Dr. Sasho Kjosev, who is President of the Balkan Economic Forum, is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Economics at the University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. Since April 2016, he is also serving a 4 year tenure as Independent Member of the Supervisory Board of Stopanska Banka, AD Skopje, member of the National Bank of Greece (NBG) group. From December 2014 through April 2016, he served as an independent, non-executive member of the Board of Directors at the Central Securities Depository AD Skopje. He earned his PhD at the Faculty of Economics in Skopje following his dissertation entitled “Application of the Social Accounting Matrix with special reference to the Republic of Macedonia”. His professional career includes: Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (1996-1998), World Bank in Skopje (1997-1998), the National Bank (1998) and the Faculty of Economics since September 1998. He participated in more than 30 EU, UNDP and World Bank funded projects in the country, including the preparation of the National Development Strategy and National Sustainable Development Strategy for Macedonia. He authored 7 books and more than 60 articles published in domestic and international journals and conference Proceedings. His professional interests include: macroeconomic (development) planning, development planning techniques, national accounting, sustainable development, regional and local economic development, labour economics and agricultural policy.