and is in the process of finalizing her master's degree in environmental protection at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Montenegro. Since 2003, he has been working for the NGO Green Home, reaching the level of senior expert on sustainable development and environmental policy. She is the author and co-author of several research papers on environmental and nature protection policy and is a member of the IUCN CEL (Commission on Environmental Laws), the National Council for Sustainable Development of Montenegro, and the working group for Chapter 27. - Environment within the process of Montenegro's accession to the EU. For the past three years, she has been the CEO of Green Home, responsible for strategic planning and public representation.
Nenad Zhivanovski is a freelance journalist from Skopje, living in London. He has many years of journalistic experience, collaborating with media from Macedonia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Norway and Germany. He holds a degree in journalism and business management, a master's degree in European studies and a doctorate in general and comparative linguistics on the topic of hate speech in political discourse in the media.
He is the author of the books "Some Aspects of the Kosovo Crisis - Kosovo among Historical Myths and the Real European Problem", published in Germany in English, then the book "Hate Speech", published in English and Bulgarian, and "Hate Speech - Theoretical Review and Additional Research of Bulgaria in the Macedonian media ", published in Macedonian.
His focus of academic interest is the norms in the political new discourse, the geopolitics of the Balkans and the great powers and the modern relations between the Balkan peoples.
Nenad Novkovski is a full professor at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and is the head of the postgraduate studies at the Institute of Physics. He is the author of scientific papers, has published articles in international journals with an impact factor, and has led research projects. He is a member of the Macedonian, European and American Society of Physicists and collaborates with physics institutes in Serbia, Bulgaria and Switzerland. In the period from 1998 to 2002 he was a Minister in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia. He led and participated in the development and adoption of the Strategy for Education Development 2001-2010 and the Program for Technological Development 2001-2006.
Nenad Tonic is a graduate traffic engineer and MSc in Environmental Protection Engineering. He is currently employed in the Traffic Department of the City of Skopje, on issues in the field of traffic planning and development. In addition, he was hired as a professional associate in the field of traffic engineering in the magazine for urbanism, architecture and ecology "Porta3".
Nertila Maho has nearly 14 years covering economic issues as a journalist in Albania. In the last 4 years she has been working for Monitor, the only economic Magazine in Albania. Her previous experiences include 8 years at the daily Panorama, the biggest newspaper in the country and two years at television. She holds a Bachelor degree in Journalism and a Master in Marketing (Nebraska Program) at the Faculty of Economy, University of Tirana. She has been active on publishing articles about different sectors like tourism, energy, insurance market, finance etc.
Nikola Popovski is a doctor of economic sciences and a university professor. He teaches a group of subjects in the field of macroeconomics. He has published several books on economic issues and university textbooks, as well as a number of papers in domestic and foreign journals. He held several important state positions.
Petar Gosev holds a master's degree in economics. He is a former governor of the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia and former Minister of Finance. He is the founder and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, and in three terms he was elected a member of the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia. Goshev was the head of the delegation of the Republic of Macedonia to the Federal Assembly of the former SFRY and chairman of the Monetary Policy Commission (1991). In the 1980s, he was active in the Federal Council for Social and Economic Affairs of the former SFRY and in the presidency of the Federation of Trade Unions of Macedonia. He was also a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the last leader of the Socialist Party of Macedonia when it was transformed into the Social Democratic Union.
Petrit Sarachini, graduated in journalism from the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" in Skopje, master's degree student at the Institute of Communication Studies. He worked and published as a journalist, editor, producer, host and columnist in "Dnevnik", "Lobby", "Press Online", "Fljaka", "Life Radio", "Free Press", "TV21". He has many years of experience in media research, acquired as a program manager at the Macedonian Media Institute, where he participated and managed several national and regional projects in the field of media. He is the author and co-author of several domestic and international research and professional papers in the field of media, including "Kosovo and the Media", "The situation with the media in the communities in the Republic of Macedonia", "Handbook of Media Literacy for Teachers of the Mother Tongue", "Balkan Neighbors in the Media", "Hate Speech on the Internet in the Countries of Southeast Europe" "Macedonia in the Digital Age - Among the Rights and Responsibilities in Communicating the Internet".
Pece Nedanovski is a professor at the Faculty of Economy at the University "St. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (UKIM). In the period 2008-2012 he held the position of Vice-Rector for Finance, Investment and Development of UKIM, and since 2013 he has been managing the postgraduate study in Public Sector Management at the Faculty of Economics. He is the author of several studies, books and textbooks on economic issues.
