Krassen Stanchev

Member of the CASE Advisory Council

Dr. Krassen Stanchev is currently Senior Consultant and Central Asia Regional Advisor for Pragma Corp. ( and, Board Chairman, Founder and former Executive Director of IME ( - Bulgaria's first independent and free market think thank (1993), former member and committee chair of the Constitutional Assembly (1990-1991), one of the most quoted Bulgarian observers, best country analyst award recipient for 1996 by Euromoney and a nominee for Bulgaria's Mr. Ekonomika 2004 (as well as laureate of Bulgaria Government Prize - 2002, Templeton - 2006 - as IME Director, and GV Fund for Contribution to the Spirit of Liberty - 2006).

He was a principle drafter of a number of reforms from central planning to market economy and is one of the leaders of those reforms.  

His expertise is in economic and regulatory policies conducive to private sector growth: cost-benefit analysis of regulations (and related public governance areas), business environment and administrative barriers, competitiveness, law making (environment policy, mortgage bonds, special purpose investment vehicles, business registration, limiting licensing and permits, private bailiffs, and other bills) and think tank management.  He leads, led or was involved in projects and services related to market oriented and democratic reforms in other countries, Balkans and Former Soviet Union.