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  • Yasen Gyurov

    Yasen Gyurov

    Associate of MEP Eva Paunova and Advisor for the Digital Single Market in the EU, E-Governance, Copyright in the Internet, and Digital Skills

    He is responsible for the parliamentary files related to the Digital Single Market - on topics as diverse as e-governance, e-commerce, copyright, data protection and cybersecurity.Yasen is heavily involved in the advancement of computer literacy and coding skills across the Union, supporting Eva Paunova's activities as European Commission's ambassador for E-skills in Bulgaria (a campaign implemented in Bulgaria by BAIT). He also assists Ms Paunova in promoting EU Code Week in October 2015. Furthermore, Yasen was a member of the jury at the coding competition EUhackathon 2014 'Hack4Participation'.Prior to working at Parliament, Yasen was part of the Information office team of the European Commission in Brussels, as well as gained considerable experience at the UN and the OSCE in Vienna. While at university, he has worked with the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and supervised a team of fifteen at the international marketing agency Repucom, Germany. Yasen holds a Master's degree in European Studies from the Centre for European Studies at the University of Bonn.  

  • Lucilla Sioli

    Lucilla Sioli

    Head of the “European Semester and knowledge base” unit within Directorate-General CONNECT

    European Commission

    Ms Lucilla Sioli is the Head of the "European Semester and knowledge base" unit within Directorate-General CONNECT. Her unit monitors trends and performance in the digital economy, is responsible for country monitoring in digital in the context of Europe2020 and for the publication of the Digital Agenda Scoreboard. The unit also manages the oversight of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs which addresses the impact of ICT on labour markets. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of Southampton and one from the Catholic University of Milan and has been a civil servant with the European Commission since 1997.

  • Eva Paunova

    Eva Paunova

    Member of the European Parliament and eSkills for Jobs Аmbassador

    European Parliament

  • 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).Before joining the European Commission, Ognian Zlatev served as Member of the Managing Board of the Bulgarian National Television (the Public Service broadcaster). Prior to that he founded and managed the Media Development Center in Bulgaria, which was established in 1998 to promote the development of independent media in Bulgaria, foster media capacity building and boost networking and cross-border cooperation in South-East Europe. He was Director of the Information Centre for the Open Society Institute in Sofia, Manager of the BBC Centre in Bulgaria and Exchange Officer at the British Council office in Bulgaria.Ognian Zlatev is a member of the European Association of Communications Directors (EACD) since 2008. Ognian has numerous publications over the years.

  • Nikolay Angov

    Nikolay Angov

    Advisor to the cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister for Coalition Policy and Public Administration and Minister of Interior - Rumiana Bachvarova

    Nikolay Angov as an advisor to Mrs. Bachvarova is responsible for the education and science policies. He is also a PhD student researching in the field of industrial clusters development. Nikolay is co-founder of Business Booster Sofia, which is an organization fostering entreprneurship spirit at the Technical University of Sofia.Nikolay Angov has experience in the public sector as he was advisor to the Minister of Economy as well as an expert in the Investment Promotion Agency. In the private sector he was working as an engineer in the automotive sector, he is also co-founder of InnoLED – a company focused on smart lighting development.

  • Prof. Angel Smrikarov

    Prof. Angel Smrikarov

    Vice rector for research and personnel

    Russe University “Angel Kanchev”

    Prof. Dr. Angel Smrikarov is a vice rector for research and personnel of the University of Ruse. He is an author and co-author of 17 inventions, 181 papers, 1 study, 2 monographs, 12 textbooks and 1 book on Computer Aided Engineering and e-Learning. He was a supervisor of 10 successfully defended doctoral students. He coordinated European Thematic Networks in the field of computing and the Bulgarian Virtual University project.

  • Nataliya Yordanova

    Nataliya Yordanova

    Director of Studies, Blended Learning Courses

    AVO Language and Examination Centre

    Nataliya Yordanova  is  a Director of Studies at AVO Language and Examination Centre, Sofia, and has been involved in ELT  for over 20 years. She holds a CELTA and a DELTA.Nataliya Yordanova has been involved in e-learning since 1998 and contributed to international projects related to ICT in ELT.She designs General English and Business English blended courses, varying the range of support material and offering different modes of delivery. She also co-ordinates the conduct and completion of the language studies based on the selected approaches and tech tools.She believes that the role of technology is to support learning without being the main focus.

  • Ludmila Dermendjieva

    Ludmila Dermendjieva

    Teacher of Information technologies

    First Primary School “St. St. Kiril and Metodi”, Gotse Delchev

  • Vesela Kalacheva

    Vesela Kalacheva

    Chief Executive Officer, Bulgarian Associacion of Information Technologies and eSkills for Jobs national coordinator for Bulgaria

    BAIT

  • Dr. Anna-Marie Vilamovska

    Dr. Anna-Marie Vilamovska

    Secretary for Healthcare Policy and Innovation Policy to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria and eSkills for Jobs Аmbassador

    Dr. Anna-Marie Vilamovska is the Secretary for Healthcare Policy and Innovation Policy to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria. She represents Bulgaria in the Council for encouragement of the digital entrepreneurship. In 2015 she is one of the 100 leading innovators in Central and Eastern Europe in the annual ranking of Financial Times, Visgrad Fund, Google and ResPublica. She co-chairs the Presidential Councils for Science and Education and for Social and Economic Development. Anna-Marie also manages the Presidents’ “John Atanasoff” Outstanding Young IT Scientists and Entrepreneurs Awards. She is Ambassador in the eSkills and Watify Digital Entrepreneurship Campaign since 2014 and Sofia Tech Park Ambassador.Anna-Marie manages the “Bulgarian Christmas” Charity Initiative, the largest national philanthropic campaign. From 2003 to 2005 Anna-Marie designed pension system in Central and South Asia, the Middle East, and Central Europe for IBRD and IDA in Washington, D.C. From 2005 to 2010, she co-led applied policy impact projects at the RAND Corporation in Los Angeles and Brussels in the fields of health information technology, health innovation and economics.

  • Professor D.Sc.(Econ.) Valentin Kisimov

    Professor D.Sc.(Econ.) Valentin Kisimov

    Director of Center for Computer Innovative Systems

    UNWE, Sofia, Bulgaria

    Proff. Valentin Kisiomv is Director of Center for Computer Innovative  Systems, UNWE, Sofia, Bulgaria. During his work at UNWE he was Dean of Faculty “Applied Informatics and Statistics”, Head of Department “Information Technologies and Communications”, Associate Professor, Director of the Computer Centre and Assistant Professor.His professional realization includes Manager of Research Laboratory on New network security products and services, founded by IBM, Cisco, T-Sy stems SA, University of Johannesburg and University of Cape Town, Johannesburg, South Africa; Senior ICT Architect,  T-Systems SA, Johannesburg, South Africa; Strategic Development Architect, Net1 Applied Services  (APLITEC) (Pty) Ltd,  Johannesburg, South Africa; Senior Consultant, IBM South Africa; Visitor-Professor, Computer Science Department, Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada; Lecturer, Computer Science Department, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; Main Director and after that General Director, National centre “Infoma”, Ministry of National Supply, Sofia, Bulgaria; Head of Section “Image processing”, Central Institute of IT, Sofia, Bulgaria; Engineer of Multi-Microprocessor Systems, Institute for Technical Cybernetics and Robotics, BAS, Bulgaria; Mainframe Computer Engineer, Central Institute of IT, Sofia, Bulgaria.

  • Elena Marinova

    Elena Marinova

    Member of the Managing Board and Chair of the Educational Commission of BAIT, President of Musala Soft and eSkills for Jobs Аmbassador

  • Viktor Atanasov

    Viktor Atanasov

    Director of “Information and Communication Technologies” Directoreta

    Ministry of Education and Science

  • Prof. Ph.D. Eng. Tania Vasileva

    Prof. Ph.D. Eng. Tania Vasileva

    Scientific Manager of Technology School “Electronic Systems”

    Department of Electronics, Technical University of Sofia

  • Sabina Aneva

    Sabina Aneva

    Executive Director

    NALIS

    Sabina Aneva is a philologist and an expert in Library Studies and data base management. She was granted an MA in Bulgarian Philology and History by the Sofia University (1984). Her specialised training was at the National Library in Sofia (1984-1985) and in the International Center for Information Management Systems and Services (ICIMSS) in Torun, Poland. S. Aneva works in the field of Library and Information Technologies and Digital Libraries and prepares expert analyses of the existing library systems. She was a deputy director of the Central Library of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences between 1995 and 2012 (then also a national contact point for the ATHENA Project) and a deputy executive director at the NALIS Foundation between 2009 and 2015. S. Aneva is a member of the Bulgarian Library and Information Association (BLIA) and ICIMSS. At NALIS, her main responsibility is to deal with the integrated library system for the management of print collections used by two of the NALIS founders (i.e. ALEPH), teaches system librarians in MARC 21 and ALEPH and coordinates the NALIS associate members.

