Iskra Belceva – Ristovska graduated from the Faculty of Law in Skopje and holds a master degree from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ghent, Belgium, in the field of European and comparative law. Currently she is a PHD candidate at the Institute of Economics - Skopje and wokrs on her thesis "The impact of EU’s regional policy on sustainable development in the member states of the EU".
She has extensive experience in managing projects financed by the European Union in Macedonia, mainly for the development of institutions of public administration and supporting reforms aimed at EU membership. She was part of the management team of the contracting authority for IPA, where she was responsible for the functioning of IPA structures in the beneficiary institutions, capacity development, establishment and operation of the decentralized implementation system of IPA,quality control of tender documents and procedures, conducting numerous tender evaluations and coordinating all Twinning contracts.
She participates as a co-author of several papers on various aspects of better use of EU funds. She is fluent in English and actively uses French.