Our Team



Dr. Sam Potolocchio is Director of Global and Custom Education at Georgetown University and Distinguished Professor and Department Chair of Political Communications at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).


Co-Founder/Executive Director

Ivana Stojanoska is Global Sponsorship Manager at the P World.


Co-Founder/Strategic Adviser

Angela Velkova is Business Development Coordinator at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS Europe).


Director of Admissions and Strategic Initiatives

Resource Center Specialist at the American Corner Skopje, and serves on the board of the Youth Council of the U.S. Embassy and the Youth Inspiration Group of the National Youth Council of Macedonia.


Chief Information Officer

President of the Albanian Student Union in Macedonia.


Director of Alumni Affairs

Scholarship recipient at the Economics and Finance department at the University of Exeter.

Olga Rajchikj

Programme Coordinator

Olga Rajchikj is a vice president of an international youth organization Anti Corruption International (ACI), coordinator of a newly opened co-working space in Skopje ,“OpenSpace” and HR manager in a local Macedonian SME.


Marketing and PR

Miki Trajkoski is Public and Media Relation Manager at Element PR.


Design and Multimedia

3D Artist at CAD-LAIF & visio-emotion.


Accountant and Financial Officer

CEO at Kontrol As Biro



Election Officer at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Macedonia to the United Nations -New York, NY.

How We Grew Over the Years

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    August 12, 2016

    PGLI 2016

    The fifth anniversary Class of PGLI has the opportunity to follow the richest and most interactive program. Topics range from..

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    August 10, 2015

    PGLI 2015

    The fourth PGLI Class is the most diverse class to date. It is also the first class to see the..

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    August 20, 2014

    PGLI 2014

    PGLI welcomes its Class of 2014. Graduation takes place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is inaugurated by the..

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    June 25, 2014

    PGLI leadership event

    PGLI launches its first Preparing Local Leaders Institute program. Emeritus professor and world most renowned deliberation expert Dr. Jurg Steiner..

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    December 7, 2013

    Bi-national project: “What stops us?” by PGLI Alumni

    The core of this research is to show facts about the actual position of women all around the world (with..

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    August 12, 2013

    PGLI 2013

    PGLI Class of 2013 hosts 60 students from 37 countries. The program now takes place in two cities: Struga and..

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    November 22, 2012

    PGLI 2012 alumna launches PGLA

    PGLI 2012 alumna from Jordan, Yara Nusair launches Preparing Global Leaders Academy in Amman Jordan. They host their first edition..

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    August 10, 2012

    PGLI 2012

    The first Preparing Global Leaders Institute is organized in Tetovo on the campus of South East European University from 13-26..

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    March 15, 2012

    PGLI first open call

    PGLI launches its first Call for Applications. Received are 323 applications from 54 different countries...

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    November 20, 2011

    The Beginning

    PGLI begins in Skopje, Macedonia. Founders Dr. Sam Potolicchio, Ivana Stojanoska and Angela Velkova met at the International Balkan University..

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