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Applications for the LEADER Project 2019 are Now Open!

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Experience the best business education in Macedonia that money can’t buy!

Macedonia2025 announces an open call for the LEADER Project for the 12th time, which this year will take place from 6 May – 17 May in Skopje. The Ivey School of Business has been organizing the LEADER Project since 1991. This free-of-charge program is an MBA-styled, ten-day workshop that empowers entrepreneurs to develop local business solutions that create opportunities for their communities.

Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to develop their analytical and decision-making skills, as well as their overall business acumen. Additionally, these entrepreneurs can work closely with LEADER Project instructors to turn an idea into a viable business or to make novelties in the working of their already established companies. Whether entrepreneurs are looking to start a new business or grow their existing business, LEADER Project will bring them much closer to the realization of their goals!

Key Benefits

  • Each instructor coaches multiple entrepreneurs on real business problems ranging from finance, marketing, strategy and growth;
  • Each participant during the training will identify a key business problem or obstacle they hope to solve with the tools they learn throughout the LEADER Project;
  • Participants gain many skills that did not have before in: marketing, communication and leadership.

Who should apply?

  • Entrepreneurs;
  • Managers;
  • Company owners;
  • Young professionals who are passionate about bringing their business idea to life.

Date and Location  

The LEADER Project will take place from 6 May – 17 May.

Lectures will be held every working day from 12 pm to 4 pm at City Hall Center in Skopje.

Please bear in mind that only participants who attend a minimum of 8 days of the training, will be awarded with the official Leader Project Certificate.

How to apply?

To apply please provide the following items to

  • Fillable PDF application form, which can be downloaded HERE.
  • Biography of up to 200 words
  • Color photo  

Macedonia 2025 Announces New Chief Executive Officer and Chair

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Celebrates 10 years of doing work for the country

Skopje (February 13, 2019) – Macedonia 2025 announces today exciting changes to its senior leadership team as it moves into its second decade as a non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on helping build Macedonia into a stronger nation. The first decade has ended with a great success. Since 2008, we have invested $1 million in leadership programs and through our programs we have affected more than 500 entrepreneurs and managers. We have also implemented a number of economic development programs with a total value of $3 million, such as export development programs, trade missions, business conferences, etc. Our flagship event – the Macedonia2025 Summit has gathered 2500+ attendees and more than 400 speakers over the years, thus becoming the largest platform for networking and inspiring cooperation for future growth of businesses in Macedonia and the region. We enter the second decade with high ambition and expectations, which is reflected in the today’s staff announcement.

The organization is announcing the hiring of its first Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Professor Nikica Mojsoska Blazevski’s effective start date is February 12, 2019 as the first CEO of the organization. Nikica has a combined experience in academia and public administration, as researcher, consultant and manager, so she brings significant experience to scale the programs that the current staff is working on for the organization. “I am very excited and privileged to take on this important function and continue to build upon what has been put in place to date. I firmly believe in the mission of the organization and I am committed to drive significant impact through our programs and initiatives and make Macedonia a prosperous and thriving country for its citizens. I am also very pleased with how engaged and motivated the board of the organization is and supportive of my plan to drive significant growth for the organization in the next decade. I also look forward to engaging all other Macedonia2025 stakeholders and partners to help us in successful execution of the plan,” stated Mrs. Mojsoska Blazevski.

Furthermore, after eight years of relentlessly and diligently working towards the mission of building a stronger nation, the current Executive Director, Biljana Markovic Stamenova, is leaving behind a number of well-executed programs/events and a solid ground for future developments of the organization.

Additionally, after four years as Chairman and two years as Vice Chairman, Robert Arsov, who will remain a director on the board, will be succeeded by Vera Stavroff. Mrs. Stavroff is President and CEO of HerbalScience, Inc., based in Columbus, Ohio USA and has been a Board Member since 2012. “I would like to thank Robert for his leadership as Chairman over the past four years. I’m also excited to become the fourth Chair of the board of directors, having served as Vice Chair over the past two years, and look forward to working with Nikica towards building even bigger organization and driving significant impact in Macedonia. There is so much more we want and need to do, to help the country, that we are so pleased we found someone of Nikica’s experience to lead our organization for the long term”, said Mrs. Stavroff. “I also want to thank Biljana who has been a star for the organization and together with the team had done a great job in positioning the organization as one of the most recognizable brands in Macedonia and the region.”

