Lecturers 2014

Anton Pavlov

Anton Pavlov

Deputy Minister in charge of Еnergy policy

Anton Pavlov has graduated the Technical University HEMI Lenin, Sofia with a master’s degree in automation and electronic engineering. He is also a master of finance and corporate finance at the UNWE Sofia and a PhD at D.А.Tsenov – Academy of Economics, Svishtov.

Pavlov worked as an energy expert at companies in the energy sector from 1995 to 2012. He started his carrier in the energy sector at the National Electrical Company. Within the period 1999-2000, he has been a representative of the Ministry of Economy and Energy, the former State Agency for Energy and Energy Resources. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Mines Maritsa East as well. Until 2012, he has held various management positions in the companies of CEZ Bulgaria. He was a part of the team of “Intertek BA” Ltd for a short period, as well as of the pension fund Alliance Bulgaria. Up to now, he has been a chief power engineer and a head of Energy Management at Lukoil Bulgaria EOOD.

He speaks English, Russian and German.


Kamen Spassov

Kamen Spassov

Caretaker Deputy minister of Transport, information Technology and Communications

Kamen Spassov has MA engineering degree in automation of production with the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy – Sofia. He graduated in 1984 and in 1992 he had already obtained a PhD. Assoc. Kamen Spassov has an international MBA and between 1998-1999 he studied at the Business School at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA, and the University of Economics in Vienna, Austria. He has specialized as senior state official in the field of information technologies for the deployment of e-government at the Korean Agency for Promotion of Digitalization Opportunities. He is the author of several publications and books on e-government.

His professional experience dates back to 1985 with his teaching and scientific activity at the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy – Sofia. In 1992 he took the editor’s position with Computerworld Bulgaria and in 1993 he became deputy General Editor at PC Magazine Bulgaria. In the period 1994-1998 Kamen Spassov worked as an account manager at IBM Bulgaria, and from 1999 to 2000 he was a product marketing manager at MediaMap, Cambridge, USA.

A year later, he became а director and editor of the TechReviews portal, CMP Media Internet Group, Boston, USA. From 2002 to 2003, Kamen Spasov is the CEO of Sipreem, and then from 2004 to 2005 is an IT consultant at UniCredit Bulbank. His professional development continues in the period 2003-2004 and 2006-2007 as a Coordinator at the Coordination Center for Information, Communication and Management Technologies, Council of Ministers. Kamen Spasov is a team leader for the development of electronic services for the district administration. In the period 2005-2006 he was a territorial manager of Tumbleweed Communications. From 2007 to 2011, he was the director of CRM TechnoLogica LTD systems. During this period, he was a team leader for the development of electronic services for municipal administration.

Since 2009 Kamen Spasov has been an Associate Professor at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski “, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics; and Head of the Master Program “E-business and e-government.” During this period, he was also head of the Master Class in CRM – American University in Bulgaria and Economics. From 2013 projects related to eGovernment Laboratory eGovernment BAS have been developed and implemented under his leadership.

He speaks fluent English and Russian.


Anna-Marie Vilamovska

Dr. Anna-Marie Vilamovska

Secretary for Healthcare, Education and Science of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria

Secretary for Healthcare, Education and Science of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, whose responsibilities include chairing the Presidential Council for Science and Education and the Presidential Council for Social and Economic Development (for its thematic meetings on health system trends and priorities), as well as steering the President’s “Bulgarian Christmas” Philanthropic Initiative (raising funds for disadvantaged under 18-year-olds suffering from rare diseases), and the “John Atanasoff” Presidential Awards for Promising Young ICT Scientists.

