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Zoran Zaev

Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia

Kate Mary Byrnes

Ambassador of the United States of America in North Macedonia

David Geer

Ambassador and head of the EU delegation to North Macedonia

Eva Shukleva 

General Manager at AD MEPSO North Macedonia

Agim Selami

Director at ZIP Institute, Republic of North Macedonia

Dr. Dirk Buschle

Deputy Director, Energy Community Secretariat, Vienna Austria

Jørn Gjelstad

Ambassador of Norway to the Republic of Serbia, Montenegro and Republic of North Macedonia

Education:

  • Master’s degree in International History (Cand. philol.), University of Oslo, 1992
  • Undergraduate degree in history, literary science and political science (Cand. mag.), University of Oslo, 1982
  • Music teacher training, Norwegian Academy of Music and the Barratt Due Institute of Music (four-year programme), 1980

 

Work experience:

 September 2019          Ambassador of Norway to the Republic of Serbia, Montenegro and

Republic of North Macedonia

2015-2019                    Ambassador of Norway to the Hellenic Republic and to the Republic of Cyprus

2006–2015      Director, Section for the Middle East and North Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Responsible for policy development in a number of areas, including Norway’s engagement in efforts to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, assistance to Palestine, areas of conflict such as Syria and Iraq, Norway’s North Africa strategy, Norway’s approach to radical Islam, migration issues, and bilateral relations with all countries in the two regions.

2004–2006      Deputy Director, Section for the Middle East and North African Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

2003–2004      Coordinator for South Asia, Section for Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairsairs

2000–2003      First Secretary, Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi, India

1996–2000      Special advisor on disarmament and non-proliferation issues (Conference on Disarmament Advisor), Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1993–1996      Senior Executive Officer, disarmament and non-proliferation issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1992–1993      Office Manager, The Peace Research Institute Oslo.

Project manager for the International Conference on Nuclear Technology and Politics, Rjukan, Norway, (June 1993)

Project manager for the International Conference on Security for the Baltic Region, Norway, (December 1992)

1989–1992      Research Fellow, The Peace Research Institute Oslo/Norwegian Research Council for Science and the Humanities

1987–1989      Executive Officer, Concerts Norway (Rikskonsertene). Responsible for programme development and school concert production

1985–1987      Teacher at Foss and Sandaker upper secondary schools, Oslo

1985–1986      Pianist and conductor at the theater Det Norske Teatret, Oslo

1983–1986      Music teacher at the music schools in the City of Oslo and Bærum municipality

Publications:

  • Jørn Gjelstad, Olav Njølstad (eds.), Nuclear Rivalry, International Order, (SAGE, London: januar 1996)
  • Jørn Gjelstad (ed.), Security for the Baltic region, (PRIO: 1994)

Mitko Andreevski

Energy Advisor to the Prime Minister

Mr. Andreevski is Energy Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia and also the founder and general manager of CNG Systems, which manufactures, operates, and exports energy processing equipment. His company implements new technology for natural gas supply and supplies compressed natural gas in Strumica, the largest city in eastern Macedonia.

Vasko Kovachevski

General Manager, AD ESM, Republic of North Macedonia

Yasen Ivanov

Head of Analysis and International Activity Division, Bulgartransgaz EAD

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