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German Marshall Fund
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Zhikica "Zach" Pagovski is a strategic partnerships officer at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). In this role, he is in charge of fundraising for a portfolio of $5 million toward GMF programs and managing partner/client relations with governments, intergovernmental institutions, corporations, and foundations.

Zach has worked in various management consulting roles for corporate, governmental, academic, and nonprofit institutions. From September 2010 to May 2012, he worked as a consultant for sustainable development at Challenge Future. Zach’s former professional experience also includes work at the United Nations and the Government of Macedonia. In addition to this, he completed several research fellowships. He worked as a Junior Research Fellow at the NATO Association of Canada and as a research fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy in Washington D.C., focusing on issues related with digital technology, big data, and foreign policy. He also worked as a research assistant at American University.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the United Macedonian Diaspora, he is responsible for organizational policy and strategy. In the past, Zach was awarded with prestigious fellowships from Goldman Sachs, the Institute of International Education, and The Fund of American Studies. He was a recipient of the Doors to Diplomacy Platinum Award from the U.S. Department of State, Volunteer of the Year of Macedonia Award from the European Voluntary Service, Kimberly Miller Award for European Studies from American University, 40 Under 40 Raising Leaders Award by the United Macedonian Diaspora, and the David Merchant International Student Award for Achievement from Phi Beta Delta Honor Society.

Zach holds an M.A. in international affairs from American University's School of International Service, a B.A. in European studies, as well as a B.A. in political science and international relations from the American University in Bulgaria.

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