The Fund for Innovation and Technology Development was established in December, 2013, with the aim of encouraging innovation by providing additional resources to finance innovation, in view of the need to build a competitive economy based on knowledge..
The organizational structure of the Fund for innovation and technology development includes the following units:
- Sector for programming activities
- Department for programming
- Department for implementation of programs
- Sector for General and Legal Affairs and Finance
- Department of Legal Affairs, Procurement and archive
- Department of Finance and Accounting
Managing Bodies of the Fund are: Management Board, Committee for Approval of Investments and Director.
The Government of the Republic of North Macedonia appoints the members of the governing bodies and the Director.
The Management board members are:
Committee for approval of investments
The Committee for Approval of Investments includes members elected and appointed by the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia. The Committee reviews and approves project proposals submitted under all of the Fund’s instruments. The Committee members are elected from among the experts with at least ten years of international experience in the area of investment in innovation activities.
Clarisse Behar Molad, PhD
Professor Molad has more than 12 years of experience in procuring efficient development to businesses, consultant services and lectures at higher education institutions. She also provides strategic solution in terms of world trade trends and start up launch. Her expertise cover the areas of strategic planning and implementation, business management, entrepreneurship, employees’ motivation, marketing and sales, design and use of information systems, as well as internet marketing.
During her professional career, she has coordinated and developed the incomes of 12 different countries in relation to the regional start up communities, has designed and developed an international business course, has worked as the chief consultant for USAID on a project related to internet training launch on the Balkans.
Sahi currently works as vice president of Johnson Controls for global innovation where he is focused on developing and executing the company’s innovation growth, with an emphasis on focused strategic investments. He has more than 20 years of experience in strategic investments, including the digital transformation growth strategy between US and China, by expanding the market, elevating channel partner capabilities and enhancing the online trade. Throughout his career he has also collaborated with Boeing and Microsoft. His previous employments include Nike, PERSEUS, LLC, SG COWEN & CO., LLC (Société Générale Group), CISCO SYSTEMS CAPITAL CORP., GENERAL ELECTRIC CAPITAL CORP., THE CHASE MANHATTAN BANK.
Sahi he has an MBA from Georgetown University, and MA in Latin American Economics from the New York University. He holds a bachelor degree in finances and Spanish language from Rutgers University.
Gligor A. Tashkovich
As a former minister of the Republic of Macedonia (2008) for foreign investments, Tashkovich has a long-year experience in collaborating with international firms that have invested in the country. Currently Tashkovich works as a registered representative for AlphaSource Capital Securities LLC in New York where he attracts qualified and accredited investors into hedge funds and other alternative investments.
Previously, he has worked as the executive vice president for AMBO LLC (the Albanian-Macedonian-Bulgarian Oil Corporation) on the Trans Balkan oil pipeline project, but also as a consultant for First Data Corporation in the area of money laundering and terrorism finance, to the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences in terms of improving the application process, the Coyle Hospitality Group and other.
Donald Lewis JR
Don Lewis has been a faculty member in the Department of Management at the Mays Business School since 1999. He is currently an executive professor and the executive director of Blackstone Launchpad TAMU.
He has a vast experience in international business, as well as entrepreneurship and small business-related education. Lewis is also an entrepreneur with European experience, and is a winner of many international awards and acknowledgement in the area of education and entrepreneurship.
Lewis received his BBA (Management) ’86 and MBA (IT) ’92 from Texas A&M; and Texas A&M; International University.
Nikos P. Georgoulas
Currently he works as the chairman of the board of directors for the WHITESTEPS SA, which is a private firm that looks after the stakeholders’ interest in countries such as Greece, Bulgaria, and North Macedonia, whose businesses have the objective to evolve beyond the country borders.
He has also worked as a chief executive officer for Telco, data entry and industrial automations company with subsidiaries in Greece, Bulgaria, Lebanon and Macedonia; management of the telecom monopolist of Armenia, ARMENTEL JV (DEUTCHE TELECOM), ARGO INSURANCE SA, ALBATROSS LTD, MULTIPACK SAIC and others.
He has a bachelor degree in international relations from the PADIOS University in Athens, and holds a master degree in finances.
FITD Resident advisor
Dr. Péter Mogyorósi is advisor of the Fund for its operational work. His role is to provide support to the management of the Fund by providing international expertise in the field of supporting innovation.
The majority owner and director of Laser Consult Ltd. He received his degree as a physicist in 1984 and his PhD in laser surface micro-texturing in 1986 at József Attila University (JATE), Szeged, Hungary. He worked as a researcher for eight years initially at JATE and then at the Universities of Linz and Uppsala. He established Laser Consult Ltd. in 1992. He is author to some 25 international scientific publications and 6 further publications in the field of innovation management.
As the director of Laser Consult Ltd. his major fields of activities and expertise lies in innovation management, research-industry co-operations, and full scale technology transfer and project development for international clients. During the last 20 years he has been working as an external consultant on many projects for the European Union, NATO and United Nations.