Petko Draganov

Director General for Political Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria

Ambassador Petko Draganov is currently the Bulgarian MFA’s Director-General for Political Affairs. Until September 2017, he served as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Between 2009 and 2015, he was Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).He was previously the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United Nations Office and the other International Organizations in Geneva (2005-2009, 1998-2001) and the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria (2001-2005). Ambassador Draganov served as Special Representative of the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to the Republic of Moldova, and Alternate Representative of Bulgaria to the United Nations Security Council. From 2001 to 2005, he was President of the Bulgarian Commission for UNESCO.

From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Draganov was Bulgaria’s first Ambassador to South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland. He also served as Chargé affairs of the Bulgarian Embassy in Zimbabwe, worked at the West African Desk at the African Department of the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was Attaché at the Bulgarian Embassy in Ghana.

Mr. Draganov holds a Master of Arts in International Law from the Moscow Institute for International Relations.