President Gjorge Ivanov was born on May 2nd, 1960 in Valandovo. While completing his studies in Law at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Gjorge Ivanov became politically active in liberal and reformist-oriented youth organizations. In 1988, he began a career with the national broadcaster “Macedonian Television”, where he was ultimately promoted to the position of Editor. In 1995, Gjorge Ivanov returned to the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, earning a Master’s Degree in Political Science. He further continued to earn his PhD focusing his research on building democracies in divided societies and successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Democracy in Divided Societies: the Case of Macedonia.”
At the Law Faculty, Professor Ivanov taught political theory and political philosophy, introducing new teaching methods which helped open Macedonian academia to Western universities through contemporary literature and magazines. In this period he also became active in EU’s TEMPUS Programme for the Republic of Macedonia, introducing a reformed curricula and English language Master Programmers.
President Ivanov is a leading expert on civil society, being the first to introduce its systematic research in Macedonian academia. He has been a consultant to leading think-tanks and researchers. Professor Ivanov is the co-founder of the first Macedonian political science journal “Political Opinion”, and the founder and Honorary President of the Macedonian Political Science Association. He is also one of the founders of the Institute for Democracy, Solidarity and Civil Society, a renowned Macedonian think-tank which has helped shape the political landscape in Macedonia. While never a party member, he became active in helping fashion the policy of the reformist VMRO-DPMNE party, which supported his presidential nomination in 2009. He won the elections with a distinctive majority.
During his Presidential mandate, Professor Gjorge Ivanov has received numerous invitations to give lectures at renowned European universities. He has received various honorary degrees and in September 2011, President Ivanov was awarded the highest Order of the St. Lazarus Order from Jerusalem