His Excellency Dr Gjorge Ivanov
President of the Republic of Macedonia
WBAF GRAND AWARD
The Grand Award of the WBAF World Excellence Awards 2018 is the World Business Angels Investment Forum’s highest recognition for individual achievement. This award acknowledges and celebrates exemplary leadership that has had a significant positive impact on implementing investments for the future of the world’s young generation.
Macedonia’s School for Young Leaders is an initiative aimed at both educating the youth for a promising future, as well as creating a more promising future for the youth. At the official opening ceremony of the School, the founder – His Excellency Dr Gjorgje Ivanov, President of the Republic of Macedonia – declared, “We need leaders, but not only in politics. We need leaders in economy, in culture, in business, in sport – everywhere”. His Excellency has showed a unique vision for the future of young people and has set an outstanding example for all world leaders with this initiative.
DR GJORGE IVANOV
President Gjorge Ivanov is a leading expert in the field of civil society and was among the very first to introduce systematic research of this area in Macedonia. He began his career as a journalist, before going on to become Head of the Political Studies Department and Vice Dean at the Iustinianus Primus Faculty of Law. Elected President in 2009, during his first term he sustained a record diplomatic agenda, holding over 200 bilateral meetings with heads of state; over 150 meetings with prime ministers and heads of diplomacy; and over 100 appearances at international events.
President Ivanov is dedicated to the strengthening of state unity at the national level. Led by the principle of openness to all in matters of foreign policy and diplomacy, he contributes to improved friendships and new partnerships for Macedonia in Europe and across the globe. In the 2014 Presidential Elections, President Ivanov was re-elected for a new five-year term of office.