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His Excellency Minister Fatmir Besimi, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

 

His Excellency Minister Fatmir Besimi, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. – Minister of Defense of the Republic of Macedonia - Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - http://newwestminstercollege.ca

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: His Excellency Minister Fatmir Besimi, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Minister Fatmir Besimi is the Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs and former Minister of Defense of the Republic of Macedonia (2011-2013). He is a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College and his education includes:

  • PhD in Economics at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, U.K.
  • Research thesis: ‘Monetary and Exchange Rate Policy in the Republic of Macedonia during the Process of Accession to the European Union’, (2000-2007)
  • Faculty of Economics at Sts. Kiril and Metodij University, Skopje, RM. Economics Division, Department of Finance and Banking, (1994-1998)
  • High school at Gymnasium Kiril Pejcinovic, Tetovo, RM, (1990-1994)
  • Primary education at Primary School Istikbal, Tetovo, RM, (1982-1990)

Minister Besimi specialized academic training includes:

  • Workshop on Challenges for Supervisors of PhD Students, Staffordshire University, UK, Pristina, Apr 2011
  • Workshop on Mentoring PhD Students under the New Style Doctoral Programmes, Staffordshire University, UK, Tirana, Apr 2010
  • Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century, Executive Education Program, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US (in cooperation with World Economic Forum, Young Global Leaders Forum), 21-31Mar 2010
  • The Sustainable Development Leadership Programme, World Bank & University of Cambridge & PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cambridge, UK, 2-7 Nov 2008
  • Cost Benefit Analysis, World Bank, Washington DC, Apr 2009
  • Trade and Competitiveness Policies, World Bank, Washington DC, Apr 2009
  • PhD Supervision Workshop, Staffordshire University, Peja, Mar 2008
  • Economic Growth Courses, World Bank, Vienna, Feb 2008
  • Fundamentals of Bank Operations Workshop, World Bank, Istanbul, Oct 2008
  • Fundamentals of Bank Operations – Online course, World Bank, Oct 2007
  • Economic Growth – Irish Experience, Dublin, 2006
  • Econometric Modelling – Simulations, June 2002, Skopje (experts from Canadian Central Bank)
  • Econometric Modelling – Econometric aspects, December 2001, Skopje (experts from Federal Reserves, US)
  • Central Bank Surveillance of Financial Markets, September 2001, Bank for International Settlements, JVI, Vienna
  • Summer School for Economics, organized by Staffordshire University, UK, June 2000, Tirana, Albania
  • School on Economics and Finance, November 1999 in Prizren, Kosovo (RIINVEST, Prishtina)
  • Summer School for Entrepronourship, June 1999 in Ohrid, Macedonia (RIINVEST, Prishtina)
  • Business Planing, May 1999 in Tetovo, Macedonia (Enterprise Support Agency, Know-How Fund UK)

Minister Besimi has a distinguished record of ethical leadership. His professional experience includes:

  • Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs (2013 – present)
  • Minister of Defense in the Government of the RM, (Jul 2011 –2013)
  • Minister of Economy in the Government of the RM, (Aug 2008 – Jul 2011)
  • Economist at the World Bank Office in Kosovo (Nov 2007 – Jul 2008)
  • Minister of Economy in the Government of the RM, (Dec 2004 – Jul 2006):
  • Vice Governor of the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia, RM, (Aug 2003 – Nov 2004)
  • Director of the Public Enterprise for Airport Services Makedonija, RM, (Nov 2002 – Aug 2003)
  • Researcher in the Research Directorate at the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia, (May 2001 – Oct 2002)
  • Professional associate in Stopanska Banka a.d. Skopje, branch office in Tetovo, RM (Jan-Jul 2000)
  • President of the Management Board of AME – Association of Modern Economics, Tetovo, RM, (1999-2000)

OTHER PROFESIONAL ACTIVITIES AND AFFILIATIONS:

