Gjorge Ivanov

President of the Republic of Macedonia

Gjorge Ivanov is the current President of the Republic of Macedonia, a position he has held since 2009. He has committed his country to further integration with both NATO and the EU, and has spoken in favour of ethnic harmony and a "mutually acceptable solution" to an ongoing dispute with Greece regarding the country's official name. Ivanov began his political career in the former Yugoslavia, where he worked on promoting plurality and free market economics as part of his party's youth wing. Prior to politics, Ivanov worked as an editor at Macedonian Radio and Television, and Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje named him associate professor in 1992, where he taught political theory. He was also a visiting professor for the Southeast European programme at the University of Athens in Greece. An expert on civil society, Ivanov is a published author in the field, having written Democracy in the divided societes: the Macedonian Model, among others.