  • Silviya Kantcheva

    Silviya Kantcheva

    State Expert Directorate "Educational Programs and Educational Content"

    Ministry of Education and Science

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Arch. Boyan Georgiev

    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Arch. Boyan Georgiev

    Head of Center for International Relations and Mobility - Faculty of Architecture, Department Architecture Technology

    University of Agriculture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy

  • Mimi Videnova

    Mimi Videnova

    Teacher of Informatics and IT

    73 High&Secondary School „Vladislav Gramatik”, Sofia

    Mimi Videnova has been working in the education sphere since 2004. She is interested in ICT development and its implementation in education. Over the past few years, she worked on various projects, which resulted in raising the school's image as open to introducing innovative methods of teaching. She has participated in many trainings, seminars and conferences, striving to apply the gathered knowledge in her lessons.

    In 2010 Mimi Videnova was awarded with the “In Support of Innovation and Young People” special prize of the CIO Club in Bulgaria. She was also distinguished as one of the most innovative teachers in the world by Microsoft. In 2011 she won the educational award of Bulgarian Association of Information Technologies (BAIT)  “For Application of ICT in Education”.

  • Ivan Gospodinov

    Ivan Gospodinov

    Teacher

  • Vania Yaneva

    Vania Yaneva

    Senior IT Expert

    Regional Educational Inspectorate Sofia Town

  • Anna Kalcheva

    Anna Kalcheva

    Director

    35th High School “Dobri Voinikov”

    Anna Kalcheva is the Director of 35th High School “Dobri Voinikov”, Sofia. She graduated Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics. She is certified by different universities and organizations in the field of school management and ICT in school management. She has been actively working to implement ICT in all educational disciplines. Under her leadership carried out a number of national and international projects and exchanges with schools in France, Germany and Russia. She is a co-author of student books in mathematics.

  • Robert Djerassi

    Robert Djerassi

    Advisor to the Minister of Education and Science

  • Associate Prof. Ph.D. Eng. Stela Angelova Stefanova

    Associate Prof. Ph.D. Eng. Stela Angelova Stefanova

    Principal

    Technology School “Electronic Systems”

  • Prof. Milen Baltov, Phd

    Prof. Milen Baltov, Phd

    Burgas Free University

    Vice-Rector of Research and International Partnership

    Prof. Milen Baltov, PhD is himself an example of the transition from a business consultant to the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups to an academic and researcher in the field.A graduate (1994) of the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria, he was the first in CEE to draft and defend a PhD dissertation (2000) on the topic of “Management Consulting for SMEs”.For two decades he was an expert and a team leader in a capacity building and business promotion projects in almost all the current CEE countries, with best impressions from his missions in Macedonia, Croatia and Serbia. Further he was active in Georgia and in Kazakhstan. For the moment, Prof. Baltov is a Vice Rector of the Burgas Free University and a National Contact Point for the field of the SMEs, under the EU Horizon 2020 Programme.

  • Vyara Changarova

    Vyara Changarova

    Senior Manager "Key customers"

    Fujitsu

    Professional experience - 20 years in IT sector with a focus on projects in Public sector, more than 15 years in projects under the Public Procurement Act, 4 years in projects with European funding, participation in the implementation of projects under the program "ICT in Education"  by Ministry of Education through Fujitsu's partner network in Bulgaria.Master Degree in International Economic Relations, Bachelor Degree in Marketing, Specialization in Management, Project Management as well as many specializations in the field of ICT - solutions of Fujitsu and technology partners of the company.

  • Teodora Borova Slavcheva

    Teodora Borova Slavcheva

    Corporate accounts Manager

    Cantek

    Teodora Borova Slavcheva joins Cantek in 2012. She has participated in the realization of several projects about managed print services and document management services.Teodora Borova Slavcheva has Master’s Degree in Business administration from the American University in Bulgaria. She has also certificates proving her ability for project management, work with document management systems and business process modeling.

  • Mihail-Ernesto Mihailov

    Mihail-Ernesto Mihailov

    Account Manager

    HUAWEI

  • Nikola Gechev

    Nikola Gechev

    VIVACOM

  • Jordan Jordanov

    Jordan Jordanov

    Managing Director

    Kontrax Jsc.

