Secretary of CEB and Director of the CEB Secretariat
Simona Petrova of Bulgaria serves as Secretary of CEB and is also Director of the CEB Secretariat, a position she has held since March 2012. She has over 30 years of experience in the UN system.
Prior to joining the CEB Secretariat, she was Principal Officer in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General and adviser to the Secretary-General on management and budget issues, as well as Chief of Office for the Deputy Chef de Cabinet.
Ms. Petrova has worked in various capacities in the UN Secretariat, including as member of the initial team establishing the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO); Chief of Office for three Under-Secretaries-General for Management; and coordinator with member states during the early consultations on the UN Capital Master Plan.
Appointed in UNDP as the first Area Officer for the CIS countries immediately after their admission as UN members in 1992, Ms. Petrova traveled extensively to the region for negotiations on the opening of UN offices, project formulation, fund-raising and contacts with international financial institutions. She later served as Deputy Chief of Division in the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS with direct country responsibilities for the five Central Asian Republics and thematic responsibilities for the regional UNDP programmes on aid management, public administration and governance.
Prior to joining UNDP, Ms. Petrova worked in the Bulgarian National Commission for UNESCO on international cooperation projects in education and academic research.
She holds a Master's degree in international law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, as well as a Master's degree in international economic relations from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria.