Emma Hopkins

Emma Hopkins

British Ambassador to Bulgaria

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26th November 2015 Sofia, Bulgaria

Captain Richard Blackwell RN

Defence Attaché

Busy Week for UK Defence in Bulgaria

A busy week for UK Defence in Bulgaria this November: Remembrance events in Sofia and Plovdiv and Britain’s newest and most capable warship’s visit to Burgas. Being a non-Resident Attaché to Bulgaria, unfortunately I was unable to attend the Remembrance events but I understand that they were extremely moving and both sites were immaculately presented  – our […]

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27th August 2015 Sofia, Bulgaria

Radostina Karageorgieva, Simoneta Bozhinova, Yoan Stanev, Sofiya Kalinova, Svetoslav Tsvetkov, Sahar Hasan and Svetoslav Nunev

Former and current interns at British Embassy Sofia

British Embassy Sofia Internship Scheme

“The Embassy has run an internship programme for the last few years. The interns bring to the Embassy a fresh perspective alongside gaining valuable work experience. They are usually tasked with one big “project” (based on their own interests) during their time with us but, also quickly become an important part of Embassy life. I […]

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19th June 2015 Sofia, Bulgaria

Emma Hopkins

by Emma Hopkins

British Ambassador to Bulgaria

No One Is Above the Law

UK embassies around the world along with my Foreign Minister this week commemorate the 800 year anniversary since the sealing of Magna Carta in a tented encampment on the banks of the River Thames in 1215. Magna Carta has become a strong British brand – over the centuries it has come to stand for much […]

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About Emma Hopkins

This post is also available in: BulgarianEmma Kate Hopkins OBE was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Bulgaria in September 2014 and took up her post in May 2015. Emma was…

This post is also available in: BulgarianEmma Kate Hopkins OBE was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Bulgaria in September 2014 and took up her post in May 2015.
Emma was born in Bolton and studied at St. Clement Danes
Comprehensive School (Chorleywood) and Cambridge University (Fitzwilliam
College) where she graduated with a degree in Law. She was called to
the Bar in 1995 and practiced as a barrister until 2001 when she entered
public service.
Before her appointment in Sofia, Emma led the UK government’s
Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) to end impunity for sexual
violence committed in war. The campaign included the Global Summit to
End Sexual Violence in Conflict – which brought together over 125
countries in the largest gathering ever on this topic. She was awarded
the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in
the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to preventing
sexual violence in conflict affected countries.
Emma’s career in government has included leading legal and policy
teams at a senior level. She was worked on immigration and asylum, human
rights, EU justice and home affairs, international criminal law,
organised crime, as well as violence against women. Between 2006 and
2008, she developed the UK strategy on human trafficking and delivered
it through a national and international campaign. For her work, in 2008,
Emma received the Civil Servant of the Year Award for outstanding
contribution to public service and in 2014 her team were given the Civil
Service International Award for their work on the PSVI campaign.
Emma is married to Steven Hopkins and they have two young daughters. She enjoys travel, running, volleyball and scuba diving.

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