Our Authors

Kristijan Fidanovski
Kristijan is the Editor in Chief of The Vostokian. Born and raised in Macedonia, he began his international experience at the age of 16 when he moved to Duino, Italy, where he finished his final two years of high school at the United World College of the Adriatic. After leaving Italy, Kristijan pursued an undergraduate degree in Politics and East European Studies at University College London between 2014 and 2017. Currently, Kristijan is part of the prestigious M.A. program in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Georgetown in Washington, D.C. Outside of formal education, Kristijan has organized and participated in a variety of summer schools and youth engagement projects in the Balkan region. He is fluent in Macedonian, Serbian, English, Italian, and German. His primary interests are the sociopolitical affairs of the ex-Yugoslav countries.
Hristo Voynov
Hristo Voynov is the Deputy Editor in Chief of The Vostokian. A Bulgarian-American who grew up in Brooklyn, New York, Hristo graduated with a BA in Political Science at Hunter College and is currently doing an MA in Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center. His interests include radical politics, underground movements, and conflicts.
Alexander Pantich
Alex is the founder of the Vostokian and has lived across Eastern Europe and the Balkans. He is the CEO of Kinetiq Solutions an IT company with clients in America and developers in Macedonia, COO of Upshift, a digital labor marketplace, and COO of The Emerald Group, a medical marijuana consultancy. A 2014 graduate of the Ohio State University, he speaks Russian, Serbian, Turkish and Macedonian. He is also an alumnus of The Brandery-one of the top 10 startup accelerators in the world.
Armando Guce
Armando is a graduate of SUNY Tirana where he studied International Relations and Political Science. He now lives and works as an independent researcher in Tirana, Albania.
Aleksej Demjanski
Aleksej Demjanski is currently a dual degree master’s candidate in Global Policy Studies and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas – Austin, where his research focuses on democratization processes in Southeast Europe and Latin America. He holds a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, DC. Some of his previous experiences include time at the U.S. House of Representatives as well as the Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia at the U.S. Department of State.
Nicolas Miyares
Nicolas is a graduate of Columbia University, where he earned his B.A. in Political Science and Russian Language and Culture. He spent three years working in Moscow, Russia at an international law firm and is now in the process of completing his Master’s in Economics at University College London.
Eva Jovanova
Eva is the Deputy Editor In Chief of the Vostokian. She is a Skopje native and a fresh European Studies graduate from the Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany, where she studied on a full merit-based DAAD scholarship. Her main interest is the European integration of the Western Balkans, as well as the domestic politics and society of the Eastern and Southeast European countries. In order to broaden her perspective, Eva spent a semester studying International Relations at the University of St. Petersburg in Russia. She has a year-long experience as a student assistant in a project on war crime and war heroes in Serbian media at her university. As a committed European, Eva is active in bringing bottom-up democratization and Europeanization to Macedonia, where she organized (and lectured at) a summer school on European values during the summer 2017. Eva is a passionate polyglot of Macedonian, English, German, Spanish, and Russian. Currently she is taking a gap year to improve her professional experience before pursuing her master’s degree in 2018. She also serves as Chief Translator for German for The New Federalist online magazine.
Daniel Kozin
Daniel Kozin is a St. Petersburg based Russian-American graduate student and journalist. His main points of interest are US-Russian relations, foreign policy discourses, and media analysis.
Marijana Zeko
Marijana is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Transnational Studies at University College London (UCL) in human rights issues, ethnopolitical conflicts, and the Western Balkans. Her Master’s thesis is on reconciliation processes and approaches in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prior to her studies at UCL, she completed a Bachelor’s degree at Zurich University, Switzerland, where she studied Modern Languages and Communications. In addition to that, she spent one semester at the University of Melbourne, attending courses in human rights, development aid, and conflict studies. She developed an interest in international politics and divided societies during a summer school at the London School of Economics and Politics in 2013. Apart from her studies, she gained experience in the human rights field as an intern at Minority Rights Group in London where she performed tasks such as research, media monitoring, drafting reports and liaising with partners and donors.
Rusif Huseynov
Rusif Huseynov is a Baku-based independent researcher. His main areas of interest are peace and conflict studies, while his focus area covers mainly Eastern Europe, Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia.
Angela Gjekanovikj
Angela Gjekanovikj is a graduate and a former teaching and research assistant of the Perrotis College in Thessaloniki with a Bachelor of Science in International Business. Born and raised in Skopje, Macedonia, she spent the last 5 years working and studying abroad. A recipient of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) scholarship provided by the US Department of State, she finished high school in Bakersfield, California. In 2014, she went to a summer school in Kosovo on the European Integration of the Western Balkans, where she developed an interest in politics. In 2015, she got the Fulbright scholarship to pursue her graduate studies in Political Economy in the United States in 2016.
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