Sofia Platform 2013

The Sofia Platform is an annual event, partnered by ECFR Sofia office.


Nickolay Mladenov, Special Representative of the UNSG for Iraq (Bulgaria)

Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response
Hassan Mneimneh, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States (USA)

Ahmed Driss, Director of the Tunisian School of Politics (Tunisia)

Bernardino Leon, EU Special Representative for the Southern Mediterranean (Spain) 

Joseph Bahout, Professor and researcher at Sciences Po-Paris (Lebanon)            

Esref Kenan Rasidagic, Assistant Professor, University of Sarajevo (BiH)

Anas Al-Abdah, Chairman of the Movement for Justice and Development(Syria)

Bassam Al-Kuwatli, Member of the Syrian National Council (Syria)

Issraa Murabit, Vice President of The Voice of Libyan Women (Libya)

Daniel Levy, Director of the MENA Programme at ECFR (UK)

Şahin Alpay, Columnist, writer and professor(Turkey)

Nadim Shehadi, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Program at Chatham House (UK)

Valeri Ratchev, Former Ambassador to Iraq (Bulgaria)   

Anas el Gomati, Founder of Sadeq Institute (Libya)

Ahmet Han, Kadir Has University (Turkey)

Mohamed Khalaf, Journalist (Iraq)

Remzi Lani, Executive Director of the Albanian Media Institute (Albania)

Lina Attalah, Editor in chief of Mada Masr (Egypt)

Zied el-Heni, Journalist and Blogger (Tunisia)

Mariya Stoyanova, Member of the Council for Electronic Media (Bulgaria)

Hanin Ghaddar, Managing Editor of NOW(Lebanon)

Igor Janke, Author and Journalist (Poland)

Nataliya Apostolova, Head of Mission of the EEAS in Libya (Bulgaria)*

Ibrahim Sharqieh, Deputy Director of the Brookings Doha Center (Qatar)

Jerzy Pomianowski, Executive Director of the European Endowment for Democracy (Poland)


Chaired by

Julian Popov, Member of the Board of Sofia Platform (Bulgaria/UK)

Dimitar Bechev, Head of the Sofia Office of the ECFR (Bulgaria)

Pavol Demeš, Board Member of the European Endowment for Democracy (Slovakia)

Vladimir Shopov, Political scientist (Bulgaria)

Vessela Tcherneva, Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (Bulgaria)
Ognyan Minchev, Executive Director, Institute for Regional and International Studies (Bulgaria)
Adelina Marini, Editor in chief of euinside (Croatia)

The Sofia Platform is a venue for dialogue and exchange of views between non-governmental organizations, journalists, politicians and practitioners from Europe, the Middle East and the United States. This year was its sixth edition and ECFR was one of the partners.