The team of Finance Think is composed of prominent and recognized economic researchers, with appropriate educational background and professional experience, as well vigilance to provide quality research and recommendations to economic policies.
Chief Economist (Chief Executive Officer)
Blagica is the founder, Chief Economist (CEO) of Finance Think. Her research interest involves an array of development topics like poverty, unemployment, gender inequalities, social entrepreneurship for women. She is a committed advocate for better economic policies as well actively engaged in shaping the public debate on economic issues in the country and the region. She is a PhD candidate in Economics and an MSc graduate from the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje. Blagica received the Award for a Young Researcher of the year granted by the National Bank of Macedonia, as well the Award for best paper on risks and insurance by the Insurance Supervision Agency.
Despina is the founder, a member of the Executive Board and a Program Coordinator at FT. Her resarch interest involves issues like macroeconomic policies, unemployment, sectoral economic policies, applied econometrics and the like. Despina is actively engaged in the public debate on current economic topics. She is a PhD candidate in Economics and an MSc graduate from the University American College Skopje. In 2012, she won the Annual award for Young Researcher conferred by the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia.
Tereza is in charge of all organizational and administrative matters at Finance Think. In small part of her time, she is involved in issues related to collection of primary data, analysis of unemployment, remittances and migration. She is a PhD candidate in Economics and a Master’s graduatein Finance at the University American College Skopje. She joined Finance Think first as an intern in February 2015 and then as the Organizational Coordinator as of October 2015.
Ivan works on issues related to fiscal transparency, participative budgeting, remittances and the gender wage gap. He graduated from the University of Oulu, Finland in the field of Finance and from University of Wales Institute, Cardiff in the field of Agribusiness management. He is a member of the Finnish Association of Business School Graduates. Ivan joined Finance Think in October 2015.
Blagoj joined Finance Think in June 2017 as a field coordinator of the FISCAST network. He has a Master degree in Political Management, from the University Cyril and Methodius in Skopje. Blagoj is a Founder of the NGO Kvantum Prima from Kavadarci. Other areas of his interest include statistics, data analysis, and web design. Blagoj was a scholarship student of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. He is inventor of the "Priority Ranking Model" (Mathematical Model for DSS (Decision Support Software)) registered at the Macedonian Authors' Agency under the mark "mk 1074".
Natasha Pavikjevikj – Stojmenovska
Social Policy Analyst
Natasha works on issues related to empoyability and employment of vulnerable populations, including current social policies in Macedonia. She is a graduated Social Worker from the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, at the Institute for Social Work and Social Policy “Mother Theresa” in Skopje. Her areas of interest include: the social security system of Macedonia, social work in the community, social diversity and issues related to equal opportunities. Natasha joined Finance Think in September 2016.
Junior economic anayst
Simona graduated Financial management from the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. Currently, she is preparing her master’s thesis in the field of social security system in transition countries, with particular reference to Macedonia . She joined Finance Think in October 2017 as an junior economic analyst. As such, she is involved in issues related to analysis of macroeconomic policies and social system. Other areas of her interests include statistics, financial markets and banking systems.
Visualization and Public Image Specialist
Milosh is responsible for the outlook of Finance Think in any occasion. He is a master’s graduate in Industrial design and marketing from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. His professional experience and education are a combination of design and marketing/business administration. He received a Golden medal at the international competition for innovation Econova 2011, while winning the second place at the international Eco Chair Competition 2013 for the product Cardbord Chair. He is the creator of about 50 graphical solutions and concepts for various business needs int he area of logo design, corporate design and identity, infographs and visualization of statistical data, posters and web designs. Milosh joined Finance Think’s team in September 2016.
Economic Analyst (External associate)
Teodora was a member of Finance Think's team between October 2016 and May 2017, as part of the Program for professional development of young researchers of the Think Tank Fund – Budapest, being our external associate since its completion. Teodora graduated from the University American College Skopje in 2014, majoring in Finance, and completed her master's degree at the University of Ljubljana in the field of public debt management. The areas of her interest include macroeconomics, monetary and fiscal policies, banking systems and financial markets.