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SOFIMUN 2009 Organizational and executive
Paola Ivanova (Org-com)
Supervisory Board (President of SOFIMUN
Born in the sign of the Leo in 1983 in Sofia,
Paola graduated one of Bulgaria’s top high schools
– National High-school for Ancient Languages and
Cultures. Currently she holds a MA (Master of
arts) diploma from the University of Sofia,
Bulgaria in Slav studies – South Slavic profile.
During her university study, she was honored with
scholarships from the University of Zagreb,
Croatia and the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, which gave her the unique opportunity
to spend unforgettable time living in Zagreb and
Sarajevo. Now Paola continues her academic work
with a doctorate in mass medias at the University
Medias and public communications have always been
of a great interest for Paola. Working already 8
years in the field as an international desk
journalist and editor in various medias, currently
she’s a Public Relations manager in a prosperous
communication group company. In a meanwhile she
proudly occupies the position of a president of
the SOFIMUN International Foundation and continues
her commitments to the NGO sector as a Secretary
General of the Rotaract Club Sofia International
and Secretary General National Union "Treasure the
Bulgarian Heritage”. In addition, Paola is
attending as participant and lecturer seminars,
workshops and conferences, related with
international and national security, defense
policies, Balkan and Middle East region, medias
Paola has two major passions of a lifelong type in
her life – languages and traveling. Fluent in
English, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, currently
she’s working on heightening the level of her
Russian, have basic knowledge in Turkish and
Slovenian and is learning Italian. In a meanwhile
she’s practicing her travel passion whenever
possible, by visiting her friends in close and
distant parts of the world.
Recently a new passion occurred in Paola’s life –
the well known Model UN virus. Her MUN career
includes chairing the Human Rights Committee on
the first Mostar International Model United
Nations (MOSTIMUN 2009), chairing a national Model
UN HRC, United Nations International Students
Conference of Amsterdam 2009 (UNISCA), where she
was granted the best delegate award, Zagreb Model
UN (ZAGIMUN) in 2007 and 2008, Thessaloniki Model
UN 2008 (THESSISMUN), plus few other national
Model UN conferences in Bulgaria, and proud
founder and organizer of the first Sofia
International Model United Nations conference (SOFIMUN)
"It's funny. All you have to do is say something
nobody understands and they'll do practically
anything you want them to."
Salinger, "Catcher in the rye"
Dimiter Mandradjiev (Org-com)
Supervisory Board (Executive Director of SOFIMUN
Dimiter Mandradjiev is born in Sofia city,
Bulgaria in 1986 and a month later he moved to
sunny Cairo, Egypt for 3 years.
primary education was in the Baghdad International
School under UN guidance in Baghdad, Iraq. He
graduated the prestigious 35-th language
high-school "Dobri Voinikov" in Sofia, Bulgaria.
an excellent bachelor degree in International
relations program from New Bulgarian University in
Sofia. During his second and third years of
studies he was awarded with scholarships for
excellent grades. Now he's studying for a Masters
degree in International business after which will
go to study in a Western society in order to
his knowledge upon economic policies related to
civil societies' well being.
1999 Dimiter started to work upon youth
activities. Most of the projects concern
patriotism, education, nature and humanity.
Meanwhile he founded a communication group company
SVETU Ltd. In 2005 he received a gratitude letter
from the President of the Republic of Bulgaria for
the efforts made in developing and accomplishing
initiatives and campaigns with patriotic meaning.
Also he received a support letter by the Bulgarian
prime-minister upon a new movement which he formed
also in 2005.
Dimiter’s main commitments is in trying to build a
better deal for Bulgarian citizens. The membership
in various organizations like The Atlantic Club of
Bulgaria, founder and chairman of the national
union "Treasure the Bulgarian Heritage",
co-founder and Executive director of the SOFIMUN
foundation are only part of his activities related
at NGO level. He tries to make a difference in
other organizations such as being President of
Rotaract Club Sofia International. He has started
making steps in improving his knowledge of
different languages. Until now he is still
bothered whether Bulgarian or English is his
mother tongue, uses Russian and German and will
master Arabic for the opportunities he will face
in the future.
Dimiter became addicted to MUNs in Vienna in 2006.
Since then - ZAGIMUN, THESSISMUN, UNISCA, MOSTIMUN
and other MUN events - national and international
- the aftermath says: 9 MUNs and 3 times
chairperson. He feels the spirit of MUNs defiantly
coincide with his ideals to make things better – a
"I'm faster than you, I'm stronger than you,
certainly I'll last much longer than you. You may
think I'm the future, but you're wrong-you are! If
I had a wish, I'd wish to be human. To know how it
feels, to feel, to hope, to despair, to wonder, to
love. I can achieve immortality by not wearing
out, you can achieve immortality simply by doing
one great thing! Keep walking..."
from Johnny Walker advertisement.
Polina Goranova (Org-com)
Supervisory Board (Director of Board of directors
of SOFIMUN Foundation)
Born and raised in Bulgaria, Polina is currently
finishing her Master Degree in Entrepreneurship at
Amsterdam University. Her educational background
also includes economics and computer technology.
