Senatorial council to the Board of Trustees




Georgi Fotev, D.Sc.

Senator since 24.07.2019

Prof. Georgi Fotev is member of the European Academy of Science and Arts. In the period 1991 – 1992 he was Minister of Science and Higher Education of Republic of Bulgaria. He is former Director of the Sociology Institute at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and head of the section “History of Sociology”. Prof. Fotev is a lecturer in philosophy. Among his major publications are the books: “Sociological Theories of E. Durkem, V. Pareto, M. Veber”, “Principles of the Positivist Sociology”, “Social Reality and Imagination”, “The Civil Society”, “The Other Ethnos”, “Boundaries of the Policy”, “Sociology of the Deviating Behavior”.

Prof. Fotev is Honorary Professor of NBU. He was awarded the title Honorary Citizen of the State of Oklahoma, USA, as well as the Honorary Blue Ribbon Sign of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. He received the annual award of BAS for his book “Social Reality and Imagination” and also the Distinguished Service Award of American University in Bulgaria.






Ivailo Znepolski, D.Sc. 

Senator since 16.10.2019

Prof. Ivaylo Zneposki is a distinguished academic in the field of philosophy, semiotics and arts.

He is chair of the Managing Board, founder and scientific adviser of the Institute for Studies of the Recent Past. In the period 1993-1995 he was Minister of Culture of Republic of Bulgaria. He is Director of the DIVINATIO journal and Administrative Director of the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société (MSHS). Prof. Znepolski has worked at the Institute for Modern Social Theories (BAS) and in the Presidium of the Supreme Attestation Commission at the Council of Ministers. He has been a lecturer at National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Higher School of Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris, Montesquieu University, Bordeaux IV. He is member of the Pedagogical Council of the Regional Doctoral School (History – Sociology - Anthropology) in Bucharest, the Council of the Thematic Network for Joint Studies - “Cultural Institutions’ Law” – Francophone Agency for Higher Education and Research Work and of the International Expert Committee for Establishment of Francophone Institute for Administration and Management (IFAG).

Among his numerous publications are the books: „Bulgarian Communism – socio-cultural characteristics and power route”, “New Press and the Transition”, “Veber and Bourdieu: approaches to intellectuals”, “The language of the imaginary transition” and a series of articles.

Prof. Znepolski is Vice-President of the International Federation of the Film Press, Vice-President of the Balkan Semiotics Association, member of the Steering Committee of the International Semiotics Association, member of the Orientation Council of the Museum of Europe (Brussels), member of the Senate of the European Cultural Parliament.

He was awarded the Honorary Blue Ribbon Medal of Sofia University and the Honorary Award Officier des Palmes Academiques – with a decree of the French Ministry of National Education, Scientific Research and Technologies.


Prof. Toma Tomov, Ph.D.

Senator since 01 august 2020 

Prof. Tomov is Director of the Centre “Bulgarian Institute for Human Relations” at New Bulgarian University. He is coordinator of the National program for mental health reform of the Ministry of Health-Care. His professional career started at First Psychiatry Clinic and the Psychiatry Department of the Medical University, Sofia, where he was assistant professor in psychiatry. Prof. Tomov was also an advisor of Tanzania mental health program Morogoro, Dar es Salaam. His main research interests are in sphere of social psychiatry. He is member of Bulgarian Psychodrama Society, Bulgarian Psychiatric Association, Bulgarian Psychoanalytical Group, Bulgarian Mental Health Society, Bulgarian Association of Social Workers and of Geneva Initiative in Psychiatry. Prof. Tomov is member of the Board of Trustees of Cooperating Netherlands Foundations and of the Association of Reformists in Psychiatry, Geneva. He is honorary member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, Great Britain.

Prof. Tomov graduated Higher Medical Institute in Sofia and specialized at the Department of Psychiatry of Medical Academy, at the Institute of Neurology, Psychiatry and Neurosurgery (Antropos Institute in Athens) and in the Guest training program in psychodrama – Gabriele Wiesmann-Brun.