Zhikica (Zach) Pagovski

Program Officer, Strategic Partnerships German Marshall Fund of the U.S. Washington D.C.

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Zhikica (Zach) Pagovski is a development and strategic partnerships officer with the External Relations Department of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. In this role, he is in charge of the fundraising portfolio for GMF programs, working closely with governments, embassies, intergovernmental institutions, corporations, and foundations.

Pagovski was a research fellow at Young Professional in Foreign Policy in Washington, DC and the NATO Association of Canada, writing and contributing on issues related to security and defense, public diplomacy, and foreign policy. He also worked as a consultant for sustainable development at Challenge Future (a start-up think tank based in Slovenia) from 2010-2011. Pagovski’s former professional experience also includes work at the United Nations and the Government of Macedonia.

Pagovski currently serves on the advisory board of BridgeEurope, an organization that aims to advance the transatlantic aspect regarding the importance of diversity of ideas, responsible discourse, and solution-oriented politics on student campuses across Europe. In the past, he was awarded prestigious fellowships from Goldman Sachs, the Institute of International Education, and The Fund of American Studies. He also completed the Emerging Leaders Program of The Policy Center of the New South and was a member of the Young Professionals Network of Eurasia Foundation. He was a recipient of the 40 Under 40 Leadership Award of the United Macedonian Diaspora, 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, and the David Merchant International Student Award for Achievement from Phi Beta Delta Honor Society.

Pagovski holds M.A. in international affairs (focusing on diplomacy and international security) from American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC. He obtained his B.A. from the American University in Bulgaria with summa cum laude, double-majoring in European studies (honors) and political science & international relations (honors) and was awarded the Presidential Medal for the most outstanding and well-rounded senior in his class.