Vejvoda Ivan - Serbia

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This bio was updated in 2010.

Ivan Vejvoda is executive director of the Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund (GMF) dedicated to strengthening democratic institutions in Southeastern Europe.

Mr. Vejvoda went to GMF in 2003 from distinguished service in the Serbian government as senior advisor on foreign policy and European integration to Prime Ministers Zoran Djindjic and Zoran Zivkovic.

Prior to that, he served as executive director of the Belgrade-based Fund for an Open Society from 1998 to 2002. 

During the mid-1990s, Mr. Vejvoda held various academic posts in the United States and the United Kingdom, including one-year appointments as associate professor at Smith College in Massachusetts and Macalester College in Minnesota, and a three-year research fellowship at the University of Sussex in England.

Mr. Vejvoda was a key figure in the democratic opposition movement in Yugoslavia through the 1990s, and is widely published on the subjects of democratic transition, totalitarianism, and post-war reconstruction in the Balkans.

He is a member of the Serbian Pen Club and is a board member of American social science journals Constellations and Philosophy and Social Criticism.


Mr. Vejvoda holds a Diploma from Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and completed postgraduate studies in philosophy at Belgrade University.


He speaks fluent English, French, and Italian in addition to his native Serbian–Croatian–Bosnian.


He has been awarded the French National Order of Merit in the rank of Officer; the Order of the Italian Star of Solidarity, second rank (Commendatore).

Related Links

Profile of I. Vejvoda at the German Marshall Fund website (News articles and publications)

About the Balkan Trust for Democracy