Macedonia2025 Fundraising Gala

23 September 2023 | Hilton Chicago

Prepare to embark on a captivating and immersive experience at our Gala, where the vibrant spirit of Macedonia will come alive. Immerse yourself in the enchanting melodies of Macedonian music, and let your feet move to the rhythm of traditional dances. Indulge in the rich flavors of Macedonian cuisine, savoring the authentic tastes that reflect the country’s culinary heritage. Explore the mesmerizing world of Macedonian art, where creativity and expression intertwine to tell unique stories.

In addition to these experiences, we are excited to announce that our Gala will feature both live and silent auctions. This presents a remarkable opportunity for you to bid on an array of exclusive items and experiences while supporting our mission of empowering Macedonia’s economic growth and development.

Through our Gala, we celebrate and preserve the essence of Macedonian language, culture, and arts, fostering a deep appreciation that transcends borders and embraces the power of cultural exchange.

All funds raised at the Gala will be exclusively allocated to support Macedonia2025 programs. By supporting the Gala, you will contribute to enhancing our impact and building a stronger Macedonia.

Guest of honour

President Stevo Pendarovski was born on 3 April 1963 in Skopje. He graduated in 1987 at the Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus”, University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius”, Skopje and obtained M.A. and Ph.D. from the Institute for Political, Legal and Sociological Research at the University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” – Skopje. In the past 11 years he was a Professor at the University American College Skopje, lecturing the following subjects: International Security, International Relations, Introduction to Politics, Globalization, Geopolitics, US Foreign policy, EU Foreign and Security policy, Small States in World Affairs. In the period 1998 – 2001 he was the Head of Analytical and Research Department in the Ministry of Interior and Ministry’s spokesperson.From 2001 to 2004 he was National Security Advisor of the President of the Republic of Macedonia. From 2004 to 2005 he was President of the State Election Commission. In the period 2005 to 2009 he was Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of the Republic of Macedonia. From 2016 to 2017 he was Member of Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia. From December 2017 till May 2019 he was National Coordinator for preparation of the Republic of North Macedonia for NATO membership.On 12 May 2019, by giving a solemn statement in the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski officially took over the Office of Head of State.President Pendarovski is married to Elizabeta Gjorgievska and they have a son, Ognen.




President of the Republic of N. Macedonia

Keynote speaker

David Calhoun is president and chief executive officer of The Boeing Company, a leading global aerospace company and provider of commercial airplanes; defense, space and security systems; and global services. The company employs more than 150,000 people worldwide, leverages the talents of a global supplier base, and is a top U.S. exporter for commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries. Calhoun became Boeing president and chief executive in January 2020. He has served as a member of Boeing’s Board of Directors since 2009 and served as board chairman from October to December 2019. Calhoun has extensive expertise in a wide array of strategic, business, safety and regulatory matters across several industries as a result of his executive, management and operational experience. Calhoun previously served as senior managing director and head of portfolio operations at The Blackstone Group beginning in January 2014. During his time with the investment firm, he focused on creating and driving added-value initiatives with Blackstone’s portfolio company CEOs. Previously, he also served as executive chairman of the board for Nielsen Holdings from January 2014 to January 2016. He joined Nielsen in 2006 as chief executive officer shortly after it was acquired through a consortium of private equity investors, including Blackstone. Throughout his seven-year Nielsen tenure, Calhoun led the company’s transformation into a leading global information and measurement firm listed on the New York Stock Exchange and Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Calhoun began his career at General Electric Company (GE), where he rose to vice chairman of the company and president and chief executive officer of GE Infrastructure, its largest business unit. During his 26 years at GE, he held a number of operating, finance and marketing roles and led multiple business units, including GE Transportation and GE Aircraft Engines. Calhoun is a member of the board of directors of Caterpillar Inc. and a member of the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies. He also is a member of Virginia Tech’s Pamplin Advisory Council and is co-author of the book “How Companies Win.” Calhoun has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Virginia Tech.




President and CEO of Boeing





Former President and COO at Shoppers Drug Mart




Head Coach of U.S. women's national team

Duke Bojadziev is a visionary film composer, record producer, and pianist whose soulful film scores and mesmerizing performances have captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. Duke’s love for music began at an early age, and he followed his passion to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he honed his craft and jumpstarted his career in New York City. His exceptional talent and dedication to his craft have earned him multiple awards at film festivals worldwide.

Duke has performed at prestigious concert halls across Europe and America, including Carnegie Hall, Art Basel, and Ohrid’s Summer Festival, as well as exclusive venues such as Casa Reia in Lisbon, Sabina in Ibiza, and Zunya in Costa Rica. His unique blend of classical, electronica, jazz, and world influences creates an immersive experience that transcends boundaries and takes listeners on a spiritual journey.

Duke’s creativity knows no bounds, and his dedication to inspiring others through his passion for music remains unwavering. Whether he’s in the studio composing film scores or performing on stage, Duke’s soulful energy and visionary artistry continue to captivate audiences and earn him critical acclaim as a true master of his craft.




Visionary film composer, record producer, and pianist


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