The Association for Research and Analysis has been established and has been operating since 2014. The mission of the Association is to encourage the research spirit of young people in North Macedonia by conducting scientific research that will be understandable to the general public, but at the same time provide valuable resources within the research community in the country. Today, the organization consists of 16 highly qualified members, the majority of whom are PhDs and Masters in the fields of finance, macroeconomics, accounting, auditing, foreign trade, and industrial management.
In general, ZMAI covers 5 main areas: good governance and public finance; financial and media literacy; education; investments and “Start-up Academy”. In the first area, we are focused on public financial management, transparency, accountability, and citizen participation; The fight against fake news and misinformation, research and policy-making training for CSOs, but also, in the second area are covered quantitative evidence-based public policy methods for individual researchers.
Supporting primary education reforms has been one of our key pillars, therefore we focused on providing tools and advocacy for the modernization and equitable development of the educational processes and opportunities across the country. Entrepreneurship is one of our core areas that we cover from the very beginning. “Start-up Academy” is the basic project of ZMAI in this area. At the same time, our experience in public finance, business development and research knowledge has opened up a relatively new area of interest for ZMAI, i.e. investment studies.
ZMAI was founded on October 20, 2014 by 7 (then) Masters of the Department of “Statistics for Business and Economics” at the Faculty of Economics – Skopje. The highest body of ZMAI is its Assembly, which consists of all its members who have equal voting rights in adoption of the decisions within the competence of the Assembly. ZMAI is represented by a President, who has a term of 4 years, and is governed by an Executive Board, composed of 5 members. The supervision over the work of ZMAI is performed by a Supervisory Board, composed of 2 members.
The Assembly of ZMAI consists of all natural and legal persons – members of the Association. The Assembly meets as needed, but at least once a year. The Assembly decides validly if more than one half of the total number of members are present and decides by a majority vote of the present members. Currently, the Assembly of ZMAI consists of 20 members.
The President of ZMAI represents the Association in public. The President is elected by the members of ZMAI and has a 4-year term, with the right to one re-election after the end of the first term. The President is elected and appointed by the Assembly, by a majority vote of the total number of members. Currently, Viktor Mitevski is the President of ZMAI, and he is also one of ZMAI’s founders.
The Executive Board is an administrative body of the Assembly, and it consists of 5 members who come from among the Association’s members. The members of the Executive Board have a mandate of 2 years. The Executive Board is accountable to the Assembly and at least once a year it submits a report regarding ZMAI’s work. The President of ZMAI actively participates in the sessions of the Board, but has no right to vote. The Executive Board makes decisions by an absolute two-thirds majority. Currently, the Executive Board is composed of 3 members: Viktor Stojkoski, Ksenija Popovic and Nevena Spasovska.
The Supervisory Board controls the implementation of ZMAI’s Statute provisions and controls the purposeful disposal of the funds and revenues of the Association. The Supervisory Board has 2 members, one of which is a member of ZMAI, and the other is an external person. Decisions are made by consensus and the supervisory board meets at least twice a year. Supervisory Board’s members have a term of 4 years, without the right to be re-elected. At the moment, an external member of the Supervisory Board is prof. Dr. Cane Mojanoski
Viktor Mitevski is a co-founder of ZMAI and is currently the President of the Association. From 2015-16 he resided at Texas A&M University where he obtained a Master of Science degree in Economics. From 2017 to 2019 he works as a special advisor to the Minister of Finance. Victor is the recipient of the 2015 Fulbright Scholarship.
Nevena Spasovska is one of the founders and researcher at the Association for Research and Analysis ZMAI since its establishment in 2014. Works as a Software Support Specialist in the company MEDIAGENIX. It realizes its affinity for research work and statistical data processing by taking an active part in the project activities of ZMAI.
Goran Mojanoski is one of the founders of ZMAI Skopje. He has devoted most of his research career to primary education, investment, and the capital markets. His narrower area of specialization is the capital market for which he is preparing a doctoral dissertation.
Viktor Stojkoski has been a researcher at ZMAI since 2015. In addition to his engagement in ZMAI, Viktor is employed as an assistant at the Faculty of Economics in Skopje. He is the author of more than 30 scientific papers and has participated in more than 10 international scientific research projects. His research interest is to develop methods for data analysis. He is current postdoctoral scholar at Université de Toulouse.
Ksenija Popovikj is a graduate economist at the Faculty of Economics in Skopje and has a master’s degree in economics in the field of statistics. She has six years of experience in the banking sector, of which five years as a sales manager where she is responsible for planning, coordinating, supervising and controlling the work. She is one of the founders and researchers of ZMAI.
Dragan Tevdovski is a professor at the Faculty of Economics in Skopje. He is the winner of the award “Best Scientist at the University” St. Cyril and Methodius “in the field of social sciences in 2015, and was selected as one of the most inspiring professors in Macedonia. He was Minister of Finance (2017-2019), and currently he is an Advisor to the Executive Director at the IMF.
Nena Manchev is an external collaborator and researcher at ZMAI. She is currently working as a manager of programs for leadership development in Macedonia 2025. She graduated from the Faculty of Economics at UKIM. Her previous experience is in the Department for Administrative Support and Coordination in FITR, as well as Head of the Cabinet of the Minister of Finance.
