Dr. Simonida Kacarska is a Director of the European Policy Institute in Skopje, Macedonia. She holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Leeds (United Kingdom) and a MA in European Politics from the Sussex European Institute (United Kingdom).
Simonida is one EPI’s founders and works in the Institute since 2011. In the period between 2005 and 2011, Simonida has worked in the Secretariat for European Affairs in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, in the Unit for Justice, Freedom and Security, Sector for Integration.
She was a research fellow at the Central European University, University of Oxford, the College of Europe and the European Research Council project The Europeanisation of Citizenship in the Successor States of the Former Yugoslavia based at the University of Edinburgh School of Law. Simonida provided expert and consultancy services to international organisations (CoE and OSCE). She has both practitioner and research experience related to the political transformation and European integration of the Balkans with a focus on national minority policies.
She is a director of EPI since February 2017.