Георги Стефанов

Georgi Stefanov

Head of the Political Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister for Climate Policy (2022-2023), leading expert on climate, energy, green policies

Georgi Stefanov has been leading European and intersnational projects in the field of climate change, environmental protection and energy for more than 15 years, with over 20 years of experience in implementing some of the most innovative NGO projects in the country.

Between 2008 and 2021, he led and developed the climate and energy programme in the Bulgarian office of the international conservation organisation WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), working very actively in the Central and Eastern Europe region.

Head of the Political Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for Climate Policies at the Council of Ministers in the government of Kiril Petkov.

His expertise covers: Development of national and regional strategies and action plans for the transition to a low carbon economy; Sustainable management and planning of environmental resources; Development of public sustainable finance; Capacity building and training of public institutions and officials on climate change and energy transformation; Development of policies and financial instruments to achieve sustainable development goals at national and local level.

Over the last few years, he has been active in the area of equitable energy transition of coal regions developing opportunities for new sustainable jobs and transition of coal regions to a modern economy.

Georgi Stefanov is also one of the most recognized experts on European policies and objectives in the field of Climate and Energy policies as part of the Green Pact, as well as on the Recovery and Sustainability Mechanism and the development of National Recovery and Sustainability Plans, focusing actively on the promotion and implementation of these two instruments in recent years.

He has also been active on topics related to the green economy, especially the development of a biobased economy, the Common Agricultural Policy, regional development and the European taxonomy for sustainable finance.

He is also the founder of the Climate Coalition Bulgaria: an informal alliance of citizens, NGOs, business, media and academia to address the challenges of climate change in Bulgaria.