Irena Vassileva on how her life has been shaped by her time in Germany:
"I progressed very quickly in my career and could say the same about my personal development to some extent, having married a German. I saw a lot of the country and learned about its history and culture."
Current place of residence: Bankya and Sofia, Bulgaria
Country of origin: Bulgaria
Stay in Germany: 1997 in Bonn and 1998 to 2008 in Berlin
Education and research institution in Germany: University of Bonn and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Occupation: Professor of English and German