Marjan Petreski, Ph.D. (1982) is a Professor of Economics at the School of Business Economics and Organizational Science at the University American College Skopje (UACS, www.uacs.edu.mk). His additional current affiliations include a Strategic Adviser to Finance Think - Economic Research and Policy Institute, and a Research Fellow of the Partnership for Economic Policy, Canada.
Prof. Petreski received a PhD in Economics at the Staffordshire University, United Kingdom in 2011, where he also received a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods. His doctoral thesis was "A switch of the monetary regime from exchange rate targeting to inflation targeting: With reference to developing economies” under the mentorship of Prof. Geoff Pugh. He completed his Master’s studies in Finance and Banking at the University of Sheffield, with honor, with the Master’s thesis: "Macroeconomic implications of the exchange rate regime: The case of Macedonia”. Marjan graduated from the University of Bitola, majoring in Finance, as a student of the generation with an average grade of 9.94.
He started his career in the Ministry of Finance (2006-2008) as a junior associate for macroeconomic modeling and forecasts and in the National Bank of the Republic of North Macedonia (2009-2010) as an econometrician in the field of financial stability. He started to work at the UACS as an external associate in 2008, and as a full-time employee from July 2010, first as an assistant (2010-2011), assistant professor (2011-2014), associate professor (2014-2019) and full professor (2019-today).
Prof. Petreski teaches Monetary Economics, International Money and Finance, Mathematical Finance, Research Methods, Statistics, Data Analysis, Advanced Econometrics, in all three study cycles. On two occasions, he was a visiting professor at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities - Skopje, and taught Global Political Economy.
At the UACS, he performed important managerial functions, as follows: Research Vice-Dean at the School of Business Economics and Organizational Science (2011-2013), Research Vice-Rector (2014-today), Director of the Doctoral School (2018-today) and Chairman of several committees in the field of research, self-evaluation, Shanghai ranking, etc. The main achievement of Prof. Petreski connected with his work at the UACS is that the University was ranked second in the field of research of the Shanghai ranking of the domestic universities in 2014 and is the first-ranked university in the country, continuously from 2012, in the field of economics, according to the global database Ideas/RePEc at the Federal Reserve Bank from St. Louis, USA.
Marjan is a co-founder of Finance Think - Economic Research and Policy Institute, Skopje, a prominent and influential economic think tank (www.financethink.mk). Marjan actively participated in all phases of the growth of the Institute, which since its establishment in 2012 until today has achieved an average institutional growth of nearly 50%, while the growth in the first years after its establishment exceeded 100% annually. The main achievement of Prof. Petreski connected with his work in Finance Think is his leadership in key policy studies - such as that for the guaranteed minimum income, progressive taxation, etc. - which contributed to the establishment of new or refining of the existing economic policies in the country. In addition, in the capacity of a co-founder of Finance Think, Marjan also managed the process of establishment of Finance Impaq - the consulting arm of Finance Think, which since its establishment in 2017 until today has achieved an impressive annual growth according to the institutional portfolio.
Prof. Petreski is a passionate researcher. He obtained a Master’s degree and received a doctorate in the field of monetary economics, which was his first research passion. Later, he also expanded his research into the field of labor markets and international trade. His original research focus are the transition countries and the monetary strategies they apply, which later expanded on topics such as labor market malfunctioning in transition economies, globalization, poverty, and inequality. Over 120 reference publications resulted from his research activity in these areas (including papers in peer reviewed journals, other indexed publications, working papers, conference papers, etc.). His entire research opus has been cited 567 times (according to Google Citations) and has an h-index of 13. From this research opus, 34 papers have been published in journals of JCR-Thomson Reuters (Web of Science), which is the largest number of papers of such rank published by an economist in North Macedonia.
The papers of Prof. Petreski have been published in almost all journals for transition economies, including Economic Systems, Post-Communist Economies, Eastern European Economics, Comparative Economic Studies, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, International Journal of Manpower, Open Economies Review, The Economic and Labour Relations Review, Journal of Labor Research, International Migration, and recently also in the highest-ranked journal for transition economies Journal of Comparative Economics. According to Publons, the papers of Prof. Petreski in the journals referenced on Web of Science and Scopus have been cited 77 times.
Marjan is also the author of five international books and 14 book chapters. On the domestic scene, in 2018, he published the book "Research Tools in Economics”. So far, he has realized five postdoctoral research stays: at the University of Michigan, USA (2019), the Hitotsubashi University, Japan (2016), the University of the Republic, Uruguay (2016), the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast Economic Studies, Germany (2014) and the Slovak Academy of Sciences (2013).
For his research in the field of economics, he won the Young Scientist Award 2009 from the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts and the Olga Radzyner Award 2010 from the Oesterreichische Nationalbank for his paper "Overhaul of a Doctrine: "Has inflation targeting opened a new era in developing countries with fixed exchange rates?”. In 2013, leading a team of researchers, Prof. Petreski won the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development from the Global Development Network and the Government of Japan, in competition of over 700 submissions around the world. In 2016, he received the LSE-CEFTA Award for research paper on regional trade from the CEFTA Secretariat and the London School of Economics.
Marjan was a CERGE-EI Career Integration Fellow in Prague (2012-2015), while from 2018 he is a Research Fellow of the Partnership for Economic Policy, and from September 2021 he will be a CERGE-EI Postgraduate Fellow.
Prof. Petreski is widely engaged as an external consultant to the World Bank, the International Labor Organization, UNCTAD, UN Women, UNICEF, UNDP, the Regional Cooperation Council, the Directorate-General NEAR of the European Union and others. With these development partners, Marjan works not only in North Macedonia, but also in the Western Balkans region (Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro), the countries of the former Soviet Union (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Georgia, Armenia), Africa (Mali and Benin) and the Middle East (Palestine).
Prof. Petreski has been permanently active in the expert and general debate in the country in the last decade. He enjoys the reputation of a professional and balanced person.
He is the husband of Blagica, an economist, and the father of Darian (11) and Loren (3).
 For comparison, for the period 1970-today, only 116 papers appear on JCR - Thomson Reuters for North Macedonia in the field of Economics. It is roughly estimated that there are about 350 economic researchers in the country after 1990, suggesting a number of JCR-indexed papers per researcher of only 0.33.