Born on December 13, 1978, Anna-Marie Vilamovska holds an M.A. in economics and international development (Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, Robert Bosch scholarship) and a Ph.D. in microeconomics and policy analysis (Pardee RAND Graduate School, Rothenberg Dissertation Award for her study evaluating an upcoming health information technology’s potential to address outstanding issues in the clinical quality and cost effectiveness of hospital-based health care in the U.S.A., Germany, the U.K. and Italy). Dr. Vilamovska’s education policy and economics research focuses on the issues of value-added formation in secondary and higher education. Her health economics and policies publications examine the effects which quality- and efficiency-improving interventions at the individual practice and the health system level have on different population sub-groups, health services costing and reimbursement reform implications, and human resource planning in healthcare.

From 2003 to 2005 Dr. Vilamovska was a consultant at the World Bank (IBRD, IDA) in Washington, D.C., contributing to technical assistance and operational projects supporting pension system reforms in Central Europe, the Middle East, Central and South Asia (focusing on program fiscal sustainability, demographic and poverty impact policy simulations, and institutional design). From 2005 to 2010, as a Doctoral Fellow at the RAND Corporation (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.), she co-led applied research projects funded via competitive grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the European Commission and others in the fields of health (quality of care and patient safety policies, health information technology effects on care delivery and outcomes, health promotion and disease prevention strategies, cost-effectiveness analysis) and education (middle and high school student performance, and college ranking and student performance factors). Concurrently, during 2007 – 2008 at the Eli Broad Educational Foundation Dr. Vilamovska evaluated the foundations’ educational interventions in large urban schools and constructed an investment performance index based on school’s value added results. From 2010 to 2012 she was the Acting Director of the Economic Analysis and Forecasting Directorate at the Ministry of Finance and headed the Microeconomic Analysis and Forecasting Department at its Budget Directorate, where she led the portfolio of fiscal and social policy forecasting and modeling tasks for the National Growth and Convergence Program and the National Reform Program of the Republic of Bulgaria. Dr. Vilamovska is fluent in English, Polish and German, and has working knowledge of Spanish.


H.E. Shin Maeng-ho

H.E. Shin Maeng-ho

Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Bulgaria


Ognian Zlatev

Ognian Zlatev

Head of the European Commission Representation in Sofia

Ognian Zlatev is the Head of the European Commission Representation in Sofia as from 1st May 2013.

He joined the European Commission as Head of Communications Unit of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion in December 2011.

He has over twenty years of professional experience in communication, media development and NGO management. His assignments took him to a number of transition societies and environments across the World (South-East Europe and Western Balkans, Southern Caucasus, Central Asia, Middle East) where he worked as a consultant for international institutions (UNESCO, OSCE, The World Bank) and media (BBC).


Salvatore Zecchini

Dr. Salvatore Zecchini

Chairman of the OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship, Italy

Mr. Salvatore Zecchini served as the President of Gestore del Mercato Elettrico S.p.A. Mr. Zecchini is an Economic advisor to Ministers of Productive Activities on economic, financial and industrial policy issues (including Lisbon Plan), on incentive schemes for companies, on energy matters and on globalisation of the companies’ system (since 2001) and was also Economic advisor to Minister of Treasury on international economic and monetary policy issues and on national … financial matters; Leader of Public Investment Assessment Team (1997-1999). Economist at “Servizio Studi” (Research Department), Bank of Italy; Director in the sector of international economics; Participant in technical sessions of Economic Policy Committee and Monetary Committee, EEC (1972-1984). He was an Executive Director (Member of Executive Board), IMF (Washington, 1984-1989). Various posts at OECD (Paris), including Deputy Secretary-General and Director of Centre for Co-Operation with Economies in Transition (1989-1997). He served as a Director of Gestore del Mercato Elettrico S.p.A. snHe is a Professor of International Economic Policy, University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (since 1977). He is the Chairman of Advisory Committee, ICE (Italian Institute for Foreign Trade); Member of Commission in charge of studies for preparation of consolidated texts of laws on incentives to companies; Leader of Public Investment Assessment and Monitoring Team, Ministry of Productive Activities. thor of various essays of economic and financial analysis and of two books on economic politics (Kluwer Academic Publishers). Lead writer for some of the main Italian daily papers on economics and finance. Mr. Zecchini holds Economic studies degree from Columbia University, New York (M.B.A. Degree) and Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School, Ph.D. Program in Economics).


