Michael Ignatieff

Distinguished Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
 Michael Ignatieff


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Born in Canada, educated at the University of Toronto and Harvard, The Honourable Michael Ignatieff is a university professor, writer and former politician. Between 2006 and 2011, Ignatieff served as an MP in the Parliament of Canada and then as Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition. He is a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and holds thirteen honorary degrees. Between 2012 and 2015 he served as Centennial Chair at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York. Between 2014 and 2016 he was Edward R. Murrow Chair of the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Ignatieff was until recently the Rector and President of Central European University in Budapest. He stepped down at the end of July 2021, to stay as a Professor in the History Department. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. 

Updated July 2023