BULGARIA INTERVIEWS

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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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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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German Gachevski

GERMAN GACHEVSKI: MISSION POSSIBLE

When Vagabond interviews a CEO or an owner of a successful Bulgarian or international company, we usually meet in a flashy office building in Sofia. The meeting with German Gachevski, founder and CEO of software company TSD Services, was more unorthodox. We had to drive to Troyan, a town at the foot of the Central Stara Planina mountain range.

Fri, 10/30/2020 - 12:44
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Philippe Rouvrais

PHILIPPE ROUVRAIS: HOW TO SUCCEED IN TURBULENT TIMES

2020 is a year that forced almost all businesses of importance to redefine their business model in order to survive and even to grow. The IT outsourcing sector is one of the most interesting cases. A pillar of modern global economy, the field faced challenges such as decreased levels of overall economic activity, but on the other hand was better prepared for working under stressful conditions.

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 08:40
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ILONKA RAYCHINOVA: TAXES MATTER

Nobody likes paying taxes. But when talking with Ilonka Raychinova, founder of Raychinova and Partners TAX & LAW, one starts to realise that this field of law is exciting and extremely important for both businesses and individuals who want to make the most of their ideas and the market while avoiding any breaches of the Bulgarian and European legislation. Mrs Raychinova's expertise is impressive. Before starting her own firm, she gained precious experience as head of the Indirect Taxes department at the Finance Ministry. She was also a Deputy Minister of Justice.

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 12:07
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NANCY SCHILLER: PHILANTHROPY IN ACTION

Since her arrival four years ago Nancy Schiller has become a well-known personality through Bulgaria. Seen in tiny villages in northern Bulgaria and at major archaeological sites like the Bishop's Basilica of Philippopolis, from her offices in central Sofia to locations with difficult-to-pronounce names that aspire to have US-style marching bands Nancy Schiller has skilfully managed one of the largest and most important non-governmental organisations in this country.

Thu, 04/30/2020 - 09:43
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SAFECHARGE: WELCOME TO THE FUTURE

As in any crisis, there is a silver lining in the Covid-19 outbreak. The unexpected situation forced individuals and businesses to quickly adapt to the new environment of balancing between protecting public health and staying active. Wider adoption of cashless payment is one of these adaptations. In mere days both customers and sellers realized the power of e-commerce not only to make selling and buying faster, but also able to save lives with replacing a potential contamination agent with a more secure one.

Thu, 04/30/2020 - 09:36
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MARIETA YORDANOVA: UNLEASHING NATURE'S HEALING POTENTIAL

Creating your own company in a field that is still new on the Bulgarian market asks for boldness, the inevitable leap of faith and the will to overcome obstacles to succeed. Marieta Yordanova knows this well. Eight years ago the then mother of two with a background in psychology, marketing and brand management decided to found Biotica 1961, a company for organic food supplements.

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 08:46
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RADOSLAV NEDELCHEV: REINVENTING ADVERTISEMENT

Digital advertisement is everywhere nowadays, but it – and customers' behaviour, is changing so rapidly that even established companies and brands struggle to utilise fully its potential. Radoslav Nedelchev, Chief Operating Officer for Dentsu Aegis Network Bulgaria, and his team are fluent in the language of modern advertisement.

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 09:03
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