Elitsa Panayotova

Elitsa Panayotova

Elitsa Panayotova has started her professional career as an architect and urban planner whose projects included the Master plan and first two buildings of Business Park Sofia. After 6 years of designer practice, investment consulting and a second Master degree she served for three years as a commercial attaché at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington, DC. Her activities were focused on the bilateral relations, B2B communication and investment promotion in all economic spheres. Upon her return to Bulgaria in 2005 the international exposure, combined with her technical background were an excellent entry to the Real Estate field and she headed the RE operations of Global Finance for Bulgaria. Later, in 2006, Elitsa Panayotova became CEO of Alfa Developments – a holding company with an investment portfolio of app. 1.0 mln sq.m. in projects, covering the full scope of real estate development. She was also the GM of Business Park Sofia. Elitsa Panayotova also created her own architecture studio “SKICA” and is currently the General Manager of “Sofia Tech Park”- a large-scale development project designed to advance research, innovation and technology growth in Bulgaria.


Radostin Vazov

Chief assistant professor Radostin Vazov, Ph.D.

VUZF University

Chief assistant professor Radostin Vazov is the CEO of VUZF university. He is a lecturer in the courses: Fundamentals of Finance and Public Finance and participates in the Innovation Research Unit of VUZF. He is an expert in financial analysis at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and founder of the “Foundation for Quality Management.” Radostin Vazov studied at South Bank University London and London School of Economics and Political Science. He has Master’s in Economics in Theory of Finance, Finance of the Enterprise, Insurance and Investment. Obtained his PhD degree from the University of National and World Economy in 2014.


Guiseppe Gramigna

Giuseppe Gramigna

Chief Economist, Small Business Administration, USA

Mr. Gramigna’s academic research focused on how changes in the financial markets affect small business lending. Giuseppe’s other academic research focused on labor migration during periods of economic transition. He later worked in the Equity Research Department of a major investment bank, where he focused on natural resource industries. At the SBA, Giuseppe advises the Agency on economic trends affecting small businesses, and leads research on strategic planning for the Agency’s various programs. He also serves as the U.S. Permanent Delegate to the OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship. He severs on the scientific committees of several academic institutions and publications, and is a frequent speaker on the domestic and international arena. Before joining the U.S. Small Business Administration, Giuseppe headed the consulting firm, DASSI Corp. His other areas of interest include the construction industries, tourism, information services, and regional economic development. Giuseppe earned a BA in economics from The State University of New York at Purchase, and a graduate degree in economics from The New School For Social Research. During 1996 to 2001 Giuseppe served as vice president and then president of the SUNY Purchase College Alumni Association. He also served as Alumni Representative to the Purchase College Council, a gubernatorial appointed oversight body.


mr amos eiran

Mr. Amos Eiran

Diplomat and Advisor to governments, former President of Haifa University, Israel

Amos Eiran has been a major presence in the business, financial and political realm in Israel and the United States for the last 40 years.

After decades in business, academia & government, Mr. Eiran turned his energies to serve on the board of major companies in Israel & abroad.

Mr. Eiran holds a BA from the American University in Washington, DC, an MA from Tel Aviv University, a Diploma in Business Administration from Harvard University as well as a Diploma from the Wharton Business School.

During the years 1960-1965 he held leading positions in the Histadrut (The workers union) and took an active part in major salary agreements as well as in resolving work conflicts – especially in the public service. Between the years 1965-1972 he served as Labor Attaché and the Political Advisor at the Israeli Embassy in Washington under Ambassador Rabin. His main responsibility was the connection with the American Congress on matters of military and economic aid for Israel.

