Daniela Kolarova, PhD, Director

 Daniela Kolarova is the founder and Director of Partners Bulgaria Foundation since 1998. She has a MS in Psychology and PhD in Sociology. Between 1990-2008 she was a lecturer in social psychology at Sofia University “St.Kl.Ohridski”. She is certified mediator and trainer in mediation from the National Conflict Resolution Center, San Diego, California /2003/. From 2006 to 2014 Dr. Kolarova served as president and director of the network Partners for Democratic Change International in Brussels. Between 2000-2010 she represented Bulgaria in the Council of Europe’s program “Education in Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education” – EDC/HRE.

Dr. Kolarova is responsible for the strategic development of PBF programs in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, conflicts mediation, civic education and human rights, inter-ethnic cooperation, promotion of child rights and development of policies and procedures for child protection and support of marginalized groups. She is active in promoting mediation and civic participation abroad and led initiatives in Jordan, Yemen, Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Moldova where she contributed to developing cadres of facilitators and mediators.

 

Rumen Minkovski, Deputy Director

Rumen Minkovski has a MS in psychology from Sofia University St.Kl.Ohridski and teaches organizational psychology at the Department of Tourism at the same university. He works at Partners Bulgaria Foundation since its establishment. Rumen takes part in projects in the field of mediation, interethnic interaction, child protection and youth participation. He led a Leadership Institute for ethnic minority leaders and was responsible for its academic program and training schedule. Recently he is focused on the socio-psychological consequences of migration and the situation of children left behind by parents working abroad.

Rumen works as a researcher, consultant, trainer, evaluator and project manager. He is certified mediator and trainer in mediation from the National Conflict Resolution Center, San Diego, California /2004/.  He acts as the PBF’s chief trainer, develops and conducts various training programs and courses.

 

Aneta Kalcheva, Facilitator and Project Coordinator

Aneta majored in Psychology from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. She studied Cognitive Science at the New Bulgarian University. Her Master’s degree is in Artistic Psycho-Social Practices including psychodrama, role theory, group dynamics and art therapy. She has been providing consultations to children and families.

Aneta has extensive experience in profiling, counselling and psychological diagnostic. She is an experienced trainer and group facilitator. She works as a facilitator and project coordinator. She is involved in projects related to child participation and supporting student councils at the school, municipal and regional levels. She is responsible for organizing and conducting seminars with children and adults, designing educational materials and coordinating the work of student councils.

 

Elmira Nesheva, Research and Development Officer

Elmira Nesheva has an MA in Philosophy and a BA in Social Work from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. She has extensive experience in working with risk groups and risk behaviors including prevention and reduction of social consequences of drug use. She is a trainer in Screening and Brief Intervention, certified by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimе and the National Centre for Addictions in Sofia. She also holds an Advanced Level qualification in “Motivational Interviewing – preparing people for change” – from the Bulgarian Institute for Addictions. Elmira contributes to activities related to study of domestic and gender based violence and development of a Victims Support Model. She conducts training sessions for children and teachers in topics such as prevention of school aggression and bullying and conflict management at school.

 

Rumen Mihailov, Financial Manager

Rumen has graduated in Accounting and Finance from “Dimitar Tsenov” University, Svishtov, and has been working as accountant and financial manager of the Partners Bulgaria Foundation since 1998. He has extensive experience in financial management of various projects, preparing reports, budgets and taking care of the project documentation.

His experience includes managing re-granting programs, including training of beneficiaries in financial management and monitoring.