- UMD The Netherlands Regional Representative -
Filip Altiparmakovski was born and raised in Bitola, Macedonia. Filip left Macedonia at the age of 18 to pursue a degree in international relations at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He also holds a masters degree in law (LL.M) from Leiden Law School and a Master’s degree (M.A.) in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom.
Currently based in Amsterdam, Filip is a young lawyer with a multidisciplinary background and a keen interest in Macedonian (and international) affairs. He has previously worked in the international public sector in the Hague and is currently focusing on several side-projects that have always interested him. This includes researching the following topics: the legal aspects of the obstacles to admission of Macedonia to international organizations such as the UN and NATO; the validity of an amnesty for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the 2001 conflict in Macedonia; and the Macedonian minority rights cases against Greece before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
During his time in the Netherlands, Filip set up a Macedonian students association as well as an informal online community for young Macedonian Professionals living in the Netherlands. In the summer period, he can be found enjoying hiking on PelisterMountain and exploring the Prespa and Ohrid lake region.
Vera Arsova was born in Stip, Macedonia. After finishing high school, she moved to Skopje to study computer science at Sts. Kiril and Metodij University. In addition to successfully fulfilling her school assignments, she became the youngest member of the Macedonian Senior Women National Basketball Team at the age of 17. Arsova was one of the brightest young basketball stars at age of 19 that earned her a prestigious sports scholarship to study at the University of Miami at Coral Gables in Florida. She was the first-ever Macedonian to be awarded this type of scholarship in the U.S.
Arsova graduated with academic and sports honors with a degree in Computer Science Majoring in Cryptography and Network Security that launched her professional career with Quest Communication. Her professional experience of over 10 years ranges from telecommunications to finance and insurance working for world known companies such as Barclay's and AT&T. She has been living in NYC for the past five years and is actively involved in the Macedonian community. Arsova frequently attends cultural and professional events in NYC.
- UMD Sydney/New South Wales Regional Representative -
Alexander AcoAvramoski was born in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. His family migrated to Australia in 1984. Alexander has little family living in Australia and wants to do more for the Macedonians. He is a true believer in uniting Macedonians all over the world as one voice again and believes that his best chances of achieving this goal is through his involvement with UMD. As a long-time supporter of UMD, Avramoski believes his time has come to do more and that our community will only be heard and move forward if it unites.
Avramoski has a successful business in the Gas Detection Industry. He is a respected Service Manager in instrumentation and as a contractor to many government departments and major corporations. He works with Royal Australian Air Force, AGL, Australian Aerospace, INCO Ships, and many others. In 2008, he was made NSW agent for two well-respected manufacturers, Riken-Keiki Japan and RKI Instruments USA.
Argie N. Bellio
- UMD Regional Representative for Indiana -
Born to a father from Aegean Macedonia-Kostursko and a mother from SkopskaCrna Gora, Argie N Bellio is a proud Macedonian-American, business executive and entrepreneur that was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Argie attained his degree in management from Indiana University and MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. He began his career at Traveler's Insurance in Indianapolis, returning to Fort Wayne becoming the Director of Marketing and Vice President of Business Development of the local Caldwell Banker. After 7 years, he moved onto other opportunities at Infinia Business Technology and now onto his own venture with 6 Logistics.
His community service and leadership include a six year tenure with St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, two years as board president, board member of the Northern Indiana Better Business Bureau, Macedonian Ball Chairman, Northeast Indiana Entrepreneurship Committee and member and graduate of Leadership Fort Wayne.
Married in 2006 in Skopje, Macedonia, Argie and his wife Biljana (of Skopje, Macedonia) have two sons, Stefan and Darko.
- Director of Communications and Public Relations -
Mark Branov was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, with roots in Bouf, Lerinsko, and Gabresh, Kostursko, Aegean Macedonia. A graduate of Ryerson University with a degree in Journalism, Branov has had a career in education, business administration, and public relations, including two-year contracts in both Japan and Macedonia. In 2008, Mark joined UMD as Editor-in-Chief of UMD Voice Magazine, and currently serves as UMD Director of Communications and Public Relations, with special responsibilities for UMD in Canada. Branov believes that UMD's global advocacy efforts have made a positive impact on the Macedonian cause and he is proud to be part of UMD’s staff, who are dedicated to advancing the interests of Macedonians worldwide.
- UMD Chicago Regional Representative -
Natalia Buling-Betinski is the daughter of Macedonian immigrants who arrived to Chicago in 1968. Natalia and her family travel back to their hometowns of Berovo and Strumica on a regular basis. Natalia has been an avid supporter of her community and is passionate about her role as UMD’s Regional Representative for Chicago.
