Executive Committee and Founders:
Irina Nedeva is a Bulgarian journalist and documentary filmmaker with extensive experience in public broadcast journalism. She is an editor and host with the main informational channel “Horizon” at the Bulgarian National Radio. She is also active in the field of producing and coordinating independent film, television and radio projects. As a strong believer in the social importance of the critical thinking and open public debate she is involved with the first independent Center for Culture and debates “The Red House” since the founding in 2000 till today.
Ivan Radev is a member of the Management Board of the Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria and leads the project "Media Literacy in the Classroom". He has over 10 years of experience as a journalist. Ivan has graduated Balkan Studies at Sofia University and follows closely the development of societies in Southeastern Europe. He speaks Romanian and he used to be a correspondent for Bulgaria of the Romanian National News Agency – Adzherpres.
Maria Cheresheva is a member of the Management Board of AEJ-Bulgaria and part of the team working on the project "Mediator 2". She works as a correspondent of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) for Bulgaria. Former editor of ENTERPRISE and Europe.Dnevnik European portal with experience in various journalistic and communication projects concerning topics such as European Union and human rights protection. She has studied European Studies in Sofia and Maastricht, the Netherlands, and used to be a trainee in the Media Monitoring Department of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Communication.
Contact: maria [at] aej-bulgaria.org
Camelia Ivanova is a member of the Managing Board, part of the project "Children and the Media – Mission for Ethical Coverage", she is a correspondent for the German public television ARD. Within the organization she works primarily for the development of the internal and external communication of AEJ-Bulgaria. As a journalist he started in the financial daily “Pari”, later in 2008 he joined the Bulgarian edition of the International BusinessWeek Magazine, and in 2010 he took over the ProjectMedia EU funding site, she used to be an editor Forbes Bulgaria magazine.
Contact: camelia [at] gmail.com
Iliya is a political journalist. He is writing for political, economical, criminal, military and environmental issues. His career started in newspaper Dnevnik, now is a reporter in the National Darik radio. Freelance author in newspaper "Sega". He has been also worked as a political and communication advisor. Iliya Valkov has a PhD in Crisis communication (cathedra “Public relations” of the University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”). The field of his research is crisis communication in the interplay: institutions, social movements, business, media. He is Bachelor at Public Relations and Master of Sociology. Lecturer in Media Ethics and Communication of Social Change in Sofia University.
Emilia Zafiraki is a member of AEJ-Bulgaria and a project manager of the initiative “Mediator 2” within the organization. She has graduated from the UNWE with a degree in Finance, later specialized in "Human resources management and development" at the Management school at NBU and eventually earned an European master's degree from UCTM in "Environmental protection and sustainable development".
She has over seven years of experience as internal HR Consultant, and was the HR Manager at Economedia from 2010 till September 2012. She has managed projects related to organizational design, restructuring and optimization of work flow, building of performance evaluation systems, improving effectiveness, change management, building of rewards and benefits systems, employer branding value enhancement, internship programmes, as well as projects funded by the European Union, aimed at enhancing employees' knowledge and skills in the company. Since 2012 she takes the position of Organizational development consultant and has participated in and delivered several projects, aimed at building organizational capacity and design, both for the business and non-governmental sectors. At the same time, until the end of 2015, she has been a part of a team which has built and developed a Career Center for the Faculty of physics at Sofia University. She is a Chairman of the Management Board of Career with a Cause, an association aimed at enhancing the organizational capacity of the non-governmental sector in Bulgaria.
Tsvetelina Hristova is a member of AEJ-Bulgaria and part of the team that works on the project "Media Literacy in the Classroom". She has 10 years experience in Bulgaria's NGO sector with different administrative positions in a donor organization supporting the development of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe. Later she joined De Pasarel Foundation - Bulgaria team (now Polder) to coordinate volunteering social workers from the Netherlands at Bulgarian social services for people with intellectual disabilities. As part of the AEJ-Bulgaria operational team Tsvetelina strongly believes that the free media environment is vital to any democratic society. Within the "Media Literacy in the Classroom" project she is engaged with community building activities.
Dimiter is a freelance journalist and contributing editor at The Virginia Quarterly Review. His work has appeared in The International Herald Tribune, Boston Review, Esquire, The Nation, Outside, Columbia Journalism Review, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and others. He holds a bachelor’s degree in American and Russian literature from Middlebury College and a master’s in English from the University of California, Berkeley.
Contact: kenarov [at] gmail.com
Kristina Hristova is coordinator of the Coalition for media literacy in the education. On her previous position she was director of the Red House Centre for Culture and Debate (June 2016-September 2018). Kristina is one of the founder and president of the Association of European Journalists-Bulgaria in the period November 2010- September 2016. She has also long term experience as manager and editor on EU issues in Dnevnik.bg. For her work as journalist, she has been awarded three times by the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria, with Robert Schuman Award for Journalism, category Internet. Kristina studied International Relations in Sofia, and Political science and Political Sociology in Paris
Contact: kristina [at] aej-bulgaria.org
Vladimir is head of the communication department of WWF Bulgaria. He has worked as an online editor, radio host, translator, mountain guide. As a part of AEJ-Bulgaria he has special interest to social media, civil society and netizen behavior. He has studied philology and European studies in Sofia and Paris.