Between 72-75, he served as CEO of Mivtahim – the largest pension fund in Israel. During this time his office he set the procedures for a comprehensive pension agreement for all industrial workers in Israel, while also serving as a Director in Bank Hapoalim, the largest bank in Israel. At the beginning of 1975, Mr. Eiran was nominated by Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, as Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office and served as his political advisor. During this time he took an active part in negotiations with the American Foreign Minister Henry Kissinger and his staff, concerning the interim agreements with Syria and Egypt, and then contributed to the Secret negotiations with Jordan. Mr. Eiran was involved in all visits of Prime Minister Rabin to the U.S. and participated in negotiations with foreign ministers, heads of Congress, the Jewish Community, as well as Presidents Ford and Carter. Following the election results, in 1977, he returned to serve as CEO and subsequently, Chairman of Mivtahim (until 1988). Between 1988-1990, Mr. Eiran served as President of Haifa University, and brought significant resources to the university, enabling to continue its development. During the years 1990-1993 served as Histadrut Representative in the U.S. and as Chairman of the joint fund raising between the Histadrut and the U.S, strengthening relationships between the American labor movement and the Histadrut in Israel. Following his return to Israel in 1994, Mr. Eiran was nominated by Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade Itchak Rabin, as Chairman of the Authority for Industrial Cooperation, responsible for agreements with foreign companies to provide equipment for military and civilian security sector of the government of Israel.


Assoc. prof. Evgeni Evgeniev

Assoc. Prof. Evgeni Evgeniev

VUZF University

Dr. Evgeni Evgeniev is a visiting professor at the Korean Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management in Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Evgeniev leads the Innovation Research Unit at VUZF University. He teaches BA/MA courses at VUZF University in financial consumer protection, business strategies, public policies and business environment. Dr. Evgeniev works also as Private Sector Development Specialist with the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank. Since joining the World Bank Sofia Office in February 2007, he has taken part in lending operations and analytical and advisory work in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Rep. and Kazakhstan, among other countries. He has collaborated in over a dozen World Bank studies, OECD and UNIDO studies on regulatory regimes. He has published in international journals on issues related to innovation, business regulation and industrial competitiveness. Mr. Evgeniev holds a PhD from the Central European University in Budapest. He has specialized in European Studies at the European College of Parma (2003-04) and has been a visiting researcher at Bosphorus University (2003) in Istanbul and the European University Institute (2004-05) in Florence.


Dr. Eva Diedrichs

Dr. Eva Diedrichs

Managing Director, IMP³rove – European Innovation Management Academy, EWIV (non-profit), Germany

Eva Diedrichs is managing director of the IMP³rove – European Innovation Management Academy, EWIV, (non profit). She gained comprehensive experience as senior consultant at A.T. Kearney, Top Management Consulting, based in Duesseldorf, Germany, where she is also Core Team member of the Innovation and R&D Management Practice. Since 2006, she has managed the project “IMP³rove” – the European Commission’s flagship project on innovation management (www.improve-innovation.eu). IMP³rove aims at better innovation management support mainly for small and medium sized enterprises. Within this project the award winning innovation management assessment tool as widely acknowledged standard has been established. Eva Diedrichs was essential for transferring the IMP³rove innovation management support services into a sustainable business under the brand of the IMP³rove – European Innovation Management Academy, EWIV (non for profit). The IMP³rove Academy offers international benchmarking for SMEs, training and coaching of innovation management professionals, assistance to policy makers in developing effective innovation support programs for SMEs.

Eva Diedrichs has also successfully supported international corporations in their endeavor to drive innovation for winning competitive edge. She gained experience in various industries such as the telecommunication, chemical and pharmaceutical industry, in the medical device sector, service industries and in the aero space and defense sector. She published several articles and monographs on innovation management, benchmarking, change management and strategic topics. She co-authored a book on core competencies and gave numerous speeches on success factors of innovation management at international conferences.