Polina got the "MUN virus" about 2 years ago when
she participated at UNISCA conference as a
Chairperson at the Security Council. GIMUN and
TEIMUN quickly followed the same year. Back in
2007 she considered the idea for organizing the
first Model United Nations conference in Bulgaria
as one of the most exciting initiatives she had
ever undertaken. It did not take long to Paola,
Dimiter and her to start real preparation for
their common goal. Thanks to their entrepreneurial
pro-activeness to create this exciting member of
the MUN's family now in 2009 the 2-nd edition is
Polina's friends say they like working with her
because of the constant positive energy she has
and her open-minded personality that helps
innovation to prevail.
"You must be the change you wish to see in the
Boris Tassev (Ex-com)
Tassev is born on December 29th 1984 in
Sofia. Considers himself lucky to have graduated
form one of the top high schools in Bulgaria – the
First English Language School (FELS). In 2000 he
got accepted in Middlesex School of Concord New
Hampshire, but he chose to stay in Bulgaria. After
four years in FELS, he got accepted at Bard
College in NY, Annandale-on-Hudson, back then one
of the top 20 Colleges and one of the most
expensive ones on a Distinguished Scientist
Scholarship for Natural Sciences and Mathematics,
which allowed him to stay in the United States for
a little bit more than four years.
mean time his interests shifted in a new
direction. After exploring Mathematics and
Computer Science for a year and a half he got
introduced to the world of Economics. At that time
he moderated for the Department of Economics of
Bard College part of the Levy Economic Institute.
From that point he delved in the field of Applied
Macroeconomics and Finance, exploring the United
States financial market and ending his academic
work with a year long Senior Project exploring the
booming housing crisis in the world focusing
primarily on Bulgaria. In the mean time he gained
experience in micromanaging in several IT
companies in NY.
Currently Boris is back in Bulgaria managing a
family company dealing with import of luxury goods
and is a member of Rotaract Club Sofia
International, where he whishes to have the
opportunity to make a difference for the Bulgarian
enjoys traveling around the world and meeting new
people. His passion is the piano and he enjoys
making conversations with it. His latest passion
is dancing and he devotes quite some time to it.
Andrey Stoichev (Ex-com)
life revolves around three things: politics,
private enterprising and the preservation of
Bulgaria’s cultural heritage.
2005 he is a campaign manager, well it’s plain to
see what it’s about, managing election campaigns.
Sometimes and especially after the fifth one in a
row he thinks that he is not managing it, but it’s
the other way around. As soon as the elections are
over, he and his colleagues from the department of
political sciences at the New Bulgarian
University, bang there heads at the question "Why
people keep making the wrong choices time and time
again?”. He and his friends are convinced that
there is a world conspiracy aimed at rendering
logic and reason worthless and to turn the
conscious choice, which the voting is, into
December 2006 he has gained interest in another
area - the preservation and promotion of
Bulgaria’s culture and heritage. So he and some
friends started an NGO called National Union
"Treasure the Bulgarian Heritage".
as private enterprising is concerned, in May 2007
he started his own business. Since then he says:
"Moneymaking is a wonderful thing!”
can say that his life has run at a very slow pace
in the last four years, didn’t it? ;-)
George Nicolov (ExCom)
George was born in the distant 1984. In December
2007 he obtained his MA degree in International
Relations from the prestigious Sofia University
Law School. He is now an MBA student at the
Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
For more than three years, George has been working
for the Sofia-based Centre for South-East European
Studies, where he is in charge of a number of
security-related projects. The organization of
conferences for the Bulgarian Armed Forces is also
part of his duties.
Currently, he is involved with the preparation of
an Advanced Study Institute and an Advanced
Research Workshop, both sponsored by NATO. As
being a trainee in the Bulgaria Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, George had the opportunity to
gain experience in issues related to one of his
major interests - the European Union. During a
Young Leaders workshop, held in the town of Veliko
Tarnovo, George had the chance to meet Paola and
Dimiter. Later they were all involved in another
project - “Young Leaders Promoting Bulgaria's New
Security Policy” and had to travel all over the
country to brief students on defense-related
matters. It was a very exciting trip, full of both
expected and unexpected thrills, where he first
heard about the preparation of SOFIMUN and very
much liked the idea to be part of it. That’s how
George ended up as a Co-chair of the Conference on
Disarmament of the 1-st edition of SOFIMUN, back
George is interested in international relations
and EU affairs in particular. He got interested in
the UN and its functions from the very first class
at university and even more after his first visit
to the UN's headquarters in New York.
George adores traveling and never misses a chance
to visit new countries and interesting places.
Meeting new people is another passion of his...
This passion ended up in having the place of the
recruitment manager for SOFIMUN 2009.
Can't wait to see you all in July!
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world;
the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt
the world to himself. Therefore all progress
depends on the unreasonable man.”
George Bernard Shaw
Ekaterina Papanova (Ex-com)
Public Relations manager
Born on Christmas in 1982. Ekaterina is finishing
Masters in Slav literatures and languages at The
Sofia University, Bulgaria. Her interest in
languages occurred while graduating high-school
and getting specialized in French and English.
