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2024 June Zafirovski Fellows: A Journey of Leadership Excellence at Kellogg School of Management

We are thrilled to announce that Vojdan, Nikola, and Marko have been selected as the new Zafirovski Fellows. They will be attending the prestigious Executive Development Program at Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management from June 2-21, 2024.

This in-person program, held at the renowned Allen Center on the Evanston Campus, promises to be an enriching and transformative experience for our fellows. It is designed to hone their leadership skills and expand their strategic vision, preparing them to drive positive change and innovation in their respective fields. We look forward to sharing more updates as they embark on this exciting journey, including details about our upcoming October 2024 cohort.

With the addition of Vojdan, Nikola, and Marko, the number of Zafirovski Fellows has now increased to 45. This growing community of leaders is making a significant impact on Macedonian society and economy, driving advancements and fostering sustainable growth across various sectors and industries.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Mike Zafirovski and his family for their unwavering support and commitment. Their dedication to elevating leadership excellence and fostering the next generation of leaders in Macedonia is truly inspiring. This fellowship is a testament to their vision and generosity, and we are confident that Vojdan, Nikola, and Marko will carry forward this legacy with pride and distinction. Best of luck to our fellows as they take on this incredible opportunity!

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Call for applications closed on: April 1st, 2024

Macedonia2025 announces the 2024 Open Call for the Zafirovski Executive Education Program, which provides scholarships to the globally renowned Kellogg School of Management.

Since 2017, the Zafirovski Executive Education Program of Macedonia2025 has provided scholarships for Macedonian business leaders to the globally renowned Kellogg Executive Development Program. The program aims to enhance the competencies and performance of Macedonian business leaders and contribute to the further development of the Macedonian economy and society. 

Our partner in this Program is the Kellogg School of Management, since 1908, has been pioneering the transformation of business education. With a global reach, Kellogg boasts a vibrant community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who influence business practices worldwide.  Kellogg brings a blend of theory and practice to its rigorous academic experience, creating a dynamic learning environment. Learn more about the Kellogg School of Management experience HERE

The Robin and Mike Zafirovski Foundation, along with the Kellogg School of Management, provides crucial support to the Zafirovski Executive Education Program. Our organization, alongside the Macedonian business community, deeply appreciates their unwavering dedication to elevating the development of the country’s next generation of 100 business leaders. By investing in the growth of these leaders, we aim for them to become catalysts for progress within Macedonian society, thereby contributing to the fortification of our nation.

The Zafirovski Executive Education Program offers scholarships for Kellogg’s Executive Development Program (EDP) (available posts for the October/November session)

Kellogg’s Executive Development Program (EDP) trains high-performing managers to become successful leaders. They can learn what it takes to guide organizations through uncertainty and disruption, from general management fundamentals to topics at the forefront of modern strategy. It’s how to anticipate what’s ahead and respond with confidence. To meet the highest expectations, in their next role and everyone after. To be a lasting leader. Kellogg EDP provides the most comprehensive general management overview. It’s a unique balance of business school essentials and emerging topics – from digital transformation to design thinking. The curriculum extends beyond the fundamentals to prepare future leaders for the challenges ahead. This intensive program focuses on a highly immersive and supportive learning environment that emphasizes the foundational business skills needed by general managers to understand and lead the workforce. in which business operates, the key functional areas of management, the development, and implementation of corporate and business strategy, and the promotion of organizational learning. With a finger on the pulse of business, Kellogg ensures the curriculum keeps pace with the ever-evolving challenges and complexity of executive leadership.

Program details:

  • The program comprises in-person sessions of the Kellogg Executive Development Program (EDP), delivered by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, USA; 
  • Each participant is required to prepare and present an individual capstone project addressing a specific business challenge in Macedonia, as well as contribute to a group capstone project – facilitating elevation in Macedonia2025 work;
  • Participants contribute a fee of USD 10,000, covering lodging and most meals (due to potential changes in the program fee, there may be adjustments to this amount); 
  • Total program value of approximately USD 37,350 per participant;
  • Additionally, participants are responsible for covering their transportation and visa expenses.

The program offers comprehensive Leadership Accelerator Opportunities, including mentoring, networking, experiential learning, recognition, and benefits through Kellogg Alumni Status, along with ongoing support.

