Minister of Labor and Social Policy of the Republic of Bulgaria
Biser Petkov was born on 6th of September, 1963 in the city of Montana, Bulgaria.
He graduated from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia in 1987, and holds a Master’s degree in Economy and Organization of Internal Trade. He participated in a number of specializations and trainings, including Business Economics at the University of Vienna, Austria, Public Finance at the University of Leicester, UK, and short-term specializations on Pension Reform organized by the World Bank Institute,Washington DC.
He has a PhD in Economics.
He started his career in 1988 as a full-time lecturer at the University of National and World Economy, where in 2012 he was appointed Associate Professor. He has over 40 scientific publications, including textbooks, monographs, etc.
In the period of 2002-2003 he was a Chairman of the State Agency for Social Security Supervision at the Council of Ministers.
In March 2003, he was elected a Deputy Chairperson of the Financial Supervision Commission, in charge of the Social Insurance Supervision Division, by the National Assembly and held this position until May 2009.
By decision of the National Assembly of 8th September, 2011, he was elected a Governor of the National Social Security Institute. On 29th July, 2016, the Parliament re-elected him to the post for a new four-year term.
In the period of 2013-2016, he was a member of the Bureau of the International Social Security Association (ISSA)
He is fluent in English and has a working knowledge in German and Russian.
He is married with two children.