Emilija Tudzarovska Gjorgjievska is a member of the Global Initiative Network of experts against transnational organised crime and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Ph.D. Fellow under the PLATO Innovative Training Network (ITN) at Charles University in Prague. She holds an MA in International Politics (CERIS, Brussels & Collège d'Etudes Interdisciplinaires, Université Paris Sud) and an MSc in Educational Management. She has both practical and research experience in the democratisation processes in Macedonia and the wider region, working with a variety of international and national organisations. She publishes on EU and foreign policy perspectives and innovative economies. She is the author of the Macedonian ‘Corruption and organised crime risk assessments’ report (MCIC & Center for the study of democracy) and the book ‘Higher Education in the 21st Century: the Republic of Macedonia and European perspectives’.