Head of Mission
head of mission
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Republic of Azerbaijan
Dr. Nikolay Hristov Yankov presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on 10 June 2018. Since 1 April 2019 he has been accredited as an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to Turkmenistan.
Prior to his current appointment, he worked at the Foreign Policy Planning, Information and Coordination Directorate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria.
In the period July 2012 - July 2016 Dr. N. Yankov was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Before starting his civil diplomatic career Dr. N. Yankov served in the Bulgarian Armed Forces. He retired in 2011 after thirty years of military service during which he occupied high-level positions within the Ministry of Defense.
In the period 2007-2010 he served in Rome, Italy, as а Defense, Military, Air and Naval Attaché of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Italian Republic.
From 2005 to 2007 he was Director of Armaments Policy Directorate at the Ministry of Defense and in this capacity he acted as National Armaments Director of Bulgaria to the Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD)at the NATO HQ in Brussels. At the same time he also represented Bulgaria as a Senior National Representative to the European Defense Agency (EDA) as well as to the Managing Board of NATO Research and Technology Organization (NATO RTO).
Before that he had also served as Director(acting) of the Defense Planning and Programming Directorate at the Ministry of Defense and was responsible for the defense budget management and budget allocations for all defense modernization programs of the Bulgarian Armed Forces. Prior to assuming this high-profile position, in the period 2003-2005 he worked at the Strategic Planning Directorate (J5) at the General Staff of the BAF.
In 1999 then Colonel Yankov was assigned as a Military and Air Attaché of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United States of America. He gained his initial experience in the bilateral military-to-military and international relations while serving in the Euro-Atlantic Integration and security Policy Directorate at the Ministry of Defense (1998-1999).
Mr. N. Yankov started his military career after he was admitted as a cadet in the Air Force Academy (1975) and graduated 5 years later with a rank of First Lieutenant. During the next eight years he occupied different operational planning and staff positions from a Squadron level to an Air Corps HQ level. Later, after graduating from the National Defense and Staff College in Sofia (1990) he was assigned as Chief of Staff of a Helicopter Air Force Base (Mi-17s and Mi-8s) where he spent the next five years.
Ambassador N. Yankov obtained his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Librarian Studies and Information Technologies in Sofia (Jan 2015). Before that, he earned his Master’s Degree and a diploma in engineering from the Air Force Academy (1975-1980), specialized Air Force Operational Art at the National Defense and Staff Collegein Sofia(1988-1990) and accomplished post-graduate studies at the USAF Air Command and Staff College (1996-1997), as well as at the US Air War College (2000-2002) at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
Languages: English, Russian and Bulgarian (native)
He is married to Mrs. Viliana Yankova and they have two sons.