Anastas Vangeli is a doctoral student and a research assistant at the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) in Warsaw. Previously, Vangeli has received a master degree in nationalism studies from the Central European University in Budapest (2009) and a master degree from the program for contemporary China studies at the Chinese People’s University 中国 人民 大学 in Beijing (2013). He has worked and collaborated with several think tanks and research organizations, and has published and presented in Europe, Asia and North America. He is the author of several articles in academic and non-academic journals, a monograph about the politicization of ancient history, and is also the co-editor of the book China and Europe in 21st century global politics: partnership, competition or co-evolution? published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2013. His passion is basketball – he actively trained and worked as a coach with the juniors, and is a co-founder of maknba.net. In 2004, Vangeli started the socially engaged blog Vuna.
Elena B. Stavrevska is a PhD candidate in political science and a researcher in the field of peace studies at the Central European University. Her research focuses on (post-)conflict societies, in particular grassroots level everyday life in these societies. During her doctoral studies Elena was a visiting research fellow at the University of Toronto and the Institut für Europäische Politik in Berlin. For the last three years she was involved in the EU-funded project ‘Cultures of Governance and Conflict Resolution in Europe and India’. She wrote a monthly column for Radio Free Europe in Macedonian and was also one of the speakers at the TEDxSkopje conference in 2013. Elena has published several academic articles and book chapters in English and in German. At the same time, she is also one of the founders of and a researcher at the Institute for Research and Social Innovation – Impact.
Ljubica Spaskovska is an Associate Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, UK. She received her PhD at the same university with a dissertation on “The last Yugoslav generation – youth politics and cultures in late socialism”. She holds master degrees from the Universities of Sarajevo and Bologna (European Master in Democracy and Human Rights), and from the Central European University in Budapest (MA in Central European history). Between 2009 and 2014 she was also part – both as a full-time research fellow and as a research collaborator – of the University of Edinburgh based project ‘Europeanisation of citizenship in the successor states of the former Yugoslavia’ (CITSEE). She has also worked as a literary translator from French and English, having so far translated from French ‘Man’s fate’ by Andre Malraux (Magor 2013), ‘The possibility of an island’ by Michel Houellebecq (TRI 2007) and ‘One year’ by Jean Eshenoz (Templum 2006).
Goran Lazarevski is currently a fourth-year doctoral student in economics at Columbia University in New York. His research interests include political economy, development and international trade. He graduated in 2010 from Harvard University with a major in physics and a minor in economics. He has worked as an analyst at the Macedonian Ministry for Foreign Investments, at the Center for Research and Policy Making and at KB First Pension Company, as well as an external consultant at the World Bank. He is also a former debate coach at the Youth Educational Forum and associate at the Petnica Science Research Center in Valjevo, Serbia. He is fluent in English, German, Portuguese and French.