Sergei Stanishev was born on the 5th May 1966. He studied history, in which he holds a PhD. He was a visiting fellow in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to his political career he worked as a journalist.
In 1996 he became Head of the foreign policy and international relations department of the Bulgarian Socialist Party. In 2001 he was elected Member of the Bulgarian Parliament. Since December 2001 he has been Chairman of the National Council of the Bulgarian Socialist Party. He was re-elected as Party Chair in 2002, 2005 and 2009. From 2002 to 2009 he was a member of the PES Presidency. Sergei Stanishev was Prime Minister of Bulgaria from 2005 to 2009. During his term as Prime Minister Bulgaria became a member of the European Union. Currently he is a Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Parliamentary Group of the Coalition for Bulgaria.
He has written more than 50 publications on foreign policy issues in Bulgarian and international periodicals. In 2009 he published the book “Because we are socialists”.
On the 24th November 2011, he became interim PES President and during the 9th PES Congress in September 2012 he was elected PES President. His priorities for the PES in 2012 include promoting and developing the PES alternative to austerity only policies, based on creating jobs and investing in sustainable projects that can ensure a return to growth, fighting youth unemployment, protecting democracy where it is under threat across Europe, and continuing the PES renewal process underway ‘Our Vision for Progressive Societies in the 21st Century’.