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June 2017

Leaders’ club member Ms Natasha Sardzoska has been invited to the International Poetry Festival of Genova

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Our leaders club member Ms Natasha Sardzoska, established Macedonian writer, poet and researcher, has been invited to the International Poetry Festival of Genova, the first and the oldest poetry festival in Italy. On this occasion, her book Skin was translated and published in Italian language with the support of the EU-funded program “Creative Europe”. Ms Sardzoska has performed her poetry at the Doge’s Palace in Genova in front of wide international audience. Her first reading was accompanied by the French jazz singer Charlene Puygiraud whereas her second performance at the stage of the Doge’s Palace besides the jazz singing was accompanied by the Italian painter Cosimo Frezzolini who was drawing on Ms Sardzoska skin and back while she was reading her poem Skin

Ms Sardzoska is second Macedonian poet who has been invited at this festival and her attendance there was supported by the Versopolis platform for emerging poets.

She has published four poetry books, i.e. Blue room, Skin, He pulled me with invisible string and Living water. This is her first book published in Italy and samples of her book are distributed across Italian libraries and bookshops.

We sincerely congratulate Natasha, and wish she has an amazing experience at the festival!

Macedonia2025 Business after hours in Toronto – an annual traditional gathering

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June 22, 2017 – Toronto, Canada

Macedonia2025 Leaders Club Members, Dijana Indovski and Aleksandar Orovcanec organized “Business after Hours” gathering at Montecito, Toronto. The gathering brought together over 30 successful expats who had a chance to expand their network and discuss potential business opportunities.

We are very proud to be part of MK2025. It was our great pleasure to organize this casual gathering. Your presence tonight proves that wherever we are in the world, we find a way to get together, help each other and help Macedonia, which makes us stronger. We are fortunate to live a happy and successful life here, but part of our hearts will always be there.” – stated Mrs. Indovski at the opening of the event.

John I. Bitove (Jr.) also welcomed the professionals with a warm and inspirational speech. “I am thrilled that the Macedonian expat community is getting together to discuss business collaboration but also to learn more about Macedonia2025 – an organization that I am very proud of.” He provided an overview of the activities that MK2025 is implementing and invited everyone to contribute.

Once again Mk2025 was able to bring together amazing people at one place so they can connect and network. Michael Cklamovski, MK2025 Board Member from Chicago also attended the event and invited everyone to join the Summit 2017. He said that last year it was his first time to attend the Summit and the event was beyond what he expected.

The host, Dijana, explained that the organization is an NGO that depends on donations and all donations go to educational programs. She invited Elena Mladenovska Jelenkovic and Stevica Carapic, who obtained a full scholarship from our Executive Education Program at the Schulich School of Business to share their experience with the audience.

Being a member of this organization is a way to help Macedonia. As a leader club member myself I try to support the mission of MK 2025 in organizing regional networking events that promote MK 2025, assisting in donations for educational programs,connecting with other successful members and spreading the word about Macedonia 2025.” – concluded Dijana, inviting everyone who is interested to join the Leaders Club to get in touch with her.

Aleksandar Orovcanec explained his way of contributing towards the organization stating that it was his immense pleasure to provide learning opportunities for Macedonian managers at his company, including a study tour and job shadowing. He wished everyone a pleasant eventing and invited them to mingle and enjoy the event.

“It’s a pleasure to be part of this wonderful organization Macedonia2025. Even though we are far away from our native country we can still help and contribute bringing our experiences and successes to our nation and to all the people of R. Macedonia. As a part of the leaders club I am always ready to help and support the organization and provide learning opportunities for our partners from Macedonia. So far we organized couple of networking events, met with many managers and entrepreneurs from Macedonian who were here to expand their knowledge and experiences and tried to share with them and explain them our paths to our successes. With bringing them in to the companies we work and companies we do business with, we tried to show them a representation of what is important and how the companies operate so they can bring that experience back home, share and implement with their peers. The goal is to assist as much as we can to support the growth of our small country R. Macedonia”

The event was also attended by the Macedonian Ambassador Mr. Toni Dimovski from our embassy in Ottawa as well as our consul general in Toronto Mr. Jovica Palashevski.   This is our third gathering in Toronto, the previous two took place in 2014 and 2015. Our goal is to make this event an annual traditional gathering.

