[Dateline: New York | Author: EOSG]
The Secretary-General, in consultation with the Secretary-General of UNCTAD, has decided to appoint Mr. Petko Draganov of Bulgaria as Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD. Mr. Draganov is expected to assume his functions in May 2009. Mr. Draganov will replace the late Dirk J. Bruinsma.
Mr. Draganov is expected to bring to this position proven commitment to the work of UNCTAD, strong diplomatic and negotiating skills and the keen knowledge of the key stakeholders of UNCTAD. Mr. Draganov has a long and distinguished career in multilateral diplomacy including thorough familiarity with the work of UNCTAD. His valuable service to UNCTAD included most recently his role as President of UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Board in which capacity he helped to steer the UNCTAD XII negotiations to a successful conclusion.
Mr. Draganov is currently serving a second term as the Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva. In between, he held the position of Deputy Foreign Minister and President of the National Commission on UNESCO with the government of Bulgaria. During more than twenty-five years of distinguished diplomatic service for his country, Mr. Draganov fulfilled various progressively responsible functions in Ghana and Zimbabwe, and also served as Ambassador to South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.
Mr. Draganov holds a MA in international law from Moscow Institute for International Relations.
Born on January 25, 1958, Mr. Draganov is married and has a daughter and a son.