MACEDONIA2025

Summit 2022 – Overview

The Macedonia2025 Summit is a premier regional gathering that serves as a platform for sharing knowledge, connecting organizations, and inspiring change in Southeast Europe. Having some of the greatest minds in business, science, and technology as our speakers, we shape the present into a tomorrow in a parallel step with the world’s leading countries. We are the largest not-for-profit entity in Macedonia and one of the most impactful in Southeast Europe. Policymakers, companies operating in the region, members of the diplomatic corps and international organizations, as well as academia and civil society members attend the Summit each year.

We strongly believe that a priority for our country, and the region, is digitalization and developing the digital skills of its citizens, companies and government, as this was an area identified as highly important by all relevant stakeholders, especially during these trying times for our country and globally. Therefore, the Summit will highlight digitalization and discuss regional and global topics, including women in STEM, the power of great leadership in sports, as well as blockchain technologies and the future of work, all through the lens of digitalization.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

18:00 / Macedonia2025 Summit VIP Networking Dinner (by invitation only)

Courtesy of Imperial Tobacco – Alexandros Kamaras, Managing Director South East Europe

Hosted by Macedonia2025 Board Members, Mike Zafirovski, John Bitove and Kati Iceva at Park Hotel and Spa, Skopje

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

09:00 - 10:00 / Registration/Networking over Coffee
10:00 - 10:20 / Official Opening of the Summit
Nikica Mojsoska-Blazevski

Nikica Mojsoska-Blazevski

CEO Macedonia2025

Prof. Dr. Nikica Mojsoska-Blazevski is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Macedonia2025. Nikica’s prior experience was in academia, where she served two terms as dean of the business school, as well as in public administration where she held the positon of Head of Macroeconomic Department at the Ministry of Finance of Macedonia.

Nikica has extensive experience of over 19 years in research, consultancy and advisory in economic policies, labour markets, social systems and education in Macedonia, as well as the Western Balkan region. She has worked with major international economic organizations and institutions, such as the World Bank, ILO, RCC, UNDP, UN Women and the European Commission. She has served as an economic and labour market advisor to the government institutions in the Western Balkan region. Mojsoska-Blazevski is author of many journal articles and several book chapters, and member of the world-renewed research associations.

Nikica is a member of several professional organizations, including the Management Board of the Economic Chamber of North Macedonia, Audit Committee of the Sparkasse Bank-Macedonia, and Board of trustees of the Macedonian Foundation for Enterprise Development, as well as of several academic networks.

John Bitove

John Bitove

Co-founder and Member of the Board of Directors at Macedonia2025

John I. Bitove has a distinguished record of accomplishment in corporate, sports and community endeavours. He is the sole shareholder of Obelysk, which has major investments in wireless, satellite radio, real estate, restaurants and other businesses. In 1993 he founded the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club.  As a co-founder of Macedonia2025, John sits on many charity boards and founded the S’Cool Life Fund, to support public elementary schools across Canada. Since the launch in 2005, S’Cool Life Fund has raised and donated over $3 million helping to make school life more enjoyable for thousands of public elementary school kids.

10:20 - 11:20 / SESSION 1: Building a Prosperous Future: The Role of Regional Cooperation
HE Dimitar Kovacevski

HE Dimitar Kovacevski

Prime Minister of N. Macedonia
HE Ana Brnabic

HE Ana Brnabic

Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia

Panel guests:
Branko Azeski, President of the Economic Chamber of North Macedonia (pre-recorded video)
Marko Čadež, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Serbia (video address)

11:20 - 11:50 / Networking over coffee
11:50 - 12.30 / Fireside Chat: Digitalization - Frontrunners and Champions
ÜLLAR JAAKSOO

ÜLLAR JAAKSOO

Founder/Partner at Digital Nation Ltd

More than 25 years of experience in business development and strategic management in the private sector both in Estonia and abroad. Successful experience in managing and advising public institutions. Expert on digital society and digital innovation.

Acknowledgments
Order of the Estonian White Star, Class IV. Order of the Commander Class of the Romanian
National Faithful Service. Medal of the 2nd class Estonian Chamber of Commerce.

Nataša Škrbić

Nataša Škrbić

Program Director for Startup Ecosystem at Initiative Digital Serbia

Nataša Škrbić is a Program Director for Startup Ecosystem at Initiative Digital Serbia. Being a startup founder herself and specialising in development management for her Master’s at LSE she recognizes startups as drivers of personal and economic growth. As a coordinator of DSI Business Angels Group she supports startups in their growth and fundraising efforts. As part of DSI she has also coordinated work on the first National Strategy for the Startup Ecosystem Development, creation of the One-stop-shop portal for startups and has contributed to policy recommendations regarding the startup ecosystem development.

Vasko Kronevski

Vasko Kronevski

CEO at Nextsense

Vasko Kronevski, B.Sc. Degree in Information Technology is an established entrepreneur and digital transformation strategist focused on the economic growth of organizations utilizing digital transformation solutions.

He has been developing his expertise in digital transformation and ICT business since 1996, being General Manager at software development companies. Vasko is CEO and co-founder of Nextsense, ICT company specialized in digital transformation solutions founded in 2001 and digital transformation leader in the CEE region. Vasko is responsible for shaping the vision, strategy, and directly involved in the digital transformation products strategy.