Mr. Henrik Poulsen

Mr. Henrik Poulsen

Manager for Green Start-up House, powered by Copenhagen Tech Park, Denmark

Mr. Poulsen has more than 25 years’ experience within cleantech, innovation, entrepreneurship, business development and has successfully been an entrepreneur. He has an extensive knowledge of cleantech, business development and entrepreneurship. As manager in the consulting business he has worked in most of Europe with implementation of energy savings, energy audits and energy and environmental management. He has worked in close cooperation with national and international companies with product and business development and developed and trained startups in entrepreneurship, leadership, management and business development.


Prof. Liora Katzenstein

Prof. Liora Katzenstein

Founder of Institute for the Study of Entrepreneurship and Management of Innovation (ISEMI), Israel

Professor Katzenstein’s involvement with early-stage technology enterprises spans more than two decades, and includes roles as an investor, advisor, active board member, and founder of a number of successful ventures.

As founder of Forum International (an Israeli business development consultancy), she was actively involved in establishing strategic partnerships between Israeli companies and firms in Asia and the US and provision of strategic advice and fund raising support for Israeli technology start-ups. As a partner in Consulta Associates, an international consulting firm with an active network of affiliates in North America, Europe and the Far East, she assisted foregn companies in evaluating and entering the Israeli market. Prof. Katzenstein’s main focus in her academic endeavors has been entrepreneurship education. In addition to numerous publications, she has lectured widely this topic at most of Israel’s universities and management training institutions, leading public enterprises and major technology based corporations. Since 1996, she has served as the founding president of ISEMI. As head of ISEMI’s founding team, Liora led the initiative of bringing to Israel the unique Masters of Enterpreneurship and Innovation (MEI) program that had been developed at Swinburne University of Technology. Prior to founding ISEMI, Liora served as Associate Dean of the Tel Aviv International School of Management (a private graduate management school).

Prof. Katzenstein holds a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University, and a PhD in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies at the University of Geneva. She was awarded a visiting doctoral scholarship to the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. Prof. Katzenstein has served as a director of several public and private companies, including Clal Industries & Investments (one of Israel’s largest holding companies), Discount Issuers Ltd. (Israel’s third largest bank), Amanet (one of the largest consulting companies), Bezeq Globe (a subsidiary of Israel’s largest telecommunications company), Degem Ltd (a leading Israeli high tech company) as well as RIT, RadWare and RadVision (NASDAQ traded high tech firms) and Clal Insurance (Israel’s largest insurance company).


Dr. Georg Licht

Dr. Georg Licht

Center for European Economic Research – ZEW (Mannheim, Germany)

Dr. Georg Licht is head of the research department of Industrial Economics and International Management at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), in Mannheim, Germany. He has held this position since June 1994. Before that he was a senior researcher at ZEW and at the University of Augsburg (since 1985). He gained his doctoral degree at the University of Augsburg and holds a degree in economics from the University of Heidelberg. Georg Licht was visiting researcher at the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and various research universities in Europe. Research interests comprise the economics of innovation and technical change as well as on the economics of small firms and entrepreneurship. For years he was engaged in the development of the community innovation survey (CIS) and innovation surveys in Germany in manufacturing and service industries. He is consultant to the OECD, the EU-Commission and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the area of innovation and technology policy. He was a member of several expert panels in science and innovation policy. Recently, he served as a member of the “Knowledge for Growth” expert group. Currently, he chairs the OECD working party on industry analyses (WPIA). He has published various articles and books on fields like high-tech start-ups, industry studies, innovation and patents.


Prof. Mihaly Laki

Prof. Mihaly Laki

Scientific Advisor to the Economic Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Mihály Laki graduated from the Karl Marx University of Economics. He received his doctoral degree in 1996, while he obtained his doctorate from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2007. From 1982 he was working at the Institute for Economic and Market Research (KOPINT), and from 1989 at the Research Institute of Cooperatives. He has been a senior research fellow of the Institute of Economics since 1989. His research field covers issues of firm behavior, privatization, entrepreneurship and market structures in transitional countries, especially in Hungary. He was a member of the Economics Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and is currently a member of the editorial board of several journals. His teaching activity includes various foreign universities (Central European University, Justus Liebig Universitat, University of California San Diego).


