A Conversation with Minister Tashkovich
Minister Tashkovich currently serves on the advisory councils or regular boards of several organizations and companies. He also manages non-USA capital introductions for one of the world's consistently top-performing hedge funds.
Previous to that, he completed a successful two-year mandate as the Minister for Foreign Investment of the Republic of Macedonia. In this position, he traveled to forty countries around the world convincing international firms to consider based their European manufacturing, assembly, and back office operations in the Republic of Macedonia. Those projects were valued at approximately US $1.5 billion dollars.
Prior to that, Mr. Tashkovich was the Executive Vice President for Government and Media Relations for AMBO LLC (the Albanian-Macedonian-Bulgarian Oil Corporation) on the $1.8 billion dollar Trans-Balkan Oil Pipeline project, which, when constructed, will connect the Black Sea with the Adriatic Sea and cross the Republics of Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Albania.
Among other organizations, he serves as a founding Trustee, Secretary, and Treasurer of the American Research Center in Sofia, Bulgaria; an Advisory Board member of investment bank MC IBC Group in Sydney, Australia; a member of the Bretton Woods Committee and of its International Council; and a member of the advisory board of the United Macedonian Diaspora. In 2004, he completed a five year term membership in the Council of Foreign Relations. He has been a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 1980.
Mr. Tashkovich earned his B.A. from Cornell's College of Arts & Sciences and, later, his M.B.A. from Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management. Until he was elected Minister, for a period of over two decades, he was heavily involved with Cornell University affairs. He was the youngest member ever of the Administrative Board of the Cornell University Council in 1999-2001. In addition to a native command of English, Mr. Tashkovich has proficiency in French, and has studied Latin, Spanish, Macedonian, Bulgarian, and business Japanese at the university level. He comes from a family of Cornell graduates and sponsors an undergraduate scholarship fund at Cornell for students from the greater Balkan region.
This lecture is part of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs Fall 2012 Colloquium Series.