Country Director, Arete Youth Foundation
Radostina Chaprazova is the country director of Arete YouthFoundation-Bulgaria – a Foundation that works to create a Roma community of engaged citizens and positive role models who support each other to achieve educational, career, and personal success. She received her BA degree in political science and mass communications at the American University in Bulgaria in 2003. She is currently pursuing an MA in Public management and policies at the Faculty of Philosophy at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski.
In 2005 Radostina Chaprazova was an intern at the European Commission, DG Employment and Social Affairs. Until 2010 she worked as an expert at the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism and then returned to the NGO sector as part of the Roma Program of the Open Society Institute – Sofia. For more than 15 years she has been an informal leader in the Roma community and holds various positions in the civil sector, as the focus of her work is to mobilize resources and facilitate capacity building among Roma youth, support policy and advocacy initiatives that promote integration and equal opportunities for the Roma.