Vasko’s carrier development encounters more than 25 years of professional experience in driving digital transformation processes for prominent enterprises in the telecom and finance industry, as well as governmental institutions across Europe and wider. During his professional journey, he established a valuable partnership with business, government, and academia to generate opportunities and build capacities for sustainable economic growth, helping them build a stronger organization and improve their business opportunities. He is skilled at identifying key economic challenges of organizations and guiding them in implementing digital solutions.

His strong vision and expertise in ICT and sustainable economic development placed him among the most engaged experts and digital strategists on international projects and speakers on a wide array of high level (reputable) conferences.

As a strategist, strong analyst and mediator, Vasko has been a member (past and present) in many distinguished professional bodies: World Information Technology and Service Alliance (WITSA) Member of Board; MASIT – Macedonian ICT Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Assembly, President of the Board; Vice President; Steering Committee Coordinator; South East Europe ICT Forum Private sector board member; Member of EBA-European Business Association; e-Democracy Conference Chairman.

12.30 - 12.45 / Digitalization as a Sustainable Development Strategy
Goce Mitevski

Goce Mitevski

Chief Commercial Officer B2B, Makedonski Telekom

Goce Mitevski is a Chief Commercial Officer responsible for B2B segment.

He is 20 years dedicated on strategy and transformation topics of telco business with growth, innovation and digital transformation as main areas of dedication, bringing strategy to life, bringing people to purpose and accelerating performance.

Finished Professional Program Strategy studies at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France

MBA joint program of University of New York & IUKB Institute – University of Kurt Bosch, Switzerland, as well as the International School of the Industrial Relations, organized by the University of Cagliari, Italy.

 

Solid experience within the telco industry with reference consultancy, strategy planning and business development projects.

Leading through growth and outward mindset, eager to improve peoples’ lives, businesses & society improving digital readiness, understanding value of tomorrow, and positioning own-self in a most suitable way toward future values’ creation, continuous nurturing DNA for passionate pursuit of superior customer experience.

12.45 - 14.00 / SESSION 2: Digital Transformation, Digitized Society
Marko Danon

Marko Danon

Head of the Competitiveness Unit at NALED

Marko is an economist with more than 10 years of experience in major domestic and international organizations, in domains of economic research, banking and academia. He has earned his PhD degree on the subject of ‘’Factors of regional competitiveness’’ at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in 2015, as well as his master’s degree on the subject of ‘’Role of corruption in FDI attraction – case of Central and East European countries’’ at the same university in 2010. He has joined NALED in 2021, as Head of Competitiveness unit, after having spent two years as senior economist in CEVES, and in parallel as a Serbian national consultant with UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs. Beforehand, Marko spent seven years in banking, of which two were in the role of an asset liability manager and five as a macroeconomist in Addiko bank. Apart from this, Marko regularly holds lectures on macroeconomics and finance at some of masters programs of the University of Nice, as well as on programs of the Mokra Gora school of management. He has authored a significant number of studies, analyses and scientific articles in Serbia and abroad. Marko is fluent in English and French.

Ines Kaps

Ines Kaps

Senior Manager, Head of Change Management & Communication, MSG Advisors

Ines Kaps is Head of Change and Communication at msg industry advisors. As a transformation expert she has more than 20 years of Digitalization Consulting on her belt. In her international Projects she combines effective project management with impactful change management.

Ines is also the founder of WomenLoveConsulting and is providing consulting firms a stellar promotion coaching program for their female talents. Ines has distilled her successes and failures of her consulting career in boutique and big4 consulting firms to empower women to thrive in their career. In 2022 she became an international bestselling author and speaker. Ines is married to the best husband in the world and loves her life.

Ufuk Eren

Ufuk Eren

Founding Partner & CEO at VOLITAN Global

Ufuk Eren is the Founding Partner and the CEO of Volitan Global ( https://www.volitanglobal.com) , a company based in USA, Turkey and Canada and additional branch offices in 7 other countries, focused on technologies, innovation management and investments in Healthcare and Life Sciences Sectors. Volitan Global is also founding partner of 10x Health Investment Club ( https://10xhealth.club ) which is Europe based Healthcare technologies investment club. He also has leading roles at EY (Ernst&Young) as Healthcare and Life Sciences Sectors Leader for Turkey, and Healthcare Sector Senior Advisor for Central, East, Southeast Europe since July 2014.

During his 20 years of career in Company Siemens, Eren held various roles such as CEO of Clinical Products Division for the Central Eastern Europe and Russia&Central Asia Regions and also CEO of South Asia Region. He was Board Member of Acıbadem Health Group and held management positions at Hospital Groups in Switzerland (Canton Hospital St.Gallen) and in Turkey (International Hospital).

Eren is Board Member in several companies in Germany, Canada, US and Turkey and he is an Angel Investor.

Blaz Brodnjak

Blaz Brodnjak

CEO at NLB d.d.

Blaž Brodnjak is CEO of NLB d.d., parent bank of the NLB Group, the leading banking and financial group with headquarters and an exclusive strategic interest in Southeast Europe.

