Ivan Vejvoda Temporarily Succeeds Shalini Randeria as Acting Rector of the IWM

More+Work & Careers ♦ Published: September 2, 2021; 17:06 ♦ (Vindobona)

The Vienna based IWM - Institut fuer die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Institute for Human Sciences) has announced that Permanent Fellow Ivan Vejvoda has been selected to be the Acting Rector of the Institute.

Ivan Vejvoda, standing in the IWM library, is a Permanent Fellow and has been selected to be the Acting Rector of the IWM Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Institute for Human Sciences). / Picture: © IWM Institut fuer die Wissenschaften vom Menschen - Institute for Human Sciences

Before joining the IWM as a Permanent Fellow and becoming head of the Europe’s Futures program in 2017, Ivan Vejvoda was Senior Vice President for Programs at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States after distinguished service in the Serbian government as a 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, Vejvoda held various academic posts in the United States and the U.K., including at Smith College in Massachusetts and Macalester College in Minnesota, and the University of Sussex in England. He has published widely on the subjects of democratic transition, totalitarianism, and post-war reconstruction in the Balkans.

Vejvoda was a key figure in the democratic opposition movement in Yugoslavia through the 1980s and 1990s. He has been awarded the French National Order of Merit in the rank of Officer (2006) and the Italian Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity rank of Commander (2007).

As reported by Vindobona, in July 2021 Shalini Randeria was elected President and Rector of the CEU - Central European University.

Shalini Randeria was Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences from 2014 to 2021. Having been appointed Rector to the IWM in 2015, she has led the Institute for almost six years, her five-year tenure being extended by the Board of Trustees in 2019.

Shalini Randeria was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, as well as the Director of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy at the IHEID. She continues to hold the Excellence Chair at the University of Bremen, leading a research group on Soft Authoritarianism and she is a Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.

A new rector search is underway to select her successor who will join the Institute in 2022.

The IWM now invites applications for the position of Rector. The ideal candidate is a visionary, creative personality, able to sustain and extend the programmatic mission, strategic and operational objectives for the future development of this unique enterprise in a way that respects and capitalizes on the IWM's forty years of achievements.

To apply for the position, click here.

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