Prof. Antoaneta Hristova

is a political psychologist, director of the Institute for Population and Human Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She is also a co-founder of the Institute of Politics and Chairman of its Managing board.

Teaches social psychology, political psychology, cognitive psychology, political marketing. She has lectured at Sofia University, New Bulgarian University, Southwest University and European Polytechnical University.

She is the author of three books and dozens of scientific articles.

Kalina Krumova

is a journalist, economist, MP from 2009 to 2013

She is the author of several documentaries. A PhD student at the Institute for Population and Human Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Executive director of the Institute of Politics.

Eng. Nockolay Valev

is an international investment intermediary and manager. A diplomat with great international experience in diplomatic missions in Kuwait, Qatar, The Kingdom of Bahrain and other countries. An expert on arabism and expert in international politics, religion and security.

Radoslav Tochev

is an expert in economics and state governance.

He studied International Economic Relations at the Institute of European Studies and the National School of Public Administration (ENA) in Paris. He has worked at the Department of Economics, Finance and Industry of France.

He was an international secretary of GERB and is a Foreign Policy and European Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister, Consul General of the Republic of Bulgaria in New York.

He holds diplomas in international affairs and diplomacy from Tufts University, USA, and the management program at Harvard, USA.

He taught Economics at the Institute of European Studies – University of Paris 8, European Politics in the Preparatory Course for ENA, Institute of Political Sciences of Paris, Laval University, Canada.

Nikolay Vasilev

is a managing partner of Expat Capital – the largest independent asset management company in Bulgaria. He was a member of two Bulgarian governments – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy (2001-2003), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Transport and Communications (2003-2005) and Minister of State Administration and Administrative Reform (2005-2009).

Previously, he was a senior vice president at Lazard Capital Markets, London, and an associated director at UBS Warburg Dillon Read Associate in Tokyo, New York and London.

Master of International Economics and Finance at the University of Brandeis, USA.

He is a member of the Managing Board of the Bulgarian CFA Association. He is the author of two books.

Prof. Dr. Ekaterina Mihaylova

is a lecturer at the Department of Law Studies at NBU. Honorary Professor of the NBU for contribution to the development of the theory and practice of the parliamentary state, professor of State History and Law.

Teaches History of the Bulgarian State and Law, Constitutional Law, Development of Bulgarian Constitutionalism, General Theory of State, Lawmaking etc. Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU.

An MP for six terms of office, Deputy Chairman of the 40th and 41st National Assembly.

In 2013 she became a member of the Free Pardons Committee with the President of the Republic. From 2015 she is a member of the Consultative Constitutional Council with the Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria.

She is the author of four monographs and numerous publications on constitution, state institutions and governance.

Chavdar Kiskinov

is a psychologist specializing in social psychology and group dynamics.

He teaches Small Group Psychology and Group Dynamics at the New Bulgarian University.

He works at the Institute of Psychology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences on issues of interpersonal relations, social cognitive processes, small group dynamics, multidimensional methods of data analysis. In 1983 he started working with the first psychotraining groups in Bulgaria. He participates in programs for the development of social skills in the field of industrial and tourism management and social activities.

Ernestina Shinova

is an actress. She graduated from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts “Krastyo Sarafov” and studied Acting in the class of Lyubomir Kabakchiev.

She has performed in dozens of theater plays and has also starred in cinema and several TV series.

She has specialized in acting in Italy.

She was awarded the Best Female Act Award in 2009 by the Union of Bulgarian Film Makers and the National Film Center.

Gen. Kalin Georgiev

is a security expert, Chief Secretary of the Ministry of Interior from 2009 to 2013.

Master of Russian Philology.

He graduated from the FBI Academy in Quantico, USA, specializing in the law enforcement agencies of the United States and the European Union.

He is the Director of the Security Division of the Bulgarian-American Credit Bank.

He has worked in the Ministry of Interior since 1996 and during his career he has reached senior positions in the Criminal Police and the Department for Fighting Against Organized Crime before taking the highest position in the professional leadership. Since 2013 he has been General of the Reserve.

He has been awarded 8 times with merits by the Ministry of Interior, full cavalier of the highest honor of the Ministry of Interior – “Honorary sign” and the medal of the Ministry of Interior “Honor and merit”. He is the holder of the Gold Medal “Justice, Freedom and Security” and the special prize “Police Officer of the Year”. Commander of the Order of the Isabelle of the Catholic of the Kingdom of Spain. He has been repeatedly awarded by EU and NATO governments, as well as by Europol, the FBI, and Secret Service.

Aura Salla

was previously working as a Member of Cabinet and Communications Adviser of Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice President responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. She joined Mr Katainen’s team in August 2014.

Before joining the Commission she worked in a consultancy firm Recommended Finland as a Project Manager specialising in Public Affairs and EU Communications and before that as a speechwriter in the Finnish Parliament.

Aura is a visiting lecturer at Harvard University and MIT. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Turku Finland and she has also studied Economics of the European Union in University of Leipzig, Germany.

Hristina Hristova

is a social policy advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Demographic Policy of the Republic of Bulgaria. Advocacy Manager of the Global Fund for Fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Chairman of the Family Policy Institute.

Member of Parliament from 2005 to 2009, observer and Member of the European Parliament, member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs 2005-2007

Minister for Labor and Social Policy from 2003 to 2005.

Doctor of Sociology. Lecturer at the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.

