Amb. Elena Poptodorova

Former Ambassador of Bulgaria to the United States

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From 1975 until 1990, Poptodorova served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Bulgarian Embassy in Rome. She began as a 3rd Secretary and eventually became Minister-Counselor and Consul-General to the Republic of San Marino. From 1990 to 2001 Poptodorova was a Member of Parliament, serving on various committees. 2001 was a full year for Ms. Poptodorova as she served as the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Director for the Directorate of International Organizations and Human Rights and Deputy Chairperson of the National Commission for UNESCO of Bulgaria. From 2002 to 2008 Elena Poptodorova served as Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United States.   

Elena Poptodorova attended "Kliment Ohridski" University of Sofia from 1969 to 1975, where she earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in the Department of Humanities, English and Italian Language and Literature. She has also taken various courses in English and American Literature and Civilization, Italy in Italian and European history, public diplomacy, and international relations and diplomacy. 

Elena Poptodorova has received many prestigious honors and awards during her career. In 2007, Ambassador Poptodorova received the Gold Honorary Medal of the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for her outstanding contribution in the accession of Bulgaria to the European Union. In March of 2008, she was awarded the Medal of Honor of the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior “For Valor and Merit”, I class, for her work in helping to strengthen the rule of law, enhancing national interest, and promoting cooperation between Bulgaria and the US in matters of security. Elena Poptodorova was also a recipient of the Annual Award of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of the United States of America in June of 2008 for her work helping to further the empowerment of women. 

Ambassador Poptodorova is fluent in English, French, Italian, Russian and her native tongue, Bulgarian.