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His Excellency Minister Petio Dimitrov Petev, M.A., Ph.D.

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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: His Excellency Minister Petio Dimitrov Petev, M.A., Ph.D.

Minister Petio Dimitrov Petev a Minister Plenipotentiary of Bulgaria and a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College. He has language proficiency in English, German, Albanian, Russian, Serbian and Croatian. His education includes:

  • 2007: Senior Executive Seminar 07-3, College of International and Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Federal Republic of Germany
  • 2002: Professional Course for Foreign Diplomats, Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi, India
  • 2000-2001: Ph.D. in Political Science, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1991-1992: Postgraduate Course for Diplomats in International Law, International Relations and Politics, Theory and Practice of International Organizations, Vienna Diplomatic Academy, Austria
  • 1977-1981: M.A., Faculty of Philosophy, University of Prishtina, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
  • 1970-1975: German Language High School, Haskovo, Bulgaria

Minister Petev has a distinguished record of ethical leadership. His professional diplomatic experience includes:

  • June 2012 – present: Minister Plenipotentiary, UN and Development Cooperation Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria
  • 2009-2012: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia
  • 2008-2009: Director, Security Policy Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria 
  • 2006-2008: Director, NATO and International Security Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria
  • 2002-2006: Minister Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany
  • 2002: Director of Americas Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria 
  • 2001-2002: Head of North America, Australia and Oceania Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria 
  • 2000-2001: State Expert for the United States and Canada, American States Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria 
  • 1996-2000: Counselor, Head of the Political Section, Embassy of Bulgaria, Washington, D.C., USA
  • 1997-1998: Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Bulgaria, Washington, D.C., USA                        
  • 1995-1996: First Secretary and Head of Black Sea Economic Cooperation Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria 
  • 1992-1993: National Coordinator for the Council of Europe, and Head of Council of Europe and European Community Section, International Organizations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria
  • 1990-1991: Third Secretary, European and Regional Structures Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria 
  • 1988-1990: Attaché and Third Secretary, Balkan Countries Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria
  • 1984-1988: Commercial Attaché, Embassy of Bulgaria, Tirana, Albania
  • Minister Petev’s other professional achievements include:
  • Member of the Union of the Scientists of Bulgaria
  • Member of the Consultative Council on International Law, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Ivailo Kalfin (since April 2007)
  • Head of the Bulgarian delegation and Vice-Chairperson of the Third Biennial Meeting of States to consider the implementation of the Programme of Action to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in all its aspects (New York, July 2008)
  • Member of the United Nations Group of Government Experts to consider further steps to enhance international cooperation in preventing, combating and eradicating illicit brokering in Small Arms and Light Weapons (2006-2007)
  • Head of the Bulgarian delegation for participation in the activities of the United Nations First Committee during the 61st  Session of the UN General Assembly (2006)
  • Head of the Bulgarian delegation for participation in the activities of the United Nations First Committee during the 62nd Session of the UN General Assembly (2007)
  • Head of the Bulgarian delegation for participation in the activities of the United Nations First Committee during the 63nd Session of the UN General Assembly (2008)
  • Head of the Bulgarian delegation to the Diplomatic Conference on Cluster Munitions held in May2008 in Dublin, Ireland, where a legally binding instrument was adopted by 111 participating states, prohibiting the production, possession, transfers, stock piling and use of cluster munitions that cause unacceptable harm to civilians.
  • Lecturer at Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski” Master Degree Program on Foreign Relations and International Organizations (2006-2008), as well as in International Relations at Varna Free University
  • Lecturer, including during his posting in Washington, D.C., on international relations and trade, and cross-cultural management, to MBA students at the Johns Hopkins University, school teachers attending summer school at the World Affairs Council and Georgetown University, and senior military officers at National Defense University.

Minister Petev’s publications and press activities include:

  • September 2003:  Published his second book, The Beginning Between Two Worlds, printed in Bulgarian and English, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • September 2001: Published his first book, The European Policy of the United States after the Cold War, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2000-2001: Numerous publications in the Bulgarian International Relations Magazine and Varna University Collection on foreign policy issues as US Relations with the EU, The Balkan Legacy of President Clinton, United States and the Balkans, President Bush’s foreign policy, Think-tanks and etc.
  • 1996-1999: Interviews on foreign policy issues in South Eastern Europe for US newspapers.
  • 1990 – 1995: Numerous articles for Bulgarian newspapers and magazines on political and economic issues, related to the multilateral cooperation process in the Balkans. 

Minister Petev’s honours and awards include:

  • 2013: Distinguished Fellow, New Westminster College
  • 2009: Golden Sign Award, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria 
  • 2009: Honorary Golden Sign Award “Bulgaria-NATO” – First Grade, Order of the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Bulgaria №КН-80/01.04.2009

As a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, Minister Petio Dimitrov Petev 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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