BULGARIA INTERVIEWS

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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.

Wed, 06/29/2022 - 13:14
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Petar Torneff, Director of Accenture Technology Center in Bulgaria

PETAR TORNEFF: EXPLORING THE METAVERSE

How will technology develop and how will it affect the way we live and do business? This is a tough question that has engaged the brightest minds of our time. Accenture is an organization that does not only consider the subject, but takes active action in implementing the future of technology now. Its concept for the Metaverse Continuum is a spectrum of digitally enhanced worlds, realities and business models that will revolutionize life and enterprise in the next decade.

Sat, 05/28/2022 - 19:28
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Vladimir Dokov EGT

VLADIMIR DOKOV: CHANGING THE GAME

Euro Games Technology (EGT) is an example of the concept that everything is possible when the right goals are set, and innovation goes together with strategic management and a winner’s mindset.

Established as a local manufacturer in 2002, EGT has grown to a tech-leader in the global gaming and casino industry, selling in five continents in over 100 countries. It has offices in 26 global locations managed by Bulgarians, who have built their careers within the company.

Thu, 04/28/2022 - 15:43
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TSVETELINA SPIRIDONOVA, MD, PHD: IN THE NAME OF THE PATIENT

When Tsvetelina Spiridonova, MD, PhD, took over Higia Hospital in early 2019, she had big shoes to fill. Established in 1991 by her father, Professor Stayko Spiridonov, as the first private hospital not only in post-Communist Bulgaria, but also Eastern Europe, Higia was widely respected for the quality of its treatment. Dr Spiridonova was more than prepared for the responsibility to continue pushing forward Higia's brand.

Fri, 03/25/2022 - 09:21
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Giuseppina Zarra

ITALIAN AMBASSADOR GIUSEPPINA ZARRA

Giuseppina Zarra is no novice to the Balkans. She is one of the rare breed of diplomats who have made a comeback to Sofia after her initial spell here in the 1990s. Then she served as a first secretary, now she is the host of Italy's palatial embassy on Ruski Boulevard, in the middle of Bulgaria's capital. Zarra's love affair with Bulgaria ranges from literature to music and from history to exploring the hidden treasures of Sofia.

Fri, 02/25/2022 - 12:59
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DR NELI DJURKOVA: THE SECRET OF A BEAUTIFUL SMILE

When beautiful and healthy smile is concerned, Dr Neli Djurkova is one of the best specialists around to ask for advice and help. She is the second postgraduate from Bulgaria to study and graduate in the prestigious Faculty of Dental Medicine at the Tel Aviv University, Israel. Now she is mother of three and one of the leading orthodontists in Bulgaria. Dr Djurkova has rich experience in invisible orthodontic treatment and is one of the four Platinum Elite Invisalign Providers in Bulgaria. She works not only in Plovdiv, but also Veliko Tarnovo.

Tue, 12/28/2021 - 19:28
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SVETOSLAV SPASOV: SUCCESSFUL TEAMS STAND BEHIND SUCCESSFUL COMPANIES

Bulgarian IT industry is the most rapidly developing sector of the local economy. What are the challenges that it faces? What is the climate in which it operates? What changes did it experience in the past 10 years? The answers to these questions, and many more, are crucial for anyone who tries to understand the local market, to make sound investments and to seek the best IT solutions for their organisation.

Wed, 10/27/2021 - 13:45
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Florence Robine

FRENCH AMBASSADOR TO BULGARIA FLORENCE ROBINE

Florence Robine, the French ambassador to Bulgaria, has spent about two years in the country as most of the time her schedule and activities have been impeded by the varying and changing Covid-19 restrictions. Still, none of those managed to dampen the inquisitiveness of someone with a background in education. Mme Robine has used all opportunities she has had to explore all aspects of Bulgaria: from classical music to travelling in the mountains, to reading Bulgarian literature in translation to visiting the galleries in Sofia.

Wed, 10/27/2021 - 13:06
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Iliyana Tarnina DTC Commerzbank Sofia

ILIYANA TARNINA: BULGARIAN TEAMS DEVELOP THE BANKING OF TOMORROW

Increased digitalisation, customised approach, improved data security: banking, which has been a part of civilisation for centuries, is transforming before our own eyes. And a team in Bulgaria has a significant role to play in this change. This is the digital technology division of Commerzbank, the second largest bank in Germany that specialises in financial services to small, mid-size and corporate clients and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2020.