Macedonia2025 requirement

Each participant should: i) prepare and present an individual capstone project for a specific business/challenge in Macedonia and ii) actively contribute to the preparation and presentation of a group capstone project for the betterment of the Macedonia2025 program/activity of choice.

Target participants: 

  • Who is currently a high-performing mid-level or a senior management executive, a functional senior leader on a path to becoming a general manager;
  • At least 10 years of professional experience;
  • Functional senior leaders who must interface with other functional areas outside of their expertise;
  • Principals of small and medium-sized firms, and entrepreneurs or owners of small companies with growth potential;
  • Who understands that merely focusing on a skills-based change does not lead to sustained professional growth
  • Who appreciates and values diverse business perspectives and discussions.

Additional requirements:

  • Candidates must have full support from their current employer;
  • Strong English reading, listening, and speaking skills are essential;
  • Written recommendations from Zafirovski Fellows are highly encouraged and will be considered. Please see a list of our Zafirovski Fellows HERE;
  • Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Optional Item: Leadership Coaching Package (priced at $ 3,000) 

This package offers one-on-one leadership coaching with a Kellogg leadership coach to maximize impact as a leader. Participants work with the coach to set personal goals and explore situation-specific leadership strategies, with coaching sessions available on-site during early mornings, lunchtimes, or evenings.

The 2024 Executive Education Programs – In-person Experience Dates 
In-person delivery sessions October 13 – November 1, 2024START: October 13 at 8:30 AMEND: November 1 at 1:00 PM Format: In-Person at Allen Center on Evanston CampusIn-Person fee includes lodging and most meal

Please visit the EDP’s official website HERE or the program’s brochure HERE for more information.

The number of scholarships available for 2024 will be determined upon receiving applications. 

How to apply?

To apply, you will need to fill-in the APPLICATION ASSESSMENT FORM, and attach the required documents within. At the end of the process, you should have submitted:

     • Completed Application Assessment Form;

     • EDP Kellogg Application Form HERE

     • CV in English (Europass or similar format);

     • High-resolution Photo;

     • Recommendation by Zafirovski Fellow (optional)

Check testimonials from Zafirovski Fellows, down bottom HERE.

Selection Process

     • Administrative pre-selection of the applications is done by Macedonia2025;

     • During the review process, candidates may be asked to submit additional documents;

     • Pre-selection of potential candidates is done by an expert commission by mid-May 2024;

     • Final selection will follow after a personal interview with Mike Zafirovski;

     • Notifying all selected candidates by the end of June 2024.

Important Note

The Call is only open to Macedonian executives and managers of companies located in Macedonia, who plan to develop their professional careers in the Republic of Macedonia and contribute to the economic development of the country.

Scholarship recipients of Macedonia2025 education programs in the previous three years are not qualified to apply. Please note that applicants from companies whose employees have not been previous scholarship recipients of this program will be prioritized. 

The Open Call for Kellogg EDP closes on April 1st, 2024.

Looking forward to YOUR application!

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Petar Andreevski – The Executive Education Experience at Northwestern Kellogg School of Management

The Executive Education experience at Northwestern Kellogg in October 2023 was nothing short of extraordinary. Having participated in the program, I can confidently assert that it stands as the best in the world. The meticulously crafted content covered precisely the areas crucial for an executive education program, exceeding my expectations in every aspect.

One of the defining features of the program was the unparalleled quality of the teaching staff. The faculty comprised numerous seasoned ex-senior executives, including three former CEOs of billion-dollar companies. The presence of advisors from the Federal Reserve and the World Bank, along with renowned professors, added immense value to the learning experience.

The learning approach employed by Kellogg was particularly effective, utilizing a plethora of business cases and fostering dynamic discussions among participants. This approach not only enhanced the theoretical understanding but also provided practical insights that could be immediately applied in the real business world. The participants themselves, a cohort of senior managers from major corporations, were not only intelligent but also brought a wealth of experience and thoughtfulness to the discussions.

Upon returning, I wasted no time in implementing the wealth of knowledge gained. Already, I have conducted a workshop, applying the insights acquired during the program. The impact was palpable, demonstrating the immediate applicability of the lessons learned.

The campus facilities were top-notch, providing an ideal environment for focused learning. The move for the last week to Chicago from Evanston added a refreshing change to the overall experience, contributing to a stimulating learning atmosphere.

