Macedonia 2025

Helping Build a Stronger Nation ™

June 29, 2015

Honorary Board Members

  • John Bitove Sr. Canada

    John Bitove Sr.

    John L.N. Bitove, C.M., is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of the Bitove Corporation and is a Member of the Board of Directors of many companies.

    In 1949, at the age of twenty-one, Mr. Bitove opened his first restaurant in Toronto, a fourteen-stool restaurant called "The Java Shoppe". It soon became the forerunner of a successful chain of restaurants. Throughout the 1960's his devotion to the restaurant fixture business resulted in a very successful expansion; he developed, constructed, financed and, in some cases, operated over one hundred and fifty restaurants in the greater Toronto area.

  • Slavica Waite UK

    Slavica Waite

    From the very early days of the independence of Macedonia Prof. Waite has been an active lobbyist in the UK and Europe. She has been recognised for her achievements in the UK on behalf of Macedonia with the Order of St. Kliment.

    Prof. Waite believes that The Republic of Macedonia has all of the assets necessary for success in the International arena; but it needs the help of an organised sustainable global Diaspora program such as Macedonia2025.

  • Susan Niczowski Canada

    Susan Niczowski

    Susan Niczowski knew her calling early in life. She started her business in the basement of her parent's house, where she and her mother, Francis, thinking 15 years ahead of their time made home replacement dinners years before it became fashionable. In 1991, Susan started Summer Fresh Salads Inc., and at that time, the company focused all of its attention servicing the local Toronto market with , prepared salads creations.

    Over the years the company has grown to offer a full line of prepared salads, home meal replacement solutions, dips, appetizers and fresh soups. Since its inception, Summer Fresh Salads Inc. sales has grown in leaps and bounds; a growth of almost $10 million in 3 years, reaching over $41 million in 2005. Summer Fresh has grown today from a Toronto delivery system to a company recognized across Canada and in the USA.

  • Jerry Naumoff Macedonia

    Jerry Naumoff

    Jerry Naumoff’s career in employee benefits, human resources and risk management began in 1980 after he earned a football scholarship at Ball State Universtity while majoring in marketing and business administration. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio where his family, with roots in Gavato, Macedonia, owned and operated a successful restaurant for over 30 years.

    With experience from several large insurance companies and top ranked Chicago-based consulting firms he founded The Naumoff Group, Inc., a total risk management advisory firm in 1993. As a serial entrepreneur he also imported mineral water, owned a bar & grill and built one of the first web-based human resource self-service applications.

    Jerry and his wife LuAnn live in the Chicago area and have six children, two of whom are twin girls adopted from the Bitola orphanage. Two of their sons are working (one with Cosmic Development) and completing their MBA’s in Skopje.

  • Lou Naumovski Canada/Russia

    Lou Naumovski

    Lou Naumovski is the Vice President, Commercial and General Director, Russia, for Kinross Gold Corporation. In addition to being responsible for the management of the representative office in Moscow, Lou is the lead on new business development in Russia, and heads Kinross' government relations and liaison division.

    Mr. Naumovski joined Visa International in August 2000 as General Manager of Visa's Russian office. He was responsible for the development of Visa's business in Russia and the eleven other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, relationship management with Visa's Russian and CIS Member banks, and management of Visa's Russian office. Mr. Naumovski was based in London, England since January 2006. He was also responsibile for Strategy and Business Planning across the Visa CEMEA Region.

  • Steve Sharpe UK

    Steve Sharpe

    Steve Sharpe is the President and CEO of Euromax Resources. Mr. Sharpe was previously Senior Vice President, Business Development at European Goldfields Limited from July 2010 until March 2012, where he focused on raising the profile of the Company in the European and North American market and developing the optimum financing solution for the advancement of the Company's gold assets.

     

    Prior to that, he was Managing director (Structured Finance) at Canaccord Genuity. He has over 25 years of investment banking experience, focused on the mining sector and has held senior management positions at Endeavour Financial, Standard Bank, and NM Rothschild & Sons Ltd. Mr. Sharpe holds a BA (Hons) in European Business Studies.

  • Emil Hristov USA

    Emil Hristov

    Emil Hristov is a start up entrepreneur in the clean tech industry and has found and managed three companies (EMSA Energy, EMSA Solar, ServoTech). Mr. Hristov found his first company (EMSA Construction) in 2006 and has built the EMSA brand to be a recognized brand in the Renewable Energy Industry in the North-East USA. His latest venture is ServoTech (www.servotechnologies.com), a renewable energy monitoring and energy asset management company.

    Mr. Hristov is currently enrolled in the Wharton Business School MBA Program for Executives at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a BS in Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also has experience working for members of the US Senate and House of Representatives. Mr. Hristov is a lifetime member of the CEO Clubs of NYC and lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.

  • Zoran Jolevski Macedonia

    Zoran Jolevski

    Professor Zoran Jolevski is currently the Minister of defence in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia. Previously he served as an Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the United States . In November 2008, he also has been appointed the Macedonians chief negotiator on name differences with Greece under the auspices of the United Nations. From January 2011 he is non resident Ambassador to Mexico and to Brazil.

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

    Working for Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading US consulting firm, he was managing the Macedonian Business Environment Activity and the World Trade Organization Compliance Activity

    Ambassador Jolevski has been the founder and the first President of the Institute for Economic Strategies and International Affairs Ohrid. He served also as a President of The Boris Trajkovski International Foundation from 2004 to 2005. Prior to his appointment as ambassador he served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tobacco Company PRILEP, as well as member of the board of SEAVUS, Airports MACEDONIA and SKOPJE FAIR. He also was Vice Chairman of the UN/ECE Committee on Trade, Industry and Enterprise Development (2005-2007), as well as a Member of Team of Specialists on Internet Enterprise Development at UN/ECE (1999-2003) Ambasador Jolevski holds a Ph.D. in International Economy from the Faculty of Economy, as well as a Master of Science in International Trade Law. He is author of two books, chief editor of several books as well as author of more then hundred articles.

