Alberta Leon Alkalay – Chairperson
Alberta Alkalay was born in Burgas on March 28, 1973. She is descendant of rescued Jews from Bourgas during the Second World War. Founder and chairperson of Center for Jewish-Bulgarian Cooperation “Alef”. Journalist, publicist, documentary movie producer. Founder of the national literary student competition “Who saves one human life, saves a whole universe”. Author of the film “To remember” – a documentary about the life and salvation of the Burgas’ Jews from the death camps. Initiator and developer of a memorial of gratitude placed in the center of Burgas – a gesture of gratitude towards the rescuers of the Jews in the city.
Winner of the award “Man of the Year” for 2013 for organizing and conducting in a brilliant way an essay competition among Bulgarian high school students for 70 years since the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews. Winner of “Shofar” award for 2013 for an active presence in the Jewish community and Bulgarian society.
Assen Nedyalkov Yordanov – Deputy Chairperson
Born on February 3, 1964, in Burgas. He is son of the Bulgarian poet and playwright Nedyalko Yordanov. His work is mainly related to the investigation of corruption and abuse in the judiciary, in the maritime communities and in Strandja Nature Park. He has worked in the newspapers “Standart”, “Monitor”, “Politics” and “Telegraph”, and then he practice freelance. Winner of the prize “For Freedom and Future of the Press” (2010). Leipzig Media Award was established in 2001 by media foundation and is awarded to prominent journalists, publishers and media institutions engaged in the cause of protecting the freedom of speech and by doing this, putting themselves at risk. Because of its importance and authority, it is known as the European Pulitzer. On June 6, 2012, Asen Yordanov made a statement in a European Parliament at hearing for the freedom of the Bulgarian media.
Elka Todorova Vasileva – Secretary
She was born on 01.11.1951 in Vratsa. She has worked as a radio journalist and editor in magazine “More”. She was elected for chairperson of the Bourgas Society of Bulgarian Journalists Union. She was a member of the board of directors of the Bourgas writer’s community and is currently a member of the creative committee of Bourgas’ writer community. She has written 6 poetry books. She publishes in collections and periodical editions at home and abroad. Her works are also included in the bilingual almanac “The Season of Delicate Hunger” (2013, USA).