BULGARIA INTERVIEWS

TATYANA DIMITROVA: THE TRIP(S) OF YOUR LIFETIME

Travelling and discovering different cultures and landscapes is one of life's greatest joys; the cliché that it is one of the most sensible investments one will make is absolutely true. Tatyana Dimitrova knows this well. About 30 years ago she was brave enough to establish a travel agency. Today, Randevu Travel is a widely recognised brand with a broad portfolio of services and covered destinations in Bulgaria and abroad, and scores of loyal, satisfied customers.

Comments: 0

Read more Add new comment

IS THE ENERGY CRISIS OVER FOR BULGARIA?

The planet is getting warmer and humanity is increasingly aware of the dangers, but the war in Ukraine and the crisis of energy supplies that ensued put to the test the efforts for adopting new green policies. For a number of political and economical reasons, in 2022 Bulgaria seemed particularly vulnerable to changes in the global energy sector. What is the outlook for the country's energy supply for 2024 and beyond? We decided to discuss the topic with a woman with unique insight in the field.

Comments: 0

Read more Add new comment

CHRISTINA LUCAS: EMPOWERING WOMEN PIONEERS IN TECH AND INNOVATION

Christina is now back on these pages owing to her participation in the Business Lady Excellence 2024 event in Sofia at the end of March.

Business Lady Excellence has a 15-year history of connecting leading personalities from Bulgaria, Europe and the Americas. Its main aim is to gather together inspiring women from business, politics, culture, technology and social life, and to foster expanded business and personal development.

Comments: 0

Read more Add new comment

ANELIYA PARICHKOVA'S FORMULA FOR SUCCESS

The clients of Parichkova Design Lab are different and so are the interiors that they have commissioned to the studio. But all of these people invariably are pleasantly surprised when they enter the finished interior and see that the space, up to the tiniest of detail, is just like the 3D interior design project prepared by the studio.

Comments: 0

Read more Add new comment

GERGANA ATANASOVA: BEING A PART OF THE CHANGE

Renewable energy has immense potential for helping humanity to put climate change under control. But it is more than that. Thanks to the development of modern technologies that made it more affordable, it is now a new field of opportunities for individual investors of different sizes and intentions. How? With companies such as G-Energy. The company not only designs and builds photovoltaic systems – its product, G-Energy Invest, is for individuals who want a safe investment for their money with quick return and long period of pure profit.

Comments: 0

Read more Add new comment

FRENCH AMBASSADOR JOËL MEYER

The stylish French residence in Central Sofia is indeed a very special place. For about 100 years, in addition to being the home of French ambassadors, it has been the meeting spot of senior dignitaries. One of the most notable events there was the famous breakfast with Bulgarian intellectuals, hosted by then President François Mitterrand, a few months before the collapse of Communism in 1989. One of them, Professor Zhelyu Zhelev, would later go on to become the first democratically elected president of Bulgaria.

Comments: 0

Read more Add new comment

NATALIA PETROVA: LET'S TALK ABOUT MODERN INVESTMENT

Natalia Petrova has over 20 years of experience in asset management, capital markets, equity and fixed income trading, UCITS products and services, and is a licensed investment consultant, broker and trader with government securities. Natalia Petrova is the CEO of Concord Asset Management, the biggest non-bank asset manager in Bulgaria, but her active roles are more.

Comments: 0

Read more Add new comment

KATYA MACHUGANOVA: THE GAMES AI PLAYS

Women are increasingly making their own way into iGaming: as players, creators and developers. Katya Machuganova is one of them. The iGaming and digital media professional became producer and product owner at GAN, the US leading online gaming platform, in just a couple of years, after she decided to leave her established business and career path and explore new territories. Today, the mother of two girls is an ISTQB Certified Quality Assurance specialist, Master in Digital Media and Video Games and is studying Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer.

Comments: 0

Read more Add new comment

KENNETH MERTEN

Three times an ambassador (in Haiti, Croatia and now in Bulgaria) Kenneth Merten has a wide-ranging career in various positions within the US State Department, including in the office of the director general of the foreign service. His postings abroad include the American Embassy in Paris, in Bonn (at the time of German Unification), at the US mission to the EU in Brussels and at the American Embassy in Paris.

