Zhidas Daskalovski holds a PhD from the Political Science Department, Central European University. He has published numerous scholarly articles on politics in the Southeast European region, and Macedonia country reports for Freedom House/Nations in Transit, Open Budget Index, Global Integrity Report, Bertelsmann Transformation Index, UNDP People Centred Analysis, UN Human Development Report, Berghof Foundation. A professor at the Faculty of Security-Skopje, University of “St. Kliment Ohridski” he is also Director of the Council of Europe supported School of Public Policy “Mother Teresa”. He held the Lord Dahrendorf Fellowship at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, the UCL/School of Slavonic and East European Studies Macedonian Studies Fellowship, and the Social Science Research Council/ Ethnobarometer Fellowship at the University of North Caroline. He was Chief Advisor to New Democracy’s leader Imer Selmani at the 2009 presidential and local elections; to Liljana Popovska, leader of DOM (Greens) at the 2013 local elections. He was Chief Strategist for Gordana Siljanovska Davkova’s 2019 presidential campaign.