head of mission
Consul-General of the Republic of Bulgaria in Los Angeles, California
Mr. Vesselin Valchev attended the Economic University in Berlin,Germany and the University of World and National Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria and graduated from the latter with a Masters degree in International Economic Relations. In 1990 he wrote a PhD thesis on international student movement.
Mr. Valchev specialized extensively in the fields of economics and political science in Vienna, London, Moscow, Dublin and Chicago. He is a graduate of the Leadership Programme of the Harvard University - J.F.K. School of Government, has earned a Certificate on Strategic Planning by the French National School of Administration (ENA) and a Certificate on EU Skills and EU Funds of the Institute for Public Administration (IPA) in Dublin, Ireland.
Mr. Valchev was on mission in Moscow, Prague, Kosovo and Cyprus. He started his career as a vice-president of the International Union of Students (CNS with UNESCO) in Prague, Czech Republic. In the mid 90-ies he was nominated as a Chairman of a State Agency at the Council of Ministers and after on he was nominated as a Chairperson of a Council to the President of Bulgaria. Subsequently he was Head of the Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 2009 he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Republic of Cyprus. After the completion of the mandate he was appointed Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to his present position he was Ambassador at large and head of the Home Country Secretariat of the 38 Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting held in Sofia in June 2015.
For a number of years he was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a Chairman of the Bulgarian – American Trade and Economic Council and a member of the National Council on Tourism. In 2001 and 2002 he was an OSCE supervisor to the Kosovo parliamentary and local elections and in 2002 he joined the Local elections Programme of the Westminster foundation for Democracy, Great Britain.
Mr. Valchev is a member of the Bulgarian Diplomatic Society. He has lectured as a guest speaker at a number of international fora in Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa and is author of a numerous articles and books.
Languages: Bulgarian, English, German, Russian, basic French and Czech.
He is married to Diana Valcheva and has one daughter.