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A new faculty member  : Prof. Evgeni Evgeniev

01 Dec, 2014 News Center 1,258

Read voraciously, interact extensively


Dr. Evgeni Evgeniev is a trained economist and a political scientist. In 2006, he earned his US-accredited PhD degree in Political Economy of Transition Economies from Budapest- based Central European University. He has a specialization in European Studies from the European College of Parma and B.A. and M.A degree from Varna University of Economics in Bulgaria.

Prior to his appointment as a lecturer at the KDI School, Dr. Evgeni served as a Private Sector Development Specialist with the Competitiveness and Trade Global Practice at the World Bank, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has taken part in World Bank lending operations and knowledge and advisory work in Eastern Europe in the areas of innovation, business regulation and competition policy, and financial sector assessment. Along with the position at the World Bank, Dr. Evgeni Evgeniev was also an Associate Professor at the VUZF University in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Why KDI School?

“KDI School is one of the top schools in Korea, and around the world,” he explained. Dr. Evgeni further explained his desire to study about Korea’s economic development. “I have been working mostly in Europe and central Asia in my 10 years professional life and now I want to learn what lessons we can take from here for the European economies to grow because Europe is in crises, not only economic but political crises and I think East Asia is a wonderful example to learn from.”

With a big smile, Dr. Evgeni poured out his experiences in the KDI School. “I like the active interactions so I encourage dialogue in class and I am happy that everybody shares their experience from their own perspectives. Also, I think various student activities such as Sports Day and Happy Hour keep student close to one another. ”

Advice for KDIS Students

In the last part of the interview, Dr. Evgeni shared his personal principles with all the KDI School students. “I would like to emphasize the importance of reading. After you graduate and start working in your field of expertise, especially when you work for international organizations, expectations are high but it would be hard to find the time for reading. Also, interact with people as much diverse as possible to get the most knowledge about how the world functions,” he said.

By Brian Dzansi (2014 MDP, Ghana)