Session of School of Public Policy Mother Teresa (First for Generation 2018/9), June 29-July 1, 2018, Hotel Metropol, Ohrid Public Policy Analysis in Theory and Practice

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Program of the Seminar

Friday (29.06.2018)

18:00 – 19:30

Prof. Biljana Vankovska

Democratic Challenges to Macedonian policy making processes








19:30-20:30 Dinner

20:30-22:00 Social event: Quiz

Moderator: Zharko Cvetkovski, Center for Research and Policy Making









Saturday (30.06.2017)



10:00 – 11:30

Viktor Mizo

FDI’s and Public policy in Macedonia, problems and solutions


Coffee Break






12:00- 13:30

Ivan Stefanovski

Democratic reforms in Macedonia: issues and prospects for the future







13:30 – 15:00



Aleksandar Andrija Pejović

The Western Balkans and the Integration efforts









François Lafond

EU and policy changes in Macedonia





18:30- 20:00


20:00- 21:00

Sharing Experiences from the School and End of Day 2,

Sunday (01.07.2018)




Prof. Marjan Gjurovski

Contemporary conceptual approaches to developing security policy in the Republic of Macedonia

(Coffee Break during session)






Prof. Tamara Dimitrijevska-Markoski is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy in the department of Political Science and Public Administration at Mississippi State University.

Introduction to Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis











End of the Seminar and departure




Biographies of Lecturers

Dr. Dimitrijevska-Markoski is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy in the department of Political Science and Public Administration at Mississippi State University. Her primary research interests are performance measurement and management of local governments and social impact bonds. Her doctoral dissertation: Use of Performance Information by Local Government Administrators: Evidence from Florida” examined the factors that facilitate and hinder the use of performance data by local governments. Her work appears in the International Journal of Public Policy and she has presented at number of national conferences including ASPA, APPAM and PMRC. Dr. Dimitrijevska-Markoski earned her Ph.D. in Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida.  She also holds MA in Human Rights from the Central European University in Hungary and a dual BA in Political Science & International Relations, and European Studies from the American University in Bulgaria.

Ivan Stefanovski is PhD candidate at Scuola Normale Superiore, Department of Political and Social Sciences, alumnus of the School. Ivan Stefanovski holds a bachelor degree in Law and an LL.M. degree in Constitutional Law, both from the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. He started his PhD in Constitutional Law at the same university in 2013. He is a member of several international foundations and groups.

Prof. Biljana Vankovska is Full Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, Department for Security, Defence and Peace Studies, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. She is faculty staff member at the European Peace University (EPU), Stadschlaining, Austria. She was Senior Fellow at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) in 2001/2002 and served as Guest Senior Research Fellow at Copenhagen Peace Research Institute between 1997-2000. She has served in elected positions in several international academic associations. Since 1999 she has been International Advisor of Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Studies (TFF) in Lund. She has published 9 books and edited 3, and authored over 100 book chapters and scholarly articles, mostly published abroad. Vankovska was editor-in chief of the scholarly journal “Bezbednosni dijalozi” (Security Dialogues), and also serves as a member of editorial board of a number of other international scholarly journals. Prof. Vankovska heads the Strategic Advisory Board of Center for Research and Policy Making.

Marjan Gjurovski is a security sector reform expert. He is a Vice-Dean and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Security – Skopje, Macedonia. He was spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense, an Advisor to the Minister of Defense for Strategic Policy and Communications, an Advisor to the President for Strategic Communication and Public Relations, an Advisor to the Vice Prime Minister for European Integration for Strategic Policy and Communications, and an Advisor to the Prime Minister for Public Relations. Professor Gjurovski is Executive Director of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy.

Francois Lafond has been recently nominated Adviser to Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, at Skopje. He was before for the last three years associate professor in Sciences Po Paris (Euro-American campus), lecturer at University of Paris-Sud and European consultant for IJL-Un Forum pour le Monde (2017). Previously, he was the executive director of EuropaNova (2013-2016), secretary general of the French Aspen Institute (2012-13), and director of the Paris office of The German Marshall Fund of the US (2008-2011). Before, François Lafond was a special adviser of the Italian Minister for Regional Affairs (2007-8), of the Italian undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs (2006-7) in Rome. Former deputy director of Policy Network in London (2003-6), researcher of the think tank Notre Europe with Jacques Delors in Paris (1999-2003), research associate at the European University Institute’s Robert Schuman Centre in Florence (1995-9). He is also currently member of the agenda working group Halifax International Security Forum (Washington), International collaborator for Navigator Shipping Consultants Ltd (Athens), editorial member of the Italian think tank Volta (Milan), and a regular collaborator of European media (France 24, Challenges, Rai3 Mondo) and has a column in France Forum on European affairs. He has recently translated from Italian to French the book from Sandro Gozi, Génération ERASMUS: ils sont déjà au pouvoir (Plon, May 2016). He has been honoured “Ufficiale dell’ordine della Stella d’Italia” in September 2014.

Viktor Mizo was director of the Directorate for Technological Industrial Development Zones (Free Zones Authority) of the government of Macedonia and a key member of the Government’s economic team responsible for attracting foreign investments. Preceding this, Mr. Mizo spent four years putting Macedonia on the radar of potential investors looking to expand in Europe, as CEO of Invest Macedonia. He 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, Mr. Mizo holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Aleksandar Andrija Pejović, is a former Minister of European Affairs, Chief Negotiator for Montenegro’s Accession to the European Union. He completed post-graduate studies in International Relations – European and South East European Studies in Athens, Greece. Prior to his election as the Minister in 2016, he was State Secretary for European Integration, (2012 – 2016). He also served as the Ambassador – Head of the Mission of Montenegro to the EU (2010-2012) and the Permanent Representative – Ambassador of Montenegro to Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the Hague (2010-2014).

Prof. Zhidas Daskalovski holds a PhD from the Political Science Department, Central European University. He has published numerous scholarly articles on politics in the Southeast European region, as well as co-edited books including: Understanding the War in Kosovo (Frank Cass: London, 2003) and Ten Years after the Ohrid Framework Agreement: Lessons (to be) Learned from the Macedonian Experience, (CRPM and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung: Skopje 2012). A professor of political science, he is Director of the Council of Europe supported School of Public Policy |Mother Teresa|. Dr. Daskalovski is the 2008 Young Scientist of the Year of the Macedonian Academy of Science, one of the Distinguished Persons of Bitola of the University of Kliment Ohridski and a recipient of a number of distinguished research fellowships including the Lord Dahrendorf Fellowship at St. Antony’s College at the Oxford University, the School of Slavonic and East European Studies Macedonian Studies Fellowship, and the Social Science Research Council/ Ethnobarometer Fellowship at the University of North Caroline. He has written Macedonia country reports for Freedom House/Nations in Transit, Open Budget Index, Global Integrity Report, Bertelsmann Transformation Index, UNDP People Centred Analysis, UN Human Development Report. His expertise is prominent in the fields of policy analysis in general and decentralization, democratization, ethnic and multicultural issues in particular. Dr. Daskalovski has a thorough policy research experience working for the Center for Research and Policy Making, War Torn Societies Project (WSP), Local Government Initiative, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the European Stability Initiative. He was the Chief Advisor to Mr. New Democracy’s leader Imer Selmani at the 2009 presidential and local elections.


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