Deputy Ministers

Irena Georgieva

News Item Image Irena Georgieva is a graduate of the Sociology Department of the Sofia University “St. St. Kliment Ohridsky” and has been awarded a golden medal for academic excellence and active public engagement by the university.

Almost her entire professional career has been closely linked to tourism. She has extensive managerial experience of almost 25 years in the sector as manager of tourist agencies. 

She has gained multiple tourism-related certificates which testify to her extensive expertise in the field of tourism. 

Since 2006 to her appointment as Deputy Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Bulgarian Tour Operators and Travel Agents (ABTTA) and from 2009 until 2013 she has been chair of the Board of Directors of the association.

Irena Georgieva is an acknowledged international tourism expert whose experience is highly valued by her colleagues abroad. From 2009 till her appointment as Deputy Minister of Tourism she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the European Travel Agents & Tour Operators Associations (ECTAA) and she has been both director and deputy director of the organization. She has also been president of ECTAA from 2010 till 2012. 

She speaks Russian, French and English.

Milko Teofilov

Milko Teofilov has been working for a global management consulting company in Germany for the last 7 years. Prior to that he completed internships at Daimler, Siemens and IBM. Milko has experience in leading performance improvement programs for major corporates as well as private equity investors. Some of his recent work includes:



  • Operational restructuring of one production plant for a private equity portfolio company in the pharmaceutical industry to increase EBITDA by >25%

  • Target Operating Model design in the spare parts business for a global wind turbine manufacturer to identify a 60 mEUR savings potential through purchasing and footprint optimization;

  • Product portfolio strategy using Big Data & Analytics to identify a two digit margin increase potential for a specialty chemicals producer;

  • Redesign of the production organization and processes of a major European aircraft manufacturer;

  • Footprint optimization for a Norwegian chemicals and ship service provider.

Milko was appointed Deputy Minister of Tourism in the Republic of Bulgaria in July 2017. In his position he helps identifying and promoting investment opportunities to private equity and venture capital investors. Apart from that, Milko supports preparing the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union from January to June 2018.

Milko holds a diploma in industrial engineering from Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and enjoys his spare time with his family in Munich.


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