The Romani Cultural and Arts Company 20th profile will be of Atanas Stoyanov, Policy Analyst
Atanas Stoyanov is a Romani born in Pleven, Bulgaria. A teacher, Roma civil society activist and policy analyst, he holds a Master degree in Public Policy from the Central European University, Budapest. Atanas has a rich experience in working for Roma non-governmental organisations all over Europe. Some of his workplaces are Centre for Interethnic Dialogue and Tolerance Amalipe, Arete Youth Foundation, the European Roma Grassroots Organisations Network and the Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative, where he currently holds the position of a Brussels-based Advocacy Manager. In the period 2011-2015 Atanas is a Municipal Councilor in Strazhitsa, Bulgaria where he is the Chairperson of the ‘Minority Integration Committee’. In 2017, he works for the Gwent Ethnic Minority Education Service of the Newport City Council, Wales where he supports the learning of over 200 Roma pupils. Atanas is involved in the implementation of a number of European-wide Roma Youth initiatives such as the Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative, the European Youth Event and the So Keres Evropa Roma Youth Summit. His professional interest is to better analyse national and European policies targeting Roma. With this regard, he has published a number of papers, some of which are ‘Framing of “Roma” in the National Roma Integration Strategy of Bulgaria’, ‘The political participation of Roma in Bulgaria’ and ‘Is Roma equal to poor?’.