Comments: 0

Read more Add new comment

KRASIMIRA HRISTOVA: FEMALE ENERGY IN THE CAR INDUSTRY

Antifreeze, AdBlue® diesel exhaust fluid, windshield wiping fluid, grease... When drivers and car mechanics in Bulgaria and the Balkans buy such crucial products, they often choose one brand in particular. TSAKI has been around since 1989, but had only started manufacturing products for the car industry in the late 2000s. This crucial change took place under the helm of Krasimira Hristova, the second generation of managers in this family owned company.

Comments: 0

Read more Add new comment

NANCY SCHILLER, AMERICA FOR BULGARIA FOUNDATION

It has funded over 1,000 projects in all corners of Bulgaria and has reached thousands of people. It provides support to local partners in many areas: from encouraging private enterprise to building democratic institutions and fostering tourism. Nancy Schiller has been the president and CEO of the ABF for the past seven years, and my first question to her as we sit in the beautifully restored ABF office, a fine example of early 20th century architecture in central Sofia, is to briefly describe how ABF started and where it is heading.

Comments: 0

Read more Add new comment

GENERATION DATA

Data science has the power to provide invaluable insight for the competitive advantage of businesses. When analyzed by experts, it can bring actionable information to the organization when it needs it most – enabling companies to measure, track and record performance as well as facilitate enhanced decision-making.

Comments: 0

Read more Add new comment

MARGARITA STANCHEVA: RECRUITING PASSION

Margarita Stancheva is one of those people who challenge stereotypes as they breathe: she is young, she runs one of the hottest recruitment agencies on the IT market, she is a young mother and is refreshingly candid when talking about business and her life. Her professional journey started in Tokyo, where she studied HR and management at the Temple University Japan, while working as a model and a kitchen helper to support herself. After she graduated in 2011, she worked for Luxsoft, Paysafe and Uber until, in 2017, she decided to continue on her own.

Comments: 0

Read more Add new comment

TEODOR DOBREV: SEEKING NEW CHALLENGES EVERY DAY

Perseverance, ambition, enthusiasm to learn and to adapt to the everchanging game are qualities crucial for the success of any company in the competitive IT field. Telelink Business Services is a case in point. The Bulgarian company was established in 2004 as a system integration provider, the following year it was already a CISCO Gold partner. The 2010s were a time of both geographical and portfolio expansion: TBS stepped on the market in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Albania and North Macedonia, and broadened its services and solutions.

Comments: 0

Read more Add new comment

UNLEASHING THE POTENTIAL OF STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION

Celebrating 30 years on a market is an achievement for any company in our fast-moving world. This is even truer in the quickly changing and highly competitive field of advertisement and PR. Interpartners, a Bulgarian communication group, has done just that. It started in 1992 as a company for full advertisement services to become an ecosystem of organisations for strategic communication and branding with many loyal and satisfied clients, including some of Bulgaria's top brands.

Comments: 0

Read more Add new comment

ALL ROADS I TAKE LEAD TO PLOVDIV

The interview with Dr Bonka Mutafchiyska, a leading dentist with almost 20 years of practice, was not an ordinary one. We wanted to know more about the personality of the founder of the outstanding Mutafchiyska Dent Clinic, in Plovdiv. We invited her for a leisurely walk along Plovdiv's main street. Surprisingly, it was next to impossible to have our planned introductory conversation. Every couple of steps some local would stop Dr Mutafchiyska to say a brief "Hi," to discuss with her some new local problem or an upcoming event.

Comments: 0

Read more Add new comment

VLADIMIR SPASOV: TURNING STEEL INTO MOTION

When talking about successful business stories in Bulgaria, M+S Hydraulic PLC is one of the best examples. Based in Kazanlak, in the Valley of Roses and Thracian Kings, it will soon celebrate 60 years on the market. In these years, it has constantly evolved and adapted its activities to stay relevant, both in the pre-1989 planned economy and in the free, globalised market of today as a manufacturer of hydraulic orbital motors and steering units used in wide variety of sectors.

Comments: 0

Read more Add new comment