Nikolai Tagarov started his career at Aon Hewitt where, in global locations such as in Chicago, New York and London, he served as a business analyst and operations manager serving several Fortune 500 clients.
Between 2008 and 2011, Mr Tagarov served as Senior Analyst and Project Director at the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD), Bulgaria’s oldest and most influential think tank, and managed multiple projects in the fields of energy policy and energy security as well as anti-corruption, AML and countering organized crime, and immigration policy. As Project Director, Mr. Tagarov was responsible for successfully planning and implementing the expansion into new research areas, and for the strategic management of international projects and partnerships, while also conducting research related to program evaluations and social impact assessments. His innovative use of mirror program evaluations and socio-economic impact assessments for transferring best practices in public sector governance among EU Member States has been validated by the European Commission, and has been replicated and implemented in numerous EC-funded projects throughout the European Union and across a wide variety of public policy domains.
Between 2013 and 2017, Nikolai Tagarov served as Managing Director at Gateway International, a consulting company based in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. In this role, Nikolai helped attract several prominent international clients and partners, and also served as the first Beijing-based EBRD China Consultant, focusing on the energy, agriculture and high-tech sectors.
Mr Tagarov has advanced to intermediate knowledge of Bulgarian, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Serbian/Croatian, German, Modern Greek and conversational level of Mandarin.