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Bilyana Gyaurova-Wegertseder is one of the founders of the Bulgarian Institute for Legal Initiatives (BILI) and the current Director of BILI. Bilyana Gyaurova-Wegertseder holds a M.A. in Law from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridsky" and has a substantial experience in the field of Rule of Law and policy reforms. In her career of a legal reform specialist Bilyana had drafted, managed and participated in the implementation of complex technical assistance projects, focusing on development of legal clinics system in Bulgaria, introducing ADR and especially mediation in the social and legal environment, policy and legislative reforms, thus interacting with international and local donors, governmental officials and other stakeholders. Bilyana’s professional interests are related to ADR, CLE, international development and strengthening the Rule of Law. She is also a trained mediator and a trainer in mediation, providing training in mediation skills both in Bulgaria and abroad. Bilyana is a member of the Managing Board of the National Association of Mediators in Bulgaria and is also listed as online mediator on the List of Mediators at the online mediation service of the Chamber of Arbitration of Milan and as an offline mediator on the List of Mediators at the International Business Mediation service of the Chamber of Arbitration of Milan. She has several publications in legal magazines about ADR and is a co-author of a textbook on clinical education. Bilyana is also a member of the Advisory Board of ABA CEELI-MENA.

Boryana Hristova joined the team of BILI in the fall of 2012 as a researcher. She holds a Master degree in Law from Sofia University, and a Master degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the same university. She is particularly interested in court studies and research. Boryana has experience as an intern for different courts. She participated in the internship program of the Sofia Regional Court, followed by an internship at a US Federal Court as a Fulbright stipend recipient.

Neda Grozeva joined BILI in 2011. Currently she is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Institute. Neda holds a Master degree in Law from New Bulgarian University and a Master Degree in Strategic Communication and Information from ULSIT. She has actively contributed to projects such as the flagship Transparent Judicial Appointments Initiative, The Man Behind the Black Robe, Judicial Reform Review in Bulgaria and the Prosecutorial Reform Index in Bulgaria. Neda is particularly interested in anti-corruption policy development and initiatives blending entrepreneurship and education. Alumna of the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program, Transparency International School on Integrity, International Summer School Sarajevo, exploring transitional justice in South-East Europe. Completed the "Corruption" course of University of Pennsylvania.

Teodor Slavev is occupied with the conduct of quantitative and qualitative studies and analyses in the field of political system and process, judiciary and judicial reform. He is responsible for the monitoring of parliamentary appointments. He has specialized in organizing of advocacy campaigns and building of civic coalitions on various topics. Currently, he is writing a PhD dissertation at UNWE on social capital (social, political and institutional trust). Prior to joining the team of BILI he was expert at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Bulgaria (2011-2012) where he worked on the Coordination and Verification Mechanism.

Tsvetomir Todorov is a legal expert at the Bulgarian Institute for Legal Initiatives. He works on BILI’s programs Enhancement of the Access to Justice and Justice Sector Resources Development and is a coordinator of the project Partnership for Roma Protection, Prevention and Promotion. Tsvetomir Todorov holds a MA in Law from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski and has attended specializations in international law, human rights, Balkan history and anthropology. Currently he is a PhD student at the Bulgarian Academy of Science’s Institute for Balkan Studies.

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