Lidija Stojkova Zafirovska works at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) as Senior Program Manager with over 13 years of working experience in this organization. Lidija started working for NDI back in 1999 until 2007 and then from early 2010 till present day. Her experience at NDI starts as coordinator of the Parliamentary Internship Program, where for three years she’s been responsible for selection and training of a group of more than 50 young emerging leaders who were supporting the work of the MPs and the parliamentary working bodies. This program was later successfully transitioned in Parliament and has been a role model for other internship programs across the state administration bodies in Macedonia and abroad. Lidija received a special recognition from NDI for her successful and dedicated work on this program. Later she was leading NDI Macedonia’s Political Party Program for five years, and was involved in close working with both national and local political activists. She’s been very much involved in NDI’s election related activities with political parties and other participants in all elections. In early 2010 Lidija has been invited work on a new and challenging project in the Macedonian Parliament, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Lidija was co-managing this project focused to support the establishment and development of the newly created Parliamentary Institute, a research and information service for Members of Parliament and parliamentary staff, as well as citizens. During 2014 Lidija has been specifically assigned to lead the project activities related to the day to day operations of the Parliamentary Institute’s Sector for General Research, Analysis and European Integration. Since 2003 Lidija has been actively engaged in the NGO sector, and has initiated and established the Macedonian Young Lawyers Association (MYLA), where she was selected a President in two terms. She’s been one of the initiators of the Center for Legal Research and Analysis (CLRA) and is now a President of the organization.