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Stanimir Alexandrov, President
Avis Bohlen, Vice President
Meryl Steigman, Executive Director
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Meryl Steigman, Executive Director
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BAS Officers

Biographies: BAS Officers

Stanimir Alexandrov, President, has more than 20 years of experience working as an arbitrator and counsel in treaty-based investor-state disputes and international commercial arbitrations.  Until August 2017, he was co-leader of the international arbitration practice at Sidley Austin LLP.  Since then, he has established his own practice as an arbitrator.  Mr. Alexandrov is consistently listed as a leader in the field of international arbitration in publications including The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers, The Legal 500: United States, The Legal 500: Latin America, and The International Who’s Who Legal, and has been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year International Arbitration – Governmental” and “Lawyer of the Year International Arbitration – Commercial.”  He is also a Professor at The George Washington University Law School.

Before he entered private practice, Mr. Alexandrov was Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria.  He has a law degree, a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in international law

Avis Bohlen, Vice President, was the U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria and subsequently the Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control. A career Foreign Service Officer, Ambassador Bohlen has also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe in charge of security issues and the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.

Ambassador Bohlen has been a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center and served on the International Commission on the Balkans. Currently, she chairs the Board of IREX (International Research and Exhanges Board) and serves on numerous other boards including the Board of the American College of Sophia. She is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Ms. Bohlen earned a B.A. from Radcliffe College and an M.A, from Columbia University.

Ken Hill directed Peace Corps programs in Bulgaria, Macedonia and eastern Russia from 1994 thru 1999 and subsequently was Chief of Operations for Peace Corps programs in Europe and Asia. In 2001 he served as acting Chief of Staff of the Peace Corps. 

Following his retirement in 2001, he was elected to the Board of the National Peace Corps Association and served as its Chair through 2006. He also chaired the Alexandria / Gyumri, Armenia Sister Cities Committee and assessed candidates from countries of the former Soviet Union for Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowships in the U.S.  Mr. Hill is a volunteer Election Observer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and has been active as a volunteer in programs to benefit the aging. 

During the 1960’s Mr. Hill served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Turkey and held senior posts in the Peace Corps and other federal agencies through the 70s. From 1981 to 1993 he owned and operated the Pine Cove Marina in Solomons, Maryland.”

Meryl Steigman, Executive Director, worked as a legislative aide on Capital Hill for three years before accompanying her husband to Foreign Service posts in Europe and Africa. She gave guitar lessons while in Africa. Upon her return to Washington, she worked with the State Department to write and edit reports on issues affecting women in the Foreign Service. She has been executive director of the Bulgarian-American Society since its founding in 1991. Ms. Steigman holds an AB from Hunter College and an AM from the University of Chicago.

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The Bulgarian-American Society promotes the development of democracy in Bulgaria by supporting programs that meet humanitarian, educational, environmental or economic needs in Bulgaria, and/or strengthen relations between Bulgaria and the United States
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