Ms. Marija Risteska holds a PhD in Political Science from Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje and Master of Arts in European Public Administration and Public Policy from Katholieke Universitait Leuven. She is is the Founder and Executive Director of the most prestigious Macedonian think tank, Center for Research and Policy Making (International awards from GDN Outstanding Research on Development 2016, PASOS Think Tank Award 2010 and Think Tank Publication Award 2013, best ranked on the Global Think Tank Index 2013-2017). Besides numerous policy studies on European integration of Macedonia, public policy development, good governance, health, gender, and migration, Marija has co-edited the book ‘European Law for SMEs’. She has 10 years of consulting experience with the EU and all UN agencies. She managed a program in NDI, and the education portfolio of the World Bank in Macedonia.