Head of Mission
H.E. Mr. Petko Doykov
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiaryof the Republic of Bulgaria to the Republic of India
Mr. Doykov was born on 31st January 1964 in Bulgaria. He arrived in India on 29th April 2014 to take up his assignment as Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Republic of India,
Prior to his current appointment Mr. Doykov served as Director General for Bilateral Relations (October 2013 – April 2014) and Security Policy Director (June 2012 – September 2013) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.
From 2008 to 2012 he was Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Tunisian Republic. In this capacity he worked also as Head of the NATO Contact Point Embassy in Tunis (January 2009 – December 2010) and from 2010 till 2012 he was appointed as Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (non-resident, based in Tunis, Tunisia).
Earlier in his career Ambassador Doykov was assigned to the position of Director for Middle East and Africa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria (2004–2008).
Prior to this he served as State Expert at the NATO Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2003-2004), Deputy Political Adviser at the Delegation of the Republic of Bulgaria to NATO, Brussels (1999-2003) and Expert at the Directorate for NATO, Western European Union and Security Issues of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1997-1999).
He started his diplomatic career as Third Secretary at the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Arab Republic of Egypt (1993-1997) and Expert at the Arab Countries Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1992-1993).
Ambassador Doykov earned his Master’s degrees in International Relations with command of a Foreign Language (Arabic) from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Russian Federation (1985-1991) and in Business Administration (MBA) from the United Business Institutes, Brussels, Belgium (2000-2002).
In July 2012 he was promoted to the personal rank of Ambassador of the Bulgarian Diplomatic Service. In September 2012 he attended a Senior Executive Seminar “Beyond Al Qaeda: How to Understand and Counter Violent Extremism” at the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies, Germany and in April 2014 he completed a Seminar in Effective International Negotiations, conducted by Ron Ton, Director of Clingendal Academy. Mr. Doykov has also attended courses in Public Presentation Skills (2006, British Council, Sofia) and in Multinational Negotiation Training (2000, Swiss Mission to NATO, Brussels).
Ambassador Doykov is recipient of a number of awards and distinctions, such as: Order of the Tunisian Republic (2012), Silver decoration of honour of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for systematic high achievements in the field of the diplomatic service (2011), Silver decoration of honour of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the successful organisation of the evacuation of the Bulgarian citizens from Lebanon during war activities (2006), Award of honour of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for contribution to the successful completion of the 12th Council of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of OSCE in Sofia (2005), Medal on the occasion of 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Bulgaria and the USA (2003).
He speaks English, French, Arabic and Russian.
New Delhi, May 2014