While the leadership coaching was available, I found it unnecessary as the lessons were comprehensive, and post-lesson interactions with professors provided ample opportunities for clarification and discussion.

I must commend Macedonia2025 for their impeccable organization throughout the entire experience. To any leader in Macedonia contemplating such a program, my unequivocal recommendation is to seize the opportunity without hesitation. The Executive Education program at Northwestern Kellogg is not just a learning experience; it is a transformative journey that equips leaders with the tools to navigate the complexities of the modern business landscape.

Participant: Petar Andreevski

Company: CEO at WVP Fund Management AD Skopje

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Nikica Mojsoska Blazhevski – The Executive Education Experience at Northwestern Kellogg School of Management

Surrounded by CEOs and top managers from 17 countries, the learning at the Executive Development Program at Kellogg School of Management was truly global and eye-opening. From polishing hard business skills to refining soft skills, this experience has been life-changing. 

I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn, grow, and connect with brilliant minds across industries. 

The insights gained will undoubtedly elevate my career and contribute to my personal development.
I would like to extend a very special thanks to the person who established and sponsors this program in Macedonia, a true visionary leader and a passionate Macedonian-American, Mike Zafrovski. 

Participant: Nikica Mojsoska Blazhevski

Company: CEO at Macedonia2025

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Toni Jankovski – The Executive Education Experience at Northwestern Kellogg School of Management

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude and enthusiasm for my experience attending the Kellogg Executive Education Program at Northwestern Kellogg. This program has been nothing short of transformative, both professionally and personally.
The instant I set foot on the Northwestern Kellogg campus, I sensed that I was embarking on a unique journey. The quality of the faculty, the depth of expertise, and the degree of involvement surpassed even my most optimistic projections. The program’s syllabus had been meticulously crafted, providing a perfect blend of cutting-edge theory and hands-on application.
One of the most remarkable aspects of the program was the diversity of the cohort. Interacting with professionals from various industries and backgrounds provided a rich and dynamic learning environment. The collaborative spirit that permeated our group discussions and team projects was truly inspiring.
The faculty at Kellogg are not only renowned experts in their fields but also exceptional educators. They fostered an environment where questions were encouraged, and dialogue was open and enlightening. The real-world insights and case studies they shared were invaluable, and I left each session with a deeper understanding of the subject matter.
Beyond the classroom, the Kellogg Executive Education Program offers unparalleled networking opportunities. I had the privilege of connecting with accomplished individuals from around the world, building lasting relationships that I believe will continue to benefit me both personally and professionally.
As I reflect on my time at Kellogg, I am filled with a sense of empowerment and renewed ambition. The knowledge and skills I acquired have had a direct and positive impact on my work, allowing me to approach challenges with greater confidence and creativity. I feel better equipped to lead, innovate, and drive meaningful change within my organization.
In conclusion, attending the Kellogg Executive Education Program was a defining moment in my career journey. It has sharpened my strategic thinking, broadened my perspective, and elevated my leadership abilities. I wholeheartedly recommend this program to anyone seeking to take their career to the next level and look forward to the opportunity to return for further learning in the future.
Thank you to the entire Kellogg community and special gratitude to Macedonia2025 and Mike Zafirovski for this life-changing experience.
Participants: Toni Jankovski
Company: Product Development & Innovation at Diners Club Macedonia

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Zarko Dimitrioski, The Executive Education Experience at Northwestern Kellogg School of Management

I had the incredible opportunity to attend the Executive Development Program at Kellogg School of Management through your generous scholarship. My participation took place in May and June 2023, and I wanted to share my thoughts on the program and its impact on my personal and professional journey.

Program Review
The campus at Northwestern University was nothing short of remarkable—state-of-the-art facilities, meticulous attention to detail, and a warm, inviting atmosphere that fostered learning and camaraderie. The caliber of the teaching staff exceeded my expectations. Lectures that stood out included Sergio Rebelo’s ‘Mega Trends in International Economics, “Dan Kraemer’s ‘Design Your Next Disruptor Workshop”, and Loran Nordgren’s courses on “Leading and Managing Innovation” and “Influence Without Authority.”
The learning approach was hands-on and facilitative, encouraging rich discussions among participants. That said, the group size was slightly smaller than expected, yet it contributed to a more intimate and engaging learning experience. The diversity and spirit of the group were absolutely amazing. I do believe the in-person lectures significantly surpassed online interactions in terms of engagement and depth.

