The European Commission has declared the year 2022 the European Year of Youth. As a small country, Bulgaria has plenty to be proud of, most notably the contribution of young Bulgarians in the development of the economy, social life, culture and education.

On this occasion, on the country’s national holiday, March 3rd, the Bulgarian pavilion will present three of the successful young people named in the prestigious ranking of Forbes Magazine Bulgaria “30 under 30”. This ranking of the magazine is a selection which annually distinguishes young leaders under the age of 30 who can lead Bulgaria and the world to a better future. The theme of the online event is “Young ambassadors” as each participant is an example to their peers with their talent, skills and causes they support.

VICTORIA, Radostin Cholakov and Hristian Hristov are aged between 16 and 27, but they already have inspiring achievements, each of which is related to the three themes of Expo 2020 Dubai: opportunities, mobility and sustainability.

VICTORIA is part of the annual ranking of Forbes Bulgaria “30 under 30” for 2020 in the category “Culture. Art. Media”. Her distinctive voice and style position her as one of the most promising new artists from Eastern Europe. She rises to fame in 2015 after appearing in the fourth season of “X Factor Bulgaria”, where she reaches the final 5. The TV show is her chance to achieve her dreams and prove her talent not only at home but also abroad. 


In 2020, she is one of the official European ambassadors of World Earth Hour. Victoria finishes 11th at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021 with her entry “Growing Up Is Getting Old”. The song tells a story about becoming a better person by going back to your roots and to the place you feel safe. Last year, Victoria released her debut album, “A little dramatic”, which includes “Imaginary Friend”, “Growing Up is Getting Old”, “Dive into Unknown”, “Dive into Unknown”, “Phantom Pain” and “The Funeral Song”. Victoria loves animals and has 4 rescue dogs, 2 rabbits and a parrot. Again in 2021, she won the 3rd season of “The Masked Singer” in Bulgaria. 

The cause of saving animals and preserving our nature is a life mission for another young ambassador of Bulgaria, also distinguished in the Forbes Bulgaria ranking “30 under 30” in the category “Social Entrepreneurship” for 2021. His professional path is in line with the other main theme of Expo 2020 Dubai: sustainability. Hristian Hristov is the director of the Nature and Animal Protection Centre in Dobrich. In recent years, he has transformed it from a decrepit provincial zoo into a modern rescue centre for endangered animals. There, they receive medical care and live in an environment that is close to their natural habitat. 

Hristian Hristov
Hristian Hristov

Hristian is only 27 years old. He graduated in Ecology / Marine Biology at Hull University in the UK, but instead of pursuing a highly paid career abroad, he returned to his hometown of Dobrich to help. The Nature and Animal Protection Centre, which he manages, covers 162 dca and houses 87 different species. Through his example and commitment, Hristian has brought together volunteers of all ages to change the environment in which animals live. 

The third young ambassador of Bulgaria is only 16 years old. Radostin Cholakov is the winner in the category “Science, Technology, Education” of the Forbes Bulgaria Magazine in the ranking of 2021. He has been studying programming since he was 9 years old and is recognized as one of the greatest talents in programming in Bulgaria. 

In 2018, he developed projects awarded by the software giant Google. In 2019, work began on the productivity app AnyGoal, which later grew into a mini-social network. 

He is the winner of the John Atanassov Award for achievements in the field of informatics; it was presented to him by the President of the Republic of Bulgaria. Rado is also a laureate of the National Olympiad in Information Technology for 2020 and 2021.

Rado will be representing Bulgaria in informatics at the Research Science Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, in 2022. He is also part of the Bulgarian team for Regeneron ISEF – the largest international competitive science fair.

Radostin Cholakov
Radostin Cholakov

Radostin is the founder of the machine learning platform “AzBuki.ML”, for which he received an award from the Bulgarian Association of Information Technology. The platform aims to improve the support of the Bulgarian language in the online environment. The software uses linguistic algorithms that perform speech processing and are an alternative to services such as Google NLP and Amazon Comprehend.

AzBuki.ML provides accessible tools (APIs) for developers, as well as numerous first-party user programs. The product, created by the 16-year-old young programmer, is already used by large companies. AzBuki was also highly praised by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and universities in Bulgaria. 

He is currently engaged in machine learning research and dreams of creating his own software companies. 

His achievements are a great example that inspires his peers and is in line with the third theme of Expo 2020 Dubai, mobility, because technology removes barriers and constraints, and supports the desire to learn and improve.