Predrag Tasevski holds a master's degree in engineering in the field of cyber security, has obtained a post-master's degree in security in computer systems and communications at an elite school in France, and has received several international certificates. His research interests include Cybersecurity, Internet defense, cyber risk, and socio-technical aspects. He is the author of two books, has published several articles and scientific papers in Macedonia and abroad.
Radenko Udovicic is dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Herzegovina in Mostar and director of the Media Plan Institute as well as the Media Initiatives of Sarajevo, an organization that specializes in journalism education, media research and production. He has been working as a journalist since 1992. For the past seven years, he has taught journalism and communications at various universities.
Radica Todorovska has been a journalist and a master of political science since 2009. She is currently a current doctoral student at the Institute for Sociological and Political-Legal Research in Skopje. The study program of the doctoral studies is in the field of "Democracy in conditions of globalization". She actively participates in conferences in the field of political science, and the subject of scientific interest is the development of democracy in political systems, especially in terms of inter-institutional communication. The transition and post-transition period in post-socialist countries is a particular challenge for comparative research with developed and modern democracies.
Radosveta Vassileva is a Bulgarian legal scholar whose research interests encompass EU law and comparative public and private law. She has authored numerous articles for academic journals and opinion pieces for media, such as Euronews, the EUobserver, New Eastern Europe, The Brussels Times, and others. Vassileva maintains a [radosvetavassileva.blog]personal blog dedicated to the rule of law in Bulgaria. She holds a PhD in Law from University College London (UK), a Master’s Degree in Law from Sciences Po Paris (France), a Master’s Degree in Law from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France), and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Tufts University (USA). She is currently engaged as a Visiting Research Fellow at Middlesex University London.
Ramadan Chipuri is a professor at the Department of Journalism and Communication at the University of Tirana, Albania. His studies focus on issues related to media ethics and he is the author of two books. He has been developing his career as an academic staff since 2008 at several universities in Albania. He had previously worked for eight years as a journalist for some national and foreign media. He completed his journalism studies at the University of Istanbul, Turkey, in 2004.
Redion Qirjazi is a Program Manager and researcher on security affairs. His work focuses on defense, terrorism, conflict resolution, violent extremism, public sector integrity and good governance. Redion is a graduate of the United State Military Academy (West Point) and has previously served as an officer in the Albanian Army for 7 year, to include a combat tour in Afghanistan. He is a Rotary Peace Fellow, and a Chevening Scholarship recipient through which he graduated with a M.A. in Applied Security Strategy from the University of Exeter.
Ridvan Peshkopia is Lecturer of Political Behavior and Research Methods with University for Business and Technology, Kosovo. He received his PhD in Political Science from University of Kentucky. He also holds Master's degrees in Urban Planning, Diplomacy, Political Science, and Applied Mathematics. He publishes regularly in academic journals on topics such as political philosophy, social theory, film studies, international relations, comparative politics, political and social psychology, research methods, criminal justice, education policy, and political behavior.
Risto Solunchev graduated and received his master's degree and a doctorate from the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje. He is currently working as an associate professor at the Institute of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje, and teaches New Philosophy, German Classical Philosophy and Contemporary Philosophy. He wrote essays in domestic and foreign journals in the fields of philosophy, aesthetics, and culturology. He was a columnist for Forum magazine.
Sabin Selimi works for the Swiss development organization, Helvetas, as a Communication Manager in the regional program called RECONOMY, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. Before, he worked in communication advisory roles in the public sector and internationally-funded projects, with experience in the Balkans. As a Chevening scholar, he obtained a Master of Science in International Public Policy from University College London. As a recipient of Presidential Scholarship, he received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Studies from American University in Washington, DC.
Sally Broughton Micova is an assistant professor of political communication at the University of the East of England (UEA) in Norwich, UK. She teaches media and communications at the Institute for Communication Studies. For more than three years, she has been the director of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) 's academic policy blog, where she taught the program for postgraduate studies in media and communications, and works as a consultant on media and communication policy. author of numerous publications in academic journals and book chapters, as well as several public policy documents and expert summaries. She has been regularly invited to speak at international expert conferences.
Samet Shabani is the CEO of Horizon Civitas - Association for Civic Activism and Promoting Social Responsibility. He previously worked as a security policy researcher at Analytics Tink Tank. His focus is on violent extremism, and he has published research and is working on several projects in the field. Samet has completed undergraduate studies in political science and international relations at Istanbul University. He is currently a candidate for master's studies in the field of Organizational Management at the International University of Burch (Sarajevo), and participants in two programmes - School for Policy from the Presidency of the Republic of North Macedonia and Sustainable Public Administration within the University of Malme.
