Elena Borislavova Poptodorova Petrova returned to be Ambassador of Bulgaria to the United States on Aug. 4, 2010 after having served as Bulgaria’s ambassador in Washington from 2002 to 2008.
In between, she was the ambassador-at-large for the Black Sea Region at the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2008-09) and director of the Security Policy Directorate at the ministry (2009-10). In addition, she was spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2001-02), serving concurrently as director for the Directorate of International Organizations and Human Rights, as well as deputy chairperson of the National Commission for UNESCO of Bulgaria.
Ambassador Poptodorova also served as a member of Parliament from 1990 to 2001, during which time she worked on the Committees of Foreign Policy and European Integration; National Security; Radio and Television; Human Rights; and Agriculture. Prior to that, she was minister-counselor at the Bulgarian Embassy in Italy and consul-general to the Republic of San Marino (1987-90). From 1975, when she joined the Foreign Service, to 1990, Ambassador Poptodorova moved up the ranks in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from third secretary to minister-counselor.
She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Department of Humanities at “Kliment Ohridski” University of Sofia, took a two-year post-graduate course in international relations and diplomacy from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, and studied at the University of Siena in Italy and at Britain’s University of Leeds.
Ambassador Poptodorova is married and has one son.
Embassy of Bulgaria
1621 22nd St. NW
Washington, DC 20008
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Last Edited on April 2, 2011