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Gergana Jouleva

Access to Information Programme
Executive Director
Sofia, Bulgaria
Gergana JOULEVA is the initiator, founder, first chairperson and, currently, the executive director of the Access to Information Programme (AIP), Bulgaria.

Since 1996, Ms. JOULEVA’s has been professionally involved in freedom of information issues. She was a member of Steering committee of Freedom of Information Advocates Network and a member of editorial board of http://freedominfo.org/.

She has written a number of publications on freedom of information issues. She is the author of the case study The Access to Information Programme: Fighting for Transparency during the Democratic Transition (July 2002 on http://www.freedominfo.org). Ms. JOULEVA is the author of The Year of the Rational Ignorance (results from a sociological survey) (2002). She has been a co-author and editor of the 2001 - 2017 Annual Reports on Access to Information in Bulgaria, which give account of the developments in the freedom of information legislation and its implementation. Ms. JOULEVA has more than 80 publications in the media on FOI issues. She has international lecturing experience on access to information issues and a large number of participations in radio and TV talk shows on the topic.

Ms. JOULEVA earned her MA degree in Philosophy from the Moscow State University and her Ph.D in Sociology on the understanding of the concept of personality from the Sofia Academic Counsel of Philosophy and Sociology in 1986. Prior to AIP, she had worked for two of the major polling agencies in Bulgaria.