Buling-Betinski holds a Bachelors of Arts in Professional Psychology, specializing in Organizational/Industrial Psychology, with which she graduated with Honors. This May, she began studying for her Masters in the same field. She has spent the last ten years of her career in Business Operations Management. She is currently a staffing manager at an international Staffing & Consulting firm. She also oversees her family’s business as the Director of Operations, including a Macedonian restaurant in Chicago and a 5-star resort in Macedonia’s Maleshevo region, scheduled to open in 2013.
- UMD Tennessee Regional Representative -
Nikola Cuculovski was born and raised in Skopje, Macedonia. He came to the United States as an exchange student in high school, and upon graduating - decided to pursue higher education in the States. Nikola completed his undergraduate degree at ETSU in Business Administration, double majoring in Marketing Management and General Management with a minor in Digital Media, with which he graduated with highest Honors, Summa Cum Laude. Presently, he is an MBA Student at East Tennessee State University.
Throughout Nikola’s undergraduate career, he served in many leadership roles such as a Parliamentarian for the Honors College, Senator for the Student Government Association, and held several offices for honors and social fraternities. He is a recipient of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Nikola is currently a graduate assistant for the Office of the Information and Technology on ETSU, and a graduate student advisor for the Marketing Club.
- UMD Dusseldorf/Germany Regional Representative -
Igor Danajlovski was born in 1987 in Tetovo, Macedonia, but raised in Dusseldorf, Germany. After his apprenticeship at Citibank, he is now working as a fully trained banking consultant for more than six years and currently being in the Cash Management & International Business department for large and multinational corporations at Commerzbank. Danajlovski holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Management and is currently finishing his Master of Business Administration and Economics. He is also a professional music producer owning a recording studio and a registered record label.
Danajlovskifirst attracted the attention of many with his well-known landscape photographs of multiple places in Macedonia, presenting the beauty of his home country. Nowadays, he is being recognized as a consequent supporter for Macedonian interests and is looking forward to being the UMD Regional Representative for Dusseldorf, Germany, advocating for Germany's recognition of Macedonia’s constitutional name and Germany’s full support for Macedonia’s EU and NATO membership.
- UMD Seattle/Washington State Regional Representative -
Gjorgji Gjeorgjievski was born and raised in Skopje, Macedonia, with roots from Galichnik, Skopje and Debar. In 2004, he moved to New Haven, Connecticut to attend Yale University, where he studied Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. During his senior year, Microsoft recruited him onto their SQL Server team. In 2012, Gjorgji received a Master of Science in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington.
Currently, Gjorgji is a Software Engineer at the Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, WA working on developing the next generation of in-memory database engines. He travels back to Macedonia yearly to visit his family, all of whom still live there.
- UMD Miami/Florida Regional Representative -
Mishko Josifov is the first UMD representative in Florida and a proud Macedonian that lives in Miami.He is very passionate about Macedonia and strongly believes that we can all work together united to promote our beautiful homeland and people from all the corners of the world. He is highly honored and privileged to have an opportunity to representa great organization like UMD and his homeland with passion and dedication in the state of Florida.
Born and raised in Kavadarci, Macedonia, Josifov graduated in Marketing Management from the PrilepFaculty of Economics in 2006 and decided to move to Orlando, Florida where he successfully completed a Tourism and Hospitality Management program at the University of Central Florida.He is a licensed Real estate sales associate for Prudential Florida Realty and Bloomberg certified professional for Level III data that Wall Street Professionals get, with future CFA-Financial Advisor aspirations.Currently, he is enrolled in the Masters Program in International Finance at Florida International University, where he is a member of the Center for Leadership and Student Ambassadors.
- UMD Cleveland/Ohio Regional Representative -
Konstantin Nakovski was born in Skopje, Macedonia with parental connections to Tetovo and Bitola. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 13 with his whole family. Nakovski has obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and is close to completing his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron. Nakovski has supported his local Macedonian Community in Ohio since his immigration there and has been a member of UMD since the beginning.
Nakovski is a Mechanical Engineer with experience in design, testing and manufacturing of different consumer and industrial products. Nakovski has worked in the research and development department of several engineering companies mainly as a Mechanical Engineer. He has served as the Program Chair of the local section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and as the President, Vice President and Secretary to the Student Society in the past. In addition, Nakovski has been affiliated with the Society of Automotive Engineers, Formula SAE (FSAE) design team, and the SAE Super Mileage Vehicle (SMV).
- UMD Montreal/Canada Regional Representative -
Aleksandra Nasteska was born and raised in Skopje, the Republic of Macedonia, where she first became outspoken in the women’s rights movement at 14 years old, participating in UN-organized public panels on the status of women and girls in Macedonia and the Balkan region.