Suggestions for Improvement
Expectations and Participant Feedback: Given the program’s intensity, it might be beneficial to gauge the expectations and wishes of the participants. Fewer, more focused lectures could allow for deeper engagement.
Personal and Professional Impact
This program has had a monumental impact on my personality and work habits. It has broadened my perspective, improved my leadership abilities, and equipped me with tools to navigate the complex business landscape.

Campus Experience
The facilities and resources at Kellogg are world-class, and I found the environment to be intellectually invigorating. The friendships and networks one can build during this period can prove invaluable.

Final Thoughts
I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Macedonia2025 for this life-changing experience. The logistical and organizational aspects from both MK2025 and Kellogg were well-executed, ensuring a smooth experience throughout.

To those considering this training, the experience you will gain is unparalleled. You will not just be learning; you will be evolving, in an environment that encourages you to find out what it takes and learn to be the best version of yourself, not only in the professional aspects of life.

Thank you and looking forward to a continued engagement with Macedonia2025.

Participants: Zarko Dimistrioski
Company: Managing Partner & Creative Director at BD GRUPA DOOEL (BDG Agency)

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Goran Stojanovski, The Executive Education Experience at Northwestern Kellogg School of Management

We all come across chances in life, and success often depends on our focus and commitment to seize them. When I had the chance to join Kellogg’s Executive Development Program, which had a mix of online and in-person sessions, I didn’t think twice. The online portion of two weeks gave us the opportunity to understand the information better, and the following two weeks in Evanston were extraordinary and intense. But, it wasn’t just about learning during this time; we also formed strong and lasting friendships.

Now, in perspective, it was an incredible two-month experience that greatly impacted my management style and overall personality. The program helped me develop a deeper understanding of people’s motivations, which has improved my ability to lead and collaborate effectively. The coaching sessions provided in the program were immensely valuable. They allowed me to address real-world challenges I face in my workplace. I learned how to break down these issues and develop strategies to overcome them. What stood out about the program was its practical approach. The knowledge and skills I gained were directly applicable to my everyday work, enabling me to drive positive change within my team and organization.

Overall, the Kellogg Executive Development Program exceeded my expectations in every way. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to enhance their leadership capabilities and gain valuable insights into managing complex organizational challenges. Thank you, Kellogg, for this incredible journey of learning and growth. It has been an honor to be a part of this program.

Lastly, I want to say thank you to Macedonia2025 and Mike Zafirovski for their support in bringing this program to Macedonia and giving young professionals the chance to have such an impactful learning experience. Their practical way of leading and empowering others is truly inspiring and motivates us all to keep going on this journey.

Participants: Goran Stojanovski
Company: Head of Business at Scalefocus

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Tatjana Trajkova, The Executive Education Experience at Northwestern Kellogg School of Management

Enrolling in the Executive Development Program from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University was one of the most rewarding decisions for my professional and personal development and the experience throughout this journey has been nothing short of transformative.

The program’s meticulously crafted curriculum seamlessly combined theoretical knowledge with real-world applications, equipping us with a comprehensive skill set essential for excelling in today’s dynamic business landscape.

The distinguished, world-class, interdisciplinary professors brought a wealth of profound knowledge and industry expertise to the table, delivering engaging lectures and fostering thought-provoking discussions. The range of topics spanned from value-based leadership, valuation models, international economic megatrends, AI, data analytics, Omni channels, and innovation strategies, to cultural differences, politics in organizations, and talent management; subsequently resulting in an impeccable educational mosaic of timeless value that changed my thinking process and future outlooks.

What truly set this program apart was its emphasis on practicality and collaboration. The interactive group projects not only honed my leadership and teamwork abilities but also exposed me to diverse perspectives and opportunities to interact with a remarkable group of like-minded professionals from various industries and cultural backgrounds from all over the world. The exchanged experiences, strategies, and solutions to common issues made it easier to navigate the complex world of executive leadership. Moreover, I had the privilege to work with a coach who took the time to listen attentively to my goals and concerns, tailoring our coaching sessions to address my specific needs, thus making this experience extremely rewarding and imperative for my personal and professional growth.

