Center for Research and Policy Making has been formed by a multi-disciplinary team bringing together people with different backgrounds and professional and research interests, and includes considerable experience of the way the Macedonian policy process works. The CRPM members are specialized in project management and policy research and analysis, training and capacity building, and policy advice.

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. 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. Risteska is the founder of the Center for Research and Policy Making.


Ana Blazheska is a Program Manager in the Center for Research and Policy Making in Skopje. She holds a Master in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium), a Master in Conference Interpretation from Sts. Cyril and Methodius University (Skopje, R. Macedonia) and a Specialization in Chinese Language and Culture from Beijing Foreign Studies University (Beijing, PR China). Her previous professional experience includes the positions of State Secretary in the Secretariat for European Affairs, Advisor for Cooperation with International Organizations in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia and EU-accredited freelance interpreter. Blazheska is an alumna of the US State Department International Visitors Program for Women Leaders – Promoting Peace and Security on the UN SC Resolution 1325 and alumna of the Mother Teresa School for Public Policy.



Mr. Zhidas Daskalovski holds a PhD from the Political Science Department, Central European University. He has published numerous scholarly articles on politics in the Southeast European region, as well as co-edited books including: Understanding the War in Kosovo (Frank Cass: London, 2003) and Ten Years after the Ohrid Framework Agreement: Lessons (to be) Learned from the Macedonian Experience, (CRPM and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung: Skopje 2012). A professor of political science, and one of the most prominent political scientists in the country, he is Director of the Council of Europe supported School of Public Policy |Mother Teresa|. Dr. Daskalovski is a recipient of a number of distinguished research fellowships including the Lord Dahrendorf Fellowship at St. Antony’s College at the Oxford University, the School of Slavonic and East European Studies Macedonian Studies Fellowship, and the Social Science Research Council/ Ethnobarometer Fellowship at the University of North Caroline. He has written Macedonia country reports for Freedom House/Nations in Transit, Open Budget Index, Global Integrity Report, Bertelsmann Transformation Index, UNDP People Centred Analysis, UN Human Development Report. His expertise is prominent in the fields of policy analysis in general and decentralization, democratization, ethnic and multicultural issues in particular. Dr. Daskalovski has a thorough policy research experience working for the Center for Research and Policy Making, War Torn Societies Project (WSP), Local Government Initiative, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the European Stability Initiative.

Resume(Short CV)


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 Mr. Zharko Cvetkovski

Education: Economist- Banking Management, European University- Republic of Macedonia (ЕURМ) – Skopje

Project manager at School of Public Policy Mother Teresa and Financial assistant in the Center for Research and Policy Making, Skopje


Mr. Kristijan Trajkovski

Kristijan Trajkovski, holds a B.A. and M.A. from Political Science Department at the Law Faculty of the University of Cyril and Methodius, Skopje. He is a Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Scholar.





Mr. Zlatko Simonovski has a Bachelor degree in Journalism. He also holds two MA degrees; in Media and Communications (Ss. Cyril and Methodius – Skopje) and in Human rights and Democracy in South East Europe (University of Bologna and University of Sarajevo). He has a three year working experience as a TV-reporter in Telma. He covered daily events mainly in the domain of labor, economy and social care.

Since May 2013, he is part of CRPM. Currently he is project coordinator for the “Public Dialogue on Sustainable Use of Energy in South East Europe” project.


Kristijan Aleksoski holds a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Before joining CRPM, he has gained more than two years of experience working as a tax consultant at PwC Frankfurt and Skopje. He has worked with companies such as Coca-Cola, Philip Morris, Gunnebo, Merck and others, providing consulting advice and assistance in aligning with financial and tax regulations. Kristijan joined CRPM team in June 2018 and has since been working as a project financial manager and analyst. He is also engaged as an expert in econometric research and statistical data analysis, especially in economic and labor market issues, sustainable development and public policies. 


Mr. Mile Aleksoski Ltc. (retired) holds BA from the Military Aviation Academy in Zadar, Croatia and Diploma from the School of Political studies of South-East Europe. During his career he attended numerous trainings, courses, seminars and conferences in different areas (International Security, CIMIC, CEP etc.)

He is a highly experienced professional and has special interest in the area of civil military relations, international military and political conditions in the SEE region, security policy, crisis management and peacekeeping operations. Currently he works as an Associate Researcher at CRPM.


Mr. Aleksandar Cekov has a Bachelor degree in Political Science, from the Law Faculty of the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Macedonia. He is Master of Science (120 ECTS) in European Affairs, from Lund University, Sweden. Expert in European studies and EU enlargement Mr. Cekov also holds Diploma in Advanced European Studies, from the European College of Parma, Italy.