He is a senior corporate banker with more than 20 years of diverse experience at managerial positions on all levels of international banking groups. Blaž has grown operationally into the business from the account officer (sales) level, while he developed managerial skills via heading a business subsegment (department), a segment (division) and the whole commercial activity (board member) in Slovenian subsidiaries of international banking groups (BACA, Raiffeisen and BAWAG P.S.K.). He has also acted as the chief investment officer in the largest insurance company, headquartered in the SEE – Triglav Group, to later function as the division head (B-1) for corporate banking in the EUR 34 billion Hypo Alpe Adria banking group, focused on the SEE region. He has joined NLB d.d. in 2012 as Member of the Management Board and has taken over the CEO and CMO positions in July 2016.

Besides professional banking skills he has substantial experience at corporate governance, having been acting on managerial or supervisory positions in 17 sizeable banks, as well as 3 insurance companies, 1 market leading asset management and one larger international production company in altogether 8 countries.

Outside of business world Blaž enjoys spending time with his family and working diligently in his family vineyard. He is also an ardent advocate of sustainability either in business or in private life.

Aneta Trpevska

Aneta Trpevska

State Secretary in the Ministry of Education of Macedonia
14:00 - 15:00 / Lunch
15.00 - 15.30 / How We are Transforming our Business
Alexandros Kamaras

Alexandros Kamaras

Managing Director South East Europe at Imperial Tobacco

Since 1997, Alex has been leading Imperial Tobacco business in South East Europe, based in Athens.
He joined the company as General Manager Greece. Gradually, his responsibilities have been expanded to include 13 Markets, the most important of which are Italy, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia and N. Macedonia.

Prior to joining  Imperial, between 1985 and 1997, Alex worked for big multinational organizations, such as Unilever, SC Johnson & Son and L’Oréal, in Marketing positions.

He graduated from Athens University with a Degree in Economics and holds an MBA from the City University Business School of London.

15:30 - 16:45 / SESSION 3: The Power of Great Leadership in Business and Sports
John Bitove

John Bitove

Co-founder and Member of the Board of Directors at Macedonia2025

John I. Bitove has a distinguished record of accomplishment in corporate, sports and community endeavours. He is the sole shareholder of Obelysk, which has major investments in wireless, satellite radio, real estate, restaurants and other businesses. In 1993 he founded the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club.  As a co-founder of Macedonia2025, John sits on many charity boards and founded the S’Cool Life Fund, to support public elementary schools across Canada. Since the launch in 2005, S’Cool Life Fund has raised and donated over $3 million helping to make school life more enjoyable for thousands of public elementary school kids.

Gjorgje Vojnovic

Gjorgje Vojnovic

Chief Executive Officer, Triglav Osiguruvanje AD, Skopje

Gjorgje Vojnovic is the CEO of TriglavOsiguruvanje AD, Skopje and President of the Association of Financial Organizations at the Economic Chamber. He started his professional career at the age of 15, as a basketball player. Throughout his career he played for several Macedonian and international basketball teams, and was a representative player for the National Basketball Team. While advancing in his sports career, Vojnovic gained a University degree at the Faculty of Physical Education, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje. He finished his Master’s studies at Sheffield’s University City College in Thessaloniki, with a dissertation in marketing. In 2006 he was appointed as General Manager of the official Ford importer in Macedonia and in 2007 started working in the financial sector as a Member of the Management Board in the leasing company Hypo Alpe Adria Leasing. In 2012 Vojnovic was appointed as CEO in Triglav Osiguruvanje AD, Skopje and ever since is working in the insurance sector. He attended and completed the Advanced Management Program at Northwestern University-Kellogg School of Management in 2018.

In addition to his professional engagements, he is a member of numerous associations and institutions and devoted to humanitarian projects.

Blagoja Milevski

Blagoja Milevski

Head Coach of the Macedonian National Football Team

Born on 25.03.1971 in Skopje, Macedonia

Coaching License: UEFA Pro License

In his youth he left to play for Crvena Zvezda (Serbia), and continued his football career in Iraklis (Greece), Trikala (Greece), Slovenian Maribor, Pobeda Prilep, Paniliakos (Greece), Macedonia Gjorce Petrov, Ashdod (Israel), Cementarnica Skopje, again Macedonia Gjorce Petrov and the most trophy winning Macedonian club Vardar for the end of his career as a player.

He started his coaching career in FC Vardar. He was an assistant in the professional staff of the generation that won the championship title in the 2011/12 season.

As head of the professional staff of FC Vardar, he won the MFL championship title for the 2012/13 season and the Super Cup title in the Macedonian league.

In 2014, he was appointed selector of the national team of Macedonia under 21.

Under the leadership of Blagoja Milevski, the Macedonian national team under 21 became the first football team from the country to qualify for a major competition.

Macedonia finished first in the qualifying group and secured a place among the 12 best youth national teams at the European Championship 2017 in Poland in a group with Spain, Portugal, and Serbia.

In 2018, he was the head coach of the Israeli Ashdod. After the termination of the contract with Ashdod, in 2019 he was re-appointed as the selector of the national team of Macedonia under 21.

