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 has a PhD in Economics from the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, which included research stays at CERGE-EI Prague and the Slovak Academy of Sciences. 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. Published widely, including 5 papers in prominent peer-reviewed journals listed on the Web of Science.
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.
Organizational & Administrative Coordinator
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.
Economic Analyst I
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.
Economic Analyst I
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".
Economic Analyst I
Iva Trajkovska joined Finance Think in April 2018 as Economic analyst. She is a graduate in MSc International Business and Finance from Hult Business School (2017) and BBA Finance from the University American College Skopje (2014). Iva also holds two specializations: in Finance and Banking at UACS (2015) and in Finance at London School of Business and Finance (2017). Iva has been involved in projects with Unilever for developing business models for social impact and with Virgin Money for creating new model of student loans in the UK to decrease the UK government debt. At Finance Think, Iva is working on issues of diagnostics of and remedies for the gap between foreign and domestic companies in Macedonia.
Economic Analyst I (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.