Yordan Yordanov - Chairman of the Board
Verginia Ananieva – Board Member
Velislava Delcheva graduated in law from Sofia University in 1997.
From 2000 to 2001 Velislava Delcheva was a Legal Expert at the European Integration and International Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Environment and Water. In the period between 2001 and 2002 she was a Program Coordinator to the PHARE Water Management Project. From March 2002 till July 2006 she has was a Legal Advisor with the Judicial Development Project and the Judicial Strengthening Initiative funded by USAID. In 2006 she worked as Project Manager with Dimitrov, Petrov and Co. Attorneys-at-Law. From November 2006 she was Legal Advisor for the Judicial Strenghtening Initiative and from June 2007 she has been Legal Advisor and Project Manager with Open Society Institute.
Verginia Ananieva graduated in Polish Philology from the Department of Slavic Studies of Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in 2000. She also obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration in the German Language from Technical University – Sofia in 2008.
From October 2000 till May 2005 Verginia Ananieva worked in the state sector in the field of power industry. From April 2005 till May 2006 she was Office Manager for PeeR to peer Agency Integrated Marketing Communications and assisted in the preparation, coordination and conducting of varied events. From June 2006 till March 2008 she worked as a Project Manager with the Bulgarian Institute for Management and Technology, a non-profit organisation focused on educational projects and on fostering entrepreneurship activities in cooperation with Intel Education Initiative and with Hewlett-Packard Bulgaria Joint Academic Initiatives.
Denitsa Yankova graduated in English and American Studies from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in 2001.
From July 2001 till June 2003 Denitsa Yankova worked with the Capital Markets Regulations Project funded by USAID. From July till September of the same year she was a translator with the American Red Cross. From September 2003 till September 2007 she worked with the Judicial Development Project and the Judicial Strengthening Initiative funded by USAID. She was instrumental in the development of the media relations of these projects and the organization of seminars and conferences.
Iva Toncheva graduated in journalism from Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication in Sofia University. She is experienced journalist with more than 20 years career in BTA, Bulgarian News Agency and BBC - Bulgarian Section correspondent. Over the last years she has gained expertise as media and communication expert on projects
Nina Delimarinova graduated in law in December 2007 from the University of Veliko Tarnovo St. Cyril and St. Methodius.
Nina Delimarinova worked for three years as an associate in the Legal Clinic at the University of Veliko Tarnovo St. Cyril and St. Methodius which was established and funded with the help of the Open Society Institute and USAID. From September 2008 to December 2009 she worked as a project coordinator for the Open Society Institute – Sofia. Nina Delimarinova has been actively involved in the preparation and coordination of different events and conferences related to the judiciary and legal education in Bulgaria.
Silvina Sobadzieva graduated in International Relations from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski and has a degree in Law from New Bulgarian University.
Silvina Sobadzhieva has several years of experience in EU funded projects such as: EU Twinning project “Support for the Establishment of Infrastructure for the Bulgarian Judiciary”, EU Twinning project “Establishment of Effective Witness Protection System in Penal Proceedings”, EU Twinning Project "Strengthening the sustainability and the role of the probation service in Bulgaria. Between end of 2007 and 2009 Silvina Sobadzhieva worked as a legal associate for a consulting firm specialized in claim settlement in the field of traffic law. In 2010 she worked for the Judicial Mentoring Initiative of the American Embassy in Bulgaria as a legal assistant to California judge Stuart T.Waldrip. In Sempember 2010 Silvina Sobadzhieva joined the PDJS team.