The Macedonian national team finished the qualifications for the European Championship 2021 in second place, behind Spain and only due to the change in the format of the qualifications, Macedonia was not in the qualifying round for the European Championship.

The Football Federation of Macedonia on August 1, 2021 appointed him as a selector of the A national team of Macedonia.

Under the leadership of Blagoja Milevski, the Macedonian A national team for the first time in football history finished second in a qualifying round for the World Cup.

Macedonia finished the qualifications for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar behind Germany and secured a place in the playoffs for participation in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Awards and recognitions:

Coach of the Year named by the Football Federation of Macedonia for 2013;

Coach of the Year named by the Football Federation of Macedonia for 2016;

Coach of the Year named by the Agency for Youth and Sports for 2016;

Susan Niczowski

Susan Niczowski

Founder and President at “The Summer Fresh Salads Inc.”

Armed with a BSC in chemistry and a passion for real food, Susan has repeatedly reshaped the fresh gourmet food landscape.  Summer Fresh is approaching a 30 year milestone as Susan started the company in 1991 in the kitchen in her parents home, Summer Fresh has grown to a CFIA, HACCP, and BRC (AA rating) accredited food manufacturer that Canadians love. Susan has stayed true to the original goal of creating food from ingredients that you find in your own kitchen.

Susan and Summer Fresh have been recognized with numerous awards, including RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur, W100 Top Women Entrepreneurs, and Canada’s 50 Best Managed companies over 22 years running.

Kiril Lazarov

Kiril Lazarov

Head Coach of the Macedonian Senior Handball Team
19:00 - 21:00 / Cocktail Reception (Venue: Skopje Marriott Hotel)

Thursday, 19 May 2022

09:00 - 09:30 / Networking over Coffee
09.30 - 10.45 / SEASON 4: Supporting Women in STEM: It Takes a Village
Nina Angelovska

Nina Angelovska

President at Macedonian e-Commerce Association

Nina Angelovska, PhD is an entrepreneur, President of the Macedonian E-commerce Association, Asst. Prof. at the University of Tourism and Management, Skopje, and the former Minister of Finance of the Republic of North Macedonia.

 

She co-founded and was heading the first deal platform and leading e-commerce company in Macedonia, Grouper.mk, launched in 2011 that transformed the e-commerce market.

 

Angelovska’s passion for e-commerce, digital transformation and drive for change led her to establish the first Macedonian E-commerce Association in 2017. She was a member of several Boards including the Macedonian Economic Chamber and the European Ecommerce and Omnichannel Trade Association (EMOTA). Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors at Makedonski Telekom.

 

Angelovska works as an independent consultant in business development, marketing, digital economy and e-commerce, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and events striving to infuse passion and awake the potential of many young people.

 

Her hard work and impact have been widely recognized. In 2018 she was named Forbes 30 Under 30 and in 2019 she was named one of the seven global UNCTAD eTrade for Women Advocates. Recently she made a successful exit when the Polish Group Asseco SEE acquired her company, Grouper.mk.

Giles Norman

Giles Norman

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Embassy of Canada in Belgrade, Serbia

Mr. Giles Norman (BA Hons, Lancaster University, 1990; LLB, Queen’s University, 1996) joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1999 after being called to the Bar of the Law Society of Ontario in 1998.
His overseas assignments include political officer in Ankara (2001 to 2004), political and trade counsellor in Colombo (2007 to 2009) and first-ever director of the Canadian International Centre for the Arctic Region in Oslo (2009 to 2012), where he also served as chargé d’affaires for 9 months. After Oslo, he was posted to New York City until 2016 as the counsellor (legal, human rights, humanitarian) and legal counsel at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
At Headquarters, he has held a series of posts in the Legal Bureau and was deputy director of the Maghreb and Persian Gulf Division (2004 to 2007). Most recently, he was executive director of the Defence and Security Relations Division.
Mr. Norman is married and has two children

Filomena Pljakovska Asprovska

Filomena Pljakovska Asprovska

CEO, President of the Management Board at CaSys

Filomena Pljakovska-Asprovska, Chief Executive Director and President Management Board of CaSys AD, the only processor in the field of card operations, electronic commerce and certified card personalization bureau in the Republic of North Macedonia.
By vocation – BSc in Electrical Engineering, Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, Master’s degree at the Faculty of Economics at UKIM, alumni of the Schulich School of Business, York University Toronto CA and Kellog School of Management USA. She is an advocate and motivator of the motto that learning is a process that does not end, and every investment in itself is a value for the company, the environment and the society in which we live.
She started her working career as a System Administrator in the company, then as a Sector Director and for two terms a member of the Management Board.
During her 20 years of work experience as an expert, she has the opportunity to participate in many important projects for the implementation of innovations and new products in the field of the card industry. Proud of her team from the company for the first successful personalized chip cards in the country, the implementation of the highest security standards for data security PCI DSS and ISO, the introduction of secure e-commerce with 3D model and many other projects.
At the same time, she is a member of the National Council for Payment Systems at the NBRNM and the committee for encouraging non-cash payments with active participation and maximum support in the initiatives for encouraging and improving the use of electronic payment channels.
During her career, she has been engaged as a speaker and panellist at domestic conferences in the field of payment systems, security of card payments and topics in the field of electronic commerce.
The mission and goals continue to be achieved through continuous professional cooperation with banks and the entire ecosystem in which the company operates for equal participation in the modern global digital economies.

