The team of Finance Think is composed of prominent and repute economists, with thematic educational background and professional experience, as well vigilance to provide quality research and recommendations to economic policies.
Blagica Petreski, PhD
Chief Economist – Executive Director
Blagica is the Co-founder, Chief Economist – Executive Director of Finance Think and chairs the Executive Board. Her research interest involves an array of development topics like poverty, unemployment, gender inequalities, as well firms’ productivity and competitiveness. She is a committed advocate for effective economic policies as well actively engaged in shaping the public debate on economic issues in the country and the region. Blagica is an Assistant Professor at the University American College Skopje, teaching Public Economic Policy. In the academic 2022/23, she has been a Fulbright scholar of the US Government, pursuing a research in public finance management at the University of Illinois in Chicago, USA.
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. She is also an alumnus of Young Transatlantic Innovative Leaders Initiative. 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 12 papers in prominent peer-reviewed journals listed on the Web of Science.
Despina Tumanoska, PhD
Despina is the Co-founder, a member of the Executive Board and a Program Coordinator at Finance Think. Her research 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 has a PhD in Economics and an MSc in Finance at the University American College Skopje. In 2012, she won the Annual award for Young Researcher conferred by the National Bank of the Republic of North Macedonia. She actively publishes, including 5 papers in journals indexed on the Web of Science.
Irena Nikolovska, MBA
Independent Economist I
Irena has an expertise in tax and finance policies. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University American College Skopje. For more than 20 years, Irena is a tax advisor to domestic and foreign clients, author of expert articles, manuals and reports / research studies in the field of taxation, finance, accounting (International Financial Reporting Standards – IFRS), human resources, corporate governance, anti-money laundering (AML), etc., and is a lecturer at seminars, trainings and workshops on topics in the same fields. She is the founder, manager and business consultant of the company for independent research and innovative solutions IRIS Consulting DOOEL Skopje. Since 2019, she has been an independent non-executive member of the Board of Directors of the Central Securities Depository Inc. Skopje.
Bojana Gjuroska, BSc
Visualization & Public Image Specialist
Bojana Gjuroska is the Visualization and Public Image Specialist of Finance Think. She has a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Design from the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje. She is skillful in using a variety of visualization packages such as InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat and Dreamweaver. Other areas of her interest include photography and videography.
Sandra Sokolenko-Todoroska, MSc
Organisational & Administrative Associate
Sandra Sokolenko Todoroska is an Organizational and Administrative Associate at Finance Think. She is a MSc in Law at the University American College Skopje, and graduated from the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje. For a small part of her time, she also works on collecting primary data from areas that include macroeconomic policies, social protection, health care, education, unemployment and the like.
The following is the list of permanent collaborators of Finance Think.
Marjan Petreski, PhD
Marjan is the Co-founder and Strategic Adviser at Finance Think. He is a Professor of Economics at the University American College Skopje and a non-executive member of the Council of the National Bank of the Republic of North Macedonia. He holds a PhD from Staffordshire University, UK. His research focus is monetary policy, development and labor-market topics, all with a strong focus on transition economies. He published widely in international peer-reviewed journals (39 articles in Web of Science – indexed journals). For his research, he received numerous domestic and international awards.
Marjan serves Career Integration Fellow of CERGE-EI in Prague (2012-2015: 2021-to date), Weiser Fellow of the University of Michigan, USA (2019), visiting researcher to the Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay (2016), Hitotsubashi University, Japan (2016), University of Jyväskylä, Finland (2021), while currently serves Research Fellow of the Partnership for Economic Policies, Canada. He extensively works on the development agenda worldwide in wide geographic coverage, most notably – besides North Macedonia: Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Switzerland, Portugal, Georgia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Myanmar and 12 countries in Africa. He is deeply engaged in the policy dialogue and public debate in the country and the Western Balkan region.
Ana Tomovska-Misoska, PhD
Collaborator on Education Policy
Ana is an expert in educational policies. She is currently a Full Professor at the University American College Skopje. She obtained her PhD from the School of Education, Queen’s University Belfast. Her professional engagements involve a number of research projects in Northern Ireland and the Republic of North Macedonia. Her work has been concentrated on educational reforms, exploring identity building as well as entrepreneurial intentions, organizational culture, human resource management and consumer behavior. She has attended a number of national and international conferences and published in renowned academic journals. She features with 15 articles published in peer-reviewed journal on the Web of Science. She is a permanent collaborator of Finance Think on educational issues and policies.
Maja Parnardzieva-Zmejkova, PhD
Collaborator on Health Economic Policy
Maja is an expert in economic policies related to the health system. She is currently employed with a Insurance Supervision Agency and is an expert-lecturer at the University American College Skopje. She obtained her PhD from the University St. Cyril & Methodius in Skopje. Her research interest include health economics, public finance and debt, financial markets and institutions. She has been a research fellow of the American Studies Foundation (1998), Faculty of Economics, Vienna, Austria (1999), ENA, Paris, France (2002) Georgetown University, USA (2004).
Stefan Tanevski, MSc
Collaborator on Data Analytics
Stefan is an external associate at Finance Think dealing with data collection and analytics. He is also a Teaching Assistant at University American College Skopje. Stefan holds a MSc from University American College. His research interest includes financial markets and institutions, behavioral finance, financial literacy and household finance.