Joana Terzieva has a Master degree in Social - educational work and Probation with offenders from the University of Sofia. She is certificated psychodrama therapist since 2008 and since 2009 she is a PhD student at the New Bulgarian University’s programme for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
In 2005 and 2006 Joana Terzieva works as social worker and psychotherapist in community based social services in the town of Ruse where she is applying clinical social work for children with delinquency. In 2007 she started working with Caritas and until 2013 she implements a total of 6 local and international projects in the areas of human trafficking and juvenile justice. Since 2009 she becomes a member of international researcher team at Psychoanalytical Institute in Eastern Europe. In 2012 and 2013 participated in the preparation of Caritas Europa’s Shadow report for the implementation of the National Reform Programme of the Republic of Bulgaria commissioned by the European Commission. She began working with PDJS in November 2013.
Dilyana Giteva graduated in Law from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in 1998. In 2003 she was awarded a scholarship of the Public Interest Law Initiative Program (PILI) in the Columbia University School of Law in New York. She also participated in a number of trainings on human rights, children’s rights and protection against discrimination.
Since 2000 Dilyana Giteva has been working as a lawyer, member of Sofia Bar Association.
Dilyana Giteva has been a leader and coordinator of over 20 projects, such as: “Strategic litigation for protection of human rights and protection against discrimination”, “Monitoring the human rights in Bulgaria”, “General measures for execution of the judgments of ECHR against Bulgaria”, “Fair Administrative Justice”, and others.
Dilyana Giteva is author of a number of articles and publications and has an extensive experience as a lecturer at conferences and seminars related to the international human rights standards, children’s rights and protection against discrimination. She participated in working groups for elaboration of draft laws, as well as analyzes of the Bulgarian legislation and proposal for amendments, aiming to achieve compliance with the international human rights standards.
Dennitza Nedeva graduated in Law from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in 1998.
She started her professional development as Legal Assistant with Interjurist OOD. From 2000 to 2002 she was Legal Expert with European Integration and International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Environment and Waters. After that she worked as Chief Expert Assistant with the Internal Security and Public Order Commission of the National Assembly for a year. Ms. Nedeva occupied the position of Legal Advisor first with the State Commission on Information Security and them the Adhoc Commission to Study and Eliminate the Damages of Floods and Prepare Proposals for the Optimization of the Model of the work of Government Bodies in Crisis Management with the National Assembly. From June 2003 till now she has worked Chief Expert Assistant with the Internal Security and Public Order Commission of the National Assembly. In addition, from July 2004 till now Ms. Nedeva has participated in the Program for Parliamentary Experts from South East Europe of the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces.
Ms. Nedeva has taken part in a number of trainings on project management and exchange of experience in the field of European integration. She has specialized in application of the acquis communautaire in the area of environment protection with the European Commission and in sustainable development again with the European Commission. She has also worked on programs for effective legislative drafting and control of the United States Agency for International Development and for achievement of security in the conditions of democracy of the US State Department.She has been a trainee in the Program for National Parliament Employees of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels and the course on Security Sector – Relations, Media and Budget Control of DCAF, Switzerland, and RACVIAC, Croatia. In July 2007 she took part in a specialization in the European Center George S. Marshall for studies in the field of security and the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Eliana Angelova graduated in International Business Administration from the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside in 1999.
Eliana Angelova began her career as a Project Assistant with Partners Bulgaria Foudnation and then she spent a year as a Junior Project Manager with the Austrian Advisory Company Human Dynamics. From October 2001 till August 2007 she worked as a Coordinator and Training and Events Manager with the Judicial Development Project and the Judicial Strengthening Initiative funded by USAID.
Eliana Angelova has worked for the building of training capacity in the Bulgarian judiciary, including the development of the National Institute of Justice, creation and implementation of training strategies and programs for the court administration and magistracy in Bulgaria, organization and conducting of trainings and national conferences for magistrates. She has supported the institutional development of the National Association of Court Clerks and the Union of Judges in Bulgaria.
Irina Mandova graduated in Polish Philology from the Department of Slavic Studies of Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in 2000.