Nina Capric

Nina Capric

Government Relations Manager EMEA, NCR Corporation

As NCR Corporation’s Government Relations Manager EMEA, Nina is responsible for managing policy and advocacy initiatives in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

She also manages NCR’s external representation in Serbia, one of the company’s biggest and strategic locations. In that capacity, Nina is responsible for planning, executing and monitoring NCR Serbia’s external engagements and relationships with key stakeholders including government officials, business representatives, academia community and NCR Foundation’s non-profit partners.

 

Nina is also a member of NCR Serbia’s Leadership Council and has been serving at Women in NCR (WIN) Serbia’s Board since August 2021.

 

Prior to joining NCR in 2019, Nina was one of the coordinators of Clemson University’s (South Carolina, USA) study abroad programs in the Balkans and spent four years with the U.S. Embassy Belgrade’s commercial section.

 

She holds bachelor and master’s degrees in International Affairs from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade.

 

Nina lives in Belgrade and is passionate about U.S. politics and women’s rights.

Kati Iceva

Kati Iceva

Member of Board of Directors, Macedonia2025

Kati Iceva is computer science engineer and leader with over 18 years of experience building and shipping Microsoft products. As Group Engineering Manager, she currently leads the engineering team of Azure Stream Analytics, Microsoft’s real-time analytics service that is designed for mission-critical workloads and was named streaming analytics market leader by Forrester.  She is responsible for product strategy, technical vision, architecture, development and operations of the product. Her previous contributions span data technologies including multiple versions of the .NET Entity Framework and Power Query.  With her work, she hopes to contribute to advancing the quality of human lives and health.

Seeded in her experience of working on three continents, Kati has a strong passion for enabling and supporting diverse and inclusive teams and working environments. Hoping to see more women thrive in technology industries, she takes advantage of every opportunity to encourage girls to explore computer science.

Kati holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje and Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

She resides in Seattle, Washington with her husband Alek and their two children. Outside of work, you can find her skiing, running, hiking or practicing yoga.

10:45 – 11:20 / SESSION 5: Are countries aware of the risks of lagging behind in Tech/AI development?
Aco Momcilovic

Aco Momcilovic

Co-Director & Co-Founder at Global AI Ethics Institute

Born in Zagreb in 1980. After finishing Psychology at FFZG he went on Executive MBA at Cotrugli Business School. Further education is NLP Leadership Academy, and EU Funds Project Manager, and Integral School of Organizational Development. He is a Ph.D. Researcher on the University of
Dubrovnik – Digital Economy.
The first position in Human Resources was in Ledo and after that, he spent 4 years working in L’Oreal Adria. Next two years he was HR Manager in Billa (part of REWE Group) and after that position, he worked as an HR consultant on different projects (from headhunting to rightsizing and organizational change) in different industries. For 3 years he was in the position of CHRO in Rimac Automobili.
Additionally, he is lecturing in different business schools on different HR topics, Corporate Culture and, other business subjects. Currently, he is Visiting Professor at the Swiss School of Business and Management- Human Resources Management.
From the beginning of 2018, he is the owner of the FutureHR company, working as an HR and Business Expert/ Consultant for different clients. Covering projects of Company Mission and Vision, Company Branding, Organizational Design, Recruitment, Educations, Compensation and Benefits,
Business Counseling and Mentoring, Management Development.
In his free time, he is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of MBA Croatia, an association that is gathering all MBA alumni in Croatia, and founder and former president of business-humanitarian organization POZA. He is also part of the Meeting G2 project – which is connecting businesspeoplefrom the Croatian diaspora.

He is one of the founders of the Voice of Entrepreneurs association - the biggest association of SMEs in Croatia and a member of their Supervisory Board.
He is the creator and researcher of the National AI Capital concept, and Co-Founder and Co-Director of Global AI Ethics Institute, founded in Paris in 2021

Viktor Mizo

Viktor Mizo

Member of the Board of Directors, Macedonia2025 

Viktor Mizo is the Managing Director of Kostal Macedonia, part of the German family owned Kostal Group – global leader in design and manufacturing of advanced electronics and mechatronics products for the automotive industry. He is also President of the Association of foreign companies with technologically advanced manufacturing within the auspices of the Economic Chamber of Macedonia and an outside expert for McKinsey on various economic development, FDI and free zones projects around the World.

Mr. Mizo brings to Kostal a record of exceptional leadership and strategic vision, responsible for numerous greenfield investment projects by multinational companies that have located their production or service operations in Macedonia as a CEO of the Macedonia Free Zone Authority over a period of six year. Prior to that, he spent four years as CEO of Invest Macedonia, where he played a critical role in putting Macedonia on the radar of potential investors looking to expand in Europe and was a key member of the Government’s economic team.

