Ruslan Stefanov

Director, Economic Program, Center for the Study of Democracy

Director, Economic Program, Center for the Study of Democracy


Ruslan Stefanov currently works at the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) as director of their Economic Program. Outside of CSD, Mr. Stefanov serves as coordinator for Southeast European Leadership for Development and Integrity (, a large regional anticorruption and good governance network, and as project co-director and co-author of The Kremlin Playbook: Understanding Russian Influence in Central and Eastern Europe. A member of the European Commission’s Local Research Correspondents Network on Anti-Corruption, he took part in, the largest ever European Union research project on anti-corruption, and has participated in the United Nations (UN) Office on Drugs and Crime’s Expert Group for Anti-Corruption Coordination. Mr. Stefanov is also a member of the Free Enterprise and Democracy Network of the Center for International Private Enterprise, and of the University of Sheffield’s Advisory Board of the Cluster for Research on the Informal Sector and Policy. He received his master’s degree of the University of National and World Economy in Sofia.