During Covid-19 times policymakers and the public sector face their biggest test in generations. We asked our lecturers, in fields ranging from local governance to international development, from conflict resolution expert to those dealing with international relations, to tell us how this epochal event has changed the process of policy making in Macedonia and beyond. How to fight best the health, economic, social, and political crisis stemming from COVID-19. We aimed to discuss these issues at the first weekend session of the School in 2021. Lecturers/discussants are coming from diverse backgrounds and some were the alumni with experience in the public policy field of and have dealt with the issue at hand. The participants were from the School generation 2020/2021. The aim was to strengthen the common understanding among the participants and lecturers of the School on the importance of further developing high quality policies in the country. The methods which were used are round table presentations, debates, and discussions as well as classical lecture followed by questions and answers period. The session was broadcasted online via the Zoom platform, too. This enabled all alumni of the School to actively follow and participate with their own views on the matter.
Ida Manton: Visiting Professor at the University of Economics, Prague (Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze) and International Consultant.
Anastas Vangeli (PhD, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences) is a Research Fellow at the EU*Asia Institute at the ESSCA School of Management, and an Adjunct Professor at ESSCA’s Shanghai Campus.
Vishna Shorova-Angelova, Associate for international cooperation, Department for Local economic development, Municipality of Shtip.
Iskra Koroveshovska, PhD, Head of News Department, Alfa Televizija.
Kristina Misheva, LL.M, PhD, Associate Professor at the Business Law Department at the Faculty of Law at Goce Delchev University.
Ivica Bocevski, diplomat, former Vice Prime Minister and ambassador of Macedonia to Brasil.
Gjorgje Ivanov, PhD, former President of the Republic of Macedonia