Asen Vasilev

Asen Vaskov Vasilev (Bulgarian: Асен Васков Василев; born 9 September 1977) is a Bulgarian politician, economist, and entrepreneur who is the current Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance since 13 December 2021. He previously served in 2013 as Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism in the caretaker government of Marin Raykov and as Minister of Finance from 12 May 2021, to 16 September 2021, in the caretaker government of Stefan Yanev. He is the co-leader of We Continue the Change, a political movement he co-founded with Kiril Petkov.[1]

Asen Vasilev
Асен Василев
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Vasilev in 2021
Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria
Assumed office
13 December 2021
Prime MinisterKiril Petkov
Minister of Finance
Assumed office
13 December 2021
Prime MinisterKiril Petkov
Preceded byValery Beltchev
In office
12 May 2021 – 16 September 2021
Prime MinisterStefan Yanev
Preceded byKiril Ananiev
Succeeded byValery Beltchev
Co-Leader of We Continue the Change
Assumed office
19 September 2021
Serving with Kiril Petkov
Preceded byPosition established
Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism
In office
13 March 2013 – 29 May 2013
Prime MinisterMarin Raykov
Preceded byDelyan Dobrev
Succeeded byDragomir Stoynev
Personal details
Born
Asen Vaskov Vasilev

(1977-09-09) 9 September 1977 (age 44)
Haskovo, Bulgaria
Political partyWe Continue the Change
Alma materHarvard University
Occupation
  • Politician
  • economist
  • entrepreneur

Childhood and educationEdit

Vasilev was born on September 9, 1977, in Haskovo, Bulgaria. He earned a degree in economics from Harvard University in 2000 and continued studies at Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School.[2][3][4]

Professional careerEdit

Vasilev is a co-founder and president of Everbeard, an airline ticket pricing company. It is partly funded by the Singapore National Research Fund and the first Skype investor.[5]

Vasilev was the co-founder and director of the Centre for Economic Strategy and Competitiveness. He is a lecturer in the Program for Economic Growth and Development, a branch of Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski” and with the Centre for Strategy and Competitiveness of Harvard Business School.[6]

From 1999 to 2004, Vasilev worked as a consultant for Monitor Group in the USA, Canada, Europe, and South Africa. He managed marketing and strategic development projects for large international companies in the fields of telecommunications, energy, mining, insurance, and several major consumer goods manufacturers.[7]

Political careerEdit

In 2013 Vasilev was Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism in the caretaker government of Marin Raykov. From 12 May to 16 September 2021, he was Minister of Finance in the caretaker government of Stefan Yanev.

On 19 September 2021, together with Kiril Petkov, Vasilev presented his new political project "We continue the change".[8][9] He was the leader of the party list in Haskovo and Sofia 23 for the 2021 Bulgarian general election on 14 November.[10] The party won the most seats in the new parliament and formed a coalition government on 13 December 2021 with Vasilev becoming Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance for a second time.[11][12]

Other activitiesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nick Thorpe (17 November 2021). "Bulgarian election: Kiril Petkov, Assen Vassilev, a battle-bus and a brand new party". BBC. Retrieved 31 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Кой е Асен Василев - служебен министър на финансите - България" [Who is Asen Vassilev - Minister of Finance]. dariknews.bg (in Bulgarian). 11 May 2021. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  3. ^ Евроком, Телевизия. "Кой е служебният финансов министър Асен Василев" [Who is the caretaker Minister of Finance Asen Vassilev]. Телевизия Евроком (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  4. ^ "The Harvard Name Shouldn't Have Decided Bulgaria's Election | Opinion | The Harvard Crimson". www.thecrimson.com. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Кой е служебният финансов министър Асен Василев" [Who is the caretaker Minister of Finance Asen Vassilev]. www.24chasa.bg (in Bulgarian). 24 Chasa. 11 May 2021. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Who Is Who: Bulgaria's Caretaker Economy Minister Assen Vassilev - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency". www.novinite.com. Novinite. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria :: CABINET:: CABINET MEMBERS:: Assen Vassilev - Deputy Prime Minister for EU Funds and Minister of Finance". www.gov.bg. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  8. ^ Стоянов, Михаил (19 September 2021). "Политическото напрежение: след заплахи шефът на приходната агенция вече е с охрана" (in Bulgarian). Dnevnik. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  9. ^ Emilia Milcheva (30 August 2021). "Кирил Петков и Асен Василев правят партия? Да обобщим фактите" [Are Kiril Petkov and Asen Vassilev partying? Let's summarize the facts.]. DW.COM (in Bulgarian). Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  10. ^ "АСЕН ВАСИЛЕВ - Водач на листата в Хасково и София 23 МИР" [ASEN VASSILEV - Leader of the list in Haskovo and Sofia 23 MIR]. Продължаваме Промяната (in Bulgarian). We Continue the Change. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Assen Vassilev - Deputy Prime Minister:EU Funds/Minister:Finance, Republic of Bulgaria". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 31 January 2022.
  12. ^ "Asen Vassilev: Each Party will have a Deputy Prime Minister". www.novinite.com. Novinite. 8 December 2021. Retrieved 31 January 2022.
  13. ^ Board of Governors European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).