About Macedonia2025

Macedonia2025 is an international, independent, nonpartisan, non-profit “think & do” tank. We remain dedicated to our mission of helping create a prosperous economic climate in the country and a “stronger nation” that will improve opportunities for citizens, companies and foreign investors. We promote sustainable economic growth through fostering competitiveness, entrepreneurship, innovation and value-based leadership.


For more information, please contact:

Address: St. Luj Paster No.1 – 2
Office # +389.2.3161.015

Executive Development at Kellogg School of Management – An Experience of a Lifetime

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I had the privilege to be awarded with the Zafirovski Executive Development Program scholarship and complete a three-week training at one of the top management schools in the world. The Executive Development Program at Kellogg School of Management – Northwestern University has exceed my expectations in many ways.

A perfectly balanced blend of topics for senior executives taught by top-class professors and experienced CEOs of successful companies, working in small groups on specific tasks, great reading materials… The lectures were not purely theoretic, but real-world cases. In the marketing simulation we saw the implications of a good decision in the wrong time, and how it can be turned into a success story. The Program Manager did a great job keeping the pace, reminding us on our homework and genuinely facilitating getting the maximum of the program.

It was great networking with 24 professionals from all around the world (Brazil, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Panama, Macedonia, Canada and USA). We felt what cross-cultural collaboration really looks like. As the program progressed, we bonded together. We discussed real-life issues of real companies. It was amazing to be immersed in an environment of executives from different backgrounds, who are yet aligned with their interests and aspirations.

Having completed the Executive Development Program at Kellogg School of Management, I feel empowered for acquiring “special set of tools” that I can use to handle new challenges in my professional life. The lessons learned, the relationships built and the shared experiences will stay with me for a lifetime.

Great thanks to Macedonia2025 and Titan Cement for making the Kellogg experience possible!

Testimonial by: Goce Cvetkoski, Technical Director, Titan Cement

An Experience of a Lifetime that Helped me Improve my Leadership Effectiveness

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I would like to thank Macedonia 2025 for the opportunity to participate in a world-class program at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

I have attended the three-week Executive Development Program in June 2019. We have been accommodated and working for two weeks at the Northwestern campus in Evanston, while during the third week we have moved to downtown Chicago, in an energizing environment – living, learning and working together with a group of amazing people from all around the world. The teaching was done by top-class professors that worked passionately, striking a good balance between theory and practice.

The program equipped me with a very diverse knowledge that will help me improve and increase my expertise in different fields.

The curriculum covered fields necessary for the role of General Manager, with lectures and business case studies in accounting, finance, operations, marketing and strategy.

The program gave me insights on how to enhance my leadership effectiveness, as one of the most important aspects for the future growth of the organizations I lead, including topics like decision making, negotiation, team building and networking.

I have also gone through personal leadership coaching sessions with a professor, which helped me further develop my leadership strategy.

During the stay I have developed friendships and connections with my peers that will last a lifetime!

Testimonial by: Darko Adjiev, General Manager, Makweld DOO – Skopje, Macedonia

Македонија2025 организира панел-дискусија за зајакнување на женското претприемништво

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Меѓународната невладина организација Македонија2025, со особено задоволство Ве поканува на панел-дискусијата насловена „Жени-претприемачи и канадски експерти: Менторство, развој и одржливост“, која ќе се одржи во DoubleTree by Hilton – Скопје, на 31-ви јануари, од 11:00 до 13:00 часот.

„На настанот присутните ќе дискутираат за искуствата и најдобрите практики поврзани со женското претприемништво во Канада и Македонија, најголемите предизвици со кои се соочуваат македонските жени-претприемачи, но и за нивната соработка со назначените ментори од Канадската организација за извршни услуги – CESO SACO, во насока на засилени организациски капацитети и поголема самоодржливост.“ – велат организаторите.

Меѓу клучните говорници на панел-дискусијата, со гордост ги најавуваме: Н.Е. Кати Чаба – Амбасадор на Канада во Србија, Македонија и Црна Гора; Џенифер Лавуа – Советник на CESO SACO од Канада, како и претставнички на неколку реномирани женски организации од Македонија.

