Vessela Tcherneva is Programme Director at the European Council on Foreign Relations and a co-founder of the Sofia Platform. She has been the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a member of the Political Cabinet of Nickolay Mladenov from 2010 to 2013. Ms. Tcherneva has been Director of the Bulgarian office of the European Council for Foreign Relations and Programme Director of the Centre for Liberal Strategies since 2003. Between 2004 and 2006 she worked as Secretary of the International Commission on the Balkans, chaired by Giuliano Amato. Vessela Tcherneva has been Observing Editor of Foreign Policy – Bulgaria magazine since its launch in 2005. Areas of expertise: foreign and security policy, transatlantic relations, regional studies, EU enlargement, the Balkans and the Black See region.