This interest continues now, divided between
Croatian, Serbian and Slovenian (for easily
contacting with more and more people of course).
Part of those interests was her participation in
two months program in The University of Zagreb,
Croatia. Well experienced in marketing and
promoting, currently Ekaterina is a person who can
be seen on any significant concert or disco party
in Sofia, due to her party character and work in
Bulgaria’s first youth media "SvetU".
Ekaterina’s interests are highly multilateral,
extended from automobile engines through world
cultures and characters to Balkan postmodernism
literature. She adores theatre, opera, cinema and
music at all, but also never misses to discus or
writes about important issues around regional
problems, UN, Europe and Bulgaria, politics,
religions, cultures. Good organizer, Ekaterina is
very well acquainted with event management and
useful places to go and see.
People who know her would give a significant
meaning to the fact that she was born at the
Bulgaria’s seaside, which obviously defines her
friendly, cheerful character, always ready to meet
new people, inventive, and also finds the right
way to communicate with all types of people. There
are two things she’s most proud of - coming from a
very united family and still keeping close
relations with her friends from childhood.
Ekaterina’s organizational and event skills and
addiction to meet new people was the reason to
join the ExCom of SOFIMUN, back in 2008, just a
few minutes after hearing for it the first time,
while spending quiet coffee afternoon with Paola
and Dimiter. Now she’s a part of the organization
to have the 2-nd edition of SOFIMUN as being
responsible for the public relations.
"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”, Dale
Petko Popadiyski (ExCom)
Born in the second largest Bulgarian city Plovdiv
in 1983, Petko graduated applied mathematics.
Since his early age he has been interested in the
new technologies. Several years of working
experience in IT companies gave him the confidence
and the opportunity to travel and get to know
better a couple of European countries. After that
he took the decision that he needed a change and
he found a way to live in Columbia (marvelous
country by the way) for 9 months.
ZAGIMUN, as part of the Human Rights Council in
his first Model United Nations, he became really
concerned on world issues and poverty. Looking
forward helping people he took action in one of
the biggest NGOs in South America - "Un techo para
mi pais", building houses in some extremely poor
neighborhoods in Medellin, Columbia. He has also
been an active member of the ecological NGO "Green
Balkans" and the largest international student
His broad range of interests starts from
adventurous travels and extreme sports, goes
through psychology and group dynamics and finishes
at anything, which is crazy enough.
He is also looking forward to meeting you!
"Follow your dreams... except the one when you're
at school in your underwear."
Martina Boyuklieva (Ex-com)
Martina is born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1990. She is
a senior in the American College of Sofia. She
plans to continue her education in the spheres of
Politics and Economics, either in UK or the
She began her MUN experience in 11th grade, being
part of MUN club in her school. The next
experience she had in this sphere was connected to
SOFIMUN during its first edition in 2008 as part
of the Security Council – an event that has a
great impact on her in various ways. The
atmosphere of MUN makes people really feel
responsible for the society they live in and reach
the realization that what makes for other people
defines you as a person.
She is a charming person with incredibly realistic
understanding of the world, which is supported by
her wide general knowledge and strongly defending
position of her opinion about any topic. She has
very well developed communication skills, thus she
serves as a valuable member of any community. Her
only disadvantage is her strong moral beliefs,
which sometimes work not in her favor.
In her free time she enjoys reading, watching
movies, and hanging out. She is a member of one of
Rotary's youth clubs in Sofia.
"Things aren't always going to be fair in the real
world. That's just the way it is. But for the most
part, you get what you give. The rest of your life
is being shaped right now. With the dreams you
chase. The choices you make. And the person you
decide to be."
Petya Genova (Ex-com)
Petya Genova was born in 1985 in Varna, the sea
capital of Bulgaria. During her studies in a
foreign languages High school she felt that even
living in such a beautiful city, it was however
too small for her.
Petya has Bachelor degree in Political Sciences in
French and Public Administration from the New
Bulgarian University in Sofia. She is currently
finishing her Masters degree in European
Interdisciplinary Studies, with a major in
Governance in the EU at the College of Europe,
Her first UN model meeting was in 2007. During the
same year she contributed to the organization of
several of simulations in Sofia. Last year Petya
was more than pleased to have the chance to be
invited in the SOFIMUN 2008 as a member of the
Secretariat! Taking into consideration that
experience and her current living with people form
all around Europe, Petya believes that the UN
Models offer a great opportunity for young people
to become more open-minded.
“The realization of the Second edition of SOFIMUN
not only proves but also confirms that if young
people are determined and persistent, they could
easily gain theirs goals”
“Nothing happens unless first we dream”, Carl
The secretariat of Sofia International Model
United Nations. These are the chairpersons and the
honorable Secretary-General. You can find more
information about everyone of the secretariat and
also you can enjoy interactive content that
presents the members of the secretariat.
you can find information about the main
organizations that are contributing Sofia
International Model United Nations event happen.
The organizations mentioned are the main
supporters of the Sofia International Model United
Nations idea in Bulgaria. They have been
supporting it for a long time.