Contact: vladimir [at] aej-bulgaria.org
Venelina Popova is a freelance journalist. From 2001 untill 2018 she is a journalist in the Horizon Program of Bulgarian National Radio, a correspondent from Stara Zagora. Winner of the Panitza Prize for civic courage. She has gone through two court trials for her investigations, both of which with acquittals. She believes in the power of independent and honest journalism.
Alexander is a freelance journalist in Ikonomika Magazine and Enterprise Magazine. He's also owner of a small group of niche websites including uchi.bg, pixelmedia.bg, projectmedia.bg, newbusiness.bg, teenews.eu, etc. He has 14 years experience as technological and business journalist (Balkan Agency, BANKER Weekly, Computerworld Weekly, etc.) and is a beginning sci-fi author.
Contact: alexinfoag [at ]gmail.com
Doraid Al Hafid
Doraid is dedicated to international journalism and intercultural communication. He is co-founder of blogradio Zemlyanka, where he is a co-host of the show “Global voices”. He has a bachelor degree in journalism from Sofia University, and a master degree in Media, communication, culture in the German-French University.
Contact: alhafid [@] aej-bulgaria.org
Dimitrina Pandurova is a journalist with 20 years of experience. She is familiar to the public as an anchor of the TV broadcasts “Tazi vecher” and “Pod lupa”. She has a Bachelor degree in mass communications in New Bulgarian University and also a Master degree in political management in the University of Plovdiv. Fr already four years she has been living in Germany, where she works as a media consultant. In May 2017 she started the online platform Info-Portal BG dedicated to the Bulgarians living abroad.
Ekaterina studied European Studies in Sofia University and before graduating started work in Dnevnik's internet edition, in the specialized section Evropa. After almost 3 years there she temporarily put her work on hold to study International Relations and Diplomacy in Leiden. With her return to Bulgaria she came back to Dnevnik.bg, as an internet editor, and mainly for internal news. Currently she's working in the communications department of WWF - World Wildlife Fund for Nature.
Fani Bachvarova is a digital specialist, journalist and co-founder of Motif Media, writing documentary stories on human rights issues, nature conservation, inequality and access to education. She works for international organizations such as WWF, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Friends of the Earth and the Association of European Journalists-Bulgaria. As a person with many interests and ideas, she graduated from MA Media and Business at Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Master degree in Journalism at Sofia University and bachelor in Finance at the University of National and World Economy to unite them all in every new venture sheundertakes.
Contact: fanibachvarova [at] gmail.com
Based in Sofia, Francesco works as a journalist and Balkan expert for Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso, the main Italian online news provider and research centre devoted to social and political change in South-East Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus. He collaborates also with various Italian and international media. Fluent in Italian, English, Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian, he completed a BA in Media Studies at the University of Trieste, Italy.
Contact: martino [at] balcanicaucaso.org
Jana Popova is a PhD student and a freelance journalist. She got her bachelor degree from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. She graduated in the master program “Book publishing in XXI century” at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. Now she is a PhD student at the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is an author of different articles, analysis and surveys to different online media in Bulgaria. She has experience as an editor and radio journalist in the students’ online radio “Reaction”. She has interests in social and political processes, culture, human rights, freedom of the speech, social media and interactions with journalism.
Contacts: jana_s_popova [at] mail.bg
Lyubomira works in the cultural program "Hristo Botev" of the Bulgarian National Radio. Her professional experience passes through few televisions, one newspaper and also in the field of online media. She made a PHD in the Sofia University with the doctoral thesis “Radio and art. Program interpretations of the Bulgarian national radio”, successfully defended in 2008.
Contact: lkonstantinova [at]abv.bg
Lachezar Lisitsov is a reporter at Flagman.bg, based in Sofia. He graduated Naval School in Varna and he has worked a naval officer. He has also Master degree in “Political management” in Sofia University. Lisitsov has worked as journalist in newspapers and online media in Burgas and Sofia since 2008.
Kosara Belnikolova is a journalist at Dnevnik BG and correspondent for Macedonian Meta mk from Sofia. She has experience as an international editor in the News Department in BTV televison. She has been working as an editor at different online media - educational portal Academic BG, politicaly orientitated Faktor.bg and Vesti BG. She was also been part of the student online radio "Reakcia". She graduated in Journalism with a profile "Radio" at the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski” and has a master degree in European Integration and Diplomacy of the EU . She speaks English and French.
Martin Dimitrov is the Bulgaria correspondent fro the English-language regional media Balkan Insight since January 2018. He is also acting as an editor of the English-language Kapital Quarterly magazine, published by Economedia. Previously, he covered domestic and foreign policy topics for the economic weekly "Capital" for three years. He graduated University of Glasgow, UK, in 2014 with a Politics degree.
