Ralitsa Vassileva

News Director, Bulgarian International Television (BIT)

Ralitsa Vassileva is an internationally recognized News anchor, experienced in handling breaking news, a content writer in the newsroom and a correspondent in the field. As a young journalist she helped shape the post-Communist approach to news in her native Bulgaria and helped build CNN International, the world’s first 24 hour news network.

Vassileva led in the newsroom and nurtured young talent not just at CNN, but also at TV stations around the world. Vassileva is now moderating UN events, consulting the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and developing content for the Global Atlanta news website.

An award-winning journalist, Vassileva has conducted a variety of interviews with ordinary people, terrorism victims and world leaders, including former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat, former U.S Secretaries of State, Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright, Nobel Peace Prize winners Mohamad Yunus, Jody Williams and former IAEA Chief Mohammed ElBaradei, as well as entrepreneurs, including Richard Branson and Ted Turner.