The UB International Political Economy and Development (IPED) program was designed by Stoyan Ganev, 47th President of the UN General Assembly. Ganev also served as the director of the New England Center of International & Regional Studies which he helped to found in 1996.
Stoyan Ganev was appointed Chief of the Cabinet of Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg in Bulgaria. He is a former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, former President of the 47th UN General Assembly and Adjunct Professor of Social Sciences in New York University and the University of Bridgeport.
Ganev graduated from Sofia University’s Faculty of Law in 1979 and defended a thesis on constitutional law at Moscow University in 1985.
He was a member of the National Assembly and Chairman of the United Democratic Centre, a Christian Democratic party in the structure of the ruling opposition coalition—the Union of Democratic Forces. He was also Chairman of a coordinating body on Bulgaria’s accession to the Council on Europe, and his Government’s chief envoy in the negotiations on Bulgaria’s association with the European Community. Until July 1992, he was Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria.
As a participant at the fourth follow-up Helsinki meeting of member States of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), Ganev addressed the need for promoting the CSCE process in south-eastern Europe by convening a forum of the Balkan States and the countries adjoining the region.
He was born in Pazardjik, Bulgaria, on 23 July 1955.