Ralitsa is a Bulgarian online journalist, specialized in European issues. Currently, she is a PhD student at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". Her research is focused on the process of Europeanization of media. Ralitsa is the national winner in the competition for the European Parliament Prize for Journalism 2011 in the category “Internet”.
Roseen is journalist at Capital Weekly in Sofia, Bulgaria. He writes on judiciary, law enforcement and human rights issues. His articles are part of the ongoing judicial reform in Bulgaria. He was twice awarded at the International Right to Know Day for his use of the freedom of information act in his investigations. He received his bachelor’s degree from the. He has also specialized in investigative reporting in the United States.
Ruslan is a blogger and a freelance journalist interested in the topics of the Middle East and Northern Africa. He has been a lecturer in the Diplomatic institute, New Bulgarian University, Sofia University and the Red house. He is a co-founder of the Bulgarian section of Global voices. In 2009 he founded the Forum for Arabic culture. He has graduated public relations in Sofia University.
Spas is a correspondent in Varna and the Black Sea region for Capital Weekly and Dnevnik.bg. He has a master degree from TheUniversity of Veliko Tarnovo – Bulgaria where he graduated in Bulgarian Philology and French language then worked for various print and electronic media. In 1995 he worked on the program concept for the first FM information radio station in Bulgaria tracking the news updates. He followed the "Internet Media" course of the"Centre de formation et perfectionnement des journalistes" in Paris, France,was an intern at "Radio France Internationale" and "France info" and has specializations in the United States and the Netherlands.
Boyko is the PR Officer of the European Parliament's Information Office in Bulgaria. He is also the co-founder of 365 Association that organizes the free walking tours of Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna as well as part of the Board of Tuk-Tam Association that brings together foreign-educated Bulgarians. Boyko has been international news reporter at the Bulgarian News Agency and has been a trainee at the Press Service of the European Parliament. Beside certified tour guide, he is also freelance translator and interpreter. He writes about his favourite places in Sofia in the Spotted By Locals guide. For years, Boyko has been collecting quotations in his website citati.BG.
Contacts: boikoblagoev [at] gmail.com
Boryana Dzhambazova is a freelance journalist. She started her journalism career in 2005, writing for both Bulgarian and foreign publications. Since then she has covered a wide range of topics - from economic and political developments to social affairs and human rights issues. Her articles appeared in the International Herald Tribune, Business Week, and Fast Company, among others. She holds a bachelor degree in journalism from Sofia University and a master's in new media from New York University as a Fulbright scholar.
Contacts: boryana.dz [at] gmail.com
Victor Nikolov graduated in Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski ", specialty "Bulgarian Philology".He has worked in the newspaper" Business News ", has led his section in the youth program of "On The Street" in TV Vesselina. After another year he started radio version into the same name radio. In the same year started his other project "Auto Weekend" - a two-hour weekend show on the same radio. In the period 2007-2010 Victor creates and writes the automotive page of the newspaper "Telegraph". Briefly in 2010 participated in video projects in "Travel TV" and nearly four years dealing with the current field - Video Editor in technological Digital Media.
Ralitsa Kovacheva is a Doctor of Journalism and assistant professor of international journalism at the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". In 2017 she has published her books "Centre and Periphery of the Europeanised Public Spheres" and „The Mediatised Dimension of Foreign Policy“ (co-authored by prof. Maria Neykova, PhD). She has worked as a journalist for more than 20 years, with a special focus on the EU issues in recent years. She was the national winner in the category “Internet” in the competition for the European Parliament Prize for Journalism 2011. Since 2012, she has been a regular participant in a series of seminars for the regional Bulgarian media organized by the European Commission Representation and the European Parliament Liaison Office in Bulgaria. In 2014, she represented Bulgaria in the pan-European Civil Dialogue organized by the European Commission in Brussels (27.03.2014). She is among the founders of the Bulgarian initiative group "A Soul for Europe", part of the European initiative "A Soul for Europe".
Rozalina engages actively in the field of good governance, active civil society, freedom of speech and media freedom. She is member of the managing board of the Berlin based international organization MitOst e.V. She is also a freelance cultural manager and researcher on topics such as cultural and creative industries, art management, social innovation and human capital, good governance. Rozalina studied law at Humboldt University in Berlin and business administration at the University for National and World Economy in Sofia. She worked in the state administration in Bulgaria and Germany in the spheres of good governance, modernization and reform of the administration, European Structural funds, EU policies. She is a fellow of Goerdeler-Kolleg for Good Governance (Robert Bosch Stiftung) and Marshall Memorial Fellowship (GMF).
Zhivka Popatanassova is a journalist at Bloomberg TV Bulgaria. She is the host of the morning TV show “Business start”. Her career in Investor TV starts in 2017. She works on topics in the sphere of the foreign policy, business management and strategies, development in technologies and innovative companies. She pays a serious attention on the problems of the educational system but also on the progress of the contemporary models in education. Zhivka graduated Book Publishing at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. She also has a Master’s Degree in Producing and creative industries at the same university. In 2017 Zhivka is awarded with “Samuel Frances” prize in TV journalism category for her work on the problems of the Spanish-Speaking countries.