The Public Policy Institute was established in 2012 as a project of its founder Zdravko Popov. The Institute has the status of a private, non-governmental organization operating under the legal form of a foundation. It is registered under the Bulgarian Law of Non-profit Organizations. Managing bodies of the Institute are the President and the Board of Directors. An International Advisory Board is formed as a consultative body of the Institute. All the functions and activities are described in the Constitutional Act of the Institute.

About us

Founder and President of the Institute

Ambassador Dr. Zdravko Popov

  • Master’s degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Sofia University „St. Kliment Ohridski“
  • PhD in philosophy;
  • Specialization in Humanities in Italy;
  • Specialization in Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in USA;
  • Specialization in Public Administration in England;
  • Foreign Policy Adviser to the President of Bulgaria Zhelyu Zhelev;
  • Founder and Director of the Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Czech Republic;
  • Editor-in-Chief of the "Diplomacy" Journal;
  • Lecturer at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"

Members of the Board of Directors

Aneta Tusheva, M.L.A

  • Director of Education, International Relations and Projects at the Institute of Public Administration (IPA).
  • Еxpert and head in the Ministry of Education and Science, the State Agency for Child Protection, the National Revenue Agency and the IPA.
  • Master of Philosophy and Public Administration from Sofia University "St. Kl. Ohridski".
  • Specializations in institutes of public administration in Ireland, UK, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands and others.
  • Lecturer at Sofia University „St. Kl. Ohridski „, New Bulgarian University and the IPA.

Hristo Kutiev

  • Master of Law from the Law Faculty at the Sofia University „St. Kliment Ohridski“;
  • Specializations in Justice, Public Administration, International Law and International Relations;
  • Specialization in English Law and EU Law;
  • PhD student in the field of Criminal litigation at the Institute for the State and Law at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Members of the International Advisory Board

Dr. Klaus Fiesinger

  • Regional Director for South-East Europe of Hanns Seidel Foundation.
  • Ph.D. in political sciences from University of Munich.
  • Visiting professor at the Andrassy University in Budapest.
  • Expert in political culture, civic education, international dialogue, European integration, cross-border police cooperation.
  • Member of Austrian Institute for the Danube Zone and Central Europe, Vienna.
  • Member of “Sudosteuropa Gesellschaft”, Munich.
  • Author of the book “Ballhausplatz-Diplomatie 1945-1949”

Ron Ton

  • Director of the Clingendael Diplomatic Academy in The Netherlands.
  • Expert, trainer and advisor in diplomatic negotiations, conflict resolutions, mediation, leadership and strategic policy planning.
  • Advisor and trainer in capacity building – offers programs in curricula design, training of trainers and strategic development to diplomatic and defense academies.
  • He trains and delivers advices to diplomatic services in more 60 countries all over the world.
  • Visiting professor in strategic policy planning at Europe College in Bruges, Belgium.

Professor Dr. Vesselin Popovski

  • Ph.D. from King’s College, London, United Kingdom;
  • Assis. Prof. at School of History, Politics and Sociology, University of Exeter, UK;
  • Senior Academic Officer, Director of Research “Peace and Governance” Program, United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan;
  • Professor, Dean of Law School, Director of Centre for UN Studies, O.P. Jindal Global University, Harayana, India;
  • Professor, Graduate School of International Peace Studies, SOKA University, Japan.

Heads of Programs

Professor Dr. Hristo Todorov

Head of Civic Education Program

  • MA Degree in Philosophy and History at Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”;
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy at Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”
  • DAAD Fellowship at the University of Tubingen, Germany
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at Rurh University in Bohum, Germany
  • Andrew Mellon Fellowship at Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, Germany
  • Associated Professor in History of Philosophy at Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”
  • Professor in Philosophy at the New Bulgarian University
  • Head of the Philosophy and Sociology Department at the NBU
  • Vice-Rector of the New Bulgarian University

Professor Dr. Lyubov Mincheva

Head of Security Policy Program

  • MA in Philosophy, Sofia University, “St. Kl. Ohridski”
  • Friedrich Ebert Foundation visiting fellow, Bonn
  • American Council of Learned Societies Foundation visiting fellow, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MA in Political Science, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Executive Director, Тhe Graduate Program in International Relations and Security Studies, University of Sofia, “St. Kl. Ohridski”
  • Fulbright visiting fellow, Тhe National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism (START), USA
  • Member of the Governing Board of the European International Studies Association

