If you work in the civic sector, believe in it
Professional experience: Well, I have tried all spheres of the so-called social organizing, starting from a state officer, work in the public sector and the NGO sector.
Engagement in the civic sector: I have been occasionally engaged in the civic sector since 1994, and since 1991 I have been professionally engaged as ADI Executive Director. I am a member of several international structures, member of the Balkan Network for Human Rights Executive Board, Board of Directors at the European Council for Refugees, Remark-Forum at the University of New York, etc. In ADI, I cover the human rights and international cooperation sector.
Hobbies and interests: Of the classical hobbies, I like listening to music and watching films. I have been attached to music since my early age (I must say successfully), so it remained my passion for life. I like travelling, seeing new places, meeting new people and cultures, and I do it quite often.
Ambitions: I strive for changes, I fight, lobby, persuade, make friends - fellow travellers, follow the public and the media reactions and I ask for their constant support. I see the fruits of my efforts ripe; I climb higher and higher but not alone. I have with me a number of people who see things the way I see them and strive for a just society with open doors, even for those on the margins.
Toughest decision: This is a very difficult question. The nature of work I do every day, requires making decisions every day, so could not choose one as being the toughest.
In his free time he reads: I love Umberto Eco, and I also like the Hispanic-American writers like Marques, Sabato, Borhes, etc.
Where does he go in his free time: I stay at home, relax (eat a lot, I love Italian food) and sometimes I go for a drink with my friends.
At weekends: I usually go to work, and sometimes I my family visits me there and we go together for a pizza.
Which national/local problem does he find especially important and why: In my opinion, the biggest national problem is the lack of self-confidence. Namely, we are relatively small country, which has well-educated staff and I believe that if we gain some more self-confidence and if our people take initiative, we will be able to overcome the economic crisis in a very short time, which in my opinion is the generator of other crisis.
Which global problem does he find especially important and why: According to me, the discrepancy between the development of the rich and the poor countries is growing too fast. The rich countries become richer more quickly, and the poor ones develop very slowly, so the gap between them grows bigger and bigger. I am afraid that in that whole system, we will never be able to develop ourselves quick enough to catch up with the others, and from a long-term point of view, it can become a great problem.
What would he change in Macedonia and the world: I would build a pool, fill it with salt water and call it a see, so we will not have any more problems with Greek visas or long journeys to Turkey or Croatia, and still we will be having a holiday by the sea. Seriously, I would create a better climate on interethnic level and I would surely try to create conditions in our country for the young people to find adequate job and not look for it somewhere else in the world. I have nothing against the mobility of the young people, it happens all over the world. I think that it is ok for our young people to work abroad, but I do mind when they do it because they cannot find a job here, and not because they want to gain new experiences or see new countries. Globally, I would support the initiative that the globalisation does not only understand easier regime of goods and information flow, but that it alleviates the regime of people flow as well. Namely, on one hand, there are institutions worldwide that work on alleviating that regime (The World Trade Organization), but on the other hand, the flow of people due to the more restrictive security reasons is becoming more and more difficult, which I personally think is hypocritical and incorrect.
Advice/message: If you work at the NGO sector, I would suggest that you believe in it, no matter how hopeless certain things seem sometimes, and I would recommend the young people to socialize more between each other, avoiding certain restrictions and prejudices that were invented by the older generations.
I could never: Drink a good Gostivar espresso without lighting a cigarette.