Rosen Plevneliev

President of the Republic of Bulgaria 2012 – 2017

Rosen Plevneliev is the fourth democratically elected Bulgarian President.
Born on 14 May 1964. Graduated Technical University in Sofia, specializing computer science. Winner of the National Computer Programming competition in 1982.
Until 2009 Plevneliev is a successful entrepreneur. Implemented more than 80 construction projects in Germany. Co-founder and CEO of large-scale international real estate projects in Bulgaria such as Business Park Sofia, the largest business park in Southeast Europe, generated more than 11, 000 working places and attracted 250 hi-tech companies from all over the world, Residential Park Sofia – a large compound of 1000 residential, commercial and office units.
Plevneliev entered politics in 2009 serving as a minister of regional development and public works. He introduced a new approach in the management of European Union funds; started thousands of projects for the modernization of the Bulgarian regions; elaborated a new long-term strategy for highway and road construction; initiated national energy efficiency program.
Plevneliev was elected President of the Republic of Bulgaria in November 2011 in competition with 17 candidates. His mandate was very difficult and demanding, during а time of an extraordinary instability in the region, Europe and around the world. In his very difficult term the Presidential institution was a center of institutional stability.
Plevneliev initiated the National Development Program Bulgaria 2020 and the Bulgaria 2030 debate. He set long-term national priorities such as innovations, e-government, e-voting, ambitious modernization program, connectivity, vocational education system, long-term public planning, energy efficiency, liberalization and diversification. He established and is the patron of the first innovation ecosystem and the first hi-tech park in Bulgaria and on the Balkans – Sofia Tech Park.
Plevneliev is patron of hi-tech industries such as Information and Communication Technologies, outsourcing and automotive. During his term of office more than 90,000 new jobs were created in hi-tech industries.
Plevneliev is a great supporter of the international rule of law, human rights and freedoms.
Plevneliev is the most internationally active Bulgarian President. He received large international recognition and has been awarded the highest state orders and awards of twenty states.
He is bearer of the European personality of the year in Southeastern and Central Europe award in 2015.
He was presented the Person of the Year 2015 award of Ukraine for his public and political activity in a European and international context.
He was awarded the international Nizami Ganjavi Award on account of his contribution to intercultural understanding, tolerance and respect for the world’s cultural diversity.
He was awarded the prestigious “ERI prix” Award of the Province of Lower Austria and the Danube University Krems for his contribution to preserving the diversity and equality of the regions on the path to united Europe.
Doctor Honoris Causa of the Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, the Republic of Korea.
Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, the Republic of Greece.
Doctor Honoris Causa of the Baku State University, Azerbaijan.
Honorable Chairman of the FOZ Museum in Israel.
Member of Nizami Ganjavi International Center in Baku.
Member of the Trilateral Commission.
Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Distinguished Professor for the Emerging Markets Institute of Beijing Normal University
Distinguished Professor of Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University