Панел-дискусијата се организира во рамки на проектот финансиран од Канадскиот фонд за локални иницијативи, поддржан од Амбасадата на Канада во Република Македонија, а во насока на зајакнување на женското претприемништво и родовата еднаквост во Македонија.

Настанот е од отворен карактер и сите заинтересирани за темата може да присуствуваат.

Marta Arsovska Tomovska: Reflection on my Kellogg’s AMP Journey

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In October this year I enrolled the Advanced Management Program at KelloggThe school’s reputation (MBA program ranked 1 or 2 in the world by The Economist) and the program description were interesting enough to catch my attention.

The truth is, and I couldn’t imagine, not in my wildest dreams that it will be not only interesting, but a life changing experience. My expectations from the program were that I will be able to check my practical management competencies acquired throughout my 22 years professional career, against management competencies described in theory. But it wasn’t about that. Not even close. It was much, much more.

Let me start from the beginning – the AMP content. I don’t know if that was the intention of the program designers, but for me the program was intended to develop us in three different dimensions: Analog, Digital and Formative. When I say Analog I mean “traditional management skills but on advanced levels” – covering topics such as managing teams, organizations, business cycles, finances, marketing, crises, communication and media relations, after action reviews, boards, M&A, etc. By Digital I mean “skills for digital times” – learning about innovation strategies, the future of innovation, leading innovation from the C-suite, big data & analytics, social networks, artificial intelligence, customer centricity, marketing in a digital world, design thinking, data visualization, etc. And finally, by Formative I mean “mental and physical shaping for leadership roles” – such as vision, purpose, focused growth, critical thinking, executive judgment, mind persuasion, decision making, negotiations, value-based leadership, leadership lessons and career paths, how to become the best, how to inspire, how to tell stories, leader as a coach, self-reflection techniques, resilience (both mental and physical), how to avoid burnout, etc. With about 30% of the time dedicated to the development of each of the three dimensions, I found the AMP content perfectly balanced. Let me explain why. As a prerequisite, we, the participants have to be experienced managers already, so there was no need to aquire, but only to advance our traditional management skills (and that is the Analog dimension); as we were middle-aged professionals, we needed to better understand the future trends and digital transformation challenges of our organizations (the Digital dimension); and finally, as during our careers we were focused on our day-to-day management activities, we needed some time to reflect on what was behind us and where are we now, so we can be able to see clearly what should we aim for in the future (the Formative dimension).

Not only was the content, AMP was superior in the terms of the quality of the teaching staff, the learning approach and the facilitation of discussions among the participants. Big portion of the 30 group learning units were taught by prominent clinical professors. These remarkable individuals came from CEO roles in billion-dollar companies, partners at top VC firms and top-ranked military officers. Their practical knowledge, their humility and willingness to share their personal stories, successes and failures, helped us to get to the essence of leadership. At the same time, the classes taught by tenured professors were also unconventional – it was all about immersion, interaction, case studies, simulations and role playing. We were shifting through different worlds, from corporate setting on the Wall Street, through a Tokyo earthquake, to Mt Everest Summit. In the same time, we were analyzing Tolstoy, acting in a play and conducting a real symphony orchestra. It was like big kids playing serious games and learning. Just phenomenal!

Besides the group learning approach, I found the individual approach as another important aspect of the program. Peer Coaching, Executive Coaching, sessions with a psychologist, abundance of self-reflection and personality tests such as KF 360 Feedback, AJIL and NTR Cultural Values were extremely valuable for addressing our personal strengths and weaknesses and sketching our future career paths.

From the organizational point of view, the program was flawless. Accommodation, classrooms, logistics, meals, site visits (such as Chicago’s 1871 and United Center), sports and entertainment activities (group yoga, bowling competitions, karaoke, ice hockey game visit, clubs and restaurant nights, lake walks, as well as some small elements of surprise) were just perfectly organized and synchronized.

These social activities combined with three weeks of intensive collaborative classwork leaded to another, equally important gain from the program. And that was the strong bond between the participants and making friends for life. We were learning from each other, experiencing cultural differences and values across five continents; we were celebrating, laughing and crying together, literally. And when I say “us” I mean also our Academic Directors and our Program Manager.

