Luan Starova, born in Pogradec, Albania, in 1941, graduated from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje and held 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 was the author of several scientific and literary publications in Macedonian and Albanian and received several prizes. Since 2003 was a Member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and since 2016 its Vice President. Starova died in February 2022.