    Jordan Jordanov has graduated Engineering Mathematics at the Technical University of Budapest. Managing Director of one of the largest IT companies in Bulgaria - Kontrax Jsc., established in 1992. Majority owner of the Kontrax group. Honorary Consul of Hungary in Bulgaria. Member of the Atlantic Club and the Bulgarian-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce , member of the Supervisory Board of the Control Council of BAIT. Married, has two sons.

  • Maya Hristova

    Maya Hristova

    Educational Services Manager

    Hewlett-Packard Bulgaria

  • Petеr Ivanov

    Petеr Ivanov

    Chair of the Managing Board of BAIT, Founder and Managing Parntenr of Solytron SD

    Peter Ivanov is founder and, since 1991, managing partner of Solytron SD. The company is one of the pioneers of the Bulgarian IT industry and has managed to keep its good market positions throughout the years. Peter Ivanov graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics at Sofia University. During his university years(1986 - 1988) Mr. Ivanov was software developer at the Laboratory for Automated Systems in Education(LASE). Peter Ivanov was member of the Bulgarian Association of Information Technologies(BAIT) Board of Directors from 2001 to 2003 and later from 2011 to 2013. In 2013 Mr. Ivanov was elected for Chairman of the Board. Solytron is a well-established distributor of over 30 world famous IT brands. With two-digit growth during the last two years the company is the third largest by revenue in Bulgaria for 2013, according to Computerworld's Top 100 of the Bulgarian ICT industry. Capital Weekly's Top 100 of the biggest Bulgarian companies places Solytron among the 30 companies with the largest revenue growth for 2012.

  • Ivaylo Raklyov

    Ivaylo Raklyov

    Key Account Manager

    Lirex BC

  • Yanko Bahchevanov

    Yanko Bahchevanov

    Senior Account Manager

    Kontrax AD

    More than 10 years experience in ICT, with a focus on the educational institutions. Participated in the implementation of various projects related to the program ‘ICT in Education’ of the Ministry of Education. Member of the working group for Education of BAIT. Since 2008 has been a part of the team of Kontrax AD.

  • Danny Gooris

    Danny Gooris

    Senior Manager, Oracle Academy EMEA

    Oracle

    Danny joined Oracle in January 2013 with more than 15 years of experience managing vendor-led technology education programs. He was formerly the EMEA program leader at Learning@Cisco. He has worked with Ministries of Education around the world from Russia to Africa. Danny’s global experience contributes to his passion for ensuring that young people develop the skills to become the leaders and entrepreneurs of the future. Danny looks after the Oracle Academy EMEA, as Senior Manager, is responsible for strategic initiatives & private-public partnerships,  works closely with the European Union Grand Coalition,  and is board member of the European e-Skills Association, and is involved the ICT Foundation Body of Knowledge.

  • Radka Atanasova

    Radka Atanasova

    Head teacher

    Professional School of Architecture, Building and Geodesy "Architect Kamen Petkov", Plovdiv

    Radka Atanasova is head teacher at the Professional School of Architecture, Building and Geodesy "Architect Kamen Petkov", Plovdiv. She has graduated from the university of Sofia "St. Kliment Ohridski", with specialty in Bulgarian philology. She has been working as a Bulgarian language and literature teacher in PGASG “Arch. Kamen Petkov” for more than 20 years. She has a first professional degree. She also carry out practical training for students from the university of Plovdiv “Paisii Hilendarski”. She has developed an interest in knowing more about ICT (information and communications technologies) and its application in the educational process. She has been experimenting for a long time now and has succeeded in combining work with both traditional and interactive teaching methods and strategies. She use ICT in her studies and constantly enrich her skills while doing so. She has participated in many different qualifications, seminars, competitions and conferences. She is an author of numerous interactive lessons, realized in real classes, using a variety of educational software products and electronic platforms. Her philosophy about education is that it needs to be progressive, suitable to the expectations of adolescents. In 2015, she and her students put into practice an experimental lesson in “Bulgarian language and literature” inside a virtual classroom in an electronic platform for online education in a virtual world, in which students and teachers are represented with their own avatars.

    Since 2013 she has been a mentor to students from the university of Plovdiv “Paisii Hilendarski” for the project “Students’ practices” and she had the opportunity to submit her experience to future colleagues through it. Her biggest honorary was in 2015. She was the winner of the Grand prize for the XI national competition for educational-software products, for applying ICT in education in the categories "Methods" and "Software product."

  • 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. His professional career includes the position Deputy-Minister of transport, IT and communications in the Caretaker Government in 2014.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.