Faton Sulejmani has a master’s degree in economics in the field of statistical methods for business and economics. In 2020 he won the Chevening Scholarship, where he completed his studies at Imperial College London.
Elena Trpkovska has more than 20 years of professional experience in the preparation and monitoring of municipal budgets and state annual budgets acquired through the position of State Advisor for Fiscal Policy and Budgeting. She is involved as a Consultant – Economist and coordinator in projects to improve social services.
Branimir Jovanovikj is a WIIW economist and expert. His research interests focus on economic inequality, fiscal policy, and financial crises. He was an advisor to the Minister of Finance and a researcher at the Central Bank of the Republic of Macedonia between 2007 and 2015. He holds a Doctor of Science degree from Tor Vergata University.
Marija Kitanska Cvetkovska
Marija Kitanska Cvetkovska has 20 years of experience in the IT department at the Ministry of Finance. She has worked on the implementation and maintenance of a most of systems and portals supported by the Ministry of Finance. At ZMAI she works as a researcher and IT expert.
Maja Argirovska is a graduate economist with 15 years of experience in public finance management. She has participated in key reform processes in the areas of budgets, social, education and health policies.
Jovana Avramovska graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Skopje. She has many years of experience as a journalist, and from 2017 to 2019 she is the PR of the Ministry of Finance. He is currently working in the field of communications and dealing with fake news and misinformation.
Elena Zafirovska graduated from the Faculty of Philology in Skopje. She continues his master studies at the Faculty of Economics, studying human resource management. Works as an administrative assistant and protocol officer at the Ministry of Finance. She is involved in the ZMAI association as a researcher. Co-founder is on the first fundraising platform – “Let’s fund it!” and at the Start Up Academy.
Gogo Rafajlovski is the operational director of the Technology Park – SEEUTechPark and a consultant for Intellectual Property. Throughout his 15-year career in managing Start-up Centers, Incubators, Accelerators and Tech Parks, he has built a portfolio of an experienced startup consultant. His practical experience is in operational management, startup investments, intellectual property and valuations.
Marko Georgievski is a graduate economist with 10 years of experience in doing business in the field of hospitality, logistics and consulting. He has been working as a mentor for start-up companies for 7 years, through the StartAp Academy, of which he is a co-founder since 2013. He currently owns a business in the field of transport and logistics.
Aleksandar Parishev is a graduate economist at the Department of Foreign Trade. After graduation, he was employed in NLB Bank, in the Cash and Depot Department and in the Investment, Procurement and General Affairs Department. In 2018 he was hired as a demonstrator at the Department of Foreign Trade at the Faculty of Economics in Skopje. Since 2020, he has been a collaborator in ZMAI.
Ana Jovanovska is a market research analyst, entrepreneur, WEF Global Shaper and economist. Its main focus is on conducting research in the field of labor market. She graduated and obtained her master’s degree at the Faculty of Economics in Skopje. She has a professional career in the banking sector and in the field of accounting.
Igor Mojanoski is a legal researcher. In his engagement so far, he has worked as a lawyer in his own law office, and has work experience in project management and as a trainee. His narrower field of specialization is business law, in which he has obtained the title of Master of Laws.
Petar Jolakoski He graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Skopje in 2019. In the same year he enrolled in postgraduate studies in the field of Statistics at the Faculty of Economics in Skopje and was elected a demonstrator at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Advanced data analysis and research in the field of network theory is currently underway.
Professor Dr. Cane Mojanoski is a professor at the Faculty of Security – Skopje in the subjects Research Methodology, Basics of Statistics, Sociology and Contemporary Sociological Theories.
Bojan Kordalov is a senior communication specialist. He is the head of the Program for Transparency, Media and Digitalization of IDUEP, and is engaged as a local and international expert from several international organizations. He is the author of several publications and a certified trainer in various communication fields.
Marija Pacaroska Stojkovikj
Marija Pacaroska Stojkovikj has studied at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje, at the Department of Pedagogy. She has professional experience in the field of marketing, research and business administration gained in several IT companies and the research agency IPSOS. In 2021 she joins ZMAI as a project assistant.
Dushan Bosiljanov is a doctoral student in business law at the Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus”. Dushan was also hired as a teaching and research associate at the University “St. Cyril and Methodius University, Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus” Skopje, Department of Commercial Law and Labor Law in the period 2013-2017. Currently works for one of the best start-up companies in Germany in the IT and catering industry. mainly deals with research and documentation of legal and tax requirements for various jurisdictions.
Mitko Andonov has a degree in financial management at the University Goce Delchev, Stip. An experienced entrepreneur with a proven track record in various fields. Possess skills in marketing management, negotiation, business planning, sales and retail.
Mila Perchinkova is an industrial engineer who with her experience contributes to the management of technical projects and proposals for improving other processes in companies. Mila is a former president of the Rotract Club. Contributes to ZMAI by getting involved in the activities and realization of the StartAp Academy.
Marta Trajkovska is a graduate political scientist who in 2019 received a scholarship from the Swedish Institute and two years later became a master in Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. Her research career began in Valencia as an assistant professor and a project on gender equality at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, and later joined the activities of ZMAI.