So to summarize – AMP was a world-class education combined with purification of our minds through reflection and contemplation, intended to prepare us for future leadership roles. Furthermore, AMP proved to be instrumental as a powerful lifetime support platform. As a result of the alliances we made, we are now helping each other overcome personal and work-related challenges. Imagine this: one of us has an important meeting or issue to solve. Immediately, the remaining CEOs from the class start assisting him/her – coaching, advising and sending solutions. It is like many CEOs work as one.

My engineering mind thinks of AMP as a process where we were disassembled into pieces – that were cleaned and broken ones replaced – then assembled again and new software installed. This newly assembled, high-power engine was than connected to a huge knowledge database – no subscription fees involved! J

It felt like 10 years ago when I visited Japan for the first time. For me, Japan was a newly discovered, innovative planet and ever since then, I was telling my friends that visiting Japan is a must in one’s lifetime. Now the list is extended. AMP is a must for anyone with a growth mindset.

Being away just about the same amount of time as we spent together, I dedicate this reflection to my dear friends: Darlene, Karla, Ick Soo, Don, SJ, Won-chul, Michael, Christian, Adrian, Andrew, Jaime, Axel, Nori, Djole, Marshall, Diana, Fred, Bob, Kate, Naini, Jane and all the Kellogg’s professors. Special thanks to Zafirovski Executive Education Program, Mike, Ana, Robert, Biljana and the remaining Macedonia2025 team.

Fired up, ready to go!

N.B. Fired up, ready to go, just accidentally became our class mantra and has nothing to do with politics whatsoever.

Unique Program for Intensive Leadership Development Experience – Toronto Executive Study Tour

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Thanks to Macedonia 2025, I was one of the students selected for a 5-day senior leadership certificate program called “Leadership Competencies: What Senior Managers Need to Know”, taking place at the Schulich School of Business. In addition to offering an outstanding faculty, applied learning, and a wide range of diverse participants, what I also found useful was the one-week job-shadowing in successful companies in Canada, such as AMJ Campbell and Weston Foods – Production Company, which all contributed to enriching my overall experience.

Schulich School of Business who runs the course “Leadership Competencies: What Senior Managers Need to Know”, has created executive education programs that meet the professional development goals not only of high potential managers primed for career advancement, but also of seasoned executives seeking new insight into today’s complex challenges.

The broad-based programs incorporate simulations, experiential activities and case studies from Canada, USA and Europe, which help participants realize their full potential. Topics include coaching and mentoring skills for organizational growth, leading innovation, developing talent and empowering people, inspiring collaboration and teamwork, mastering the art and science of negotiation and leveraging financial data analytics for better decision making. In this executive course, we had the opportunity to meet experienced instructors such as Beppino Pasquali who has a unique-presenting style, which makes financial concepts easy to understand; Joseph Sherren – an excellent speaker with great experience who gave us deep understanding of the concepts of leadership, coaching and mentoring with a lot of practical examples and approaches, as well as other distinguished professors who presented us with very useful insights on globalization, innovation, corporate governance, strategic thinking, problem solving and others.

This unique program provides an intensive leadership development experience designed to help us become a more self-reflective and more effective leader. Through an in-depth exploration of self-awareness, self-management, mindset, feedback, influence, judgment, character, resilience and guidance from experienced instructors, we developed the proficiency needed to propel our career and our companies in Macedonia forward. In addition to refining our personal leadership practices, we developed our own personal action plan for maximizing our impact in the companies in Macedonia.

The action learning sessions at Schulich School of Business and the job-shadowing in the Canadian companies provided “takeaways” for handling day-to-day leadership challenges, which will help our managers transform Macedonian companies into being more competitive on the global market and also for building a stronger future for Macedonia.

For me, people are the most valuable asset, and we must keep them energized, engaged and motivated.

This program gave us many tools to use and I highly recommend it to all Macedonian leaders who are looking for tools to inspire their teams to that next level of performance!

You’ll leave prepared and motivated to guide your organization through major change efforts, with a fresh perspective, thus becoming a “change champion” on your return to the company in Macedonia.