Ivanov School of Leaders Alumni Association

Our organisation

Ivanov School of Leaders Alumni Association (ISLAA) is based in Skopje, Macedonia, and joins over 150 young Macedonian leaders from business, civil society, politics and academia. All of us come from diverse cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds and live in Macedonia or other countries in Europe. ISLAA is fully devoted to fulfilling its vision, mission and statute, by developing and implementing innovative initiatives. The alumni bear moral and collective responsibility to support ISLAA’s activities and abide by the universal principles of solidarity, equality and mutual respect. 

Our Vision:

ISLAA’s vision is to establish itself as a strongly interconnected alumni association by creating an influential leadership entity.



Mary Jo Jacoby- Former advisor to American presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush (Senior)and Civil Service Commissioner to HM Queen Elizabeth II,non-executive Director at The Weir Group PLC

Words cannot express how impressed I’ve been with the School, with the participants and with Ohrid. I can think of no better, more inspirational site in which to develop very young leaders and challenge them to help build a better future. I‘m confident that they will create good care of Macedonia, and deliver a bright and prosperious future ahead.

Paul Meerts- Senior Associate with the Netherlands Institute of International Relations 'Clingendael' at The Hague, Netherlands, visiting Professor at College of Europe and international/diplomatic negotiation analyst.

To work with young Macedonian leaders has been a great pleasure for me! Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, spontaneous and creative participants are always a joy for the trainer. To be a teacher among such a very high level corps of speakers is a great honour to me. Especially, if it is on the shores of a beautiful lake like that of Ohrid, in such an interesting and vivid country like Macedonia, heir to great civilizations. Hopefully, the participants will now be even better in international negotiations, defending the interests of the Republic of Macedonia effectively!

Gernard Rainer

I ran into smart, intelligent, educated young high potential. They do their best. But, LET them do their best without restrictions. They are the future and with these guys the future will look bright. Give them leeway to find their own way.