Ms. Deyana Kostadinova, new UNICEF Representative in Serbia
Belgrade, 14 October 2020 - Ms. Deyana Kostadinova is the new UNICEF Serbia Representative.
Prior to this assignment, she was the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United Nations Office at Geneva and has participated as a member in the work of the Human Rights Council.
Ms. Kostadinova has also worked as the Head of the Cabinet of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, when she oversaw the organizing of the political activities of the President, as well as international negotiations.
She was the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Policy in the caretaker government in 2013. During that time Ms. Kostadinova was responsible for the formulation and realization of the government’s policies in the areas of social policy and labour market, education, healthcare, culture.
As an advisor to the Republic of Bulgaria's Deputy Prime Minister, she provided political analysis and proposals for political decisions concerning social, cultural, and legal issues.
During her time as Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy, she was in charge of formulating and implementing labour market policies and the implementation of the "Human Resources Development" operational programme.
Ms. Kostadinova held the position of Director-General of the "Monitoring on Child Rights" Directorate. During her term as the Director-General, she provided overall monitoring of the Child Protection Departments, specialized institutions, schools, hospitals, and NGOs.
After graduating from the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” with a Master of Laws, Ms. Kostadinova began her career as a lawyer at her private practice, specializing in human right. She primarily worked in the area of child rights.
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