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 Petreski, PhD Candidate
Blagica is a researcher in the area of banking system and economics, advocate for better economic policies and demanding adviser to policymaking. She has a strong professional background in the banking-system analyses, which come from her five-year work experience in one of the largest commercial banks in Macedonia. 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. Blagica is the Chairwoman of the Executive Board. She leads, coordinates and organizes the daily operations of Finance Think, while also being heavily involved in the strategic planning and leadership of the think tank.
Despina graduated from the University American College Skopje in the field of Finance and Banking and the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius Skopje in the field of Financial management. Her interest includes macroeconomics and applied economic modelling with time series and panel data. In 2012, she won the Annual award for Young Researcher conferred by the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia. She is a member of the Executive Board and coordinates the Development Economics pillar at FT.
Tereza Kocovska, MSc
Tereza holds a Master’s degree in Finance at the University American College Skopje. She joined Finance Think first as an intern in February 2015 and then as a junior analyst as of May 2015. At Finance Think, Tereza is in charge of all organizational, financial and administrative matters.
Ivan Vchkov, MSc
Ivan joined Finance Think in October 2015. 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. His interests are in the fields of macroeconomics, financial markets and financial instruments. He is a member of the Finnish Association of Business School Graduates. At Finance Think, Ivan works on issues related to fiscal transparency, remittances and the gender wage gap.
Teodora joined Finance Think in October 2016 as part of the Program for professional development of young researchers of the Think Tank Fund – Budapest. Teodora graduated from the University American College Skopje in 2014, majoring in Finance, and currently prepares the master’s thesis 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.
Social Policy Analysts
Natasha Pavikjevikj – Stojmenovska
Natasha joined Finance Think in September 2016. 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. In Finance Thin, Natasha works on issues related to vulnerable populations, including current social policies in Macedonia.
Visualization and Public Image Specialist
Milosh Gjuroski, MSc
Milosh joined Finance Think’s team in September 2016. 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.
Ognen joined Finance Think’s team as intern in February 2017. He e presently completing his studies in Economics and Finance at the University American College Skopje. He spent a semester at ESIC School in Madrid within Erasmus+.