Irina Bokova

Irina Bokova was born on 12 July 1952 in Sofia/Bulgaria. She is married and has two grown-up children. She was elected as UNESCO Director-General on 15 October 2009. She is the first women as Head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Important Dates:

1995 - 1997

State Secretary on European Integration

1996 - 1997

Minister of Foreign Affairs

2001 - 2005

Member of Parliament

2005 - 2009

Ambassador to France and permanent delegate to UNESCO

since 2009

Director-General of UNESCO

Publications (selection):


Bulgaria and Ethnic Tensions in the Balkans, Mediterranean Quarterly

1999, 2000, 2001

Monitoring Bulgaria’s Accession to the European Union, European Policy Forum, Annual publications


Integration of South-Eastern Europe into the European Mainstream, Journal of South East and Black Sea Studies


Einbahnstraße EU-Erweiterung, Schüren Verlag, Marburg

Moreover, Irina Bokova wrote numerous articles on foreign policy and European integration issues.

[June 2011]

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