Our Team

Ljupka Panchevska

Executive Director

Ljupka has more than 15 years’ project experience in education, entrepreneurship and employability of youth. Her professional career begins in 1999 as High school teacher in a vocational school “Dimitar Vlahov” in Skopje. In 2001 she continues her career in NGO sector, working 9 years for Balkan Children and Youth Foundation, implementing Projects focused on capacity building and trainings, education, entrepreneurship, career counselling and increasing employability skills for youth. She is certified trainer for Project management for NGOs. Since 2012 she has been working on EU funded projects, at IPA Units within Employment Service Agency and Ministry of Labor and Social Policy as Monitoring officer with a focus on active labor market measures. Her formal education includes Master in MBA Management (State Economic Faculty, Skopje) and BA in Food-bio technology Engineering (TMF-Skopje).

e-mail: ljupka@jamacedonia.mk

Teodora Gurmesheva

Finance manager

Teodora Gurmesheva has 13 years of professional experience in the NGO sector, working in finance, human resources, internal controls, organizational development, program management and fundraising. Her professional career starts in 2008 in the financial sector, working in the first company for managing investment funds in the country. Since 2009 she continues her career in the NGO sector, working for 12 years in Habitat for Humanity Macedonia, managing and administrating projects funded by USAID, EU and other donors. Her experience in the NGO sector includes working in the fields of housing, education, awareness-raising and advocacy, in particular with projects on energy efficacy, urbanization, workforce development and green economy. 

e-mail: teodora@jamacedonia.mk 

Viktorija Simonovska

Project Manager

Viktorija has over ten years of experience in project implementation, coordination, and financial management. As Technical Coordinator and Project Assistant in the Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, she was engaged in projects funded by USAID, UNICEF, UNHCR, World Bank, and others. Her experience in the NGO sector included working in fields concerning education, multiculturalism, inclusion, human rights, and conflict resolution. Many years of collaborating with schools, teachers, and principals, gave her the opportunity to develop excellent communication and organizational skills. As the Program Coordinator at Junior Achievement Macedonia, she was responsible for coordinating and supporting Junior Achievement Company Program activities with high schools, in the area of entrepreneurship education, financial literacy, and youth preparedness for the global economy. As a Project Manager, she applies all this experience working on programs and projects also focusing on green entrepreneurship, innovation, climate change, and just transition.

e-mail: viktorija@jamacedonia.mk

Melita Veljanoska

Project assistant

Starting in 2018 as a volunteer, through initial position of Office Assistant Melita stepped forward to JAM Project Assistant, actively contributing to our mission, on national and international level. Together with the JAM Team, she organizes events, trainings, innovation camps, and competitions as part of JA Company Program, ESP and Project management. Currently, she is involved in a project for empowering youth focusing on development of skills and competencies and inspires youth activism on local level. Thanks to successfully completed course in Adobe Photoshop CC she has shown great creativity in design of JA certificates and promos. 

e-mail: melita@jamacedonia.mk

Samije Nagavci

Project Collaborator 

Samije has over 10 years’ experience in preparation and implementation of project activities, planning and organization of various trainings and events. As a program assistant at OSCE, she assisted local stakeholders to understand project’s objectives and effectively participate in the overall project implementation and conducted consecutive, simultaneous, and written translation in individual meetings, seminars, training courses, and conferences. Samije also worked as a Senior Media Analyst Assistant and Media Monitor for ODIHR providing language assistant and translation, monitoring and analyzing programs and articles at national and regional level. Samije is conducting her master’s studies at Euro Balkan Institute – Skopje, Department of Sociology and Gender Studies and has a bachelor’s degree in Albanian Language and Literature at the University ”Ss. Cyril and Methodius”.