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Her Excellency Elena Poptodorova

BOD.PoptodorovaAmbassador Elena Poptodorova is Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United States.

Ambassador Poptodorova presented her Letters of Credence to President Barack Obama on August 10, 2010. Prior to her appointment in Washington, Ambassador Poptodorova was Director of the Security Policy Directorate at the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2008 – 2009, she served as Ambassador-at-Large for the Black Sea Region. From 2002 – 2008, Ambassador Poptodorova was Bulgaria’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America, when Bulgaria became member of NATO and the EU. Prior to becoming Ambassador to the U.S., she served as Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director of the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Organizations Directorate.

Earlier in her career (1990 – 2001), Ambassador Poptodorova was elected Member of Parliament in the 7th Constituent Assembly and in the 36th, 37th and 38th National Assemblies of the Republic of Bulgaria. From 1987 – 1990, she was minister-counselor at the Bulgarian embassy in Rome and Bulgaria’s Consul General to the Republic of San Marino.

Ambassador Poptodorova earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees at the Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia in English and Italian linguistic and literary studies, after which she attended a post-graduate course in international relations at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia. She specialized at the University of Leeds, UK and the University of Siena, Italy.

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