Dr. Gábor Hunya

Dr. Gábor Hunya

Staff Economist, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, WiiW

Dr. Gabor Hunya is Staff Economist at wiiw and country expert for Romania and Bulgaria, focusing on macroeconomic analysis and policy. His research areas are on privatisation and foreign direct investment in Central, East and Southeast Europe. Beyond his research and publishing Dr. Hunya is regularly engaged by national and multinational institutions and banks as a consultant in the field of country risk assessment, economic transformation, foreign direct investment flows and risks (e.g. World Bank, UNCTAD and OECD). He is editor of the annual publication ‘wiiw FDI Report Central East and Southeast Europe’. He holds an M.A. degree and doctorate in economic geography of the Budapest University.


Krasimir Stoyanov

Krassimir Stoyanov

CEO of ORAK Global Group

Krasimir Stoyanov is the founder of Orak global group with 18 years of global experience in vertical software solutions. As managing Orak Krasimir is awarded with Bulgarian and international (European and American) prizes for sustainable innovative development for his contribution to the creation of a revolutionary cloud -based technology platform ORAK R6. In his role as a board member of the Bulgarian Association of Software Companies and ICT cluster Plovdiv Krasimir leads CEO groups of innovation and entrepreneurship , working together with the greatest tech entrepreneurs in the development of software industry and IT talent in the region.


Petar Sharkov

Petar Sharkov

President at Start It Smart

Petar is the co-founding president at Start It Smart, one of Bulgaria’s first and most significant entrepreneurial organizations. He is also a co-founder and trainer at Mind Mapping, licensed personally by the very creator of Mind Mapping, Tony Buzan. The company is focused on accelerated learning through the use of innovative tools. In addition to that, Petar is in charge of the first pre-accelerator in Bulgaria, Start It Smart | Pre – Accelerator, a 10-week program for first-time entrepreneurs.

His passion to learn and teach is a major component of the driving force behind all projects he is involved with. True innovation, a willingness to achieve all goals one can set, and a passion to create and share with the world are the things that inspire Petar and move him along the exciting and unpredictable entrepreneurial road.


Veselin Arnaudov

Vesselin Arnaudov

Advanced Development Lead at VMware

Author’s Bio: As an Advanced Development Lead, Vesselin Arnaudov is responsible for leading all incubation and advanced development activities for the VMware R&D Site in Bulgaria, including research and development for new lines of business, regional products, and driving research activities with the academic & research community. As a software engineer with 10 years expertise in a wide spectrum of technologies and research, he has been with the company for the past seven years and holds a degree in Computer Science from Brown University.


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Hristo Stoyanov

Manager of business development activities in Bulgaria of the European Investment Fund

He joined the EIF office in Sofia as mandate manager in 2011 responsible for the operations of a Bulgarian holding fund providing EU Structural Funds through SME-focused financial instruments including guarantees, start-up accelerators and venture capital. He is member of the Board of Directors of JEREMIE Bulgaria – company, acting as an umbrella fund with diversified portfolio of private equity funds and risk-sharing commitments to local credit institutions. Prior to joining the EIF, Hristo managed M&A advisory projects at Forem Consulting in Sofia. He holds a MBA degree from University of Notre Dame in the USA.


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Prof. Virginia Zhelyazkova

VUZF University

Dr. Virginia Zhelyazkova is a member of the Innovation Research Unit at VUZF University and Associate Professor at VUZF University where she teaches various subjects in the field of banking and finance. She obtained her PhD in 2010 the field of international economics from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences with advisor Prof. Dr. Rossitsa Rangelova, and thesis topic “Economic Effects from the Price Dynamics of Crude Oil”. She has received her Master degree in International Economics and Bachelor degree in International Relations from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia.