She began honing her strategic planning and public relations skills while working as a correspondent and assistant producer for youth culture shows at national television networks, and creative associate in world-renowned advertising agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann Erickson, and Ogilvy & Mather.
Some of her recent engagements include: co-founder and communications director of the nation-wide sustainability campaign for Earth Summit 2012, We Canada; founder of the startup Vancouver Heartbeat, a multimedia project that explored local culture with focus on social and environmental change; member of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Youth Steering Committee for the International Children and Youth Conference Tunza 2011; and headline speaker in 12 universities on the Canada-wide tour Dialogues and Action for Earth Summit 2012.During this tour Aleksandra was the opening speaker for Dr. David Suzuki, Jeanne Sauvé executive director Désiée McGraw, and international author and activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki.
- UMD Greece Regional Representative -
Eugenia Natsoulidou is the UMD’s first official representative for Greece, in Aegean Macedonia. Eugenia Natsoulidou is a long-time activist and co-founder of the Educative and Cultural Movement of Edessa (Voden). Born in the town of Edessa (Voden), Greece in 1955, Natsoulidou moved to Turin, Italy at the age of 9. She studied hotel management before moving back home to Voden in 1974, after the fall of the Junta Regime. She worked for various hotels in Corfu and Halkidiki before moving to Chicago, in the United States, in 1979. Later, she returned to Greece, and continued her hotel management career in Mykonos and Rhodes.
- UMD Washington, D.C./Maryland/Virginia Regional Representative -
Zhikica Pagovski is a Program Assistant at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is currently doing an M.A. program in International Affairs (concentrating on Diplomacy and International Security) at American University’s School of International Service. He obtained his B.A. from the American University in Bulgaria with Summa Cum Laude, double-majoring in European Studies (Honors) and Political Science and International Relations (Honors). He was recognized for his accomplishments with the Presidential Medal for the most outstanding and well-rounded senior in his class.
In his previous professional capacity, Pagovski worked at the Untied Nations, and the Government of Macedonia. Pagovski was also a consultant at the Challenge Future think tank organization in Slovenia. He is UMD’s Regional Representative for Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
- UMD Australia Treasurer -
Robert Pasquale has a background in banking and finance working in the industry for seven years prior to changing careers to become a pizza chef. In 2010, Pasquale opened up his own pizzeria Café Slice of Italy located in Perth, Australia where he was born. Pasquale’s father was born in Molise, Italy, and his mother in Prilep, Macedonia. His mother moved here when she was a teenager and always taught Pasquale and his siblings never to forget the struggles and challenges Macedonians faced, in particular in communist Yugoslavia and Aegean Macedonia (in present day Greece).
What inspired Pasquale to get more actively involved in the Australian-Macedonian community and UMD was when he learned that his grandparents (Baba and Dedo) and others like them were threatened repeatedly for calling themselves “Makedonci” (Macedonian). Pasquale is one of the founders of UMD’s Western Australian Operations based in Perth, which started during the summer of 2010. Co-coordinating both the 2011 Macedonia Food Festival and 2012 International Food Festival, Pasquale has been highly involved in all Australian UMD operations including supporting the UMD Sydney launch and the Canberra Diaspora research project as well as many other UMD fundraising activities. In 2012, he established the UMD Perth Office based out of Edith Cowan University with the first UMD Australian Internship Program.
- UMD Stuttgart/Germany Regional Representative -
Goce Peroski is German of Macedonian heritage, and serves as the UMD Regional Representative for Stuttgart in the Federal Republic of Germany. Goce holds a B.A. in English and German languages from Eberhard Karls University, and fluently speaks French and Macedonian. In addition, Goce has written extensively on the topics involving Macedonia's EU integration, as well as about the factors of influence on the level of school success of children with immigrant backgrounds. Since January 2010, Goce has taught at a secondary school in Stuttgart. In addition to his full time job, Goce has been very active in organizing the Macedonian community in Germany. Of particular note is the German-Macedonian Cultural Forum “Korzo” in Stuttgart, which he co-founded and served as its President from 2006-2009. In his spare time, Goce enjoys swimming, playing tennis and reading literature and history books.
- UMD Houston/Texas Regional Representative -
Dejan Petkovski was born in Kumanovo, Macedonia. He moved in Houston, Texas in 2005 with his family. His professional experience spans over nineteen years in Transportation and Occupational Health and Safety, experience obtained from projects around the Europe, Africa, Middle East and USA. Dejanis a Transportation Instructor in the Transportation Technologies Department for Lone Star College System in Houston Texas. He’s a certified OSHA 500 trainer, and currently, is working on his credential certification for CSP (Certified Safety Professional)- Board of Certified Safety Professionals.