Videos of the Panel Discussions at the Macedonia Economic Summit

  • OPENING ADDRESS

Zoran Martinovski, Summit Chair, World Bank’s IFC Country Manager for Macedonia and
Montenegro, Macedonia2025 Board Member
Mike Zafirovski, Founder/President of the Zaf Group and Co-founder/Chair of Strategy Committee of
Macedonia2025

Summary of the opening address:

– The legacy of John Bitove Sr., on his love and dedication to the Macedonian cause and what can we all learn from his selflessness
– On the spirit of selflessness. The energy that Board Members put into MK2025 for the good of the Country and not expecting anything in return
– Emphasis on terminology of “think and do” tank (not just “think” alone), talking about education programs and other successes of MK2025
– Overview of the Country Dashboard and how this will help define what we is meant by the credo “Building a stronger nation”
– Ambition for success as measured by the dashboard – being in top half in the next 10 years

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  • ECONOMIC CHALLENGES IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE

Zoran Martinovski, Summit Chair, World Bank’s IFC Country Manager for Macedonia and
Montenegro, Macedonia2025 Board Member
Nika Gilauri, Former Prime Minister of Georgia, head of Bank of Georgia Turkey’s office and a
senior advisor for McKinsey & Company
Mike Zafirovski, Founder/President of the Zaf Group and Co-founder/Chair of Strategy Committee of
Macedonia2025
Gazmend Kadriu, CEO at Union Bank, Albania
Branko Bogunovič, Partner at Horwath Consulting, Croatia
Branka Pavlovič, President of the Board of Directors, Ohridska Banka AD Skopje, Member of
Société Générale Group, Macedonia

Panel Summary:

– Reflection on economic growth and challenges in South-East Europe: Demographic shrinkage and umeployment
– Nika Gilauri shares insights from his experience in leading Georgia’s transformation
– List of main drivers and best practices that contributed to substantial change in Georgia
– Insights from the Banking sector; education of workforce, innovation, business sophistication
– Expectations in tourism development in Croatia and lessons for Macedonia and the SEE region
– Behavior of European and domestic banks in the SEE region and forecast for the next year

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  • A CONVERSATION ON: TRANSFORMING THE CULTURE IN SEE

Zoran Martinovski, Summit Chair, World Bank’s IFC Country Manager for Macedonia and
Montenegro, Macedonia2025 Board Member
Ichak Adizes, Founder, Adizes Institute USA (Video Address)
Jim Dunn, Project Director, The Pacific Institute, UK

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  • REACHING PROSPERITY THROUGH TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION

John I. Bitove (Jr), Founder of Obelysk Inc, Canada and Macedonia2025 Co-founder/Chair of
Communications Committee, Canada
Dr. Vlaho Kostov, Panasonic, Executive Engineer, Head of CEE and Mediterranean, Germany
Philip Nordfeldt, Founder & CEO at Data Talks, Sweden
Marta Naumovska Grnarova, CEO at Zavar Company, Macedonia
Gordana Gavrilović, Sales Director SE, RedKnee, Serbia
Petar Spaseski, Global SAMS Toolkit Manager at Hatch, Australia
Emil Matevski, Partner at Detecon, Germany

Panel Summary:

– Big Data technology makes things a lot easier for lots of sectors.
– Strong companies and state institutions need to invest in research and implementation of Big Data.
– The customer of today wants to pay for a journey, not just a product or service.
– Companies need to get closer to the individual customer.
– Innovation is also about sustainability. Companies have responsibility in front of communities.
– Next step for Macedonian companies is to become sustainable by introducing smart design.
– ICT is no longer an enabler of business – it is a business itself.

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  • ENTREPRENEURS WHO BUILD FROM ZERO TO FORTUNES 

– John I. Bitove (Jr), Founder of Obelysk Inc, Canada and Macedonia2025 Co-founder/Chair of
Communications Committee, Canada
– Chris Pavlovski, Founder of Rumble and Macedonia2025 Board Member, Canada
– Scott Delong, Founder of Viral Nova, USA
– Brian Warner, Founder of CelebrityNetWorth.com, USA
– Jason Burfield, CTO of LittleThings, USA

Panel Summary:

– It is very possible to start an online business with $50 US and develop that into a source of good income.
– Put together skills and idea to develop something that doesn’t exist.
– Having a small team allows companies to subcontract services with other companies in order to focus on crucial objectives.
– There are companies that are working on something big, something that we are not going to believe is real.
– The IT sector in Macedonia offers creative, on the spot thinking and problem solving.
– The time difference between North America and Macedonia allows ICT companies to have an effective 24 hour work cycle.

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  • EMERGING COMPETITIVE SECTORS IN MACEDONIA

– Tilman Tacke, Associate Principal, McKinsey, Germany
– Vera Stavroff, President & CEO of HerbalScience and AlkaloidUSA, and co- founder of GreenBeauty, USA
– Ognen Cubalevski, Plant Manager at ODW Elektrik, Macedonia
– George Stamkoski, Film producer, UK
– Philippe Mugnier, CEO at ATTRACT PR, France
– John Jonovski, Founder and Managing Partner, Phalanx Capital, UK
– Borche Ilioski, Assistant Vice President Corporate Development and Investor Relations, Euromax Resources

Panel Summary:

– Competitiveness is very important for Macedonia because most of the demand is located outside the country.
– Organic production is the next competitive sector of Macedonia. Everything is in place for growth to happen.
– Follow the Nation Brand hexagon to develop a strong tourism sector in Macedonia.
– An increasing number of tourist operators today are aware about Macedonia.
– Tourism is a sector that quickly recovers following a crisis.
– Infestment in the film industry in Macedonia is considerable indirect investment in supporting industry: travel, hospitality, food and beverage, construction, fashion and so on.

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– Leadership is about bringing the best out of people and making things better for everyone.
– Leaders show the way, teach from experience.
– Leaders start leading ASAP! Those who lead start leading long before they have followers.
– We need more values-based leaders in the world.
– Macedonia has great leaders in the Diaspora that need to come more often and transfer their knowledge to an increasingly eager audience.

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  • BUILDING TRASNFORMATIVE SECTORS IN SEE

– Sonja Šmuc, Managing Director, Managers’ Association of Slovenia, Slovenia
– Lou Naumovski, Vice President and General Director, Moscow Representative Office, Kinross Gold
Corporation, Russia
– Mario Seric, Managing Director, MarCon, Croatia
– Dr. Jasmina Knezevic, Founder and CEO, Bel Medic Hospital, Serbia
– Igor Popovski, Regional Manager, GE Lighting & Macedonia2025 Board Member
– Andrew Brown, Delivery Unit Manager, Endava, United Kingdom

Pannel Summary:

– Companies in SEE need to build competence and credibility
– Dedicate effort and attention to setting up the starting points for international cooperation.
– Experience accelerates growth and impact – tap diaspora to ‘seed’ companies with experienced overseas talent.
– Increased competition spurs innovation and improvement – necessary for having dynamic sectors.

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  • Leadership Talks – Young Professionals as Drivers of Sustainable Growth 

– Harry Kraemer – Professor on leadership and management, Kellogg School of Management and Former CEO of Baxter, USA

– Mike Zafirovski – Founder/President of the Zaf Group and Macedonia2025 Co-Founder and Board Member/ Chair of Strategy Committee

Speech by Mike Zafirovski