Bistra Ivanova (Bulgaria) is a migrant integration expert, researcher and social entrepreneur. She is co-founder and chairperson of one of Bulgaria’s leading not-for-profit organizations, Multi Kulti Collective, which focuses on supporting migrant integration and promoting diversity and human rights. The organization has received numerous awards and recognitions on the national and European levels. Bistra’s academic background in Communications has enabled her to develop and lead two nation-wide media campaigns on diversity and anti-discrimination. She has been the country coordinator of the official EU portal on migrant integration EWSI since 2015. Since 2016, she has been the leading Bulgarian researcher in the most significant EU project on refugee integration, the National Integration Evaluation Mechanism NIEM. Bistra was awarded Volunteer of the Year (2011), Darik’s 40 under 40 (2014), and WEF’s Global Shaper (2014) and featured in the book “30 People who Change Bulgaria” (2019).
Sector: Non-profit and NGO
Main Pillar: Migration
Areas of Expertise: Civil Society and Human Rights
Country of Origin: Bulgaria
City of Residency: Sofia, Bulgaria