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Irina Bokova

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Irina Georgieva Bokova (Bulgarian: Ирина Георгиева Бокова; born 12 July 1952) is a Bulgarian politician and the former Director-General of UNESCO (2009–2017). During her political and diplomatic career in Bulgaria, she served, among others, two terms as a member of the National parliament, and deputy minister of foreign affairs and minister of foreign affairs ad interim under Prime Minister Zhan Videnov. She also served as Bulgaria's ambassador to France and to Monaco, and was Bulgaria's Permanent Delegate to UNESCO. Bokova was also the personal representative of Bulgaria's President to the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (2005–2009).On 15 November 2009, she took office as the ninth Director-General of UNESCO, marking two firsts: she became both the first female and the first Southeastern European to head the agency. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Irina Bokova has received more than 376,175 page views. Her biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Irina Bokova is the 28th most popular diplomat, the 45th most popular biography from Bulgaria (down from 44th in 2019) and the most popular Bulgarian Diplomat.

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  • 48

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 11.98

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.46

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among diplomats, Irina Bokova ranks 28 out of 52Before her are George F. Kennan, Viktor Chernomyrdin, Megasthenes, John Mott, Thomas Klestil, and George Blake. After her are Giovanni Villani, Édith Cresson, Alfonso García Robles, Porfirio Rubirosa, Hans Blix, and Dean Acheson.

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Among people born in 1952, Irina Bokova ranks 62Before her are Gus Van Sant, George Papandreou, Didier Pironi, Stephen Lang, Ari Vatanen, and Reinhard Genzel. After her are Robin Hobb, Osvaldo Ardiles, Joel Silver, Diana Gabaldon, Imran Khan, and Ko Yong-hui.

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In Bulgaria

Among people born in Bulgaria, Irina Bokova ranks 45 out of 372Before her are Petar Mladenov (1936), Chernorizets Hrabar (890), Kristalina Georgieva (1953), Georgi Markov (1929), Nicolai Ghiaurov (1929), and Ivan Vazov (1850). After her are John of Rila (876), Michael Shishman of Bulgaria (1280), Hristo Botev (1848), Peter Deunov (1864), Ivan Sratsimir of Bulgaria (1324), and Zhelyu Zhelev (1935).

Among DIPLOMATS In Bulgaria

Among diplomats born in Bulgaria, Irina Bokova ranks 1

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