Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food


She was born on 26th January 1977 in Sofia.

She graduated from the Alphonse de Lamartine French High School in Sofia. Holder of master’s degree in International Relations obtained from the Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia.

Marina Brakalova is an expert in the sphere of integrated territorial development with experience in the planning, evaluation and creation of mechanisms for the application of rural development strategies. She has worked on a long-term basis on the reduction of excess food waste and food support; she initiated the process of creating a food bank mechanism in Bulgaria; she worked on the creation and starting of a Bulgarian Food Bank.

In the 2012/2014 period she worked as an expert in the European Network for Rural Development and since the 2011/2012 period she has taken part as an evaluation expert in the teams of experts working on the creation of a methodology for the evaluation of the effect of and results from the application of Axis 3 and Axis 4 within the Rural Development in the European Union. In the 2006/2010 period she initiated and managed projects in cooperation with the U.S. Agency for International Development, National Agricultural Advisory Service, National Veterinary Medical Service, Iowa State University, USA, and the German Agency for Technical Cooperation in the field of agriculture, food, and territorial development.

She speaks fluently English and French. She is married with two children.


Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food

Georgi Kostov was born on 11th April 1959.

He graduated from the University of Forestry in Sofia as an engineer, master in Forestry. In 1988 he took a PhD degree in Silviculture and since 1997 he has been an associate professor and head of the Silviculture Department of the University of Forestry.

From 2009 to 2011 he was a Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food.

In the 2011/2012 period he was a Chairman of the Agricultural Academy.

He specialized in Forest Resources and Air Pollution at IIASA, Austria; Forest Resources and Climate Change at the Forestry College in Sweden; and Multifunctional Forest Planning at ETH, Switzerland. In 2010 he specialized in Forest Policy at the Oregon University (Corvallis, USA) and in 2011 in National Forest Management in Wisconsin, USA.

He has over 50 scientific publications.

He speaks English, Russian and Spanish.


Head of Government

Ivan Kapitanov was born on 29th July 1977.

He has completed a master’s degree program in Economics and Industrial Management at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia.

From October 2002 to March 2011 he was a state expert in the Real Sector Finance Office of the Ministry of Finance having the duties of making prognosis for the budget planning and monitoring the expenses from the EU Agricultural Funds and national agricultural financing programs of State Fund Agriculture.

From April 2011 to November 2013 he was a Deputy Executive Director of State Fund Agriculture, Paying Agency, managing the following directorates: SAPARD, Fishing and Aquaculture, Investment Aid Schemes, Short-Term Aid Schemes, Agricultural Market Mechanisms.

He specialized in Public Management and Structural Reforms and Public- Private Partnerships at the European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht, The Netherlands, in 2008.

In 2009 he specialized in Industrialized Public-Private Partnership – a new model of partnership between the public and the private sector at ADETEF, Paris, France.

He speaks English. He is married with two children.