Luan Starova, born in Pogradec, Albania, in 1941, graduated from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje and holds a PhD in French literature from the University of Zagreb. He went on to become a professor for French philology at the University of Skopje. After Macedonia’s independence, he served as the country’s Ambassador in Paris as well as in Madrid and Portugal. He also served as a Permanent Representative for Macedonia to the UNESCO. He is the author of several scientific and literary publications in Macedonian and Albanian and has received several prizes. Since 2003 he has been a Member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and its Vice President since 2016.