Mariya Sapundzhievа has a Master’s Degree in Law, Diplomacy and International Relations from New Bulgarian University and a Master’s in National Security and Defense from the G. S. Rakovski National Defense Academy. She is a SWT alumni from 2002, 2003 and 2005, Okaloosa Island, FL. From 2007 – 2009, Mariya worked for the Foreign Affairs Committee of the 40th National Assembly. She subsequently became a Programs and Projects Senior Expert at The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria and Member of the Board of Directors of the organization, as well as Secretary General of its youth organization – Bulgarian Euro-Atlantic Youth Club. Over the years, she has participated in the organization of numerous international conferences, seminars, projects activities, etc.