D-r Jovan Jonovski, MTh, was born in Skopje in 1971 where he has completed his education graduating Physics at the Faculty of natural sciences and mathematics in 2010. He studies theology in Budapest, London and Novi Sad, Serbia where he defends his master thesis. In 2014 he becomes master of History and in 2018 Doctor of Humanities at Institute of National History in Skopje with the thesis “The sun and the lion as symbols in the heraldry and vexillology of Macedonia”
Jonovski is associated member of the International Academy of Heraldry, member of the International Commission on Order of Chivalry, member of the Commission for orders and medals of the President of the Republic of Macedonia. Jonovski was President and Herald of the Macedonian Heraldry Society during its entire existence (2003-2018).
Author of the section “Coat of Arms of Macedonia” at the Museum of Macedonia in Skopje.
Author of the book “Symbols of Macedonia” dedicated to the symbols, semiotics as well as heraldry, vexillology, phaleristics and himnology in general and those connected to Macedonia.
Ivan Nacevski was born in Kumanovo in 1985.
Graduated dental medicine at Faculty for dental medicine at University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
His interests and expertise is in heraldry, specially civic and military heraldry and phaleristics. He works on the Macedonian heraldic terminology dictionary, as well as on Macedonian vexillological terminology.
He is author of several papers on the Lion as symbol attributed to Alexander the Great in the European heraldry as well as coat of arms of Macedonia in the Illyrian Heraldry.
Brig. Gen. M.R. Pavle Arsoski is born in 1967 in Gostivar. In 1990 he finished his studies at the Military Academy of Army in Belgrade, Serbia. In 2003 he finished his post-graduate studies for Military Duties in Skopje. In 2011 he graduated from the school of national defence in Zagreb, Croatia. In 2016 he finished his master studies from the Institute for national history at the St. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia.
During the period of 28 years of professional career as an officer in the former People’s Army of Yugoslavia and the Army of the Republic of Macedonia, he was exercising large number of military duties. In 2013 he was assigned as Brigadier General by the President of the Republic of Macedonia.
He is one of the co-authors of the Decree for the unique sign of ARM, uniform, insignia of the ranks, the insignia of the orders and departments, the insignia of the units, as well as the manner and conditions for their bearing.
He speaks German and English.
Nikola Galevski, MA
Nikola Galevski is born in 1977 in Skopje where he finished his education. He finished his studies in History of Art with Archaeology. He graduated in Roman and Christian archaeology. He became M.A. of Early Christian Studies from the Regent College, Vancouver, Canada. His areas of research are Early Christianity, History, Archaeology, History of Art and Cultural Analysis. He lectures Introduction to the New Testament and New Testament Interpretation at the Faculty of Theology Kumanovo.
In 2012 he started The Global Leadership Summit Macedonia – world leader platform with contextual application.
He is a pastor at the Evangelical Church Soul Craft in Skopje.
Andreja Stefanovski is born in Skopje in 1973. He graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. He graduated in theology in Budapest in 1999. He works as a manager of a production in a factory for production of electric printed circuit boards.
He is a founding member of the association Royal Scouts from 2000. He is also founding member of the Association for support of Israel. He is an active volunteer in several organisations, and in free time he likes to read good books. He translates books and he is actively involved in the localization of app Bible in Macedonian. The rest of the free time is spent with the scouts, running and hiking. He is married and dedicated parent to four children.
The coat of arms dated back to 1997. His company Mates Company, which exists from 2001, has got a corporative coat of arms.
Trajche Trajkov is born in 1988 in Strumica. He finished his undergraduate and master studies at the Faculty of Law ‘Iustinianus Primus’ in Skopje, Political Sciences.
He is active collector of military and police insignia. He organized several exhibitions on the given topic. He is an author of the monograph in preparation ‘The Macedonian military and police insignia’ (1992-2019)’. He lives and works in Strumica.
Nikolche Stojanoski is born in Tetovo in 1987. In 2009 he finished his undergraduate studies at the University of South-East Europe and he became BA of English language and literature at the University. In 2012 he became MA of English language and literature. In 2009 he became authorised court translator from English to Macedonian and vice versa.
He works professionally as a translator and educator. The vexillology and the local heraldry are his spheres of interests.
Stoyan H. Antonov (b. 1970) graduated in history (specialization in ethnology) at St Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia in 1995. In 1999 he earned a PhD at the same university with a PhD thesis: Tatars in Bulgaria (An Ethnological Study). He worked as a guide, history teacher, curator and research fellow with a museum. Since 2005 he has been an assistant professor at Paisiy Hilendarski University of Plovdiv, teaching ethnology and social anthropology courses.
