Louisa Slavkova (NECE Advisory Board member) is co-founder and director of Sofia Platform, a democracy development organization focusing on the democratic political culture in post-totalitarian societies. She is a board member of the NECE sister network in the Arab world. In 2016 Louisa was Ronald Lauder Visiting Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University, NYC. From 2013 to 2016, she was programme manager at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to joining ECFR, Louisa served for two years as adviser to Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov (currently UN’s envoy for Middle East peace). She is author and editor of several books and publications on foreign policy, democracy development and civic education. In the last two years her organization has been testing the Bulgarian civics curricula in 15 schools across the country.