From May 2000 till September 2002 Irina Mandova worked in the private sector in the field of business administration. From March 2003 till December 2005 she was Training and Events Coordinator with the Judicial Development Project and Judicial Strengthening Initiative of the United States Agency for International Development. She has taken part in the development of training programs and strategies and in the organization of trainings, seminars and conferences. From January 2006 till November 2007 she was Assistant with PHARE project BG/2004/IB/FI/02 dedicated to the strengthening of the administrative capacity of the Financial Supervision Commission. She was active in the administration of the project and the successful implementation of the missions.
Iva Vatova graduated in English and American Studies from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in 2002.
From July 2004 till September 2007 Iva Vatova – Ivanova worked with the Judicial Development Project and the Judicial Strengthening Initiative funded by USAID. She has been actively involved in the preparation and coordination of different events and conferences related to the judiciary in Bulgaria.
Petar Dimitrov holds a Bachelor degree in Industrial Management and a Master degree in Human Resource Management from Technical University – Sofia.
Petar Dimitrov began his professional development as a Computer Operator. From February 2002 till September 2004 he worked as a Project Manager with Web Factory OOD. From September 2004 till June 2005 he was Office Manager for Optima – NMN EOOD. From October 2005 till October 2007 he was Office Assistant and Training Coordinator with the Judicial Strengthening Initiative funded by USAID.
He has been instrumental in the preparation and holding of trainings and events for magistrates and court clerks in Bulgaria, development of budgets, organization and conducting of national conferences. He has worked actively with the National Institute of Justice with a view to building its institutional and training capacity.
Ralitsa Velichkova graduated in law from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in 1996. In 2004 she was awarded a Master degree in Finance from Veliko Tarnovo University in collaboration with the Economic Institute of Bulgarian Academic of Sciences.
Ralitsa Velichkova has worked as an attorney-at-law since 1997. Her interests lie in the field of commercial, company and administrative law.
From June 2005 till May 2007 she worked as a Legal Advisor with the Judicial Strenghtening Initiative funded by USAID. Since then she has worked as a Legal Advisor for the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law.
She is a co-founder of the non-governmental organization Alpbach – Bulgaria.
Latest participation: Enterprise and Investment Lawyers Course in IDLO – Rome; The European Forum Alpbach, Austria Europe as a global partner.
Vanya Theodorova has over 15 years of NGO-related international work experience in training and consulting projects administration. She has valuable knowledge and skills in fundraising and the competitive grants administration process targeting local civil society/economic development NGOs and grass roots community development. In her last job prior to moving to Ireland for personal reasons, she was the Monitoring and Evaluation consultant for the Judicial Strengthening Initiative for Bulgaria and Board Member for Delaware International Partnership, Bulgaria. Delaware International has operated as a consulting company specialized in finance facilitation, business development, investment projects and trade promotion, as well as in sector-specific training and counseling. The NGO has been the local implementer for a number of donor projects sponsored by USAID, EBRD, and the World Bank. The DI team executed the USAID-funded University of Delaware Management Training and Economics Education Project (1991 – 1995) and was a core member of FLAG Consortium (1996 – 2004). The main goal of Firm Level Assistance Group (FLAG) was to achieve accelerated development and growth of private Bulgarian enterprises in a competitive environment through a variety of cost-effective programs and services. As part of the FLAG team, Vanya Theodorova was responsible for the overall administration of the various tasks of the organisation, supervising and coordinating activities of staff; involvement in staff training and development, oversight of management information systems; coaching and supervision of consultants, identifying procurement needs and potential clients; assessment, design and implementation of demand-driven consulting and training projects; sales and account management; design, evaluation and administration of budgets, identifying opportunities for increased efficiency and reduced costs; writing new proposals, work plans, program development, project management, coordination and liaison with local partners including NGOs, business associations, business support organizations, SME clients, government institutions, and international donors.
Vanya Theodorova currently works in Dublin as an Operations Managers for Integrating Ireland, an Irish-based human rights NGO. The main tasks of the post include strategic and operational management, servicing of Integrating Ireland's board, human resource management, administration, financial management and control, funding and fundraising.