Position: Bulgarian Finance MinisterIncumbent: Kalin Hristov, 42Born: Feb.6, 1971Term: Hristov became interim finance minister on March 13 after a centre-right government led by Boiko Borisov resigned in February. He replaces Simeon Djankov and will keep the post until a new government is formed after a May 12 election.
Key this site Since 2009, Hristov has been a deputy central bank governor in charge of Bulgaria's currency peg to the euro. He has also held the post of adviser to Governor Ivan Iskrov.-- Graduated in macroeconomics from Sofia's University of National and World Economy.
-- Hristov is a rising star at Bulgaria's central bank, one of the most respected institutions in the Balkan country, in part due to its role in the aftermath of a crisis in 1996, when a third of banks went into insolvency.-- He joined the central bank in October 1997, in the economic research department. Five years later he became a member of its investment committee.
-- A staunch supporter of fiscal prudence and the idea that sustainable growth cannot be achieved by higher state expenditure, Hristov is not likely to support sharp rises in spending to boost incomes in the European Union's poorest country.-- As a deputy governor Hristov has kept a low public profile, but is well known to foreign investors and market makers, as he attended all road shows for the sale of Bulgaria's first Eurobond issue in 10 years in 2012.-- After years advocating quick accession to the euro, Hristov changed his position with the start of the euro zone debt crisis and supported the Borisov government's decision to delay the process.-- Hristov, a fluent English speaker, is an author of several publications on the problems of macroeconomics, monetary policy and the euro.