He co-founded and managed a technology company specialized in digital file distribution for mobile phones in Japan, as well as an internet start-up in the media and entertainment space in London and New York. Preceding this, Mr. Mizo was a technology and financial services consultant at McKinsey’s New York office. He began his career as a design engineer at Magna International and a member of the esteemed Technical Leadership Program at General Electric where he worked on locomotive design that culminated in a Black Belt position in the Six Sigma quality initiative.

Mr. Mizo received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating summa cum laude. An alumnus of Harvard University, he holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

11:20 - 11:30 / Networking over coffee
11:30 – 12:45 / SESSION 6: Beyond Crypto Currencies - Impact of Blockchain Technologies on Industries
Petar Kajevski

Petar Kajevski

Austrian Chapter

Petar Kajevski is a management and IT consultant based in Vienna, Austria. He has worked in variety of functions spanning the two fields, particularly in the area of business value – helping companies understand the business impact of various IT solutions.

As an employee or a consultant, he has worked for companies such as Roland Berger, Arthur D. Little, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and Finastra. Mr. Kajevski holds an MBA from the University of St. Gallen, an MSc in Information Systems from the London School of Economics and an electric engineering degree from the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje.

Mladen Milanković

Mladen Milanković

Delivery Lead at HTEC

Mladen Milankovic has more than 15 years of hands-on experience in software development. His insatiable curiosity about new challenges has led him to explore various fields and technologies, and blockchain is one of them, the latest one. As a crypto enthusiast, he’s currently leading HTEC group in this exciting new world to explore its possibilities and help their clients leverage this new paradigm to drive business value.

Mladen graduates from Subotica Tech – College of Applied Sciences, and he holds a BsCA degree in Informatics, course Internet and E-commerce.

Mladen lives in Subotica with his wonderful wife and two sons and works from the Subotica HTEC office. Besides dabbling in the crypto world, Mladen also enjoys gravel/MTB biking, running, and playing board games.

Dr. Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes

Dr. Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes

CEO of Softhread Inc

Is a healthcare executive, futurist and globalist who is highly dedicated to digital and ethics advocacy. She is a Forbes Business Council member, digital strategist, passionate educator and entrepreneurship ecosystem builder, known as an expert speaker, board advisor and consultant. Throughout her career she has received several awards for excellence in research, teaching or leadership. She is the recipient of numerous awards most notably: WBAF World Excellence Award-Social Entrepreneurship 2021, Top 25 Quantum Technology Leader, Top 20 Global Leaders in Digital Twins Technologies, Top 50 Global Leaders in Health Tech,Top 50 Global Ecosystem Leaders, Top 100 Visionary In Education Award 2021, Top 100 Global Women in Leadership Award 2021, Top 100 World Women Vision Award, 2021-Innovation & Tech, Top 150 Women in Business To Follow, Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise 2021 (nominee), Top 50 Global Thinkers ( Nominee), Nations of Women Change Makers Award ( finalist), Top 100 Healthcare Leader 2020 Award, Top 100 Finance Leader 2020 Award, and Top 100 Women in Crypto 2020. Additionally, she serves as an Expert Advisor to the EU Blockchain Observatory Forum, and was appointed to the Board of Advisors fro several organizations.

During her academic tenure she taught several courses within the Medical School, as well as the combined MD/PhD and MD/MPH programs. Throughout her career, Dr. Vasiliu-Feltes held several leadership positions and is a member of numerous prestigious professional organizations. She holds several certifications, such as Bioethics from Harvard, Artificial Intelligence and Business Strategy from MIT Sloan, Blockchain Technology and Business Innovation from MIT Sloan, Finance from Harvard Business School, Negotiation from Harvard Law School, Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Stanford Graduate School of Business, Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management, Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Patient Safety Officer by the International Board Federation of Safety Managers, Master Black Belt in Lean and Six Sigma Management, Professional in Healthcare Quality by the National Association of Healthcare Quality, Manager for Quality and Organizational Excellence, by the American Society for Quality, and Certified Risk Management Professional by the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.

Dr. Vasiliu-Feltes is CEO of Softhread Inc., the Founder and CEO of The Science, Entrepreneurship and Investments Institute, Founder & CEO of Revexpo Consulting and currently serving as a Country Director for WBAF USA, Senator of WBAF, Faculty Member of the WBAF Business School- Division of Entrepreneurship, and teaching the Executive MBA Business Technology Course at the UM Business School. She is also acting as the Chief Innovation Officer for Government Blockchain Association. Most recently she served as President of Detect Genomix, Chief Quality and Safety Officer Chief and Innovation Officer for Mednax, Chief Quality and Safety Officer and Chief of Compliance for the University of Miami UHealth System.

Additionally, Dr. Vasiliu-Feltes is an Honorary Advisory Board Member of several companies, entrepreneurship incubators or accelerators, as well as an Editorial Board Member for several international publications, an author, keynote speaker and TV/Media partner.

