Rumen Cholakov

Position
Chairman

Rumen Cholakov was born on 16 January 1991 in Sofia, Bulgaria. While studying at the American College of Sofia, he won a full scholarship from the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Whitgift School and graduated top of his class. He then went on to read History at Trinity College, Cambridge as an Honorary Cambridge European Trust Scholar and graduated 17th in his class with Double First Class Honours. He received his legal education at the University of Law (Graduate Diploma in Law) and Kaplan Law School (Legal Practice Course), financed by the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he worked from 2014 to 2016. Since September 2016, he is an associate in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis International.

 

Dear friends,

In 1846, Ivan Bogorov published the first Bulgarian newspaper “Bulgarian Eagle” in Leipzig. Many other notable Bulgarians from the 19th Century ‘Resurrection’ movement also studied and worked abroad, including Lyuben Karavelov, Georgi S. Rakovski, Hristo Botev, and Ivan Vazov, yet never stopped fighting for the liberation of their country.

Today, it is estimated that there are between two and three million Bulgarian expats living globally. There are six thousand Bulgarian students in the United Kingdom alone. Of course, we are not confronted with the Ottoman Empire, nor do we have to take arms to claim our freedom as a nation. Still, I believe that among these many emigrants, there are many patriots who are equally capable and willing to work for the future of Bulgaria, even if they do not intend to return to it.

I also believe that the voice of young people must be heard much more and that Bulgaria needs us, because our generation will live the longest with the decisions taken today. We have idealism and stubbornness, which are often characteristics of the less experienced and these are our most valuable assets, which we can and want to offer.

For me, politics is not a dirty word. The purpose of Millennium is not to be a political party or a political project, but I do hope that we will be involved in politics – we will lobby for positive change, we will share our views on all aspects of life in Bulgaria and we will not be afraid to speak our minds, even if we could be wrong.

In today’s interconnected global world of easy communication and freedom of travel, national identity may have an ever-smaller role – perhaps for the best. Even so, I still encourage you to become part of Millennium and to keep your love for Bulgaria strong, wherever you are. Because, as Vasil Levski put it: “If it is for Bulgaria, we are within time and time is within us, it transforms us and we transform it”.

With best wishes,

Rumen Cholakov