Ivan Stancioff, born in Sofia 1929, is a graduate of Georgetown University, Washington DC (BA History). After serving in the US Army he worked for IBM WTC in New York, Brazil, and in Paris. In 1970 he was Director of the ITT-OTE computer Project, Athens. He was Vice President International for both ITEL Corp. and Storage Technology Corp., working from London and in 1980 he set up his own IT Company – Cresta Marketing S.A. in Geneva.
In 1990, following the political, social and economic reforms in Central and Eastern Europe, he returned to Bulgaria for the first time in 47 years.
In 1991 Ivan Stancioff was appointed Ambassador to the Court of St. James and the first Bulgarian Ambassador to the Irish Republic. In 1994 he was appointed Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs. After 1999 he was advisor to President Stoyanov and then to President Parvanov. At present he holds the title of Ambassador at Large.
Since 1995 he has been actively involved in bringing foreign investments and Know – How to Bulgaria. Cresta Marketing was responsible for bringing UniCredito Italiano to complete the privatization of Bulbank, the largest Bulgarian bank and for setting up the Framlington Bulgaria Fund, first to invest in shares on the Sofia Stock Exchange. At present he represents Basalt AG, Linz, Germany.
Companies: Basalt Bulgaria EOOD (present), Board of Bulbank (2001), Bulgarian American Enterprise Fund, Advisory Board (1997-1999), SSCO (1996); Cresta Marketing S.A. (1980).
Pro Bono: Founder of Friends of Karin Dom UK (2004); Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of the Mediterranean studies, Lugano University (2004); Member of CCIIB (2001); GAVROCHE Foundation, Varna (1996); New Bulgaria University (1995 – 1999); Founder and Chairman of Karin Dom Foundation – Varna (1994); Member the Linnean Society, London (1993); Member IISS, UK (1993); Founder and Director of IMIR – Sofia (1993); American University/ Blagoevgrad (1993 – 2001); Founder of the British Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce, London (1993); Founder of Friends of Bulgaria , London (1991).
Political: SECI (1998 – 2004); Founding member of Dr. Zhelev’s Balkan Political Club (1999); International Maritime Organization (IMO) – President of the General Assembly (1993-1995); President of the General Assembly of the Council of Europe, Strasburg (1994); Founder member of Atlantic Club – Sofia (1991).
Order of “Stara Planina” – highest level (2010); Bulgarian of the year (2009 – Vienna, Austria); Shumen University PHD (Hons) 2008; Commander of the Italian Solidarity Star (2006); Grand Cross of the Order of Rio Branco (Brazil) 2002; Honorary Citizen of Svishtov (Bulgaria) 2000; Honorary Citizen of Varna (Bulgaria) 1999; Commander of the Legion of Honor (France) 1995; Good Conduct Medal (US Army) 1955.
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