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ambassador , Organization administrator

Irina Gueorguieva Bokova, Bulgarian international organization administrator, ambassador. Recipient Golden Lyre, Union Bulgarian Musicians and Dancers; Ford Foundation fellow, University Maryland School Public Affairs, 1989, North Atlantic Treaty Organization fellow, 1992-1994.


Bokova, Irina Gueorguieva was born on July 12, 1952 in Bulgaria.


Attended, Secondary English Language School, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1971. Master of Business Administration in International Relations, Moscow State Institute International Relations, 1976. Attended executive program in leadership and economic development, Harvard University John F. Kennedy School Government, Massachusetts, 1999.


Attaché, third secretary Bulgarian Ministry Foreign Affairs, Sofia, 1977—1982, third secretary Bulgarian permanent mission to the United Nations New York City, 1982—1984, third, second secretary United Nations department, 1984—1986, first secretary, advisor to the minister Sofia, 1986—1990, first secretary European security department, 1991—1992, ambassador, advisor to the minister, 1997, Bulgarian ambassador to France & Monaco, permanent delegate to United Nations Educational Paris, 2005—2009. Member Constituent National Assembly, Sofia, 1990—1991, Member of Parliament, 2001. State secretary on European integration Government of Bulgaria, 1995—1997, minister foreign affairs, 1996—1997.

Director general United Nations Educational, Paris, since 2009. Board trustees Center European Studies. Visiting lecturer New Bulgarian University, Sofia, 2004—2005.

Bulgarian representative to the executive board United Nations Educational, 2007—2009, deputy chair group Francophone countries.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Founder, chairperson European Policy Forum, Sofia, 1997—2005. Member of National Association International Relations, Bulgarian Diplomatic Society, Union Bulgarian Journalists, Prix des Ambassaduer, Democratic Union of Women (founder), Bulgarian National Heritage Association, Harvard Club Bulgaria (vice chair 2001-2005), Bulgarian Atlantic Club.


Married; 2 children.