As Executive Director of the European Citizen Actioin Service (ECAS), Ms Kavrakova provides direction to the formulation and leadership to the achievement of the organization’s vision, mission, strategy, and objectives.
Assya has twenty years of experience in senior management positions in the non-governmental sector. She possesses in-depth knowledge of Schengen regulatory framework, EU external policy decision-making, EU enlargement policy and leverage, European citizenship and Rights framework and EU civic participation formal and informal mechanisms.
Assya Kavrakova has a Master’s degree in Law and another Master’s degree in European Studies. She has served as the Director of European Policies and the Civic Participation Program at the Open Society Institute (OSI-S) in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 2000 to 2012 and as a Public Policies and Outreach Director at the Democracy Network Program (DemNet) of the USAID before that. She was also the Executive Director of the Bulgarian branch of Transparency International. Assya Kavrakova is a German Marshall Memorial Fellow.