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Her Excellency Ambassador Maya Dobreva, MEcon


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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: The Honourable Maya Dobreva, MEcon, Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria

Ambassador Maya Dobreva is a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College. She is Ambassador at the Embassy of Bulgaria in Podgorica.


  • In the MFA of Bulgaria since 1991
  • Experience in Bulgaria’s WTO accession negotiations
  • From 1992 until 1997: Head of Foreign Economic Policy Department at the MFA
  • Broad experience in international affairs, multilateral and bilateral relations; head of delegation for a number of international fora
  • Master’s degree in economics, excellent training


  • EU affairs
  • Relations with CIS (Russia and other CIS countries in Europe and Central Asia)
  • Intergovernmental contacts, high level visits documents preparations, policy paper writing, ENP, Central Asia
  • Strategy, energy secutiy issues


  • Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria to Montenegro, Podgorica: January 2009 – Present
  • Head of a Diplomatic Mission
  • Political, Cultural, Consular, Econoimc, Trade and other bilateral issues
  • EU and other multilateral affairs
  • Director of Europe III Directorate – Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Russia and CIS) at Ministry of Foreign Affairs: August 2006 – January 2009
  • Bilateral relations with the countries of the CIS – Russia etc.
  • EU-CIS relations, ENP, Strategy for Central Asia, TRASECA
  • Charge d’Affaires at Embassy of Bulgaria in Minsk: January 2004 – May 2006 and in charge of a diplomatic mission
  • Director of Europe II Directorate (Western Europe) at Ministry of Foreign Affairs: July 2001 – January 2004
  • Bilateral relations with West European countries (EU and NATO members, EFTA countries)
  • Promoting Bulgaria’s accession to EU and NATO
  • Minister Plenipotentiary at Embassy of Bulgaria in Ottawa, Canada: 1997 – 2001
  • Deputy Chief of Mission, Consul
  • Director of Foreign Economic Policy Department at the MFA at consular: January 1992 – October 1997
  • Main activities and responsibilities multilateral – EU Association Agreement negotiations; EFTA
  • Agreement negotiations; GATT accession
  • Negotiations; UN specialized agencies; Economic Commission for Europe,
  • Committee (UN GA), UNFCCC (negotiations in Bonn 1997)
  • Research Fellow at Center for Organization and Standardization of Labour: January 1988 – January 1990
  • Main activities and responsibilities – reserach work in the field of labour standards and training of personnel, area of transport, participation in projects


  • Universitet za nacionalno i svetovno stopanstvo, master’s, economics, 1980 – 1985
  • ELG Plovdiv

Honors and Awards

Decorations by the King of Belgium, President of Portugal and the King of Spain for civic merits; medals and a decoration from the Minstry of Foreign Affairs, commemoration medals from Pope John Paul II.

As a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, Ambassador Maya Dobreva is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.


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