Dusica Perisic

Executive Director of Zels (Association Of The Units Of Local Governments), Skoplje, North Macedonia

Since June 2001, as the Executive Director of ZELS, included in the preparation of legislation that sets the basis for the current decentralization of competences and finances, a process which is being implemented in the Republic of North Macedonia as of July 2005. 15-year long experience and knowledge gained working with municipalities across North Macedonia and the region, and her specialization in the area of fiscal decentralization, enables her to be a visiting professor on the topic of local government at the Faculty of Law within the University in Skopje. Under her leadership, ZELS gained international recognition and became a member of CEMR (Council of European Municipalities and Regions), NALAS and ALDA. ZELS delegation participates in the work of the Joint Consultative Committee between the Republic of North Macedonia and the European Union, represented via the Committee of the Regions. Her skills in the field of local and organizational management are advanced by taking part in study programs in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, etc. Her professional career started as an engineer and grew in the direction of project management, commercial and project engineering, coupled with trade promotion, and extensive experience in administration, accounting and organizational management.