Radan Kanev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. He graduated from the French language high school in Sofia and Master’s degree in law from Sofia University. From 2002 on, he works as a self-employed lawyer in Sofia, a partner and managing partner at several law firms, and trade mark representative before the Bulgarian patent office and the EUIPO. Radan married in 2006 and has one son, born in 2009.
Radan Kanev started his political career as one of the founders of Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB) and became actively involved in politics in 2007 when he was elected member of the Sofia board of the DSB. He became a member of the National election HQ of the party in 2007, a member of the National Board in 2009, vice president in 2011 and president of the party in 2013. After resigning from the leadership in 2017, he is vice-president of DSB again.
In 2014, Radan Kanev was elected member of the National Assembly (national parliament) of Bulgaria, co-chairing the parliamentary group of the coalition Reformist bloc, and served as vice-chairman of the standing committee for Labor, demography and social policy.
In 2019, Radan Kanev was elected to the European Parliament as a representative of the recently founded “Democratic Bulgaria” coalition and is a member of the EPP group.
Besides his political and professional activities, Radan was always a civil activist in various fields of civil rights, environment and urban environment protection. Before starting his political career, he was a Red Cross activist and volunteer, trainer in health promotion and social assistance programs, member of the Red Cross youth board and president of the Red Cross youth organization in Bulgaria.
Currently, he serves as a member of the European Parliament, and member of ENVI, EMPL, PETI, COVI and SANT committees.