Director of Policy and Strategy
Zhikica Zach Pagovski is a strategic partnerships officer at the External Relations Department of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. In this role, he is in charge of fundraising for portfolio of $6M toward GMF programs and managing the partner/client relations with governments, intergovernmental institutions, corporations, and foundations.
Pagovski was a research fellow at the NATO Council of Canada and Young Professional in Foreign Policy in Washington DC, focusing on issues related with digital technology, big data, and foreign policy. From September 2010 to May 2012, he worked as a consultant for sustainable development at Challenge Future (a start-up think tank based in Slovenia). Pagovski’s former professional experience includes work at the United Nations and the Government of Macedonia. He was also involved with the campaign of Dr. Srgjan Kerim for his bid as a secretary general of the United Nations.
In January 2016, Pagovski was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the United Macedonian Diaspora, responsible for the organizational policy and strategy. Prior to this, he served as UMD’s regional representative for the greater Washington, D.C. area. Pagovski was awarded with prestigious fellowships from Goldman Sachs, the Institute of International education, and The Fund of American Studies. He was a recipient of the Doors to Diplomacy Platinum Award from the U.S. Department of State, Volunteer of the Year of Macedonia Award from the European Voluntary Service, Kimberly Miller Award for European Studies from American University, and the David Merchant International Student Award for Achievement from Phi Beta Delta Honor Society.
Pagovski holds M.A. in International Affairs from American University’s School of International Service in Washington DC. He obtained his B.A. from the American University in Bulgaria with Summa Cum Laude, double-majoring in European Studies (Honors) and Political Science & International Relations (Honors) and being awarded with the Presidential Medal for the most outstanding and well-rounded senior in his class.