Biljana Markovic Stamenova
Biljana Markovic Stamenova, MBA, serves as the Executive Director at Macedonia2025 since March 2015. She started working at the organization in 2011 as a Manager of the Skopje Branch. As of 2015, the organization’s HQ were transferred to Skopje and the local team and the activities significantly expanded. Mrs. Markovic Stamenova currently works on planning and executing economic development and educational initiatives that strengthen the organization’s presence in Macedonia and globally. Previously, as an Operations Manager at the American Chamber of Commerce in Macedonia she has worked on developing strategic partnerships, programs and communication tools that significantly improved the association’s good standing. Her previous job posts include business development activities as well as project-based posts at institutions such as the University of Pittsburgh in Macedonia, the World Bank’s IFC, etc.
Vase Georgievska is a Financial Officer at the Skopje office since January 2015. She is responsible for financial planning, control and reporting. Ms. Georgievska has lived in Toronto, Canada for 16 years and during that time she obtained a Business Administration Diploma, Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance, and passed the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) exams. Her previous experience comes from the pension fund industry, where she acted as a Portfolio Manager and conduced analysis of domestic and foreign investment opportunities.
Elena Zhurkova currently works as an Education Programs Coordinator, directly responsible for the smooth implementation of the education programs. She started as a volunteer at the Investment Summit 2013 and continued as a Program Assistant of MK2025, assisting in the developing and implementing of educational and economic development programs. Elena has a BA in Italian language and literature and has a working experience for more than 5 years in translation, teaching foreign languages and Macedonian language to foreigners.
Maja Staleska started her internship in Macedonia2025 in March 2014 and joined the team in October 2015. She is working as program coordinator at the moment and she is also involved in all ongoing organizational activities. She is degreed social worker with great background of 5 years of work and experience in civil society organizations in Macedonia. She has been a coordinator of an ongoing regional project for four years and is one of the founders of international organization Freja Academy. She has great interest in project management and international cooperation.
Aleksandra Kolozheg currently works as marketing and communications officer at Macedonia2025. She was born in Vienna, Austria. She is a recent graduate at the University of Cyril and Methodius, Faculty of Economics, department e-business. Aleksandra has a broad experience in the NGO sector. She was an active member of AIESEC for 4 years, working in various positions, from project manager in organizational committee teams to VP in executive boards on a local and national level, all in the field area of marketing, communications and PR.
Brendan Filipovski started as a volunteer Project Assistant in September 2016. Brendan was born in Australia and has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University, and a Masters in Political Economy from the University of Sydney. He worked in Australia’s central bank for over 10 years, where he worked in policy, risk management and on a high-profile IT project connected with asset-backed securities. During this time he also co-authored a published paper on the impact of payment system reforms in cash machine fees. Brendan has served two terms as President of the staff union while at the bank and was a board member for the Financial Sector Union. He has also worked for the Australian department of industry, and a small hedge fund during the global-financial crisis. Brendan additionally volunteered in a range of organizations, including a charity for helping people recover from severe debt (Christians Against Poverty). Brendan is now realizing his dream of living and working in Macedonia for its advancement.
Dimitar Chatleski is a graduate of the American University in Bulgaria, holding BA in Business Administration and Information Systems. His passion towards management and entrepreneurship lead him, together with 4 other colleagues, to dedicate themselves towards implementation of their first startup idea. Although unsuccessful, the experience opened new doors, allowing him to work for a Bulgarian Seed Fund and Rocket Internet supported startup. After coming to Macedonia, Dimitar focused himself towards the NGO world. Currently, he is working as a Diaspora Relations/Business Development Assistant at Macedonia 2025. While away from his desk, Dimitar tends to be passionate about personal growth and self-development, digital marketing and healthy lifestyle.
Ema Jakimovska holds the position of Communications Assistant at Macedonia2025. She is currently doing her Master studies in International Relations – Conflict Resolution, Diplomacy and Human Rights at the Faculty of Philosophy, University Ss. Cyril and Methodius – Skopje. She will be responsible for the communication with our media partners at this year’s MK2025 Summit. Being a graduated Translator and Interpreter, Ema has experience in translation, content creation and development. She is also interested in literature and digital marketing.
Ljupcho joined the team in 2018 as a technician and media creator. He is involved in creating video content and maintaining website functionality. He also works on tasks related to computer hardware, software and network in the company. Ljupcho graduated at the Faculty of Law – Journalism. After his studies, he worked as a Freelance Video Editor and at a small Macedonian video production company, where he gained most of his skills for what he is doing today. He has great interest in web-design and web-development. He has also attended a course on web-programming at “Semos Education” Academy.
Stefan Ivanovski started his Macedonia2025 journey in 2017 when he was volunteering as part of the Organizing Team for the MK2025 Summit 2017. Not long after the Summit he joined the team, starting his internship in February, as part of the multimedia team working on video content and web development.
Stefan is finalizing his marketing studies at the Faculty of Economics (University Ss. Cyril and Methodius – Skopje). He is also an active AIESEC alumni, after 4 years of participating in the organization, where he first started with video editing. He held positions in the Executive Boards, both of local and national level, working in the fields of Design and Information Management.
During his studies Stefan worked as a video editor in a news agency and as a freelance graphic designer.