Our Team in North Macedonia
Country Manager for Kosovo and North Macedonia
Massimiliano Paolucci is an Italian national with more than twenty years of economic development experience. Before taking the current position, Paolucci was the World Bank Group Special Representative to the European Institutions, NATO, the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
Head of Office
Ms. Shalja-Plavjanska was appointed UNFPA Head of Office in 2019. She is a medical doctor and brings over 15 years of experience in managing USAID programs. Since 2013, she has managed UNFPA programs on sexual and reproductive health and youth in North Macedonia.
Head of the UNODC Programme Office in North Macedonia and the Regional Serious Organized Crime Advisor for South East Europe
Bill joined UNODC in August 2019 following 12 years with the British National Crime Agency (NCA) most recently serving as their Liaison Officer based in Belgrade mandated for Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia Hercegovina and Croatia. Previously he had also served as Head of the UK Europol National Unit and the Chief of the NCA London desk focused on the Western Balkans.
Dr Jihane Tawilah
Head of Office
Dr. Jihane Tawilah is the WHO Representative to North Macedonia since August 2017. Before coming to North Macedonia, Dr. Tawilah served as WHO Representative in Djibouti, Sultanate of Oman, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Indonesia. Representing WHO at country level, she provides health policy advice to the national government, national and international partners.
Mr. Krstanovski has been an ILO Coordinator for North Macedonia since 2009 and is responsible for the development and effective and efficient delivery of the Decent Work Agenda and successful design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of ILO projects in the country.
Chief, UNIDO Regional Coordination Division for Europe and Central Asia
Previously, Jacek Cukrowski was a Head of the UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development, worked for the UNDP in the capacity of an Adviser on Millennium Development Goals and a leader of the Regional Center for Europe and the CIS. Prior to that, he worked in the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) in Poland and with the Economic Institute of Academy of Science of the Czech Republic.
Head of Office for North Macedonia
Michela brings a wealth of expertise in humanitarian affairs, conflict analysis and resolution, team management in insecure environments. Prior to UNOPS, she held various senior positions with the ICRC in conflict-affected countries in Africa, Latin American and Asia; the humanitarian policy and advocacy sectors in the UK and Canada, and in the financial sector in the City of London.
UNHCR Representative in North Macedonia
Ms. Monica Sandri has served with UNHCR for 21 years in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Chad, Eritrea, Venezuela, and the UNHCR Headquarters. Her previous experience includes working for OSCE and the international non-governmental sector. She has an academic background in political science, with a doctorate from the University of Florence.
Deputy Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia
Mr. Gangi has 20 years of experience with the United Nations in many different areas. He is responsible for advising and assisting the development and implementation of the FAO Country Programme in the Republic of North Macedonia by facilitating communication and cooperation between FAO and the Macedonian Government and all key national and international partners in the country.
Ms. Sahakyan brings over 17 years of experience with UN system with increasing levels of responsibility from Project Coordinator to UNDP Resident Representative and additional 15 years of professional experience with the Government and the scientific research institutions, the local and international NGOs, the WB, USAID and other international organizations.
Ms. Algayerova has been appointed as the Executive Secretary of UNECE in June 2017 and brings to the position a combination of leadership and diplomatic skills with deep knowledge of the region with its challenges and opportunities and a strong focus on building and nurturing partnerships among key stakeholders with the United Nations.
Patrizia Di Giovanni has served with UNICEF in Kenya, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, India and Philippines, before taking up her post as UNICEF Representative in North Macedonia. She brings over 25 years of experience working with partners to protect children from the harmful effects of poverty, adversity, and exclusion.
Sonja Bozinovska Petrusevska
Head of Office
Ms. Bozinovska joined IOM in 1999 and has been working since in humanitarian emergencies, management of initiatives on migration management, including labour migration, border management, migrants’ assistance, policy, and research. She has also been a member of various inter-governmental working groups on migration.
IMF Regional Resident Representative for the Western Balkans
Stephanie Eble, a German national, is a graduate from the London School of Economics. During her career in the IMF she has worked on Kosovo, Ukraine, Greece, Serbia, and Bosnia & Herzegovina before being appointed IMF Regional Resident Representative for the Western Balkans.
Head of Office/Programme Specialist
Ms. Vesna Ivanovikj-Castarede assumed the position of the Programme Specialist and UN Women Head of Office in North Macedonia in January 2019 and brings a wealth of 20 years professional experience with international organizations, including OSCE, ICITAP and USA Peace Corps, providing strategic guidance, leadership, programming, implementation monitoring and capacity building.