Macedonia2025 is glad to announce a partnership with the Australian “Boots For Balkans”

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Macedonia2025 has recently partnered with an Australian charity organization lead by enthusiastic expats who are eager to help Macedonia. “Boots for Balkans” will assist the organization of the Macedonia2025 business gathering in Melbourne in December 2017.

We are thankful to “Boots for Balkans” for their charity activities and we are looking forward to our mutual partnership.

Boots for Balkans is a charity organization that collects new and used sporting boots & apparel and distributes them to underprivileged children & youth in the Balkan region of Europe, with a current focus on Macedonia. Our goal is to motivate children to continue playing the game they love. We have seen how passionate Macedonian children are about football and we want to encourage this, we want to encourage the children to stay active and have a positive mindset. From our establishment in 2015, we have donated boots and soccer balls to various orphanages, schools, individuals and footballing academies around Macedonia. Many of these places were under resourced and our donations are helping change this. The support we have received from the community has been enormous and we appreciate all our supporters. We would like to thank everyone that has donated equipment, money and time for this cause, it is great to see the Macedonian community worldwide come together and help people in Macedonia live a better life through sport. We would like to continue this and change as many lives as possible.

Best practices in renewables presented at the Macedonia2025 Business Forum in Sweden

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Macedonia2025 organizes another remarkable forum in a European Capital

Our goal is to contribute to the greater inclusion of Macedonia in the European economy, as well as towards the transfer of best practices for sustainable development that Macedonia could implement“. This is the thought that lead the Macedonia2025 Business Forum in Stockholm, Sweden which took place on June 13, 2017. The forum was organized by Macedonia2025, in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic Macedonia in Sweden, and the Stockholm Business Region.

Sweden, as a leading country for sustainable growth and development, was an ideal destination for this forum. This event was a great follow-up to the MK2025 Summit 2016 theme entitled “Envisioning the Future: Renewable energy, environment, and technology“. “Courage is the key and Sweden had the courage to take the lead and be the best example for all to follow”, H.E. Aleksandra Nakjeva Ruzhin stated at the opening ceremony.

Through 4 panels and close to 20 speakers, representatives from industries that actively advocate for the production of energy from renewable sources, development of smart cities and waste management discussed topics related to supporting innovation and opportunities for cooperation between Macedonia and Sweden. “We have a goal to be fossil free by 2040, and we are doing pretty well. Sweden is already working with 90% renewable energy”, Gustaf Landahl, Head of Department for Planning & Environment at the City of Stockholm noted. “In the future, we will use smart energy. We will have smart homes and smart grids. What we need now is digitalization of these systems. This is the future we believe in”, Martin Forsen, President of European Heat Pump Assosciation, explained.

The speakers also promoted outsourcing and investment opportunities to Macedonia. “Macedonia is a great place for producing organic cosmetics. Organic materials are very affordable and are of high quality, Irina Velevska, CEO of Omega Raw and Organic Cosmetics from Macedonia mentioned.

The official part of the forum was closed by John Bitove (Jr.), who while thanking the partners and everyone who took part, assured the public once again that Macedonia has high potential in renewable energy. “With Sweden being a partner in the development of this sector in Macedonia, sustainable development will follow” – he concluded. Afterwards, the afternoon was left for networking, concluding the evening with wine and tapas, courtesy of the Macedonian Embassy in Sweden. The following day, a boat tour around Stockholm was arranged, with which the third Business Forum by MK2025 was officially closed.

The development of business events of this nature is not something new for Macedonia2025. The previous two Business Forums in Europe were held in Paris and Vienna, all with a purpose to contribute to further improvement of the ties of the business sector in Macedonia and the Macedonian diaspora with professionals from countries that are counted as leaders in EU and the world.

As a crown to their annual events, Macedonia2025 organizes an annual Summit. This year’s summit will be held on 1-2 November 2017 in Skopje, Macedonia.

