Born on Oct. 22, 1954 in Dupnitsa, Sofia district. Married, has two children.
Graduated from the University for Mining and Geology in Sofia 1979, and in Management of Industrial Enterprises from the University for National and World Economy in Sofia. Worked in Dimitrov's Comsomol Youth Union 1982-87, in the Committee for Protection of the Environment 1987-91. Worked on the problem of innovation. Chief director in the Ministry of Environment. Director of a private firm 1991-94. Deputy Minister of Environment - in charge of the utilization of natural resources and protection of the environment Feb. 1995-Feb. 1997.