Ivan Vejvoda

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Ivan Vejvoda is the Vice President for Programs of the German Marshall Fund of the United States since 2010. He was the Executive Director of the Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund, (based in Belgrade since June 2003).

He has served as the Senior advisor on foreign policy and European integration to the Serbian Prime Minister – first to Zoran Djindjic and subsequently to Zoran Zivkovic in 2002-03. Prior to his service in the Serbian government, Vejvoda was the Executive Director of the Belgrade-based Fund for an Open Society from 1998-2002. During the mid-1990’s, he held various academic posts in the United Kingdom and the United States, including a one-year stints as associate professor at both Macalester (1996-97) and Smith College (1997-98) in the U.S. and a three year fellowship as a researcher at the University of Sussex (1993-96) in England. He held a research Fellowship at the Belgrade based Institute for European Studies (1984-93).

Vejvoda has published widely on the subjects of democracy, democratic transition, totalitarianism, and Balkans policy issues. In addition, he was active in the democratic opposition in Yugoslavia throughout the 1990s, co-founder of the Democratic Forum in 1989 and of the Belgrade Circle of Independent Intellectuals in 1992. He was awarded the French National Order of Merit in the rank of Officer in 2006, and the Order of the Italian Star of Solidarity, in the rank of Commander in 2008.