Berlin • Washington • Beijing

Nadezhda Neynsky

Professional experience
• Member of Political Party Blue Unity (2013 to date)
• President of SME Europe of the European People’s Party (EPP) (2012 to date)
• Member of the European Parliament, EPP Group (2009-2014)
• President of SME Union of the EPP (2011-2012)
• President of SME Union – Bulgaria (2007 to date)
• Deputy Speaker of the Bulgarian National Assembly (2008-2009)
• Vice-President of the European People’s Party (1999-2006)
• Chair of the Institute for Democracy and Stability in South-East Europe (2004 to date)
• President of Political Party Union of Democratic Forces (UDF) (2002-2005)
• Chair of the UDF Group in the Bulgarian National Assembly (2002-2005)
• Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria (1997-2001)
• Vice-President of Political Party UDF (1994-1997)
• Member of Parliament (1994-2009)
• Spokesperson of the Government and Chief of the Press Centre (1991-1993)
• Spokesperson and Chief of the Press Centre of Political Party UDF (1991)
• Chief of the International Affairs department of the Radical-Democratic Party (1990-1991)
• Translator (1988-1990)
• Free-lance journalist (1986-1988)

Additional initiatives
• Member of the Advisory Group for Southern Leaders' Round Tables (SLRT) to the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation (2006 to date)
• Member of the International Advisory Committee to the Democracy Coalition Project, in partnership with Bertelsmann Foundation, Freedom House and Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (2006 to date)

• Executive education on mastering negotiation and building sustainable agreements at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2008)
• Certificate in Public Relations, BBC (1993)
• US Congress Foreign Policy and Public Relations Certificate through working in the office of Congressman David Drier (R) (1991)
• MA in Linguistics, Sofia University St Climent Ohridski (1980-1985)

• Special golden distinction of the US Academy of Achievements
• Order of the Kingdom of Denmark, First Class
• Medal awarded by the Republic of Malta
• Badge of Honour, Venice
• Knight of the Legion of Honour (France)
• Cross of the order for public service awarded by the King of Spain
• B'nai B'rith medal of tolerance