Krassimir Kanev was among the founders of BHC in 1992. Between 1992 and 1994 he was its secretary and since 1994 he has been chair of the organisation. He received his PhD in Philosophy from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski and is a graduate of Columbia University, where he specialised in human rights.
Between 1998 and 2007, he was member of the executive committee of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, based in Vienna. Since 2005, Dr. Kanev is member of the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, and between 2008 and 2010 he was its chair. As of 2006, he is board member of the Association for the Prevention of Torture, Geneva. In 2008, Kanev also became board member of the Public Interest Law Institute (PILI), New York, while between 2007 and 2008 he was board member of the European Roma Rights Centre in Budapest. Dr. Kanev has participated in numerous international human rights monitoring missions in various countries in Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East. He has authored and edited many books and articles on international human rights law, interethnic relational sociology, law and education, aesthetics and logics.