Laura K. Inamedinova

Laura K. Inamedinova

CEO of LKI Consulting

Laura K. Inamedinova is the CEO of London based Blockchain focused 7-digits valued Marketing agency “LKI Consulting”.
Laura bought her first Bitcoin in 2016 when she got her first Client. With a STEM background, cybersecurity knowledge and a Bachelor of Physics, she joined the blockchain industry with a philosophy of making our financial world a more private, transparent space for all parties. She grew her agency x5 in the times of pandemic with a goal of empowering beginner crypto projects struggling to break through heavy regulations.
In 2020, Miss Inamedinova has been named as one of the “10 Women Entrepreneurs Who Are Shattering the Glass Ceiling” by Entrepreneur magazine. Huffington Post has titled her as “Communications Expert” in 2016.
She began her communications career as a contributor for Forbes at the age of 21 and, later, contributor for Huffington Post at the age of 22.

Anastasia Ksenofontova

Anastasia Ksenofontova

Independent Management Advisor

Anastasia Ksenofontova is an independent management consulting partner. She helps companies worldwide exceed the market through client-centered strategies and digital transformation. She has experience in designing and piloting blockchain solutions for settlement and reconciliation in the energy industry.

Previously she served clients as a New York based Partner at the Boston Consulting Group, and earlier at Bain & Co and Roland Berger in Europe. She also drove change as a strategic leader in the banking industry. This unique combination of experiences provided her with a deep understanding of business and a wide range of management approaches.

Gui Vohringer

Gui Vohringer

COO and Co-founder at Mesh ID

“Gui is the co-founder of Mesh ID, a blockchain-based software solution helping corporates and individuals identify themselves with their financial services providers as easily as showing a passport at the airport. Mesh ID speeds up onboarding times from months to minutes. Gui has worked in the financial services industry for 15+ years in various technology and operations leadership roles at some of the world’s largest professional services firms.”

11:30 – 12:45 / Can Women be Successful and Happy? (Parallel session)
Ines Kaps

Ines Kaps

Senior Manager, Head of Change Management & Communication, MSG Advisors

Ines Kaps is Head of Change and Communication at msg industry advisors. As a transformation expert she has more than 20 years of Digitalization Consulting on her belt. In her international Projects she combines effective project management with impactful change management.

Ines is also the founder of WomenLoveConsulting and is providing consulting firms a stellar promotion coaching program for their female talents. Ines has distilled her successes and failures of her consulting career in boutique and big4 consulting firms to empower women to thrive in their career. In 2022 she became an international bestselling author and speaker. Ines is married to the best husband in the world and loves her life.

12:45 - 13:30 / Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 / SESSION 7: Embracing Change with Purpose: Rethinking the World of Work
Andrew Wrobel

Andrew Wrobel

Founding Partner at Emerging Europe

Andrew Wrobel is the Founding Partner of Emerging Europe, a London-based intelligence, news and community platform, and the leader of the Tech Emerging Europe Advocates initiative, a member of the Global Tech Advocates network.

Trained as a journalist, he specializes in technology and innovation, foreign direct investment, nation branding and soft power, and cross-cultural communications. Andrew regularly interviews political and business leaders and speaks at or moderates international political, economic and technology events, where he promotes discussion about emerging Europe. He is also a juror at various international business-related competitions, a media coach, a location promotion trainer and a media commentator.

He has authored and contributed to a number of international business, investment and trade-related publications.

Jacek Ratajczak

Jacek Ratajczak

CEO at Zonifero

Jacek Ratajczak, CEO Zonifero (www.zonifero.com) and Graduate of Cultural Studies at UWr and International Trade and UE Wrocław. Co-founder PLUGin Foundation (www.weareplug.in). Zonifero provides a platform for enabling smooth transformation of workplaces to meet the new reality of hybrid work and flex resource management.

Jacek has over 10 years’ experience in IT sales and management, and specializes in future of work, international trade, management psychology and sustainability. He has lived in India, France and the UK.

Emil Hristov

Emil Hristov

Founder at Domaselo

Emil is the founder and CEO of domaselo, an online marketplace for artisanal food and a place for food typically found at a “home in a village” (authentic recipes, local ingredients, and small batch).

Emil is also an active investor and manager of residential real estate purpose built for short-term renting. He previously owned and operated construction and solar companies in the US with focus on publicly funded projects.

Alessandra Molz

Alessandra Molz

ILO Skills Specialist

Alessandra is a Senior Specialist for Skills Development at the sub-regional office for Central and Eastern Europe (Budapest, Hungary) of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). She focuses on the Western Balkans, Ukraine and Moldova. Her specialisations include innovative learning technologies, sector-based skills anticipation, lifelong learning and workplace learning. Previously, Alessandra worked for the ILO office for the Andean Countries (Lima, Peru; 1998-2002), the International Training Centre of the ILO (Turin, Italy 2005-2018) and was a seconded expert with CEDEFOP (Thessaloniki, Greece; 2009 – 2010). Alessandra holds Master’s Degrees in, Educational Science, Political Science and a Postgraduate Degree in Development Politics.

14:30 - 14:45 / Networking over coffee
14:45 – 15:05 / Fireside Chat
Bojana Kiseloski

Bojana Kiseloski

Moderator

Passion for a better society has brought Bojana Kiseloski as a member to our Ambassadors Club in Macedonia2025.

Bojana is also passionate about learning. She thinks that learning is a gift that continuously gives to the person who is nurturing and growing their knowledge.

