Head of Mission
Ambassador Svetlana Stoycheva-Etropolski is a career diplomat. On June 29, 2018 she presented her Letters of Credence to Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, by which she was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to Canada.
Svetlana Stoycheva-Etropolski joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria in 2003 as Head of Department in the Communication Strategy Directorate, responsible for the development of strategic and programming papers related to the Bulgaria’s accession to the EU and the EU funds absorption. She was on that post until 2006. Another headquarters assignment included the Information and Public Relations Directorate (2006-2007).
From 2007 to 2011 Mrs. Stoycheva-Etropolski served in New York, where she headed the Consular office at the Bulgarian Consulate General. From September 2009 to April 2010 she was Charge d’affaires a.i. at the Bulgarian Consulate General in New York.
From 2011 to 2014 she served as the U.S. Desk Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There she worked on the entire spectrum of issues on both the bilateral agenda and the transatlantic copperation.
In July 2014 Svetlana Stoycheva-Etropolski was posted to Ottawa, Canada, as Head of the Political Section at the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria, Deputy Head of Mission. From October 2017 to June 2018 she was Charge d’affaires a.i.
Mrs. Stoycheva-Etropolski has been rewarded with Silver Badge of Honour of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria (2018).
Before joining the Ministry, Svetlana Stoycheva-Etropolski has held various consulting positions under European Union Pre-accession assistance projects, USAID and UNESCO, and the United Nations Development Programme.
Svetlana Stoycheva-Etropolski holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of National and World Economy of Sofia (1992-1997). She has completed an array of specialized trainings – at Bath College in the United Kingdom, the Diplomatic academy of the Ministry of foreign affairs of the Republic of Croatia and the Ministry of foreign affairs of Denmark; the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael in Rotterdam; the European Institute of Public Administration in Barcelona and in Maastricht; the European External Action Service in Brussels; the Bulgarian Diplomatic Institute.