    Zoran Jolevski married Suzana Jolevska and they have two sons: Pero (1988) and Filip Jolevski (1992).

  • Jatin Thakrar Macedonia

    Jatin Thakrar

    Jatin joined JM in 1988 at head office in Hatton Garden. Over 26 years of experience within JM in various roles ranging in Finance, ERP and other IT Software Implementation, setting up successful new businesses and integrating new acquisitions into JM. Jatin has worked in two divisions, ECT and PMPD and worked in all three continents. Jatin set up and managed JM Manesar, India which was completed in record time and successful.

     Since 2008, Jatin has been responsible for setting up and running JM Macedonia. The business has grown rapidly and become strategically important business unit within JM. Jatin was also leading the company expansion in Macedonia. On May 9, 2012 Johnson Matthey marked a major expansion project in Macedonia with the construction of a second plant located in the Technological Industrial Development Zone Skopje 1.  This investment worth EUR 60 million which is set to double the production and will result in the creation of more than 100 jobs was conducted in 2013. This project is being undertaken in response to the rapidly growing demand for more sophisticated, complex catalysts to meet the tightening European legislation for emission control coming into force over the next few years.

    Prior to JM, Jatin trained as CA with Pannell Kerr Forster and has BSc in Economics and Finance from London. Last year Jatin attended LBS programme for Senior Leaders.

  • Guido Galleni Macedonia/Bulgaria

    Guido Galleni

    Guido Galleni is a Senior Managing Director of KEMET Balkans, in charge of the manufacturing plants in Macedonia and Bulgaria. KEMET is a worldwide leader for electronic components, with 9,000 employees in Europe, Asia and Americas. A native of South Africa, Mr. Galleni joined the company in 1994 within the Italian operations, and moved to Bulgaria in 2000 for managing the company’s first brownfield investment in South East Europe, as well as the Macedonian greenfield investment since 2011. Mr. Galleni is part of the Extended Leadership Team of the KEMET Corporation.

    Mr. Galleni is a member of the Managing Board of the Technological Industrial Development Zones (TIDZ) in Macedonia since 2013. The last 4 years, on a pro bono basis, Mr. Galleni has been actively promoting Macedonia’s investment opportunities through participation at various initiatives, road shows and meetings with prospective investors.Guido Galleni is a Senior Managing Director of KEMET Balkans, in charge of the manufacturing plants in Macedonia and Bulgaria. KEMET is a worldwide leader for electronic components, with 9,000 employees in Europe, Asia and Americas. A native of South Africa, Mr. Galleni joined the company in 1994 within the Italian operations, and moved to Bulgaria in 2000 for managing the company’s first brownfield investment in South East Europe, as well as the Macedonian greenfield investment since 2011. Mr. Galleni is part of the Extended Leadership Team of the KEMET Corporation.

    Mr. Galleni is a member of the Managing Board of the Technological Industrial Development Zones (TIDZ) in Macedonia since 2013. The last 4 years, on a pro bono basis, Mr. Galleni has been actively promoting Macedonia’s investment opportunities through participation at various initiatives, road shows and meetings with prospective investors.

  • Mile Terziovski Australia

    Mile Terziovski

    Professor Terziovski has also worked at Monash University as a Senior Lecturer for 4 years and returned to the University of Melbourne in 2000. Prior to his Academic career, he held several management positions within the Rio Tinto Group over a period of 16 years. He left Rio in 1991 to undertake PhD research at the Melbourne Business School. The Australian Research Council (ARC) and the Department of Innovation Industry Science and Research (DIISR) have primarily funded his research.

    Professor Terziovski has consulted to a diverse group of companies both large and small, including Motorola, Dow Chemical, Ford Australia, PETRONAS in Malaysia, and companies in France: Merck, IBM, Xerox, and La Poste. He has served on the Advisory Council for e-Commerce, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, established by the former President of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Boris Trajkovski. Professor Terziovski is an immediate past Deputy Chair of the Academic Board, at the Australian Institute of Management in Melbourne.

     Professor Terziovski holds a BEng with Honours and MEng with Honours from the University of Wollongong, an MBA from RMIT University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (HRM) from Newcastle University and a PhD in Strategy and Innovation from the Melbourne Business School, the University of Melbourne.

  • Kamran Ozair USA

    Kamran Ozair

    Kamran also served as Head of Global Alliances for Mindtree and was responsible for creating partnerships and relationships across leading technology providers and creating a working model to take joint offerings to the market. He also played the role of US Delivery Head responsible for key client initiatives.

    Kamran holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer science and engineering sciences from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., and a Masters degree in computer science with a concentration in artificial intelligence from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

  • Vladimir Dimovski Macedonia

    Vladimir Dimovski

    Vladimir Dimovski currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at McCANN ADRIATIC (Skopje, Tirana, Sarajevo, Podgorica). Vladimir has fifteen years of working experience in the marketing, advertising, marketing and PR industry. During the years, he is constantly enhancing his experience and developing leadership and managerial skills. His natural instincts for entrepreneurship combined with excellent analytical and communication skills were crucial in growing the McCann business in the last 7 years, when he became CEO of the Agency. In addition, he possess sound understanding of the overall economic and business development situation in the country and SEE region as well as capability to predicts future development and market trends. Throughout the past years he has proven his business and managerial skills to the highest level. McCann Skopje is one of the 2 biggest Agencies in the country not only for its financial data, but also for fact that McCann Skopje was the first agency on the Balkan that has won a Golden Lion award at the Cannes Advertising Festival.