Since 2004 he has been a part-time lecturer in heraldry in several BA and MA programs (as graphic design, typography, photography) at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, and Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo. Author of articles on heraldic heritage in concern to Bulgaria, and editor of the heraldic part of The Symbols of the Bulgarian Statehood, a national exhibition dedicated to the Centenary of the proclamation of the Independence (2008).
He is a founder and chairman of the Bulgarian Heraldry and Vexillology Society (2004) and associate member of the Académie internationale d’héraldique (AIH, since 2017)
Dr. Zeljko Heimer (Croatia)
Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Željko Heimer, MSc, EE, LF, FF (1971) graduated in 1997 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing of the University of Zagreb. Since 1999 he is an officer in the Croatian Armed Forces, currently holding a rank of Lieutenant Colonel of Information Technologies Service. Master of science in electronics in 2005. Achieved PhD in Sociology at the postgraduate doctoral studies in Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University in Zagreb white the thesis “Identity of Croatian Armed Forces Expressed with Flags in the Homeland War and Following it”.
Since 1995 an active member of the international association Flags of the World (FOTW). He participated in the International Congresses of Vexillology since 2001, and several International Congresses of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences since 2010.
Since 1996 he maintains the web site the Flags and Arms of the Modern Era (FAME) where he publishes the results of his vexillological study of the historic and current flags, mainly in the region of Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In 2006 with collaborators, he established the Croatian Heraldic and Vexillological Association (HGZD) and becomes its president and the editor of the semi-annual journal »Grb i zastava«.
The author of several monographies in Croatian and English and a number of scientific, professional and popular articles in Croatia and abroad.
He is an associate member of the Académie internationale d’héraldique (AIH, since 2011) and honorary member of the Macedonian heraldic association (MHZ, since 2011) and the Bulgarian heraldic and vexillological association (BHVS, since 2009). He was appointed a Fellow of the Flag Research Centre (FRC) in 2016.
For his work in promotion and preservation of this part of the national heritage he was awarded the national Order of Croatian Wattle by the President on Croatia in 2010 and in 2017 the Order of Croatian Daystar with the Effigy of Marko Marulić for extraordinary merit in culture in the field of heraldry and vexillology and their long-standing promotion in the Republic of Croatia and in the world. For his work in vexillology he was awarded the title Fellow of the Federation (FF) by the International Federation of Vexillological Associations (FIAV) in 2015. For his outstanding original contributions to the science of vexillology the FIAV awarded him its highest recognition, the Laureate of the Federation (LF) in 2017.
Prof. dr. Ivan Balta (Croatia)
Prof. Dr. Ivan Balta is born in Zdenci, near Nasica, Croatia in 1953. He finished his studies in history, philosophy and Latin, and then he finished his master studies in ‘auxiliary historical sciences’ (thesis about Heraldry and genealogy) in 1985. He finished his PhD studies in historical sciences in 1996. He designed several municipal, city and county coats of arms in Croatia. He was lecturing in several universities, such as Latin, Diplomacy, Palaeography and Heraldry in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was visiting professor and lectures History, Latin, Philosophy and auxiliary historical sciences in Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Macedonia, Germany, Ukraine, etc. He is the author of a university course book in Croatia and co-author of two university course books in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He published several articles regarding heraldry. He is a regular member of the Croatian academy of sciences and arts in Mostar, permanent member of the Assembly of the Hungarian academy of sciences in Budapest and other associations. He was working as a teacher, supervisor and advisor at the Department of Education and Pedagogy of the Republic of Croatia and in the last 20 years at the University ‘J. J. Strossmayer’ in Osijek.
Dr. Emir O. Filipovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Dr. Emir O. Filipović was born in 1984 in Ključ, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He received his PhD from the University of Sarajevo in 2014. His research areas include the history of chivalry, heraldry and social elites in medieval Bosnia, as well as the complex relations between the Bosnian Kingdom and the Ottoman Empire in the fourteenth and fifteenth century. He has written on these topics extensively both in domestic and international publications, and has presented his work on a number of local, regional and international conferences. He is
currently Assistant Professor at the University of Sarajevo where he teaches medieval Bosnian history and auxiliary historical sciences.
