Former CRPM staff

Mr. Ivan Stefanovski holds a PhD in Political Science and Sociology from the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences in Florence, at the University of Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy. He studied law at the Faculty of Law in Skopje (undergraduate and master studies). His main areas of research interest are social movements, democratization, Europeanization, political polarization and radicalization, as well as the public policy-making process in Southeast Europe. He was Executive Director of Eurothink – Center for European Strategies  and now is Program Officer at National Democratic Institute (NDI).

Ms. Ana Krstinovska holds a master’s degree in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium), a Master in Conference Interpretation from Sts. Cyril and Methodius University (Skopje, R. Macedonia) and a Specialization in Chinese Language and Culture from Beijing Foreign Studies University (Beijing, PR China). Her previous professional experience includes the positions of State Secretary in the Secretariat for European Affairs, Advisor for Cooperation with International Organizations in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia and EU-accredited freelance interpreter. Blazheska is an alumna of the US State Department International Visitors Program for Women Leaders – Promoting Peace and Security on the UN SC Resolution 1325 and alumna of the School of Public Policy “Mother Teresa”. She is founder and President of ESTIMA (think tank).


Mr. Mile Aleksoski Ltc. (retired) holds BA from the Military Aviation Academy in Zadar, Croatia and Diploma from the School of Political studies of South-East Europe. During his career he attended numerous trainings, courses, seminars and conferences in different areas (International Security, CIMIC, CEP etc.)

He is a highly experienced professional and has special interest in the area of civil military relations, international military and political conditions in the SEE region, security policy, crisis management and peacekeeping operations.

Ms. Ana Mickovska-Raleva holds a BA degree in Psychology from the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius from Skopje and an MPhil degree in Education from the University in Cambridge, UK. She has previously worked as a Project Assistant on two USAID projects and has an extensive experience as a survey conductor for Brima Gallup. Her interests range from social psychology issues (group relations, forming stereotypes and prejudice, media influence on forming opinions) and issues of educational modernization and quality. She has published her studies in domestic and international journals and presented her research at several international conferences. Her areas of specialization include: education policy research, project monitoring and evaluation, and quantitative data analysis. She works in Macedonian Center for Civic Education as a Project Coordinator.

Mr. Emil Shurkov holds a BA in Political Science and European Studies from the American University in Blagoevgrad and an MSc. in Public Policy and Human Development from Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Before joining CRPM in January 2014 Shurkov has been working in the private sector, more specifically, banking, insurance, education, environmental consulting etc. He has participated in a number of international trainings, forums and conferences. His research and personal interests include, but are not limited to: emerging and green technologies, sustainable development and energy efficiency, sustainable transport and energy, economy. He is Project Analyst at Sensitech.

Mr. Zdravko Veljanov has a Bachelor degree in Translation and Interpreting with Cultural Studies from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje; MA degree in Conference Interpreting from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje and MA/MSc degree in European Studies from Europa-Universität Flensburg, Germany and University of Southern Denmark, Denmark. His research interests include, but are not limited to: social and transitional justice, industrial relations, human rights and democracy, policy-making, good governance and constitutionalization. Zdravko is PhD Student at Political Science Department of Central European University.

Ana Nikolovska Ristovski, M.A

Ana is Senior Bank Officer at NLB Banka AD Skopje.



Nedzad Mehmedovic, PhD

Former Deputy Minister for Political System and Inter-Community Relations in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia. Deputy Chairman of the Coordination Body for the Implementation of the Strategy for One Society and Interculturalism in 2020. President of Institute for Public Policy, researcher/assistant professor at Institute of National History.

Vladimir Lazarevik, M.A

Principal at Arthur D. Little, former HIS Health Economist – Health Systems Financing, consultant at McKinsey & Company, Director, Health grouper.


Ivan Bimbilovski, PhD

Rector, Associate Professor at University of St. Paul the Apostle.



Jeton Krasniqi

Project Officer, Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC), Deputy Chief of Party and Capacity Development Manager at USAID’S CIVIC ENGAGEMENT PROJECT (CEP).


Zoran Nechev, M.A

Head of the Center for EU integration/Senior Researcher at Institute for Democracy Societas Civilis Skopje, ETH Zurich, Center for International and Comparative Studies, Programme Manager, Association for Development Initiatives – Zenith.

Anastas Vangeli, PhD

Assistant Professor at University of Ljubljana, Research Fellow (EU*Asia Institute), at ESSCA Ecole de management, Senior Non-Resident Fellow ( at T.wai – Torino World Affairs Institute.


Sanja (Kostovska) Vrbek, PhD

Assistant with a doctorate, Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana


Dimitar Nikolovski, PhD 

Executive Director of the Center for European Strategies-Eurothink. He furthermore acts as the External Associate of the Institute for Advanced Studies Kőszeg in Hungary.


Ilija Talev, PhD

Deputy Representative at UNICEF, Chișinău, Moldova, former Social Policy Specialist at UNICEF Belize.



Riste Zmejkovski, M.A

EU Delegation to Macedonia, Communications Officer, former Chief of Party, Balkan Investigative Network Reporting (BIRN).



Natalija Spasovska, M.A

Regional Technical Advisor at GIZ.



Driton Nebiu, M.A

Advisor for Support of the Parliamentary Group in the Area of Political System, Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia.



Bashkim Bakiu, M.A

Director of Policy Analysis Centre, Alliance for Albanians, Director, Institute for Policy Research and Good Governance.


Erol Shakiri, B.A,

Contract Management at Fluor Government Group International Inc.



Mirjana Stankovic (Todorovska), PhD

Center for Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, for which she has won the World Bank Robert McNamara fellowship. She is also a recipient of a Centre for International Cooperation and Development (CICOPS) scholarship from the University of Pavia, Italy. Dr. Stankovic has also been a Fulbright Fellow and a Visiting Scholar at Duke University School of Law, researching the legal aspects of technology transfer as a factor for economic growth of developing countries. She already holds an LL.M. in International Business Law granted by the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

Enisa Bajrami, M.A

Quality Assurance and Management Officer at South-East European Univeristy.


Igor Nikoloski, M.A

Head of Compliance Department at Stopanska Banka ad Bitola, Advisor to the Minister and member of the Government Committee for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Maciej Kaczorowski, M.A

Career Diplomat, Charge d’affaires, Macedonian Embassy in Israel, Senior Counselor for Northern and Central Europe at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Republic of Macedonia, former Charge d’affaires, Macedonian Embassy in Croatia.

Andrej Pulejkov, M.A

Executive Director, KB Publikum Invest AD Skopje.



Ms. Qëndresa SulejmaniM.A

Director of Programme at Metamorphosis Foundation



Vesna Jovanovska, M.A

Adviser at Ministry of economy.