Nickolay MladenovNickolay Mladenov, 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).


Vessela-tcherneva-200-260Vessela Tcherneva, 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) ans Spokesperson of the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010 – 2013).



Julian Popov, 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).



Valeri Ratchev, 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 career.


Louisa SlavkovaLouisa Slavkova is Executive Director of Sofia Platform. She 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.


Iva Kopraleva

Iva Kopraleva, Senior Project Manager at Sofia Platform. Previously she was Associate Editor at E-International Relations (2013-2014), Editor-in-chief of the international politics blog A Different View of the International Association for Political Science Students (2014-2015) and a Research Assistant at Sciences PO Grenoble (2014).


04. Momchil snimka IMG_2171Momchil Metodiev, Ph.D. and Dr. habil. (Philosophy), is Academic Advisor at Sofia Platform. He is author of the monographs State Security – Advantage by inheritance. Professional Biographies of the Senior Officers. (2016, with Maria Dermendjieva), Between Faith and Compromise. The Bulgarian Orthodox Church and the Communist State, 1944-1989 (2010) and Legitimacy Machine: The Place of the State Security within the Communist State (2008). 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 including the Cold War Research Project in the Woodrow Wilson Institute in Washington, DC.



Nikoleta Gabrovska, Project Advisor at Sofia Platform. She is Executive Director of Single Step, LGBTI foundation in Bulgaria. Prior to that she was Sofia Programmes Coordinator of the European Council on Foreign Relations as well as Western Balkans and Turkey Programmes Coordinator. She started her career as a journalist and PR specialist.


Leonie Sichtermann, Project Manager at Sofia Platform, 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.

Paolina Daskalova 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.