Ilko Yordanov is educational policy researcher in Expert Analyses Group and Open Society Institute – Sofia. Since 2003 he has worked on Bulgarian education reform in the field of: decentralization, school drop-out and early school leaving, VET and work-force development, early childhood development, introduction of delegated budgets system, parents’ participation in the school life, teachers’ qualification and professional development and quality assurance, evaluation, monitoring and transparency of education services. He has accumulated experience as project coordinator and expert on educational projects and surveys designing, implementation and reporting supported by: the World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP, University of Cambridge, PHARE-LIEN Programme of the EU, Human Resources Operative Program, Research Support Scheme, the Open Society Institute – Sofia, the Open Society Institute – Budapest, the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative – Open Society Institute, Azerbaijan National Research Association, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Ministry of Finance and the Bulgarian government.
Ilko Yordanov was appointed by the minister of education, youth and science as a member of the working group for drafting the Concept of the Law for Preschool and School Education, and member of the working group for drafting the State Educational Standard on School Organizational Development and Quality Management at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Science and for a member of the Monitoring committee of the project BG051PO001-3.1.06 "Improving the quality of education in focal schools by introducing a whole-day school approach" funded with 90 mln. euro by the Operational Program "Human Resources Development" (2011-2014).
Since 2011 Ilko Yordanov has been active member of the International Thematic Working Group on Early School Leaving, European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture Lifelong Learning; Education and Training, Programmes and Actions.