Bulgaria’s new foreign minister Rumiana Jeleva
Rumiana Ruseva Jeleva was born on April 18, 1969, in the town of Nova Zagora, Southeast Bulgaria.
In 1988, Jeleva graduated from the German Language High School in the city of Burgas. In 1994, she earned a Master’s degree in social pedagogy from Sofia University “St. Kliment of Ohrid”.
In 1995, Jeleva completed a second Master’s degree in sociology at the same university. In 2003, Jeleva earned her Ph. D. in sociology from the Otto-von-Guericke University in Germany. She has additional specializations in social sciences and economic sociology at other German universities.
In 2005, Jeleva became a Scientific Associate, I-st Grade, Ph. D. in Sociology at the Sociology Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Section “Sociology of Labor and Social Policy”. Since 2007, she has been a visiting professor of European Studies at the University of Magdeburg, Germany.
In 2004-2007, Manager, National Center “New Social Practices”, NGO – development and management of social projects. In 2001-2003; 2006-2007 Manager, Global Consult Ltd., consulting services – preparation, implementation, management and monitoring of social and infrastructural projects
Jeleva has held a number of positions on governing boards: member of the Supervisory Board of Privatization Board “Labor and Capital” JSC – privatization and asset management (1996-1998); Member of the Board of Directors of Eztour JSC, Pravets – tourism (1997-1998); Member of the Board of Directors of Plastimo JSC, Samokov – chemistry (1997-1998); Executive Member of the Board of Directors of National Investment Fund “Labor” JSC – asset management (1995-1998).
In 1997-2006, Jeleva held various teaching jobs in sociology, economic sociology, corporate PR and communications, labor legislation, and human resources development at various Bulgarian universities including Sofia University St. Kliment of Ohrid, New Bulgarian University, Burgas Free University, and Plovdiv University “Paisiy Hilendarski”
Jeleva has managed and has participated in various research and social projects including UNDP and PHARE program projects. She has attended numerous international conferences and seminars on sociology and social issues presenting papers.
In May 2007, Jeleva was elected Member of the European Parliament from the GERB party. She was fifth on the GERB European Parliament ticket, and GERB got 5 MEP seats winning 21,69% of the votes.
In May 2009, Jeleva was placed as No. 1 on the GERB party European Parliament ticket.
PUBLIC SERVICE RECORD
May 2007 – May 2009 – Member of the European Parliament, GERB party, and a Member of the EPP-ED Group in the European Parliament
May 2007 – elected Member of the European Parliament, GERB party, She was fifth on the GERB European Parliament ticket, and GERB got 5 MEP seats winning 21,69% of the votes.