Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bulgaria to the United States
Education: Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts, English and Italian Linguistic and Literary Studies, Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia; Postgraduate work in international relations at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia; Specialization, University of Leeds, U.K., and University of Siena, Italy.
Elena Poptodorova joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1975, serving in posts in the State Protocol, the Cabinet of the Minister, and the UN and Disarmament Directorates through 1990, when she was elected in the national legislature. From 1987 to 1990, she was minister-counselor at the Bulgarian embassy in Rome and Bulgaria's consul general to the Republic of San Marino. Prior to her appointment in Washington, D.C., Poptodorova was director of the Security Policy Directorate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2008 to 2009, she served as ambassador-at-large for the Black Sea Region. From 2002 to 2008, she was Bulgaria's ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the United States, when Bulgaria became member of NATO and the EU. Prior to becoming ambassador to the United States, she served as spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and director of the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Organizations Directorate. She accepted the post as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Bulgaria to the United States in 2010.