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Atanas Dobrev

Deputy Minister


Atanas Dobrev was born on September 18, 1975. He holds a Master's degree in Business Management from Veliko Tarnovo University "St. St. Cyril and Methodius ".
In the period 2002-2007, he worked in the structure of State Fund Agriculture and headed several departments at the institution which is accredited to perform the functions of SAPARD Agency and of Paying Agency. 
From 2007 to 2008 Mr. Dobrev was advisor to the Chairman of the State Forestry Agency (SFA) and acting parliamentary secretary of SFA.
In 2008 and 2009 he was Executive Director of the National Fund Bulgarian Forest.
From 2009 to 2013, he worked in the agriculture sector and from June 2013 he was appointed parliamentary secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
From July 2014 to end of August 2014, Atanas Dobrev was appointed Executive Director of the State Fund Agriculture - Paying Agency.
From August to November 2014, he was Director of the Administrative and Information Communication Technologies at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
From November 2014 to May 2017, he was appointed Deputy Executive Director of State Fund Agriculture - Paying Agency, responsible for Operational Programme “Fisheries and Aquaculture” and SAPARD Programme.
He speaks English and Russian.
He is married and has two children.


Yanko Ivanov

Deputy Minister


Assoc. Prof., PhD, Yanko Ivanov is a Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, responsible for animal breeding, animal health and policies in the agro-food chain. His whole activity is closely connected to the prevention, control and eradication of cross-border diseases on animals and zoonoses on a national and international level. He has subsequently held the positions: Head of the National Reference Laboratory for Foot-and-Mouth Diseases and Exotic Animal Diseases, Director of the National Research Veterinary Medical Institute, Deputy Director General and General Director of the Veterinary Service of Bulgaria and Chief Veterinary Inspector of Bulgaria.

He is a part-time lecturer at the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Forestry in Sofia. From 1995 to 2001, he was a member of the FAO Science Group of the European Commission for the control of foot-and-mouth disease and a member of the Standing Technical Committee and later on a member of the Executive Committee and a Vice-President of this committee. As a FAO expert, he was on many missions in various countries: China, Mongolia, Thailand, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and others. He was a FAO regional coordinator for the Balkan peninsula regarding avian influenza.

He has managed projects that were funded by the EU for the eradication of swine fever and rabies in the Republic of Serbia, of avian influenza in the Republic of Turkey and for the establishment of the Veterinary Information System of the Republic of Serbia.

He speaks English, Russian and Serbian.

He is married and has two children.



Lozana Vassileva

Deputy Minister

Заместник-министър Лозана Василева

Lozana Vassileva, PhD has a long professional experience in the system of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and State Fund "Agriculture" - Paying Agency (SFA - RA). Lozana Vasileva holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of National and World Economy (UNWE) in Sofia. She has completed a specialization in organic farming at the University of South Bohemia in the Czech Republic. She has been senior expert at a Pazardzhik-based directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food (2003-2004), an accountant (2004-2009), and head of the Pazardzhik-based directorate of the State Fund of Agriculture since 2009.

By a decision of the Management Board of State Fund Agriculture of August 29, Lozana Vassileva has been appointed Executive Director of State Fund "Agriculture" - PA. From November 2014 to February 2017 she was Deputy Executive Director of State Fund "Agriculture" - Paying Agency. 

Speaks English and French.

Verginiya Krasteva

Deputy Minister

Заместник-министър Вергиния Кръстева

Verginiya Krasteva has graduated from the University of National and World Economy, specialty "Public Finance". She holds a bachelor's degree in Insurance at Higher School of Insurance and Finance, Sofia.

In the period 2010-2014 she was an expert and Chief Expert in the Methodology sector of "Direct Area Payment" Department of the State Fund "Agriculture". Since 2016, she has been heading the Direct Payments Directorate at State Fund Agriculture.