Saska Todorovska has a master's degree in human resource management since 2014. Her work experience is in the field of human resources in a private healthcare company. She is oriented towards emphasizing the need for personal and professional development. She actively participates in conferences and is the author of several articles in the field of human resources. She is a member of the Macedonian Association of Human Resources and is in the process of certifying a career counselor under the International Career Advisory Program (GCDF).
Sveto Toevski is a doctoral student in linguistics and has a master's degree in political science, a longtime independent political analyst and researcher in linguistics and political science.
Prof. Dr. Svetomir Skaric was born in Dojran in 1941, in a rural family. He completed primary education in Dojran and Gevgelija, and high school in Strumica. He graduated from the Faculty of Law in Skopje, and received his master's degree and doctorate from the Faculty of Law in Belgrade, under the mentorship of prof. Jovan Djordjevic. He was elected assistant to prof. Evgeni Dimitrov, and then as an assistant professor and professor of Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law in Skopje. He was on a study visit to Grenoble, Sapporo and Tokyo and a visiting professor in Bordeaux. He taught for 15 years at the Josip Broz Tito Political School in Kumrovec, together with Kiro Gligorov, Predrag Vranicki, Muhamed Filipovic, Miat Shukovic, Milojko Drulovic and Slavoj жеiжеek. He has attended several conferences of the International Constitutional Law Association (L'AIDC), the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and the International Peace Research Association (IPRA). The submitted papers are published in the book "Macedonia on all continents" (2000). Author of the books: Law, Force and Peace - Macedonia and Kosovo (2002), Democratic Elections in Macedonia 1990-2002 (2005), Scientific Interpretation - Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia (2014) and Constitutional Law, Eighth Edition (2015). He has been working on textbooks for a long time: "Political Theories - A New Age" and "The Constitutional Law of the European Union". He is preparing twenty essays on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the existence of the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" in Skopje (1951-2021). Through blogs, he brings constitutional law closer to the citizens, the state government and the opposition.
Sefer Tahiri has a PhD on "The Impact of Political Parties on the Editorial Policy of the Public Broadcasting Service - Macedonian Radio and Television (1998-2006)". He teaches media and communication at the Faculty of Languages, Cultures and Communications at the South East European University in Tetovo and at the Institute for Communication Studies in Skopje. Tahiri has 15 years of journalistic experience. He worked as a journalist and editor in the newspaper Fakti, the Albanian language program on MTV, ALSAT-M TV and was a correspondent for Radio Free Europe from Skopje - Albanian language program. He has participated in various research projects in the field of media and communications.
Sibel Amet is a legal adviser to the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights. Student of International Law and Relations and Law at the EU at the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" Skopje. Of particular interest to her are human rights and their realization in the context of neuroscience and the development of technology. Enjoys comics and sci-fi movies.
Slavica Biljarska holds a master's degree in public relations and is a civil activist. For fifteen years, CSOs have been helping to bring their causes and activities to light. She builds her research skills by participating in regional and international research project teams. She currently works as a consultant and public relations trainer for several civil society organizations and companies in the country. They are of particular interest in online public relations, developing and implementing public relations strategies and building a brand. She is one of the creative creators and co-organizer of the first internet marketing and online PR conference in Macedonia AllWeb.
Silvana Mojsovska is a full professor at the Institute of Economics - Skopje, at the University "St. Cyril and Methodius". Her research interests are mainly focused on issues related to the international economy and EU integration. She is the author of numerous scientific papers, has worked on many applied projects, has conducted research visits to prestigious universities abroad and has participated in a number of international and domestic conferences.
Simona Tufegdzic is a graduated journalist at the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" - Skopje. She is currently studying for a master's degree in International Politics and Diplomacy at the American University of Europe (FON).
Slavko Miladinovski is a graduate political scientist at the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" and a student of Master's degree in Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law. Of particular interest are the areas of rule of law, political system, elections and electoral systems, political culture and democratization processes.
Sonja Risteska is the project officer in charge of Southeast Europe at the Agora Energiewende think tank in Berlin, Germany. She is actively working in the field of energy transition in the SEE region.
Sonja Stojadinovic was born in 1979 in Veles. She is a graduate political scientist at the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" in Skopje, where she received her master's degree in International Politics on the topic "Nonviolent struggle in politics: factors for success and failure." She works as a freelance author for the Croatian regional portals Lupiga and Bilten and is an activist for the left-wing Solidarity movement.
