Macedonia Policy Conference – June 24, 2011 – Washington, D.C.

Dear Friend of Macedonia,

On June 24, 2011, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), a leading international, non-governmental organization addressing the interests and needs of Macedonians at home and in their communities around the world, will host a policy-oriented conference celebrating Macedonia’s 20th Anniversary of Independence. 


The conference will begin at 9:00 a.m. and last until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2011 at the JW Marriott on 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004.  Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.  Please refer to the preliminary agenda below for further details.  You can find the speakers’ biographies by clicking the following link: 

Please RSVP by COB Thursday, June 23, 2011 to or (202) 756-2244.

We very much hope that you can join us for this extraordinary, one-of-a-kind event.


Metodija A. Koloski
United Macedonian Diaspora


UMD Policy Conference on Macedonia
Preliminary Agenda

8:30 AM: Registration

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM: Introduction and Keynote

Introductory Remarks

Ambassador Ljubica Z. Acevska
First Macedonian Ambassador to the United States and Honorary Chair, UMD Global Conference

Metodija A. Koloski
President, United Macedonian Diaspora

Keynote Address

Thomas Countryman
Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs
U.S. Department of State

9:45 AM – 11:30 AM
Panel: Assessing Macedonia’s Progress – 20 Years after Independence

Introductory Remarks

The Honorable Earl Pomeroy
Former Congressman (D-North Dakota)


The Honorable Mary Catherine (M.C.) Andrews
Senior Consultant on Foreign Policy and Trade, Vianovo

Robert Benjamin
Regional Director, Central and Eastern Europe Programs
National Democratic Institute

Robert A. Hand
Policy Advisor, U.S. Helsinki Commission

Sally McNamara
Senior Policy Analyst in European Affairs, Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom
The Heritage Foundation

Viktor Mizo
Chief Executive Officer, InvestMacedonia

11:45 AM – 1:30 PM
Luncheon: U.S.-Macedonia Strategic Partnership and Cooperation

(You must purchase tickets for the luncheon in advance by clicking HERE)

UMD International Freedom Award Posthumous Presentation to

The Honorable Lawrence S. Eagleburger, 62nd Secretary of State of the United States
(family member invited to accept Award)

UMD Macedonia Friendship Award Presentations to

Major General Michael D. Dubie
Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard

Jason Miko
Producer, A Name is A Name

1:45 – 3:00 PM
Panel: Reforms in the Macedonian Judiciary System

Moderated by:

Steven Grimberg


Marcus Busch
Trial Attorney, Office of International Affairs, Department of Justice

Thomas H. Peebles
Regional Director, Central and Eastern Europe
Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training, Department of Justice

The Honorable Richard G. Stearns
United States District Court Judge, District of Massachusetts

Tea Trumbic
Private Sector Development Specialist, Doing Business Project, World Bank



Experience Macedonia – The Pearl of the Balkans

Friday, June 24, 2011 – JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
8:00 PM – 12:30 AM

Aleksandrija Macedonian Folk Dance Ensemble
Kardelen Turkish Dance Ensemble
Tanec Macedonian Folk Dance Ensemble

Irena Gapkovska & Blagojce Stojanovski

First Public Presentation of Blagojce’s “Double Holocaust” Mural
The Macedonian and Israeli spirits come alive in Blagojce’s work, which depicts Macedonia and Israel’s timeless struggles for freedom and survival.

RAFFLE AND SILENT AUCTION (Raffle includes airfare tickets to Macedonia!!!)

$25 in advance, $30 at the door ● $20 Senior Citizens and Students ● $10 children ages 8-15

Click HERE to purchase your tickets, or call (202) 756-2244.

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