International activities:
• Active member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, World Economic Forum, Geneva (2010-)
• Presidency of the Energy Community of the South Eastern Europe, Vienna (Jan-Dec, 2010)
• Deputy Governor (as Minister of Economy) of the R. Macedonia at the Governors Board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London, UK (Dec 2004 – Aug 2006)

Academic engagements:

• Assistant Professor, Post-graduate courses (Advanced Economics; Sustainable Development), South-East European University, Tetovo, RM (Part time: Nov 2008 – )
• Assistant Professor, Post-graduate courses (International finance), South-East European University, Tetovo, RM (Part time: Nov 2010 – )
• External teaching staff, MSc courses (Modern Banking), RIINVEST University, Pristina (Part time: Dec 2007 – Jun 2008)
• Member of the Senate of the State Univeristy of Tetova, RM (Mandate: Sep 2004 – Oct 2006)
• Teaching staff at the Faculty of Economics at the State Univeristy of Tetova, Undergraduate courses (Money and Banking; International Economics; Economics), Tetovo, RM (Part time: Dec 1998 – Sep 2006)

Politics:

• Secretary responsible for the Secretariat of Economic Development of the Democratic Union for Integration (DUI), political party of Albanians in RM, (Full time: 2009-)
• Head of the Economic Council of DUI, (Full time: 2002-2006)
• Team leader for the Economic Program of DUI, (Part time: 2004-2006)

Professional memberships:

• Member of the Economic and Social Council of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, (Sep 2010 – )
• Member of the Economic Council of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, (Nov 2002 – Aug 2006)
• Member of the Council for Financing and Development of the University Education in the Republic of Macedonia, (2003-2005)

Non-Governmental Sector:

• Member of the Board of AME – Association of Modern Economics, Tetovo, RM (1999-2002)
• Member in MIA – Macedonian Interethnic Association, Health Promotion and Health Education, Skopje, RM (1996-1998)

Consulting:

• Consultant to The Word Bank’s Office in Kosovo at the Office Retreat organized in Greece (Jun 2007)

PROJECTS:

• Intellectual Property Strategy of the Republic of Macedonia, (Jan 2009 – ): Project Leader as Minister of Economy
• Tourism Strategy of the Republic of Macedonia 2009-2015, (Aug 2008 – ): Project Leader as Minister of Economy, Ministry of Economy of RM, UNDP and World Tourism Organization
• Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Strategy of the Republic of Macedonia 2009-2020, (Aug 2008 – Mar 2009): Project Leader as Minister of Economy
• Revision of the Energy Efficiency Strategy of the Republic of Macedonia, (Mar – Jun 2009): Project Leader as Minister of Economy
• Renewable Energy Strategy of the Republic of Macedonia, (Jan – May 2009): Project Leader as Minister of Economy
• Energy Strategy of the Republic of Macedonia 2009-2020 and Vision to 2030, (Aug 2008 – Mar 2009): Project Leader as Minister of Economy
• Mines Strategy of the Republic of Macedonia 2009-2029, (Aug 2008 – Feb 2009): Project Leader as Minister of Economy
• Founding of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), (Bon, January 26-27, 2009): Signing the foundation document as Head of delegation on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia
• Reforming the energy sector, restructuring the monopoly electricity company and privatization of the electricity distribution company (ESM-Distribution) in Macedonia, Project of the Government of R. Macedonia, (Dec 2004-Mar 2006): Project leader as Minister of Economy
• R. Macedonia joining the CEFTA (Central European Free Trade Area), Project of the Government of Macedonia, (Feb 2006): Project leader as Minister of Economy
• Business Environment Reform and Institutional Strengthening (BERIS), Project of the Government of Macedonia, Loan arrangement with World Bank, (Nov 2005 – Aug 2006): Project coordinator as Minister of Economy
• Economic program for 2005-2006, Project of the Government of Macedonia, (Jan-Mar 2005): Member of the Advisory Council
• Legalization of the University of Tetova (UT), (transforming from illegal University of Tetova to the State University of Tetova), (2003-2004): Head of the team for economic and financial issues
• Public sector reform and poverty reduction, Project of the Ministry of finance, financed by the World Bank, (2001): Researcher as member of the working group
• South-East Europe Trade Initiative (SEETI), (Feb 2001): Member of the Working group of R. Macedonia
• Increasing competitiveness in South-East Europe, Project of AME, financed by USAID and Chesapeake Associates, Washington (Aug 2000 – Dec 2001), Member of the Coordinating Board
• Development program of R. Macedonia 1999-2003, Project of the Ministry of Development, (May-Dec 1999): Member of the of the research team
• Market based approach for temporary protection of refugees in the R. of Macedonia, Project of AME, financed by Open Society Institute – Skopje, (Jun-Oct 1999): Member of the of the research team

INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS:

• Memorandum of Cooperation on Tourism between Republic of Macedonia and People’s Republic of China (Skopje: November 10, 2010)
• Agreement for Cooperation on Standardization, Metrology and Consumer Rights between Republic of Macedonia and Ukraine (Kiev: November 4, 2010)
• Memorandum of Cooperation on Energy between Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Kosovo (Skopje: July 5, 2010)
• Agreement on Economic Cooperation between Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Kosovo (Pristina: December 16, 2009)
• Agreement on Economic Cooperation between Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Bulgaria (Skopje: December 15, 2008)
• Agreement of Tourism Cooperation between Republic of Macedonia and Montenegro (Podgorica: December, 2008)
• Protocol on Energy Cooperation between Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Albania (Tirana: May 16-20, 2006)
• Agreement of Tourism Cooperation between Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Croatia (Skopje: April, 2006)
• Agreement on Accession to Central European Free Trade Agreement – CEFTA (Skopje: February, 2006)
• Agreement of Tourism Cooperation between Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Albania (Skopje: November, 2005)
• Free Trade Agreement between Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Serbia and Montenegro (Skopje: October 21, 2005)
• Free Trade Agreement between Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Kosovo (Pristina: August 3, 2005)
• Memorandum of Cooperation on Trans-Balkan Oil Pipeline AMBO between Republic of Bulgaria, Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Albania (Sofia: December 28, 2004)

PUBLICATIONS AND WORKING PAPERS:

Books:

• Besimi, Fatmir (2009), Monetary and Exchange Rate Policy in Macedonia: Accession to the EU’, Lambert Academic Publishing, Berlin, Germany
• ‘Barriers for Trade, Growth, Investments and Competition, Chesapeak Associates’, (co-author), Washington DC, (Sep 2001)

Working papers:

• ‘The Ohrid Peace Agreement and the challenges of integration into European Union:
Competitive and integrated economy with equal chances’, International Conference, The Ohrid Framework Agreement: Towards Macedonia’s Membership in the European Union and NATO, Skopje (21 Jun 2011)
• ‘Global Economic Crisis and the Challenges Facing the Republic of Macedonia, Crossroads: The Macedonian Foreign Policy Journal, Vol.2, No.1, Skopje, RM, (Jun-Oct 2009)
• ‘The Monetary Transmission Mechanism in Macedonia: Implications for Monetary Policy’, Besimi F., Pugh G. and N. Adnett, Working Paper 02-2006, Centre for Research on Emerging Economies, IESR, Staffordshire University, UK, (Jan 2006)
• ‘The Role of Exchange Rate Stability in a Small and Open Economy: the Case of the Republic of Macedonia’, Conference on Economic challenges and perspectives for the R. Macedonia, Macedonian Academy of Science and Arts, Skopje, RM, (Sep 2004)
• ‘Macroeconomic Consolidation of Macedonia after the Ohrid Framework Agreement: Contribution for Successful European Integration’, Conference on Post-Ohrid, Pre-Europe Macedonia, organised by the Southeast Studies Centre and the School for Slavic and Southeast Studies at the University College London, (27 Feb 2004)
• ‘Similarity of the Inflation Rates as Maastricht Criterion as Compared to the Different Levels of Productivity Growth in the Accession Countries’, Bulletin 11-12/2003, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Macedonia, (Dec 2003)
• ‘Variability of the Foreign Exchange and the International Trade: the Experience of the Republic of Macedonia’, Economic researches IV/2003, National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia, (Dec 2003)
• ‘The Transmission Effect of the Foreign Exchange on the Monetary Strategy of the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia’, (co-author), Economic researches II/2003, National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia, (Jun 2003)
• ‘Foreign Direct Investments in the Republic of Macedonia, Foreign Direct Investments in Kosova’, RIINVEST Research Report, Pristina, (Sep 2002)
• ‘Entrepreneurship in Tetova Region’, Economic Research Institute RIINVEST, Pristina, Workshop on Entrepreneurship and Business Planning, Ohrid, RM, (Jun 1999)