Stefan Ristovski works as a researcher in EPI since December 2019. He finished his Master degree at the European Economic studies program [business specialisation] at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. He finished his Bachelor degree at the Faculty of Economics in Skopje. In EPI, Stefan works on monitoring the accession process of North Macedonia in the European Union and sectorial policies. So far, he has written several bulletins on the situation with COVID-19 in Central and Eastern Europe. Before working in EPI, Stefan worked in EuroEvents – Market Research Institute on projects concerning compliance with regulations and transparency, and cross-border health care with a focus on the European acquis.
Suzana Joshevska Anastasovska works as a lawyer in the law office "Stankovic and Joshevska", after three years of work experience in the law office Pancevski and one year work in the Basic Court Skopje 2. She is a lecturer in the Law on Labor Relations at MOTIVA Management Consulting Center. He is a member of the Bar Association of Macedonia, the Macedonian Association of Young Lawyers, Young European Federalists and the Center for Information Society and Intellectual Property.
Tamara Kjupeva is a longtime researcher in the field of education and communications. Professor, Doctor of Philological Sciences since 2010, author of dozens of professional papers and books ("Creative Teaching and Text" and "Pedagogical Communication"). In 2018, she completed his study stay in the United States as part of the SUSI program. She has been a long-time collaborator at the School of Journalism and Public Relations, the Medium newspaper and the Macedonian Media Institute. She is also a mentor of practical classes for students from the Faculty of Philology "Blaze Koneski" - Skopje.
Tatjana B. Eftimoska works as a professor of Modern Macedonian Language at the NOVA International Schools and at the School of Journalism and Public Relations. She holds a master's degree and a doctorate in Macedonian literature. Author of numerous texts and several books in the field of Macedonian studies.
Tatjana Chakulev is a representative of the O2 Coalition, a civic initiative for clean air, reducing soil and water pollution, protecting biodiversity, nature and protecting against the effects of climate change.
Tina Hrubi has a Master's degree in Communication Studies from the Faculty of Croatian Studies in Zagreb - Department of Public Relations. She graduated from Vilnus University in Lithuania and the National Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan through a student exchange. Since 2013, she has been an active member of the Society for Communication and Media Culture, and as part of the Mind Over Media project, she created the first propaganda curriculum intended for the education of migrants and asylum seekers. She is currently employed by the Society for Communication and Media Culture as a coordinator of project activities and is the deputy head of the office.
Todor Cepreganov is a doctor of historical sciences and researcher of modern history, with a special interest in the political history and history of diplomacy. He is engaged in the teaching of postgraduate studies at the Institute of National History and has been the head and collaborator of more than 20 domestic and foreign realized projects in the history of the Balkans and Macedonia. He has published over 36 monographs, collections of documents and textbooks and over 50 articles in domestic and foreign journals.
Filip Nacoski graduated in Italian language and literature at the Faculty of Philology "Blaze Koneski" in Skopje and graduated from the one-year journalism school in MIM. He is the editor of Offside, the sports section of the offline.net.mk portal, and previously was the editor of the sports monthly magazine "Esport" and a journalist in the newsrooms of TV A2 and TV Kanal 5, as well as in the show for investigative journalism "KOD".
Filip Spirovski is one of the founders of the non-governmental organization: "Journalists for Human Rights", where today he works as an executive director. He is currently a postgraduate student in Master's Degree in Strategic Communications Management at the Institute for Communication Studies in Skopje. Previously, he worked in the former "Nova Makedonija", as a technical editor of several magazines and magazines: Pulse, Forum, Vreme, Childhood ...
Hristina Runcheva Tasev is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" in Skopje, in the scientific field of applied political sciences. She is the author of professional and scientific papers published in domestic and international journals and has worked on several research projects. She is one of the founders of the Macedonian Institute for European Studies (MIES).
Xhelal Neziri holds a master's degree in communications and public relations from the Institute for Sociological and Political-Legal Research at St. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. He has rich journalistic experience. Immediately after graduating from the Faculty of Philology in 1999, he joined the Albanian-language daily Fakti as a journalist. In 2002, he became the editor of the daily newspaper Global, and worked as a contributor to the weekly Lobby. In 2003, he was hired as a correspondent for the newspaper Koha Ditore Makedonija, while working for the weekly Java. In 2005 he was the editor of the newspaper Lime Exclusively, and in 2007 he founded his weekly Nacional. Since 2011 he is the founder and president of the Center for Investigative Journalism SKUP Macedonia in Skopje.
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