Ana Arsov

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Ana Arsov is a Managing Director in Moody’s U.S. Financial Institutions team. Ana is responsible for the global investment bank ratings (globally), which includes the largest Globally systemic banks in North America and Europe, as well as securities firms ratings and non-bank finance. Ana has extensive experience in analyzing financial institutions and managing credit professionals. Prior to joining Moody’s, Ana’s most recent role was at UBS, where she spent the last several years as Executive Director in Credit Risk, responsible for financial institutions. Prior to UBS, she was Head of Global Portfolio Management-Credit Risk Management at Morgan Stanley, focusing on comprehensive coverage, identification and analysis of risks across the firm’s trading and lending businesses. Ana began her career in Credit Risk Management at Lehman Brothers in various credit risk roles, ultimately heading up the North American Financial Institutions and Structured Finance team. Ana holds a master’s degree in Management (with a specialization in Financial Services and Banking) from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree in Business from Pace University, New York. Ana was born in Skopje, Macedonia and resides in Greenwich Connecticut with her husband and two young daughters.

Robert Arsov

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Robert Arsov is a Senior Managing Director at the investment banking and capital markets division of Guggenheim Partners. Mr. Arsov focuses on advising companies in the Fintech (insurance services and software) and Biotech sectors and has worked with a wide variety of publicly traded and privately held companies on complex U.S. and cross-border assignments. Mr. Arsov was previously a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Credit Suisse and its predecessor company Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. Mr. Arsov received his BS from Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, and currently resides in Greenwich, Connecticut, with his wife and two daughters.

Zoran Martinovski

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Mr. Zoran Martinovski is a U.S. educated business professional with over 20 years of diverse business experience. Since 2000, he serves as the Manager at the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation for Macedonia and Montenegro. The corporation is in charge of IFC’s private sector investments and advisory programs within the country. Mr. Martinovski’s past experiences include working for several prominent companies in Macedonia, Europe and the United States. Among those companies are Philips Electronics, Lexmark International, CKRA (Central Kentucky Research Associates), PEM Consulting, TLC Vienna and Tehnometal-Vardar.

Chris Pavlovski

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Chris Pavlovski is the founder and CEO of Rumble, a full-service video platform and a top 100 web site connecting creators to publishers and advertisers, and helping them better monetize their work through a variety of distribution and licensing models.

Prior to Rumble, Chris worked for Microsoft and studied at the University of Toronto. Chris also founded Cosmic Development, an IT outsourcing and consultancy firm in Canada, Macedonia, and Serbia. He was also on the Board for Next Giant Leap, a space exploration company competing for the $30 million-dollar Google Lunar X Prize.

Chris was selected as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year 2010 Awards. He serves on the board of Every Day Child, a non-profit charity organization.

Alek Icev

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Alek Icev is a Macedonian-American computer scientist and high tech executive based in Seattle, WA. Alek’s research background is in machine learning, data mining and bioinformatics. Alek’s industry experience spans designing core algorithms for life sciences startups, helping scale large enterprise software solutions and leading several engineering teams focused on making Google’s ads systems and platforms smarter. In his free time he is trying to find a sweet spot in his passion for techno-progressivism, stoicism and singularity while being below average soccer player and aspiring yogi. Alek and his wife Kati are blessed of being parents to two kids who share their excitement about skiing and the great northwest pacific outdoors.

Nikica Mojsoska Blazevski

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Prof. Nikica Mojsoska-Blazevski acts as Dean of the School of Business Economics and Management at the American College at Skopje since 2009, as well as a Professor of Economics and Quantitative Methods. Previously, she worked in the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Macedonia for 9 years, out of which the last 3 Mojsoska-Blazevski was Head of the Macroeconomic Policy Department. She obtained her doctoral degree at the Staffordshire University Business School, the UK in 2006. She completed her post-doctoral studies at Arizona State University in 2016 as part of a Fulbright scholarship and has been engaged as a research fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2017.

Mojsoska-Blazevski is an author of many journal articles and several book chapters, mainly in the area of macroeconomics, labor market, education and social system and policy. She has been working on research projects with international economic organizations, such as the World Bank, ILO, UNDP and the European Commission, both in Macedonia and the Western Balkan region. Nikica has so far been engaged as a consultant to the labor ministers in all countries of the Western Balkan.

Mojsoska-Blazevski is a member of well-established international research organizations, such as the European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES), European Association of Labor Economists, London School of Economics (LSE) Research Network on South-East Europe, etc., as well as a council member of few companies and business organizations in Macedonia. She has won several international and domestic research awards and has been granted over 30 research projects. Her hobbies include sports, especially skiing, and philately.