Jordan Yankov

Head of Energy Policy Program

  • Master’s degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
  • Consultant in new technologies and marketing
  • Researcher in „Center for Global Systems Research“
  • Director of strategic energy projects in Nucleon Consulting Agency
  • PhD student in Philosophy in Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – present

Dr. Simeon Vassilev

Head of Media and Communication Program

  • Master of Bulgarian Philology from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
  • Ph.D. in International Communication (Journalism) from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
  • Specialization in German Studies in “Martin Luther” University, Hale, Germany
  • Specialization in Journalism at BBC and in Cardiff University, Wales
  • Correspondent for Bulgarian National TV in Bonn and Berlin
  • Lecturer at Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

Dr. Mariana Todorova

Head of Future Studies Program

  • Bachelor Degree in Culture Studies from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
  • Specializations in Political Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, at the US State Department and at the Chinese Academy of Governance
  • Advisor of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Georgi Parvanov
  • Member of the 43th Parliament of the Republic of Bulgaria
  • Assistant Professor at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • Chair of the Bulgarian Node of the Millennium Project

Pavela Mitova

Head of Mass Destruction Weapons Program

Official representative of the Institute in Rome, Italy

  • Master of International Security, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Bachelor of Political Science and International Relations, Universita` Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy
  • Intern in Directorate “Nato and Regional Security” of MFA, Sofia
  • Intern in Fifth Committee of the Delegation of the EU to the UN, New York
  • Intern in the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Netherlands, The Hague
  • Expert in Mass Destruction Weapons


Rumiana Decheva

  • Masters in Political Sciences from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
  • Certificate in Negotiation and Conflict Management from United States Institute of Peace
  • President of the Advisory Board to the Central Electoral Commission, Bulgaria
  • Member of the Executive Board of Association Européenne pour la défense des Droits de l’Homme (AEDH)
  • Member of the European Association of Southeast Asian Studies

Vasko Mavrikov

  • Master of „European Integration and Diplomacy“ at the Sofia University „St. Kliment Ohridski“
  • Member of the Bulgarian Film Academy
  • Journalist, screenwriter, reporter and TV presenter. Imagemaker and author of analytical sites.

Asen Charliyski

  • Master of Business Administration, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University, UK.
  • Analyst, Credit Suisse, London.
  • Financial analyst, Fidelity Investments, London.
  • Associate Director, Lloyds Banking Group, London.
  • Principal Banker, Lloyds Bank, London/Aberdeen.
  • Deputy CEO, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Sources Fund, Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Financial Manager at Econoler Inc., Canada

Dobromir Penchev

  • Bachelor degree from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” in Media
  • Product manager at Sportal Media Group
  • Co-founder at Content Solutions
  • Expert in digital technologies


Nina Geogieva

  • Bachelor degree from the Ege University, Izmir, Turkey in International relations
  • Bachelor degree from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” in Past and Future of Southeast Europe
  • Master degree from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” in Global Studies
  • Trainee at the Diplomatic institute at the Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Media Analyst
  • PhD Candidate in New Balkan History at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"

Alexander Uzunov

  • Bachelor Degree in Political Sciences at the University of Veliko Turnovo “St. Cyril and St. Methodius”;
  • Master Degree in Diplomacy and Security at the University of Veliko Turnovo “St. Cyril and St. Methodius”;
  • Coordinator of the project of the Public Policy Institute “Europe of values and the youth” for Veliko Turnovo.
  • PhD student in Politology in Veliko Tarnovo University – present

Rangel Trifonov

  • Bachelor Degree in German Studies from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.
  • Master Degree in German Studies (Language-Culture-Translation) from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.
  • Scholarship of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
  • Scholarship of the DAAD.
  • Scholarship of the German Bundestag.
  • Chairman of the Scholarship Club of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Bulgaria) and of the Alumni Association of Bulgarian Fellows of the German Bundestag.
  • PhD candidate at the University of Cologne, Germany.