Born on May 3, 1954 in Sofia. Married, has one daughter.
Completed the English language high school in Sofia 1972. Graduated from the University for National and World Economy in Sofia 1979. Post-graduate studies in Leipzig, Germany, 1975; Vienna, Austria, 1991; Chicago, USA, 1994. Vice-president of the International Students' Union, Prague 1986-92. Chair of the Committee for Youth and Children 1995-Feb. 1997.