Dr. Virginia Zhelyazkova is an author of a number of publications on subjects related to finance, green banking, climate change, environmental risk management and energy economics and has participated in various national and international conferences. In 2013 VUZF published her monograph “Climate Change and Environmental Risk Management for Financial Institutions” which summarized her latest research findings. Dr. Zhelyazkova is also a lecturer in the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield CITY College program in Sofia where she teaches a course in Financial Management.

In parallel to her academic career, since 2006 she has been working for Postbank, one of the leading commercial banks in Bulgaria in the area of budgeting, planning and project coordination. Since 2011 she is also Environmental Officer responsible for the operational implementation of the environmental policy of the Bank thus amalgamating her academic knowledge and research interests with best business practices.


Prof. Dr. Kostadin Kostadinov

Prof. Dr. Kostadin Kostadinov

Institute of Mechanics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Chairman of the Management Board, GIS-Transfer Center

Prof. Kostadin Kostadinov graduated from the Technical University in Sofia with two MSc degrees. He obtained his PhD from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and has received variety of qualification certificates from Universities in Germany, France and Romania. His work is closely linked with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, where he occupied several key senior positions. He also held positions as Advisor to the Minister of Education and Science in Bulgaria and served as Deputy Rector for Scientific Research and Institutional Coordination at VUZF University. He has experience with the management of European and PhD research projects as well as with projects related to development of computer-oriented applications in the biomechanics and robotics. In the past five years, prof. Kostadinov has published over 50 articles in Bulgarian, English and German. His research focuses on mechanics, mechatronics and robotics.


Julia Dobreva

Dr. Julia Dobreva

VUZF University

Dr. Julia Dobreva is a part-time lecturer at VUZF University, as well as a co-lecturer for the Sofia-based programme of CITY College, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield (www.city.academic.gr).Dr. Dobreva teaches a BA course in Business Economics, Accounting Fundamentals and Sustainable Development (in English – Sheffiled programme) and BA and MA courses in Global Economy and Sustainable Development (in Bulgarian – VUZF programme). Besides her academic job, Dr. Dobreva works as a Financial Analyst /corporate clients specialist/ in the Corporate Loans Department at the Central Cooperative Bank, PLC – HQ, Sofia. Her day-to-day obligations include assessing and analyzing the financial standing of SME and corporate clients of the bank. She has also been assigned specific individual tasks with regard to financial due diligence. Dr. Dobreva has a number of publications in international journals on issues related to public finances, environmental issues and sustainable development. She holds a PhD from Sofia University St Kliment Ohridsky in Sofia, Bulgaria.


Nikola Dimitrov

Nikola Dimitrov

VUZF University

Nikola Dimitrov is an active intrapreneur and has worked for companies in the area of IT Consulting, Insurance, Real Estate, Tourism and Banking. Nikola has been involved in projects such as: Integration of CRM systems, Real estate project planning, management, marketing and sales, Corporate website creation, Online banking development, Mobile banking development and Self-service zone creation.

He is currently a Lean Navigator in one of the leading banks in Bulgaria with focus on Mindset and behavioural change, Improving motivational schemes, Efficiency and process optimisation, Sales increase strategies, and Branch network optimization and others. Nikola is also a lecturer at City College, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield and part of the Business Administration and Economics Department. He teaches “Computing Skills for Business”, “Information Technology and Management” and “Decision Making with IT”. He is also a member of the „Innovation Research Group” at VUZF University.

He is interested and actively researching game theories and gamification of education and organisations. Other areas of interest include change management, coaching and body language recognition.


Ivan Mihaylov

Ivan Mihaylov
Manager of Visteon Electronics Bulgaria
Mr. Ivan Mihaylov has been Manager of Visteon Electronics Bulgaria since 2012. He has had a long experience in the IT Management, Telecommunications, etc. In 2013, he earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Texas (Austin) – the Red McCombs School – in the field of Innovations and Technologies. Mr. Mihaylov has also earned a Master’s degree of Economic Management at Kliment Ohridski Sofia University and a degree in Computer Systems and Technologies at Sofia Technical University.