Since the Balkan Economic Forum was launched in late 2014, more than 2,400 individuals and organisations from 89 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the Americas and the South Pacific, including Australia and New Zealand, have joined the organisation. While three-fourths of our members are currently based in the Balkans, all of our members share common Balkan socio-economic development, geo-political and regional security interests as their wide-ranging professions clearly attest.
Based on the current BEF membership registration, our members’ professions (and examples of institutions with which they are associated) as well as their percentage representation in our membership group are, in pertinent part, represented as follows:
- government administration (e.g. international and regional governing institutions, national parliaments, ministries, embassies, consulates and municipalities) (10.1%);
- financial services (e.g. The World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Securities and Exchange Commission of the Republic of Macedonia, Securities and Exchange Commission of the Republic of Montenegro, Montenegro Stock Exchange, Bank of Greece, Central Bank of the Republic of Kosovo, Central Bank of Montenegro, Central Bank of Romania, Central Bank of Turkey, Capital Markets Board of Turkey, Development Bank of Turkey, Investment Bank of Greece) (20.3%);
- non-profit organisations (e.g. Soros Foundation, Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, Médecins Sans Frontières, Save the Children International, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Habitat for Humanity Macedonia) (8.9%);
- higher education (e.g. Balkan and international universities, including the University of Cambridge [UK], International Center for Finance at Yale School of Management [US], Georgetown University [US], University College London [UK], University of California at Berkeley [US], Tsinghua University [China], University of British Columbia [CA], University of Hawaii [US], Stellenbosch University [South Africa], Norwegian University of Life Sciences [Norway], University of Edinburgh [UK]) (11.3%);
- broadcast media and media publication organisations (e.g. BBC, CNN, Euronews, France Television, Bloomberg News, American Broadcasting Co., Radio Africa, Radio Free Europe, Associated Press, Thomson Reuters, International New York Times, Kathimerini, Barron’s, Newsweek) (8.4%);
- scientific research and environmental services (e.g. NASA Ames Research Center, International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN, Conservation International, Coastal & Marine Union – EUCC, EUROPARC Federation, European Landowners’ Organisation, European Centre for Nature Conservation, WWF, BirdLife International, Regional Environmental Centre Turkey, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Finnish Environment Institute-SYKE, Norwegian Environment Agency, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds – RSPB, Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds – BSPB, Hellenic Ornithological Society, Marine Stewardship Council) (9.4%);
- aerospace, airline, maritime transport and tourism industries (e.g. General Dynamics Information Technology, Hellenic Aerospace Industry S.A., Aegean Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Etihad Airways, Montenegro Airlines, Romanian Air Transport-TAROM, Turkish Airlines, Ionian Ferries Shipping Co., Global Sustainable Tourism Council) (5.3%);
- information technology (e.g. Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft) (4.6%) and
- energy sector (e.g. Statkraft [Norway], Goldwind International Holdings Ltd. [China], Shell Global Solutions International B.V., BH-Gas d.o.o. [Bosnia and Herzegovina], Hellenic Petroleum S.A., Kosovo Energy Corporation J.S.C., OMV Petrom S.A. [Romania], Enerji Petrol Gaz and Gas & Power Newspaper [Turkey]) (2.5%).
Our members include officials and representatives from the European Commission and European Parliament, NATO, OSCE, Institute for China-EU Relations, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), the Permanent Mission of the European Union to the World Trade Organisation, and international security organisations such as the European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) in Kosovo.