Šekerinska Jankovska, Radmila

Šekerinska Jankovska, Radmila

Minister of Defence of the Republic of North Macedonia

Radmila Shekerinska is serving her second mandate as Minister of Defence of the Republic of North Macedonia. During her first mandate, North Macedonia has become the 30th member of NATO, thus fulfilling one of the country’s strategic goals.

Previously, Shekerinska was Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European integration and foreign aid coordination. It was during her tenure that the country was granted the status of a candidate country for accession to the European Union. 

Shekerinska was a Member of the Parliament during four terms, presiding over the National Council for European Integration, since its establishment. 

Shekerinska was decorated with the Order “Commander of the National Order for Merit of France” in 2018 for outstanding civic merit. In 2005, Shekerinska was awarded the title – Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for her achievements and dedication in the field of European integration of the Western Balkans. 

She has led two OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission for the elections in the Kyrgyz Republic and Armenia. 

Shekerinska is still the only woman in North Macedonia who has held the position of Minister of Defence and also the only woman to head any of the major political parties in the country (being President of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia from 2006 to 2008). 

Shekerinska was born on 10 June 1972 in Skopje. She graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Skopje and received her MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, USA. 

She speaks English and French.


Thursday 17 June

  • NATO 2030: How to get there?

    • Heusgen, Christoph
    • Mulligan, Katrina
    • Braže, Baiba
    • Rizzo, Rachel
    • Naď, Jaroslav
    • Šekerinska Jankovska, Radmila
    • Sajjan, Harjit Singh
    • Dozier, Kimberly

    What has NATO overlooked when trying to prepare for the next black swan event? How can the private sector and NATO better collaborate to understand emerging geopolitical and technopolitical challenges? How should the findings of the NATO 2030 report be applied to strengthen NATO’s position vis-à-vis China and Russia?

    Expert's insights by:

    • Amb. Christopher Heusgen, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations
    • Katharina Mulligan, Director, National Security, Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C.
    • Ambassador Baiba Braže, Assistant Secretary-General for Public Diplomacy, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
    • Led by: Rachel Rizzo, Adjunct Fellow, Center for a New American Security, Washington, D.C.

    Followed by a panel discussion:

    What is NATO’s role in helping support Allies foster innovation ecosystems to quickly adopt new technologies? How can NATO and its Allies protect and embed our values in new standards for the safe and ethical use of emerging disruptive technologies? Against the backdrop of the ongoing transatlantic economic hardships, how can Allies better pool resources and maintain fair burden-sharing? What does future transatlantic collaboration between the public sector and private sector resemble when it comes to addressing long-term challenges?

    • H.E. Jaroslav Naď, Minister of Defence of the Slovak Republic
    • H.E. Tibor Benkő, Minister of Defence of Hungary
    • H.E. Radmila Šekerinska, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the Republic of North Macedonia
    • Led by: Kim Dozier, CNN Global Affairs Analyst, Washington, D.C.

    Maria Theresia

    Grand Hotel River Park
    Live broadcast