Rosen Plevneliev, born May 14th, 1964 in Gotse Delchev, is the current President of the Republic of Bulgaria. Coming from a family of teachers, he spent his childhood years in the city of Blagoevgrad, graduating with honours from the High School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The same year, 1982, he also finished first in the National Programming Competition.
In 1989, Plevneliev graduated from the Technical University in Sofia with a degree in Computer Science. In the year after, he worked as a scientific associate for the National Institute of Microprocessor Technology.
Between 1990 and 1998, Plevneliev managed his own construction company, responsible for projects in both Germany and Bulgaria. In 2008, he received the “Investor of the Year” award.
As one of the top managers in the country, he has been a board member in various institutions such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and the Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria, but also the For Our Children Foundation.
In 2009, he was elected Minister of Regional Development and Public Works, and was responsible for programmes for regional development, energy efficiency and road construction.
Plevneliev took office as the President of the Republic of Bulgaria in 2011. Since his election, he has received various prestigious national and international Orders and awards, including “Politician of the Year” in 2011 and 2012.
Married with three children. Fluent in German and English.