Vasko Naumovski became ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the United States on Nov. 18, 2014, having previously served as Macedonia’s deputy prime minister responsible for the country’s European integration from 2009 to 2011. During his tenure, Macedonia received the European Commission’s first recommendation to start membership negotiations with the European Union. Ambassador Naumovski spearheaded efforts to harmonize Macedonia’s legislation with that of the EU, its accreditation to manage European pre-accession funds, as well as the realization of numerous reforms, culminating in Macedonia gaining visa liberalization for EU travel. Outside of public service, Ambassador Naumovski is a professor in international relations at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. He obtained his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the same university, and completed another master’s from the University of Bonn in Germany. Being in academia since 2005, Ambassador Naumovski is the author of numerous publications in the area of international relations, European integration and international law. Ambassador Naumovski is married and has a daughter.
Shaiful Anuar Mohammad assumed the position of deputy chief of mission on Jan. 29, replacing Ikram Mohammad Ibrahim, who departed the post Jan. 18.
Kayoum Safee assumed the position of second secretary on Dec. 29, replacing Sameem Gaffar, who departed the post Dec. 29, 2014.
Mateja Dolenc assumed the position of administrator attaché on Dec. 31, 2014, replacing Eva Prsa Simonovic, who departed the post Dec. 30, 2014.
Tjasa Tanko assumed the position of first secretary, consular officer on Jan. 12, replacing Tjasa Deleja Balja, who departed the post of consular officer in July 2014.