Ivona M. Grimberg Appointed to UMD Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 13, 2009 – The Board of Directors of the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) unanimously voted at its most recent meeting to appoint Ivona M. Grimberg to the UMD Board of Directors. 

“On behalf of the UMD Board of Directors, it is my great pleasure to welcome Ivona as the newest member to our team,” stated Aleksandar Mitreski, Chairman of the Board and Vice President.  “I have known Ivona for several years, and I believe that her character and professional engagement make her an exciting addition to UMD.”

“I am honored that the Board has bestowed upon me the faith and trust to become a more active contributor to the important work of UMD.  It is a sincere pleasure and privilege, and I am looking forward to help strengthen UMD” stated Grimberg.

In addition to Board responsibilities, Grimberg will head UMD’s Economic Development Program (UMD EDP).  EDP’s mission is to facilitate greater engagement of the Diaspora in Macedonia’s socio-economic development and to promote foreign investments.  EDP aims to improve the world’s perception of Macedonia.  “Macedonia is a unique business gateway to the Balkans.  Macedonia is an emerging economy with plenty of potential for investments,” stated Grimberg.  “In the coming months, I will work to build a dedicated team to help me build EDP.”

Grimberg can be reached at [email protected]

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Biography

Ivona M. Grimberg is the President of IMG Consulting, LLC, which provides corporate finance and consulting services. Prior to starting IMG Consulting, Ms. Grimberg held numerous positions with global professional services firms throughout the United States.  She served as an Account Director at a best practices research firm, where she was responsible for business development and retention of consulting projects with Fortune 500 companies. In this position, she managed a portfolio of over 100 accounts and frequently interacted with senior executives for the purpose of negotiating contracts and developing strategic business projects.  From 2000-2004, Ms. Grimberg worked as a Senior Tax Consultant with Ernst & Young, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, performing strategic inter-company business planning and financial analyses.

Prior to attending University in the United States, Ms. Grimberg competed on the professional women’s tennis tour and represented Macedonia in numerous international competitions. Ms. Grimberg earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a Bachelor in Business Administration from University of Mississippi.  While at the University of Mississippi, she was nationally ranked among the Top 25 college tennis singles players.  Ms. Grimberg was born and raised in Skopje, Macedonia with origins from Shtip. 

Founded in 2004, United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is the leading international non-governmental organization addressing the interests and needs of Macedonians and Macedonian communities throughout the world.
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