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