Biljana Markovic StamenovaManaging Director
Biljana Markovic Stamenova
Biljana Markovic Stamenova, MBA, serves as the Executive Director at Macedonia2025 since March 2015. She started working at the organization in 2011 as a Manager of the Skopje Branch. As of 2015, the organization’s HQ were transferred to Skopje and the local team and the activities significantly expanded. Mrs. Markovic Stamenova currently works on planning and executing economic development and educational initiatives that strengthen the organization’s presence in Macedonia and globally. Previously, as an Operations Manager at the American Chamber of Commerce in Macedonia she has worked on developing strategic partnerships, programs and communication tools that significantly improved the association’s good standing. Her previous job posts include business development activities as well as project-based posts at institutions such as the University of Pittsburgh in Macedonia, the World Bank's IFC, etc.
Vase GeorgievskaFinancial Manager
Vase Georgievska is a Financial Officer at the Skopje office since January 2015. She is responsible for financial planning, control and reporting. Ms. Georgievska has lived in Toronto, Canada for 16 years and during that time she obtained a Business Administration Diploma, Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance, and passed the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) exams. Her previous experience comes from the pension fund industry, where she acted as a Portfolio Manager and conduced analysis of domestic and foreign investment opportunities.
Elena ZhurkovaEducation Programs Coordinator
Elena Zhurkova currently works as an Education Programs Coordinator, directly responsible for the smooth implementation of the education programs. She started as a volunteer at the Investment Summit 2013 and continued as a Program Assistant of MK2025, assisting in the developing and implementing of educational and economic development programs. Elena has a BA in Italian language and literature and has a working experience for more than 5 years in translation, teaching foreign languages and Macedonian language to foreigners.
Maja StaleskaEvent Coordinator
Maja Staleska started her internship in Macedonia2025 in March 2014 and joined the team in October 2015. She is working as program assistant at the moment and she is also involved in all ongoing organizational activities. She is degreed social worker with great background of 5 years of work and experience in civil society organizations in Macedonia. She has been a coordinator of an ongoing regional project for four years and is one of the founders of international organization Freja Academy. She has great interest in project management and international cooperation.
Martin AnastasovskiContent Developer
Martin Anastasovski voluteered in organizing the 2013 MK2025 Global Investment Summit in Ohrid and consequently joined Macedonia2025 as its communications officer. His job is to write articles, do interviews and communicate with the public via MK2025’s social media outlets. His academic background is in political science and his main interest is development.
Aleksandra KolozhegMarketing and Communications Officer
Aleksandra Kolozheg currently works as marketing and communications responsible at Macedonia2025. She was born in Vienna, Austria. She is a recent graduate at the University of Cyril and Methodius, Faculty of Economics, department e-business. Aleksandra has a broad experience in the NGO sector. She was an active member of AIESEC for 4 years, working in various positions, from project manager in organizational committee teams to VP in executive boards on a local and national level, all in the field area of marketing, communications and PR.
Brendan FilipovskiResearch Manager
Brendan Filipovski started as a volunteer Project Assistant in September 2016. Brendan was born in Australia and has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University, and a Masters in Political Economy from the University of Sydney. He worked in Australia’s central bank for over 10 years, where he worked in policy, risk management and on a high-profile IT project connected with asset-backed securities. During this time he also co-authored a published paper on the impact of payment system reforms in cash machine fees. Brendan has served two terms as President of the staff union while at the bank and was a board member for the Financial Sector Union. He has also worked for the Australian department of industry, and a small hedge fund during the global-financial crisis. Brendan additionally volunteered in a range of organizations, including a charity for helping people recover from severe debt (Christians Against Poverty). Brendan is now realizing his dream of living and working in Macedonia for its advancement.
Magdalena SpasovskaDiaspora Relations and Policy Assistant
After finishing her BA in English language and literature she specialized in Intercultural Studies in Tarragona Spain gaining a training in research methods and approaches. Her further development was in Florence, Italy where she received a Master’s degree in Project Management for EU Funded Projects. She has more than 10 years working experience in international and national organizations and projects where she worked in planning and coordinating all aspects of fund development and organizational development. She developed fundraising initiatives including sponsorships, donor cultivation and grant writing identifying new opportunities to obtain support from funds and corporations.