Articles:

• ‘Energy Community – a role model for EU integration’, EU Observer, http://euobserver.com/7/31604 (7 Jan, 2011)
• ‘7 I-s for Development of Macedonia’, KAPITAL – Daily newspaper for economics and politics, RM, (31 Dec 2011)
• ‘The Western Balkans in the EU: To be or not to be?’, EU Observer, http://euobserver.com/7/31459 (9 Dec, 2010)
• ‘Policies, Measures and Activities for Increasing the Competitiveness’, KAPITAL – magazine for economics and politics, RM, (Apr 2009)
• ‘Economic Suitability of Macedonia for joining the EU’, VALUTA – magazine for economics, RM (No.7, Sep 2007)
• ‘Euro Introduction with Respect to the Theory for Optimum Currency Areas’, VALUTA – magazine for economics, RM (No.6, Sep 2007)
• ‘Mixed Steps’, DNEVNIK – daily newspaper, RM, (28 Apr 2007)
• ‘Numbers Talk Differently’, FAKTI – daily newspaper, RM, (28 Apr 2007)
• ‘Nobel Prize for Inter-Generation Trade-off’, KAPITAL – magazine for economics and politics, RM, (9 Nov 2006)
• ‘Wrong Steps: Even the Best Economic Programs or Models are Determined to Failure if They are Based on Wrong Assumptions’, KAPITAL – magazine for economics and politics, RM, (5 Oct 2006)
• ‘The Economic Aspects of the Crisis in Macedonia’, LOBI – weekly newspaper, RM, (30 Jul 2001)
• ‘Macedonia – A hostage of the Middle Ages’ Balkan Prejudices’, KOHA DITORE – daily newspaper, Kosovo, (3 Apr 2001)
• ‘Interethnic Crisis in Macedonia: the International Factor as a Relevant Factor’, FAKTI – daily newspaper, RM, (3 Apr 2001)
• ‘Post-War Reconstruction of Kosovo: the Balkans should be liberated from the Partiality Syndrome’, FAKTI – daily newspaper, RM, (25 Mar 2000)
• ‘Telecommunications Transformation’, Economy and Business – monthly professional magazine, RM, (Mar 1999)

CONFERENCES, OFFICIAL VISITS AND MEETINGS:

• Organizing and active participation in hundreds of international activities and initiatives, conferences, seminars and workshops on policy debates for economic issues in the last since 1990s.
• As Minister of Economy, member of high country delegation headed by Prime Minister of the RM and President of the RM participating in bilateral official meetings with Heads of States (United States, Turkye, Albania, Kosovo, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Ausitria, Bulgaira, Bosnia and Herzegovina etc.) and International Institutions (World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organizations, World Economic Forum, UN, UNDP, UNCTAD, etc)
• Head of delegation as Minister of Economy in bilateral official meetings with Ministers of Economy, Energy, Industry and Trade of the following countries: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Kosovo, Libya, Qatar, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia and Turkey.

As a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, Minister Fatmir Besimi is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.

 
 

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