Macedonia 2025

December 20, 2014

Helping Build a Stronger Nation

Honorary Board Members

  • Ambassador Michael Einik

    Ambassador Michael Einik

    Ambassador M. Michael Einik

     From 2002 until 2009, Ambassador Einik was in the private sector in Romania. During this period he participated in the development, launch, management and exit from a Private-Public Partnership with the Romanian state gas company to develop and operate underground gas storage facilities. On a pro bono basis, he also served on the Board of Directors and as Managing Director of the Bucharest Regional Center of the Project on Ethnic Relations, a USA based democracy NGO involved in interethnic conflict resolution.

    Ambassador Einik continued concurrently as Deputy Executive director of the Moscow center. While in Kiev focused on commercialization and innovation development, and undertook efforts to create a stand alone seed and pre-seed investment fund to provide early stage financing for innovations developed by the two Centers. Ambassador Einik’s tenure at the two Centers expired in early 2014, he is currently residing in Paris France where he is on the Board of several private companies and NGO’s.

     

  • Bert van der Vaart

    Bert van der Vaart

    Bert van der Vaart co-founded  Small Enterprise Assistance Funds in 1989.  He managed SEAF’s first fund in Poland from 1994 to 1997, when he became SEAF’s CEO and President. He has led the growth of SEAF to more than $700 million in committed capital, 35 investment funds, and more than 400 investments. SEAF operates throughout Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. 

    Prior to 1994, Mr. van der Vaart was a Partner and Associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C, and Brussels. Prior to that, he was a management consultant with Bain & Company in London and Munich.

    Mr. van der Vaart holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.Phil in Economics and a B.A. in Politics and Economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar.

    A Dutch national and dual citizen of the Netherlands and the United States, Mr. van der Vaart speaks Dutch, English, German, French, and some Polish.

  • John Bitove Sr.

    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.

  • Zoran Jolevski - Minister of defence

    Zoran Jolevski - Minister of defence

    Professor Zoran Jolevski was appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the United States in March 2007. 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).

  • Susan Niczowski

    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.

  • Lou Naumovski

    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.

  • Jerry Naumoff - Minister of Foreign Investment

    Jerry Naumoff - Minister of Foreign Investment

    Jerry Naumoff became Minister for Foreign Investments in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia onMay 29, 2013. Minister Naumoff isresponsible for attracting foreign direct investments that will be accomplished by increasing competitiveness and profitability for those foreign companies who choose to do business here. By doing so, this will create new jobs and improve the economy in Macedonia, which is his mission.

    Prior to his appointment as Minister, he was the Founder & President of The Naumoff Group, Inc., which was atotal risk management advisory firm since 1993. The Naumoff Group, Inc. had a diverse group of internationally known and Chicago headquartered corporate clients from a wide array of industries.

    As an entrepreneur Jerry also imported mineral water from Europe, owned a restaurant and built one of the first web-based HR self-service applications that was later purchased by ADP.He gained successful marketing and management experience from two Fortune 500 financial insurance companies and two top-ranked Chicago-based brokerage/consulting firms from 1980 to 1993. Throughout his corporate career he was promoted numerous times and achieved many national sales production and office management awards.He was appointed “Advisory Council to the President” by the CEO of one of the largest financial companies in the world.  He has published the articles, “Healthcare Reform” and “Self-Funding for Small Businesses” for Business Insurance Magazine.

    Minister Naumoff is on the Board of Directors for two worldwide non-profit organizations focused on the economic development of Macedonia. In 2012 he was selected by United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) to serve on his European Advisory Board representing the Chicago area Macedonian-American community. Recently he was appointed Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College,Vancouver, Canada. Jerry is a frequent keynote speaker around the world at top international business forums regarding the latest economic development topics.

    Jerry’s professional career began in 1980 after he earned a football athletic scholarship at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Business Administration. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio in a large immigrant family with roots from Gjavato, Macedonia. From his youth, he worked alongside his extended family in the restaurant they owned and operated formany years. Jerry has been married to LuAnn Naumoff for over 30 years. They have six children and live in Skopje, Macedonia.

  • Steve Sharpe

    Steve Sharpe

    Steve Sharpe has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Euromax Resources since may 2012. Mr. Sharpe is also an Honorary Board Member of Macedonia 2025, a group dedicated to enhancing business opportunities and the economic development of Macedonia.

    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.

  • Kamran Ozair

    Kamran Ozair

    Kamran Ozair is Executive Vice President at MindTree responsible for the strategy and execution of the business with its largest client as well as Mindtree’s 360 relationship with Microsoft. Previously, as Chief Technology Officer, Kamran provided oversight to Mindtree's Digital Business Practice, her Central Architecture Group and her Enterprise Integration Practice.  As part of his role, Kamran also tracked emerging technologies and ensured that MindTree is well prepared to play a competitive role in such areas.

    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.

    Prior to co-founding MindTree, Kamran was a director at Cambridge Technology Partners, where he prescribed e-Business architectures for Fortune 1000 companies. While at Cambridge, he led some of the largest and most complex Internet projects within the company and was responsible for leading and mentoring a group of technical architects.

    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. 

  • Professor Slavica Waite

    Professor Slavica Waite

    Prof. Slavica Waite lives and works in London. She is the CEO of PEC International, an energy consultancy that specialises in the Oil and Gas Industry; concentrating mainly on high value capital investment projects, she has been involved with many of the regions Refineries; Chemical; and Natural Gas facilities; and has worked with major International Engineering Companies such as Bechtel; Foster Wheeler; DOW Chemicals; Davy McKee; Technip; ENI; Dresser; and Emerson.

    From the very early days of the independence of Macedonia she 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 2025.