OUR TEAM

Team

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Louisa
SLAVKOVA

Executive director

Louisa was political adviser to the interim Bulgarian Minister of Environment (2013) and served as an adviser of the former Minister of Foreign Affairs Nickolay Mladenov (2010 – 2013). Prior to that, Louisa worked with the German Federal Agency for Civic Education.

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Leonie
SICHTERMANN

Project manager

Leonie holds a MA in Peace and Conflict Research from the university in Frankfurt am Main and studied politics and sociology (BA) in Eichstätt and Brussels. Before joining Sofia Platform, she was working with the Berlin-based NGO Steps for Peace (2014-2016) focusing on social and political transformation processes in fragile contexts.

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Borislav
DIMITROV

Project manager

Borislav has an extensive experience in human rights. Before joining Sofia Platform he worked as a legal consultant for the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee and project coordinator in other non-governmental organization on a wide array of topics such as rights of ethnic, religious and sexual minorities, refugees and asylum-seekers, rights of the child, protection from torture and ill-treatment, freedom of expression and association, problems of the criminal justice system.

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Mila
VENOVA

Project assistant

Mila joined the team after completing a one-year internship at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). She has been an active member of Team Europe Junior since 2017, having presented the European Union in more than 15 schools.  She is currently in pursuit of a BA in European Studies at Sofia University.

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Mila
MOSHELOVA

Project manager

Mila holds MA ‘Politics, Security and Integration in Central and Eastern Europe’, University College London and MA ‘Politics and International Relations’, University of Aberdeen. Previously, Mila worked as a Turkey and Western Balkans Project Coordinator at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to this she was with the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia where she dealt with topics of state capture and illiberal democratic trends. She takes strong interest in the socio-political dynamics of CEE countries, the complexity of identity and discourse, security and migration.

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Paolina
DASKALOVA

Project assistant

Paolina did her bachelor degree in Political Science in New Bulgarian University, Sofia. It is her affection for civic education and youth inclusiveness in the political processes that brought her to our organisation as an intern. Currently, Paolina is a full member of the team.

Advisors

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Momchil
METODIEV

Academic advisor

Momchil has authored numerous monographs. Currently he is Editor in Chief of the Christianity and Culture Journal and Research Fellow in the Institute for Studies of the Recent Past, Sofia, Bulgaria. He took part in the compilation of several documentary collections published by the Bulgarian Dossier Commission. He also worked in several Bulgarian and international projects researching the communist past.

Board Members

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Nikolay
MLADENOV

Board member

Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority. He was formerly Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq and Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs (2010 – 2013) and Defence (2009 – 2010).

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Vessela
TCHERNEVA

Board member

Programme Director and Head of the Sofia Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Previously, she was Director of the Wider Europe Programme at ECFR (2013-2015) and Spokesperson of the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010 – 2013).

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Julian
POPOV

Board member

Senior Policy Advisor to the European Climate Foundation, Minister of Environment and Water in the last Bulgarian interim government (2013), Chairman of the Board of the Bulgarian School of Politics (2006 – 2013).

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Valeri
RATCHEV

Board member

Former senior government official and ambassador of Bulgaria to Iraq, expert at the Center for Security and Defence Management at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, associated senior research fellow at Geneva Centre for DCAF, with 34 years of military experience.