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Katya Ivkova holds a Bachelor's degree (2004) and a Master's degree (2005) in "International Relations" at the University of National and World Economy (UNWE). In January 2006, she was awarded “Master of Excellence”, and in May 2007, she was awarded an Honorary Diploma for her contribution to the development of the speciality "International Relations".
The professional experience was acquired entirely within the structure of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Bulgaria.
In April 2004, she completed a mandatory pre-diploma internship at the "International Cooperation and European Integration" Directorate of the Ministry of Health.
Until March 2014, she successively worked in the "Management of Projects and Programs", "International Activities and Protocol", "International Activities, Programs and Projects" and "International Projects and Specialized Donor Programs" Directorates at the Ministry of Health. Mrs. Ivkova has managed and coordinated projects implemented with the financial support of the Operational Program "Development of Human Resources" 2007-2013, co-financed by the European Social Fund of the EU.
From March 2014 to November 2020, she successively worked as a state expert and head of department in the "European coordination, international activities and protocol", "International activities, projects and programs" and "European coordination and international cooperation" Directorates with a focus on the development of multilateral and bilateral health cooperation.
From November 2020 until taking up the post of Deputy Minister of Health, she was the director of the European Coordination and International Cooperation Directorate, responsible for the coordination of European issues related to the commitments of the Ministry of Health resulting from Bulgaria's membership in the European Union, and for the coordination of bilateral and multilateral health cooperation within the framework of the World Health Organization, the Health Network of the countries of South-Eastern Europe, UNICEF, NATO, the accession process to the OECD, etc.
Mrs. Ivkova is fluent in English and Russian languages.