Board of Directors
Vilma Trajkovska is the former First Lady of the Republic of Macedonia and the widow of the late Boris Trajkovski, who was the second President of the Republic of Macedonia from 1999 to 2004. Currently, she serves as Director of Publication Services of the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia. She is also the Founder of VITRA, a non-profit and non-governmental foundation established in Macedonia in 2001 aimed at affirmation of women and their role in the comprehensive development of society. As the former First Lady, Mrs. Trajkovska played a dynamic role in Macedonia, serving as hostess to the wives and spouses of visiting foreign dignitaries, representing Macedonia abroad on trips with her husband, and hosting and attending various conferences and forums in Macedonia and abroad.
She was a patron of the International Conference “Women in 21st Century” held in 2002 in Ohrid which focused on the role of women in the development of democracy in South East Europe.
Mrs. Trajkovska is the Founder of the Boris Trajkovski International Foundation. She has two children, Sara and Stefan.
Mr. Goran Rafajlovski, PhD.
Mr. Goran Rafajlovski has been a president of the Managing board of the Boris Trajkovski International Foundation since July 2005. He began this vocation after the termination of his four-year mandate as an Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia in the Federal Republic of Germany (2001-2005). He was appointed Ambassador by the late President Boris Trajkovski, as being his very close associate.
He is a professor in Electrical Machines Transformers on the Electro-technical faculty in the University of Skopje. He is a holder of a B. Sc degree from Skopje University, Macedonia, M. Sc degree from Zagreb University, Croatia and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from University of Friedrich – Alexander in Nierenberg, Germany. After that, he works as an associate in the Department of energy electronics in the University of Keizerslautern, Germany.
He began his working experience in the “Rade Koncar Skopje” Electric Company and after a while he became a professor in the Electro–technical faculty in Skopje University. He has been active in the politics since 1994 and as a result of that, he becomes a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia and after that, a General Manager of the main electrical company in Macedonia.
Mr. Rafajlovski has more than 40 scientific publications in different countries in Europe and elsewhere, in specialized scholar magazines, scientific symposia in Germany, USA, Israel, Croatia, Bulgaria, Italy, Japan and Macedonia
A champion of the rights of the disabled, Christina Dickinson served as Vice-President of Polio Plus, which is the leading disability NGO in Macedonia, which she joined in 2001 as a member. From 1997 to 2001 she worked as an independent advocate for disability rights in Macedonia, particularly with the Special Institute of Demir Kapija for People with Severe Disabilities. Through her efforts, she has been able to put the issue of disability rights front and center with lawmakers and the public and frequently engages in lobbying. She worked with Polio Plus to harmonize Macedonian legislation with EU legislation on these issues. She has received numerous awards for her work with the disabled in Macedonia.
Prior to her arrival in Macedonia, Christina ran her own training/facilitation consultancy in the United Kingdom for six years and prior to that, she was in investment banking for 11 years. She holds a degree in European Studies from the University College of Buckingham.
In 1990, Venera opened and directed the NOVA Language Institute (NLI), a pioneer in private language schooling in the Republic of Macedonia. The NLI continues to work successfully and educates several hundred language students annually. Between 1991 and 1999 NOVA became the chief coordinating office of the AYUSA International exchange program for the Republic of Macedonia, providing U.S. cultural and educational experience to several hundred Macedonian high school and university students. From 1996 to 1998, Venera was President of the Macedonian-American Friendship Society, and one of the founding board members of the Junior Achievement International Foundation in the Republic of Macedonia which produced the first junior business education in the country. The following year, she became one of the founding board members of the Macedonian Model United Nations Program which produced the first MMUN conference in Macedonia.
With all of this experience and wealth of knowledge, Venera went on to her biggest achievement in 1997, founding NOVA High School (grades 9-12), an American model educational institution and the first legally independent high school in Macedonia. Venera is also a member of the Global Connections Foundation, a prestigious academic circle made up of heads of outstanding international schools. Currently, Venera is working on a pilot program with the Ministry of Education which will support inclusion of Macedonian citizens into the NOVA Middle School program. She is also a part of the educational group sponsored by the European Center for Minority Issues.