Dr. Georgi Prodanov

has a PhD in Political Science, a senior assistant at the New Bulgarian University, a consultant in political campaigns.

He obtained a degree in Political Science at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. Specialized in the class of Prof. Gerald Schneider at Konstanz University, Germany, and at the Institute for Prospective Humanities Research and Technology with the Moscow State University for Humanities “M. Sholokhov”

His research interests are in the fields of political elites, political parties, electoral systems, international relations of the post-Soviet space.

Co-author of the study “The Quality of Democracy in Bulgaria”.

Member of the editorial board of the Scientific Papers of the Gdańsk School of Higher Education and the Political Analysis Magazine, NBU.

Hristo Mutafchiev

is an actor and Chairman of the Union of Actors in Bulgaria.

He graduated from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts “Krastyo Sarafov” and studied Acting in the class of Prof. Nadezhda Seikova and Ilia Dobrev.

He has played dozens of roles in theater and cinema. He has participated in TV productions and musical performances.

He has won numerous Bulgarian and international awards for his theatrical performances.

His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony

Western and Central European Metropolitan

After graduating from the Faculty of Theology at the Sofia University, since 2003 he has been appointed a professor at the “St. Cyril and St. Methodius” Plovdiv Seminary.

In 2006 he was granted Archbishop’s dignity by His Eminence Metropolitan Neofit of Ruse, then the Chairman of the Educational Committee to the Holy Synod, and today Patriarch of Bulgaria. Two years later, at the discretion of the Holy Synod, he was ordained a bishop with the title Constantine and, after his conception in Smolyan, he has spiritually cared for the inhabitants of the Rhodopes. Since 2010 he has been a bishop of His Eminence, Western and Central European Metropolitan Simeon. In 2013, he was elected by the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church as a Western and Central European Metropolitan.

Dr. Antoniy Galabov

is a sociologist and publicist. He is also an Associate Professor of Political and Cultural Sociology.

Chief Expert Assistant at the National Center for Parliamentary Studies at the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria. Vice-President of the Scientific Council of the EUROPA International Association in France. Member of the Managing Board of Ecole Supérieure de la Francophonie pour l’Administration et le Management – ESFAM. Expert at Transparency International, Bulgarian branch. He works as a consultant and expert at various non-governmental organizations and civic initiatives.

He also lectures at the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” and the New Bulgarian University.

He has published more than 80 scientific papers in Bulgarian, French, English and German, as well as three monographs – Border Identity, Sociological Profiles of Deviant Behavior, Deviant Behavior in School Environment and Sociology of Political Action. He has had more than 600 publications in periodicals in Bulgarian and English.

Cavalier of the Order of Academic Palms of the French Republic (2012).

Mihail Konstantinov

is a Professor of Mathematics and Deputy Rector of the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy and of the European Polytechnical University.

He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Information Services PLC and member of the Managing Board of the state company “Unified System Operator”. Former Deputy Chairman of the Central Electoral Committee.

OSCE Advisor and International Coordinator. Representative of Bulgaria to the International Association of Electoral Administrations and the Council of Europe for e-voting. Director of the Agency for Forecasting and Analyses and Chairman of the Bulgarian Association of Electoral Systems.

He is the author of over 600 scientific papers and reports and 30 books and textbooks on mathematics and management theory in Bulgarian and in foreign languages.

Desislava Bileva

is an economist and manager of the consultancy and legal services company “Eurostar 2008”.

She has taught “Regional Policy and Management of EU Funds” at the New Bulgarian University.

She has worked in key positions in the state administration in the areas of health and regional development.

Expert on project and program management and risk management.

Master of Economics from the University of National and World Economy and Master of Finance from Veliko Tarnovo University.

Prof. Dr. Lyubomir Stoykov

is a media and fashion expert. He is a consultant in the fields of public communications, image, style and fashion.

He lectures at the University of National and World Economy, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, the National Art Academy and at the Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski”. His scientific and teaching interests are in the areas of culture and media, fashion theory, public relations, image making, business communication, lifestyle journalism.

He is the President of the Academy of Fashion. Member of the American Public Relations Society (PRSA). Co-President of the Bulgarian Confederation for Public Relations. Member of the Metropolitan Museum (New York). Founder of the Bulgarian Academic Communications Association and its Honorary President.

He is the author of more than 20 scientific and publicistic books and winner of the award of the Union of Bulgarian Journalists “Golden Feather”.

Ladislav Tsvetkov

is a journalist, video editor of the btvnovinite site. He also works as a multimedia reporter and creates the bulk of the images from various current events in Bulgaria for the BTV News information portal.

He was previously a reporter in several televisions. Since 2012 he has worked for BTV.

He has two master’s degrees, the second one obtained after completing his thesis on “Public Power and Media” for the work of the media in the main institutions in our country.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elka Traykova

is Director of the Institute of Literature at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. A philologist habilitated with the study “History of literary polemics in the twentieth century”.

Lecturer and guest lecturer of universities and academic institutions in Poland, Italy, Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Belgium and the USA. Leader of 4 international projects, participates in the scientific teams of 11 national projects, exploring the Bulgarian cultural history and modernity. Compiler and editor of 14 scientific collections. She is the organizer of 25 international and national scientific conferences. She is the author of the book “Bulgarian literary polemics” (2001), as well as 84 studies and articles published in authoritative scientific collections and periodicals.