Born September 23, 1945 in Moscow
1969 - graduated from Morris Torez State Foreign Languages Pedagogical Institute (now the Moscow University of Linguistics)
1969-1973 - Junior researcher, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), within the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R. (now the Russian Academy of Sciences).
1973-1983 - Second secretary, first secretary, counselor and minister, Soviet Embassy in Spain
1984-1986 - Counselor to the foreign minister, and then assistant minister of foreign affairs.
1987-1992 - Deputy chief and then chief of the General Secretariat Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the U.S.S.R.
1989-1991 -Board member, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the U.S.S.R.
1991-1993 - Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Spain
1994-September 1998 - First deputy minister of foreign affairs of the Russian Federation
September 1998-March 9, 2004 - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.
Ivanov is professor of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University), member of the Supervisory Council of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe and member of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation.
In 2011 Ivanov became a member of the advisory council of The Hague Institute for Global Justice.
Fluent in Spanish and English.
Married, has a daughter.