Reflecting on my journey, I am proud of the growth I’ve achieved, and I credit Kellogg EDP for playing a pivotal role in my development. As I venture into the next phase of my career, I carry with me not only a prestigious certificate but also a renewed sense of purpose and a heightened set of skills needed to tackle the challenges of the contemporary business world.

I wholeheartedly recommend the Kellogg Executive Development Program to any aspiring leader or executive seeking to elevate their career trajectory. The program’s commitment to excellence, coupled with its pragmatic approach to learning, make it a standout choice for all individuals committed to life-long learning and professional growth.

My sincere gratitude goes out to Mike Zafirovski, Macedonia2025, and Alkaloid AD Skopje for giving me the opportunity and unreserved support to acquire this enriching experience, but more importantly for their inspiring vision and commitment to promoting value-based leadership and positively impacting our society.

Leadership is not a destination; it’s an ever-evolving journey.

Keep growing, keep learning, and keep leading.

Participant: Tatjana Trajkova,

Company: Alkaloid AD Skopje, Associate Director Innovations, Strategic projects, M&As

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Stevcho Risteski, The Executive Education Experience at Northwestern Kellogg School of Management

Participating in the Executive Development Program from April 19 to June 16, 2023, at Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management in Chicago, US has been an incredible and enriching experience. Right from the beginning, my expectations were high, as I aimed to enhance my leadership skills and gain valuable insights for personal and professional growth. Looking back on this transformative journey, I now realize that the program far surpassed my initial hopes, profoundly impacting my personal and work-related habits in unforeseen ways.
The four-week program was intensive, and the online format and well-equipped Northwestern University campus made it exceptionally convenient and functional. The program featured exceptional professors and practitioners, and I had the privilege of interacting with a remarkable group of global executives. Together, we delved into a range of cutting-edge business topics, including growth and innovation, leadership, human capital, artificial intelligence, cyber security, data analytics, and organizational change. The exchange of experiences and knowledge was invaluable, providing a well-rounded understanding of contemporary business challenges and strategies.
The Kellogg Schools of Management – Executive Development Program’s prestigious reputation among top management schools is well-deserved, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone seeking to enhance their leadership and management skills with the best practices in the industry.
This program has had a profound impact on both my professional and personal life. It has enabled me to refine my leadership capabilities and has also positively influenced my overall well-being. The emphasis on open-mindedness, active engagement, networking, and applying newfound knowledge has been instrumental in my growth as a leader.
I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Mike Zafirovski and Macedonia2025 for their unwavering support and boundless positive energy throughout this remarkable journey. Their ongoing dedication to enhancing our business environment and creating a more vibrant society for living and working has been truly inspiring.
As I reflect on my journey, I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to participate in this life-changing experience. The program exceeded my expectations, and I am confident that it will have the same transformative effect on future participants. I encourage all aspiring leaders to seize this extraordinary opportunity, unlock their full potential, and embark on their own path of growth and success.
Participants: Stevcho Risteski
Company: A1, B2B & ICT Sales Director

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Zafirovski Executive Education Program 2023 Scholarship Recipients

Macedonia2025 is thrilled to announce the Zafirovski Executive Education Program 2023 Scholarship Recipients who started attending the EDP Kellogg blended program in May and June 2023:

1. Goran Stojanovski, Head of Business at Scalefocus

2. Tatjana Trajkova, Associate Director Innovations, Strategic Projects, M&A at Alkaloid AD Skopje

3. Stevcho Risteski, B2B & ICT Sales Director at A1 Macedonia, A1 Telekom Austria Group

4. Zarko Dimitrioski, Managing Partner & Creative Director at BD GRUPA DOOEL (BDG Agency)

5. Toni Jankovski, Product Development & Innovation at Diners Club Macedonia

These exceptional individuals have been selected for their outstanding leadership potential and commitment to professional development. We’re proud to partner with Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, US to provide a dynamic and immersive educational experience for our Macedonia2025 cohort.

The EDP program combines online learning and intensive in-person sessions, providing the opportunity to engage with leading faculty members and industry experts, while also learning from the diverse perspectives and experiences of their fellow peers. We’re confident that these scholars will make the most of this opportunity to develop their leadership skills and contribute to their organizations’ success.

Congratulations to the Zafirovski Executive Education Program 2023 Scholarship Recipients!

We can’t wait to hear about your experiences and achievements as you continue on your professional development journeys.