Tue, 08/31/2021 - 16:16
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Miglena Temelkova

PROF MIGLENA TEMELKOVA, PHD: FUTURE IS INTERDISCIPLINARY

When we arrived at the University of Telecommunications and Posts (UTP) in Sofia, we were aware that we were up for an interesting meeting. For two years now Bulgaria's oldest professional university has been managed by a young and energetic professional. Prof Miglena Temelkova, PhD, is the first female rector of the UTP and is the youngest woman in Bulgaria in such position.

Sat, 07/31/2021 - 18:37
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SSARM: LATEST GENERATION SYSTEM INTEGRATION

The role that high technologies, AI and their capabilities to make living, travel and business easier, more effective and safer, in our lives is expanding. Charmed by the undeniable advantages, we rarely stop and think how is this all possible. The answer is: thanks to companies like SSARM. Established 10 years ago, SSARM is the fastest developing IT system integrator in Bulgaria. It specialises in supply, installation and integration of IT and communication equipment, hardware and software, and data security, protection and storage solutions.

Mon, 06/28/2021 - 16:59
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Reneta Tsonkova

RENETA TSONKOVA AND THE HEART OF DIAMONDS

You need an appointment to enter the elegantly splendid Renée De Clair, a boutique for diamond jewellery and a gemological laboratory on Sofia's Rakovski Boulevard – and this is just the first sign that you are up for an experience without parallel in Bulgaria. Charming and smart, Reneta Tsonkova, founder and owner of Renée De Clair, welcomes you and guides you through the complicated process of selecting the best diamond piece of jewellery for yourself or your significant other.

Mon, 05/31/2021 - 11:41
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Milena Videnova, CEO of AXPO Bulgaria

AXPO BULGARIA: THE ENERGY TO LEAD AND SUCCEED

Energy: the more our civilisation evolves, the more it needs it to sustain itself. With human-induced climate change already happening, clever renewable power is the only solution to save our planet and ourselves. AXPO Group, a Swiss company, has for years been in the frontlines of developing, expanding and perfecting alternative energy sources. From sustainable energy solutions to power purchase agreements and development of state-of-art energy technologies, AXPO Group makes technological and business change possible.

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 18:26
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ARCHITECT MARTIN TERZIEV: WHEN ARCHITECTURE IS A LIFE MISSION

Architecture is a part of the human experience that exists on the verge between utilitarian and art, the functional and the visually stunning, the mundane and the extraordinary. How to create buildings and architecture spaces that withstand the test of time is a task many have tried to answer to, but few have succeeded. Architect Martin Terziev is one of them.

Thu, 04/01/2021 - 11:51
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INTRODUCING MARTINA FEENEY

Martina Feeney arrived in Bulgaria in October 2020, but owing to the Covid-19 pandemic has been unable to explore the country as much as she wants. At a time when governments in Europe discourage international travel it makes little sense to propagate the virtues of Bulgaria as a tourist destination, but that, hopefully, will one day change. So Martina, who has vast experience as an Irish envoy at the OSCE and the United Nations in Vienna, in Germany as well as in the Middle East, prepares for that day by getting herself acquainted with all material she can gather about Bulgaria.

Thu, 04/01/2021 - 11:08
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DENITSA MENGOVA: HIGH ENERGY

The energy that Denitsa Mengova emanates stuns as early as our first meeting and helps us understand why in just a couple of years the elegant 35-year-old became a recognisable face on the Bulgarian industrial scene. Denitsa Mengova's company, Stil Laser Bulgaria, is not only an official representative of Mazak, a Japanese laser manufacturer, to Bulgaria. She is the only female representative of Mazak lasers for the whole of Europe.

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 19:18
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ROB DIXON

Dr Rob Dixon arrived in Bulgaria in August 2020. Prior to that he served as deputy director for Africa at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and as Deputy Head of Mission in Tel Aviv. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Wales Aberystwyth. He is married to Dòra Blazsek-Dixon, and they have one son. Originally from Birmingham, he was born in 1974 and enjoys outdoor sports, travel, history and reading.

Mon, 11/30/2020 - 11:43
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YORAM ELRON

Jews and Bulgarians have lived side by side each other for centuries. Bulgaria was among the first countries to recognise the State of Israel, in 1948. However, Cold War politics played a decisive role in the next several decades and Bulgaria broke off diplomatic relations in 1967, a situation that continued all the way to 1990.

Fri, 10/30/2020 - 13:10
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