Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food 

Assoc. Prof. Svetla Yancheva was born in Sofia.

Since now, she has been vice-Rector of Agricultural University of Plovdiv, responsible for international activities, international projects and relations with business and the public.

Assoc. Prof. Yancheva graduated from the Higher Agricultural Institute in 1989, qualified as engineer agronomist and specialized in "Plant Biotechnology". She started her scientific career in 1991 at the Institute of Genetic Engineering of Kostinbrod. Since 1995 she has been working in the system of the Agricultural University - Plovdiv. In 1997 she defended her doctoral dissertation and in 1998 she became Research Fellow II degree in the Plant Biotechnology Laboratory at the Agricultural University. In 2006 she became Head of the Plant Biotechnology Laboratory and in 2008 she was Associate Professor in the Genetics and Selection Department In 2012 she was elected President of the General Assembly of the Agricultural University of Plovdiv .Since 2016 she has been vice-rector of the university.

Mrs.Yancheva has numerous scientific publications and over 25 specializations in leading world centers on the application of biotechnology in plant breeding in Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic and Israel.

She has delivered lectures at universities in China, Lebanon, Greece and Germany.

Fluent in English and Russian.


Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food 

Professor Dr. Ivan Paligorov was born on September 13, 1959

Since now he has been Dean of Business Management Faculty of Forestry University in Sofia.  He has delivered lectures on economics of forestry, forest policy and business communications and public relations. His scientific activity is concentrated in these areas. He has over 120 scientific publications, including 5 monographs and 9 textbooks.

He graduated from the University of Forestry in 1985. In 1991 he defended his doctoral thesis in economics and forestry management and was awarded a degree "candidate of economic sciences" (now a doctor).

In 1999 he got MA in teachers’ training in distance learning to ICBL Heriot-Walt University in Scotland.

From 1985 to 1988 he worked in Forestry Enterprise of Chehlyovo, Velingrad Municipality. In 1988 started his scientific research activities in Forestry University as a graduate student (now a PhD student), and from 1990 worked as assistant. In 1997 he became an Associate Professor and then professor in 2012. He has experience as Vice Dean and Dean of the Business Management Faculty of the University of Forestry, and from October 2012 to February 2016 Prof.Dr. Paligorov was Vice-Rector of the same university.

He was elected a Chairman of the Union of Foresters in Bulgaria in 2009.

From 2011 to 2015 was Bulgarian Coordinator for the project "Integrated future-oriented management of European forest landscapes - INTEGRAL", involving 21 partners from 13 countries.

He has specializations in the field of economics and management of forestry and forest policy in Germany, the
Czech Republic and the United Kingdom.

Fluent in English and Russian. Speaks German.


Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food 


Prof. Dr. Georgi Zhelyazkov was born on September 8, 1964 in Stara Zagora.

Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics of Trakia University in Stara Zagora. Since 2012 he has been Head of the Industrial Business and Entrepreneurship Department.

He graduated from the Higher Institute of Zootechnics and Veterinary Medicine - Stara Zagora in 1989. Prof. Dr. Zhelyazkov got a postgraduate qualification from the UNWE of Sofia in 1992.  In 1993 he finished his regular postgraduate course at the Higher Institute of Veterinary Medicine of Stara Zagora. In 1996, defended his doctoral dissertation.

He delivers lectures on planning and forecasting, agricultural entrepreneurship, business strategies, business Innovation, planning for sustainable development.

Prof. Dr. Georgi Zhelyazkov has specializations in the United States, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Britain and the Netherlands.

Fluent in English.

Married with two children.