Flotilla Adm. Prof. BOYAN MEDNIKAROV, D.Sc.

Field Expert & Research Fellow

Rector of Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy, Professor of Military-Political Aspects of Security, Chairman of the Scientists’ Union in Varna, member of the Management Board of the Bulgarian Union of Scientists and an active public figure.

Flotilla Adm. Prof. Boyan Mednikarov, D.Sc. graduated first in class in the Naval Academy in Varna, specializing in naval shipping guidance. He started his service at the light infantry brigade in the city of Sozopol, as а Commander of a rocket launcher. Subsequently, he went through the positions of Assistant Commander, Ship Commander, Commander of a tactical group of ships, Chief of division of ships. The Admiral Kuznetsov Naval Academy in St. Petersburg awarded him a gold medal, when he obtained his first Master’s degree in 1992.

During his extensive professional career, he has held the positions of a Senior Assistant Chief of the Operations Division at the Navy Headquarters in Varna, Deputy Head of the Operational-Tactical Department of the Postgraduate Qualifications Center at the Naval Academy, Head of the Naval Forces Department at the Military Academy. Between 2001 and 2011, he was the Deputy Head of the Educational and Scientific Section of the Naval Academy in Varna. Since May 2011, he is the Rector of the Academy.

In 1999, he completed his Doctorate degree and later became an Associate Professor of Armed Forces Organization and Management. Flotilla Adm. Prof. Mednikarov has his second Master degree in Strategic Leadership of Defense and Armed Forces from the Military Academy in Sofia. He has a second PhD in Military-Political Aspects of Security. Since 2009, Flotilla Adm. Prof. Mednikarov is a Professor in the same academic field.

Prof. Mednikarov was the chairman of the Scientists’ Union in Varna. He is a winner of the Varna Award for Science in 2008 in the field of social sciences. He was awarded the 2014 Prize of the Bulgarian Marine Chamber St. Nicholas for personal contribution in the development of marine science and education. Honorary Professor of the Naval Academy Mircea cel Batran, Constanta, Romania. Awarded with the Honorable Golden Order “Merit to Varna” in 2016 for the overall contribution to the development of marine education and science. Winner of the 2016 Black Sea Medal Awards for the long years of work in the field of conservation and improvement of the Black Sea environment. He was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa Degree by Todor Kableshkov University of Transport, Sofia.

Areas of expertise: Defense and Strategic Studies, Maritime Security and Safety, Maritime Education System, Leadership and Management in Shipping

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