Velislav Radev grew up in Bulgaria and graduated from university in Sofia. In 1985 he emigrated from the country and lived as a refugee in Yugoslavia and Sweden. He continued his studies at Uppsala University, before joining in 1988 the BBC, where he worked for 20 years as a reporter and producer. He covered the Yugoslav wars and travelled widely across the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Western Europe, usually always finding time for a few snaps with his camera, preferably on film.
Veli worked for BBC News in its Moscow Bureau and was Deputy Head of the BBC Russian Service.
After leaving the BBC he launched MyCentury.tv and returns every so often to his native Bulgaria.
He works in video production and communications with Barrie Media