Head of Mission
Head of mission
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Ambassador Marinela Petkova joined the Diplomatic Service of the Republic of Bulgaria in 2002. Her term of duty as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam commenced as of January 16, 2019, upon presentation of her Letters of Credence to President Nguyễn Phú Trọng.
Prior to her current assignment Ambassador Petkova has served at the Bulgarian Embassy in Hanoi as Chargé d'Affaires, a.i., from October 2017, and as Deputy Chief of Mission and Head of Consular Section from May 2015.
From 2012 to 2015 she was appointed to the Korean Peninsula Desk at the Asia, Australia and Oceania Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sofia, where she was engaged in facilitating the bilateral cooperation with the Republic of Korea and the DPRK. At the time she had the opportunity to collaborate closely with the European External Action Service in Brussels to fulfill the tasks of the Bulgarian rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU in Pyongyang in 2014.
Abroad she also served as Attaché (2002-2006) and Second Secretary (2009-2012) at the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Washington D.C., where she was in charge of various political dossiers, press and public diplomacy.
Over a course of three years she worked at the United States Desk, Americas Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-2009), with responsibilities over the entire spectrum of the biletaral relations and developing expertise on the transatlantic cooperation files.
She is a graduate of the Foreign Language School of her hometown Pleven, Bulgaria, in Russian and English languages (1995), and earned her Master’s Degree cum laude in Political Science from Sofia University „St. Kliment Ohridski“(2002). Later on she completed various certificate programs: Diploma – Institute for Political and Economic Studies, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., United States (1999); Training Award - Economic Planning and Development, Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2014); EcoDiplomacy, Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria (2015); Consular Diplomacy, Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria (2015).
She is married and has two children.