Prof. dr. Stjepan Cosic (Croatia)
Stjepan Cosic (1964) is a professor at the History Department of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Split. In 1987 he finished his studies in History and sociology at the University of Zadar. In the period of 1992-1995 he was working as an archives officer at the National Archives in Dubrovnik. During this period he finished his master studies at the University of Zagreb, on the topic of the cultural history of the eastern Adriatic coast. He got his M.A. in 1994 and his PhD in 1997 at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb (on topic on Dubrovnik, after the fall of Republic in 1848).
In the period of 1995-2003 he is an active researcher at the Institute for historical sciences in Dubrovnik. In 1998 he became a science contributor. In the period 2003-2012 he was director of the State Archives of Croatia in Zagreb, and from November 2012 he is employed at the History Department of the Faculty of Philosophy in Split as a professor.
He is interested in archives matters, particularly regarding the history of cartography, heraldry and historical Geography.
From 2000 he is lecturing various subjects at the Faculty of Philosophy in Split, Zagreb and Dubrovnik.
dr. Agne Railaite – Barde (Lithuania)
Agnė Railaitė-Bardė was born in 1984 (Kėdainiai, Lithuania). She has a PhD in Humanitarian Sciences (History) since 2013. Her PhD thesis was about genealogical identity among the nobility of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and its expression in the heraldry of the 16th-18th centuries. She gives lectures for bachelor students about genealogy and heraldry of the nobility of Europe and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in Vilnius University, Faculty of History, and also short training or lectures on heraldry matters on various occasions. As a scholar, she works at the Lithuanian Institute of History, participates in international and national conferences in Lithuania and abroad, writes articles and currently prepares a monograph. Agnė Railaitė-Bardė was a member of the Lithuanian Symbolism Commission in 2010–2015. She is presently Chair of the Lithuanian Heraldry Commission and works as a Chief Specialist for Lithuanian Heraldry in the Office of the President of the Republic of Lithuania since 2015. Agnė Railaitė-Bardė along with the Lithuanian Heraldry Commission has organized the International Heraldry Forum in 2018. She is an associate member of the International Academy of Heraldry since 2016. Her main academic fields of interest are the heraldry and genealogy of the nobility, comparative research into the nobility’s genealogical awareness and variations in it in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and other European countries in the 16th to 18th centuries, and Lithuanian state and municipal heraldry.
Immediately after graduating law studies (2001), Tudor-Radu Tiron entered, as a civil servant, the Chancellery of Orders of the Romanian Presidential Administration. He passed through all the administrative degrees, up to the rank of a senior advisor.
Admitted as a member of the National Committee of Heraldry, Genealogy and Sigillography of the Romanian Academy (1997), T.-R. T. became a member of “Sever Zotta” Romanian Institute of Genealogy and Heraldry of Iaşi (since 2000, he is a member of the Scientific Council the Institute). He has been admitted as member, correspondent member or honorary member of several research societies of the Republic of Moldova, Serbia, Bulgaria and Ukraine. T.-R. T. has been appointed an associate member of the Académie Internationale d’Héraldique (2013).
T.-R. T. defended his doctoral thesis Drept şi uzanţă în heraldica românească extracarpatică (= Law and Practise in the Romanian Extra-Carpathian Heraldry) (2011).
Among his fields of interest could be mentioned the Romanian and Central-European heraldry and genealogy (from the beginnings to the present time), sphragistics, vexillology, phaleristics, the preservation of monuments, the history of the Romanian law a.s.o.
Prof. Laze Tripkov (Montenegro)
M.A. Laze Tripkov finished his studies in Warsaw where in 2002 he got his M.A. in design and applied art. He is working on his PhD on Neophilology at the Warsaw University. He was lecturing at FON University 2010-2014, and from 2013 he is lecturing at the Graphic Design Department of the Donja Gorica University, Podgorica, Montenegro. During the period 2016-2017 he was a director at the Museum of contemporary art in Skopje.
Prof. dr. Mitko Panov (Macedonia)
Mitko Panov is a scientific consultant/ professor at the Institute for national history in Skopje. He graduated in 1991 at the Institute for history, finished his master studies (1995) and his PhD studies (2003) at the Institute for national history.
He is a professor of undergraduate and post-graduate studies at the ‘Euro-Balkan’ University, Skopje; professor at the Faculty for educational sciences ‘Goce Delchev’, Shtip, professor at the Faculty of Law ‘Iustinianus Primus’, St. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje.
Sphere of interests and research are the History of Byzantine Empire, the Byzantine historiography, the history of medieval Macedonia and the Balkans, the historiography of the Balkans – medieval and modern.