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Vote for Personality in the News 2013

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Bulgaria's largest English-language media Novinite.com and its Bulgarian-language service Novinite.bg invite you, our readers from Bulgaria and around the world, to select Bulgaria's "Personalities in the News" for 2013!

Final rating will be based on indicating one's popularity in both sites. Each vote is important for the common rating.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to make your voice heard about the individuals who made the Bulgaria-related news headlines over the past year.

The nominees have been listed in alphabetical order.

Politics

The first female Secretary General of UNESCO was re-elected to a new 5-year term.


 
Bulgaria's former prime minister, who resigned in February amid massive protests. Even though his center-right GERB party earned the highest percentage of votes in May’s elections, it was forced into opposition.


 
The Prime Minister of Bulgaria resisted over 6 months of intense and massive anti-government protests, and despite the pressure is determined to pull the country out of the deep economic and social crisis.


 

Business

Country Manager for ABB in Bulgaria, a company with significant investments in new production units in the country


 
Founder and CEO of Walltopia, a world leader in the manufacture of climbing walls.


 
Owner and general manager of Happy Bar & Grill and Happy Sushi


 

Culture

A renowned violonist, he stood out with exceptional performances on the world's concert stages and in his native Bulgaria during the year.


 
Topped the charts as one of the bestselling Bulgarian authors during year; translations of his books are welcomed with interest abroad as well.


 
A talented and charming actor, he starred in one of the most successful Bulgarian TV series "Undercover." He also undertook the difficult role and heavy burden of becoming Culture Minister in the caretaker government.


 

Sports

Bulgaria's top tennis player climbed from 48th position to 23rd in the World Rankings over the year. In May, Dimitrov defeated the world number 1 Novak Djokovic, and in October he won his first ATP title in Stockholm.


 
An example of faith, spirit and courage, Stan struggled with a serious illness - leukemia, and achieved the biggest victory in his life over it. He created a foundation to help children suffering from this illness.


 
In August, Kubrat Pulev became only the 2nd fighter after Wladimir Klitschko to defeat America's Tony Thompson over the last decade in the IBF world heavyweight boxing series.


 

Charity

Also known as Elder Dobri and the saint from the village of Bailovo. The 99-year-old man is the biggest donor of the St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia. He has been raising money for decades for the restoration and maintenance of churches throughout Bulgaria.


 
Executive Director of the “For Our Children Foundation”, one of the most active foundations in Bulgaria, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy in the caretaker government (March 13 – May 28, 2013)


 
A Bulgarian businessman, who bought the stolen parts from the Vasil Levski monument in Sofia, republished the novel of Bulgarian writer Anton Donchev “Time of Parting”


 

Diplomacy

British Ambassador to Bulgaria. Takes active part in political and charitable events. Called on the government to listen to both the anti-government protesters and those who staged counter-protests. According to him, Bulgaria needs immediate political and economic reforms.


 
Germany's Ambassador to Bulgaria. In a move quite unusual for a diplomat, he openly expressed his support for the protests. Calls for transparency in governance, businesses and the ownership of media.


 
Japan's Ambassador to Bulgaria. Works actively for the popularization of Bulgaria in Japan, as well as for increasing Japanese tourist flow and investments. Expresses an interest in Bulgarian culture and language and has organized dozens of bilateral initiatives.