Kalinka Vasileva has a master’s degree in Political Science and Political Management from St. Kliment Okhridski University of Sofia. She has also completed a master’s program in Linguodidactics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the New Bulgarian University (NBU).
Kalinka has significant experience in the development of programs, policies and processes, as well as in the management and administration of projects in non-governmental organizations. She is also a qualified English teacher. In the non-governmental sector, Kalinka has been part of the team of the Trust for Social Alternative Foundation (TSA) for more than 6 years (2013-2019), being involved in projects related to the development and well-being of the Roma community. At TSA, she was the leader of the project Code of Success – English for Disadvantaged Youth. Before that, she was the coordinator of the Legalization of Roma Neighborhoods project and the Business Alternatives project. In addition, she administered and monitored projects funded by TSA, and was involved in the communication portfolio of the foundation.
In 2002-2007, Kalinka was the executive director of the Equal Access Foundation, which coordinated projects aimed at the desegregation of Roma schools. As a result of her campaigns, the state has adopted a Strategy for the Integration of Children and Students from Ethnic Minorities.
In 2006-2012, Kalinka taught English at the New Bulgarian University and in various language schools. She has participated in a large number of training workshops on human rights, advocacy and public speaking.