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.



Kurt Volker- The former United States Permanent Representative to NATO and Executive Director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, part of Arizona State University.

This is a fantastic program – thank you for inviting me to Lake Ohrid and for the opportunity to speak with so many inspiring young leaders. Investing in the next generation of leaders who will shape our common future is one of the most important things all of our societies must do. It is great to see Macedonia taking the initiative to build such strong, character-driven,values-based leadership in this country, and the Balkans region.

Felix Unger - President of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences

Congratulations to this outstanding effort – you create the way for our young and therefore next leaders.

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!