Throughout her career she purposefully exposes herself to different roles and projects both in Macedonia and in international environments and thinks that is one of her great strengths. She spend the last four years working in Kuwait for the United States Government (USG), and has also experience in sales and telecommunications.

In 2019, she also became a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council. An opt-in research community of business professionals.

Bojana holds Bachelor degree in business administration from Euro College Kumanovo (official partner of American Heritage University of Southern California) and an International MBA degree from Cotrugli Business School. She attended various online programs from Harvard Business School on topics such as business analytics, finance, negotiations and data and is a certified Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute.

Ilir Sela

Ilir Sela

Founder & CEO @ Slice

Ilir Sela (eh-leer sell-uh) is the Founder and CEO of Slice, the all-in-one ordering and marketing tech platform for local pizzerias. Ilir is “third generation pizza.” Born to an Albanian family in Macedonia and raised in Staten Island, he grew up helping his family run their New York City pizzerias.

After getting a degree in Computer Science, Ilir started his first company, Nerd Force, in 2003 and sold it in 2008. He then combined his passion for technology with his deep experience in the pizza industry to build Slice — a company that empowers local pizzerias with the tech, data, and marketing to compete with the big chains.

Through its partnerships, Slice has driven over $1B in earnings for over 17,000 independent pizzerias nationwide.

15:05 – 16:00 / SESSION 11: An Uphill Sprint: Going Global
Borko Handjiski

Borko Handjiski

Member of the Board of Directors at Macedonia2025

Borko Handjiski is Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company. He joined McKinsey’s Middle East office in June 2015 and has been primarily serving public sector clients in the Gulf region. Before joining McKinsey, Borko Handjiski worked for the World Bank in Washington DC as Senior Economist. Borko began his career at the Macedonian central bank and worked for the European Commission in Macedonia where he advised the government on economic policies related to EU accession.

Throughout his 14-year career, Borko has worked with governments in Europe, Central Asia, Africa, and the Middle East in the areas of economic development, public finances, investment, trade, and labor markets.

Borko holds an MBA degree in finance from Purdue University and a BA in Economics from the University of Skopje. He resides with his family in Dubai.

Gogo Rafajlovski

Gogo Rafajlovski

COO at SEEUTechPark

Operational Director at SEEUTechPark and IP Consultant who helps entrepreneurs and innovative startups reach-out their maximum potential.

With an ongoing 15-year career in managing StartUp Centers, Incubators, Accelerators & TechParks he has build-up portfolio of experienced consultant, mentoring over 100 regional startups – with a special passion towards technology & brands.

His background includes: ScaleUp Growth, Investments, Intellectual Property & Valuations.

Dusko Cifliganec

Dusko Cifliganec

Adora Engineering

Dushko Chifliganec is young, motivated and energized businessman who spent mostly of his adolescence in the Middle East, obtaining BA in Economics and Business at the prestigious American University in Dubai.

Dushko believes that Dubai besides enabling him to acquire exceptional academic education, its fast and ever growing environment imposed positive pressure on himself to develop sharp and entrepreneurial mindset, which he sees as his most valuable asset.

For almost a decade, Dushko serves as VP at the family-owned Adora Business Group, one the largest privately owned group of companies in North Macedonia. He is fully devoted in continuing Adora’s success as Real Estate Developer in the South-East Europe region and beyond, spicing their projects up with all the latest innovation technology present in the real estate development science globally, keeping their proud synonym as quality real estate pioneers secured. In addition, continuously, Dushko and the team boldly seek for new business development opportunities in the fields such as Financials, Stock Markets, Energy Production etc, executing few successfully large-scale business diversification in the past years, such as becoming the largest single shareholder with 15% stake in Komercijalna Banka AD Skopje, North Macedonia’s largest bank.

Dushko proudly says CSR is deeply embodied in the DNA of his and the companies he is associated with. He believes that companies’ true measure of success is the level of social equity and quality of life they are able to generate in the regions of their operations.

Relja Markovic

Relja Markovic

CTO at MLCommons

Relja Marković is an engineering and product leader with a track record of bringing new technologies to market. He is the CTO of MLCommons, a machine learning non-profit backed by the tech industry to standardize solutions to industry wide ML problems. He has extensive experience in the immersive AR/VR space, having served as Director of Engineering on Google Daydream, CTO on Microsoft HoloLens experiences, and Engineering Manager on Microsoft Kinect. He also led engineering for the Facebook Android app, and was a key contributor and graphics lead on a number of Xbox projects.

16:00 – 16:30 / Closing Remarks by HE Stevo Pendarovski, President of the Republic of North Macedonia
Stevo Pendarovski

Stevo Pendarovski

President of N. Macedonia

Stevo Pendarovski is the President of the Republic of North Macedonia. 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, University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius”.

For the past 11 years, he was a Professor at the UACS School of Political Science, teaching International Security, International Relations, Introduction to Politics, Globalization, Geopolitics, US Foreign policy, EU Foreign and Security policy, and Small States in World Affairs.

In the period 1998 – 2001, he was 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 had position Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of the Republic of Macedonia. From 2016 to 2017, he was Member of Parliament. From December 2017 until May 2019, he was National Coordinator for preparation of the Republic of North Macedonia for NATO membership

 

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