Yuriy has 20+ years experience in the cultural sector, both in Bulgaria and the EU, including vast experience in project management, capacity building, training and education, advocacy, applied research and needs assessment, as well as building cooperation platforms between business and public authorities.
As a member of the Strategy Group of the European Initiative “A Soul for Europe” (2006-2019), he provided training on cultural impact management and advocacy work for cultural organisations from various countries in Central and Southeast Europe, as well as in Eastern Partnership countries. On a local level, he worked in close cooperation with national and local public authorities in the development of grant-making programs for cultural NGOs and micro-enterprises, including as a member of the Advisory Board of the Sofia Innovation Fund (2015-2017) and Deputy Chair of the Board of the Sofia Municipality Fund of Culture and Creative Industries (2017-2019). Since 2014, he supports the European Commission (EACEA) in evaluating proposals submitted under the Creative Europe programme. He is a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow (2007) and a Marshall Memorial Fellow (2011). As an acknowledgement of his work, in 2014 he was listed as one of the 40 under 40 Young European Leaders. Between December 2021 and August 2022, he has been Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria.