Kalinka Vassileva has worked for TSA’s Grant Administration and Support unit since the beginning of its operations. Presently she is in charge of “A Step Toward Success – English for Disadvantaged Youth,” a project designed by TSA that is being implemented in partnership with NGOs and other institutions. In addition to project management, Kalinka is responsible for project implementation. She monitors and tracks progress towards stated goals and indicators.
Prior to joining the Trust, Kalinka was an Assistant Professor in General English at the New Bulgarian University (2006-2012) in Sofia. She taught English as a foreign language to university students and adult and teenage language learners. From 2002-2007, Kalinka was Executive Director of the Equal Access Foundation and was in charge of developing and monitoring the Roma desegregation program implemented by NGOs in Bulgaria. As a result of the campaigns she initiated, the state endorsed a strategy for educational integration of children and students from ethnic minorities.
Kalinka holds a Master of Political Management degree from the Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski.” She also completed an MA program in Lingua Didactics at the New Bulgarian University and a BA degree in Applied Linguistics at the New Bulgarian University. In 1999, she was elected to take part in a one-year intra-university project for Intercultural Training organized by the British Council. Kalinka has taken part in a number of trainings related to human rights, advocacy, and public speaking.