Antoaneta Tzoneva is Chair (outgoing) of the Board of the Institute for Public Environment Development. Between 2001 and 2004 Toni was the first ombudsman of the Sofia municipality.
She is expert in local self-government, anticorruption policies, participatory democracy and election process.
Antoaneta is committed to the cause of democratic and fair election process in Bulgaria. She participates in a civil monitoring over the developing and adopting of new election rules in Bulgaria and in the preparation of analysis for the election legislation and the lobbying in that sphere. She took part in researches on terrain on local and national elections.
She developed a methodology for evaluation of the integrity in the public administration, as well as a methodology for monitoring and evaluation of public policies. She participated in different teams using her expertise for evaluating the anti-corruption policies of the government, as well as in anti-corruption audits in the health care and education systems.
Antoaneta is a trainer for adults in different seminars and trainings, concerning the improvement of the capacity of the local political representatives, NGOs for monitoring and evaluating public policies and organizing a consultative process with the interested parties.
As recognition for her efforts in 2011 Toni received a reward from the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, for her work in defense of the human rights.
Svetoslav Georgiev is a member of the Board and Executive Director of the Institute for Public Environment Development.
He has a nearly 10 years of experience on head/leading positions in the municipal and state administration.
Between 2001 and 2004 he is a leading consultant in the office of the first ombudsman of Sofia municipality. As a result of the activities of the office and the held advocacy campaign, the local ombudsman institution was adopted by the Bulgarian legislation and by now more than half of the Bulgarian citizens can use its services.
In the last couple of years Svetoslav Georgiev is participating as a project director, expert and consultant in a number of projects of the Institute for Public Environment Development and other NGOs.
Svetoslav’s research interests are in the spheres of municipal policies and sustainable development of civil participation in the process of decision making, civil control and fight against corruption.
In the period 2003-2007 Svetoslav was a trainer of Roma political leaders and representatives of the Roma people and NGOs, as a part of the “Roma Political Participation Program” of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) in Bulgaria.
Since 2005 he is observing the election process in Bulgaria as a part of the activities of the Institute for Public Environment Development or other NGOs.
Iva Lazarova works as an expert in the Institute since 2007. She is currently the “Open Data” Program Director.
Iva holds a MA degree in International Relations from the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski".
In 2011 she was part of the U.S. Department of State and worked in the American NGO sector to gain knowledge about good practices in the field of the anti-corruption mechanisms and good governance, through the use of new digital tools.
Mirela Veselinova is legal consultant of the Institute for Public Environment Development and Chief editor of the specialized legal magazine “Legal World”.
Mirela is a leading Bulgarian journalist with serious knowledge and experience in the legal sphere. As a result of her journalist investigation over the illegal reinstatement of the property of the ex-Bulgarian tzar and prime-minster of Bulgaria in the period 2001-2005, was started a public campaign that changed the political situation in the country. The present Bulgarian government is setting up claims for reinstatement of the illegally returned to the ex-tzar property for nearly 200 million Euros, as well as it is preparing to adopt a special legislative act.
In 2003 Mirela was awarded by the most prestigious Bulgarian journalism award – “Chernorizetz Hrabar”, and in 2006 she is a nominee once again for the award.
In 2008 she was awarded with the journalism award of the Union of the Bulgarian Jurists.
The issues concerning vote buying and fair election process in Bulgaria are basic topics in her journalist publications.
Boyanka Tsankova Kantcheva
Boyanka Tsankova Kantcheva is a jurist and a member of the Board of the Institute for Public Environment Development.
Nikolay Naydenov is Professor of Politics at the University of Sofia "St. Kliment Ohridski" - "Anatomy of Corruption" Course of political science. Nikolay Naydenov is a member of the Board of the Institute for Public Environment Development.
Iasen Lazarov is a part of the Institute’s team since the summer of 2011.
He has a BA degree in “Public Administration" from the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", and in a couple of months he will be holding a MA degree in “European Studies”. He has a 6-months fellowship in the Institute of Political Sciences in Toulouse, France.
Iassen researches the best practices in the public administration, works on the Institute’s projects related to the fair and free election process. He works as research expert on the digital tools, that the IPED develops in order to make the governance more transparent and accountable. In 2013 as part of the Community Solutions Program of IREX and the U.S. Department of State, Iassen also worked as a research expert in the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, DC.
Diana Eftimova has been working with the IPED team since 2013. She has a Master`s degree in “International Economic Relations” from the University of National and World Economy – Sofia. Diana also has a Bachelor`s degree in “Insurance and Social Studies” again from the UNWE.
Diana works on IPED`s projects related with advocacy for changes in the electoral rules, enhancing the capacity of the electoral administration bodies and conducting free and fair elections.
Elena Andonova “officially” joined our team at the beginning of 2014. Yet, we consider her to be a part of it since 2013 when she was actively volunteering in various organizational actions. She has a Bachelor degree in “Radio-communication and information systems” from the College of telecommunications and post, as well as a BA in “Political science and public policies” from New Bulgarian University.
Elena developed and maintains for the IPED, the web-site “I Vote”- a platform for mobile devices providing quick and easy access to information concerning the election process in Bulgaria. At the end of 2013 she also developed the web-page ZAKRILA.INFO providing systematic institutional information concerning the refugees, who are seeking asylum in Bulgaria, as well as data about different donors’ initiatives and actions.
Polina Paunova is journalist in the "Mediapool.bg" web-edition.
In 2011 Poli won the Institute’s audition for “the most impartial and direct parliamentary reporter”. Since then she writes for our blog “Open Parliament – Civic Voices” and successfully defends the title “journalist with a sense of…integrity”.