Zhikica Zach Pagovski is a Strategic Partnerships Coordinator at the External Relations Department of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). In this role, he is in charge of fundraising toward GMF programs and managing the partner/client relations with governments, intergovernmental institutions, corporations, and foundations.From September 2010 to May 2012, he worked as a Consultant for Sustainable Development at Challenge Future (a start-up think tank based in Slovenia). Zhikica’s former professional experience also includes work at the United Nations and the Government of Macedonia. Zhikica was awarded with prestigious fellowships from Goldman Sachs, the Institute of International education, and The Fund of American Studies. He was a recipient of Doors to Diplomacy Platinum Award from the U.S. Department of State, Volunteer of the Year in 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. Zhikica holds M.A. in International Affairs from American University’s School of International Service in Washington DC. He obtained his B.A. from the American University in Bulgaria, double-majoring in European Studies and Political Science & International Relations.