Prof. Ilija Velev, Ph.D. (1959) is a university professor, a scholar and writer, who works as a professor and advisor at the Institute of Macedonian Literature at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. He is the author of about 350 scholarly books, studies and articles in the area of Medieval Studies, Cultural Studies and Literary Studies. Some of them are the monographs Byzantine-Macedonian Literary Relations (Skopje 2005 and 2012), The History of Macedonian Literature. Book 1. Medieval Literature (Skopje 2014), and the monograph Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Apostles and Slavic Educators (UKIM, Skopje 2016) and The History of Macedonian Literature. Book 2. Renaissance XV-XVIII Century (Skopje, 2016) are in preparation. He writes poetic-belletristic and critical-essayistic books, and has been a member of the Writers’ Association of the Republic of Macedonia. He was the last head of the unit Institute for Macedonian Literature at the Faculty of Philology “Blaze Koneski” in Skopje, and after the establishment of the Institute of Macedonian Literature at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje and was its first director in two mandates. He was a member of the leadership of the university and a senator at the Senate of the Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, as well as a member of the Interuniversity Conference of the Republic of Macedonia. As a main researcher or implementer he has participated in a number of local and international scholarly projects, and he has conducted university professor work at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies at Macedonian universities; he has also been a visiting lecturer at some of the foreign universities and scholarly centers. He was the main editor and member of the editorial boards of a number of scholarly and cultural magazines and collections in the Republic of Macedonia and abroad, and he has participated in expert commissions at national, international and university level.