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MILENA ASSENOVA AND THE MAGIC OF GOOD FOOD

We all love the delicate or strong aroma of good extra virgin olive oil, the tangy deliciousness of mouthwatering Taggiasca olives, the splendid fruity acidity of quality vinegars. For over 15 years now, Olimport has helped lovers of good food in Bulgaria to enjoy some of the best olive oils, olives and vinegars from the Mediterranean, and to reap the health benefits from consuming clean food. The founder of Olimport, Milena Assenova, has a mission – to offer Bulgarian chefs and connoisseurs a special selection of top quality, unique products.

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MIGLENA TEMELKOVA: AIMING HIGHER

Professor Miglena Temelkova, PhD, is one of the visionaries in Bulgarian education today. She has graduated in finances and law, and has trained in leadership at Georgetown University in Washington. When she became the rector of Bulgaria's oldest professional university, the University of Telecommunications and Post, in 2019, she became Bulgaria's youngest woman at such a position. Her active stance and visionary policies were immediately felt in the UTP.

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MARIA SPASOVA: LOVE AND CARE FOR CLIENTS' BEAUTY

Trust is an important ingredient in any successful business story: Maria Spasova, co-founder and sales director of the Bulgarian company for natural cosmetics Hristina Cosmetics knows this well. When the brand stepped on the local market, in 2000, natural cosmetics made by family businesses were not in the focus of consumers' attention. The elegant formulas of Hristina, made from selected ingredients in an environmentally clean region of Bulgaria quickly gained following; clients were enchanted by their effectiveness, inventiveness, and affordability.

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DR. MARGEE ENSIGN: RESPONSIBLE EDUCATION LEADS TO A STRONG DEMOCRACY

When Dr. Margee Ensign became the 10th President of the American University in Bulgaria, she realized the great responsibility that came with this position. She had rich experience managing outstanding universities in the US and Nigeria and had personal and academic interests in important and urgent topics such as democracy development, improving education, and even using AI in social sciences.

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MAGDALENA GOCEVA-POPOVA: CREATOR OF WORLDS

Magical flying islands, imposing ice rocks, mysterious caves: for 20 years now RIM-ROCK Bulgaria has created veritable worlds of artificial stone and wood. The company's creations can be seen in zoos, museums, stylish spas, homes, malls, offices. Impressively, the person running this incredibly successful company is a tender, but goal-oriented woman, Magdalena Goceva-Popova.

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LYUBA MISHEVA AND THE NEW 'DIGITAL' DIRECTION FOR QUALITY IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

Boutique hotels, guesthouses, a sports centre for ladies, an event centre for exclusive events: different types of hospitality businesses work with D&L Management. In this highly competitive field, the consultancy company shows them how to offer better services and be more recognisable on the Internet. The founder of D&L Management, Lyuba Misheva, adapted the company's focus to more digital services and digital marketing in 2020, in the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis. Today she knows that she made the right decision.

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KAMELIYA PAVLOVA: A DEDICATED TEAM STANDS BEHIND DELICIOUS BEER

Kameliya Pavlova has over 15 years of experience in marketing. She joined the team of Carlsberg Bulgaria in 2019 as manager Research and Innovations. Through the years she helped build the strategies behind the brands Shumensko, Pirinsko, Tuborg and Zatecky, and Carlsberg non-beer portfolio with focus on Somersby and the beer mixture Garage. She is also behind the creation of the company’s long-term strategy. 

What will be the trends in beer in 2024?

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GERGANA NOVEVA: CREATIVITY WITH NO LIMITS

Impressive outdoor advertising for your business, T-shirts with cute prints that boost your mood, elegant notebook organisers that make your day smoother: these are just a few of the products and services of GPTS Print Shop that help us to work, succeed and enjoy life. The company is a leader in services like digital printing, variety of print services, creation of personalised gifts, manufacturer of outdoor and indoor advertisements. To make things even easier, we can order advertisement materials and products directly from the website of GPTS Print Shop.

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GERGANA SEMOVA: BRIDGING SCIENCE AND MARKET

Drugs in the pharmacies have gone a long way before reaching us and improving our health. To a significant extent, this is thanks to the work of companies such as PharmDedict. Since 2007, the consultancy has connected drug manufacturers and distributors with Regulatory Authorities in EU to ease the process of introducing new drugs on the local market. As co-founder of PharmDedict and its General Manager, Gergana Semova is responsible for the company's successes and future projects.

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EVELINA IOTZOVA: STRIVING FOR PRECISION

Human knowledge, ingenuity and intuition combined with the precision of specialised machine translation and standards of full confidentiality: this is in short the reasons behind the exceptional quality of translations offered by Skrivanek Translation Agency. The Bulgarian company is a part of the renowned international Skrivanek Group and is run by Evelina Iotzova, a skilled manager with an unwavering passion about translation.

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ELENA KOSTOVA-PETKOVA: SEEKING JUSTICE

Attorney-at-law Elena Kostova-Petkova is one of the professionals for whom law is a true passion, a means for examination of modern society and to achieve justice. She specialises in civil law and is a partner at Dr Petkov and Partners Law Firm. 

Do you remember when you decided that law is your vocation?

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ELENA IVANOVA: THE ULTIMATE MASSAGE EXPERIENCE

Good massage is one of the best ways to improve the condition of our body, mind and soul. The services at Mieli Massage Sofia go beyond this. Created and managed by experienced massage therapist Elena Ivanova, the studio offers selected procedures and therapies, which work so well that they have a strong following among Bulgarians and foreigners in the capital.

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DOBRINKA PETROVA: TO MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE

Between 15 and 20% of Bulgarians suffer reproductive problems. New Life Invitro Centre helps both women and men to understand the underlying reason, to treat it adequately and to become parents. The manager of the clinic, Dr Dobrinka Petrova, shares more about the challenge to help create new life.

Reproductive medicine is a huge responsibility. How does New Life Invitro Centre meet these high expectations?

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DANIELA YORDANOVA: CREATING LITTLE SMILES WITH GREAT TASTING AND RESPONSIBLE BRANDS

When Daniela Yordanova took the position of Bisiness Executive of Confectionery at Nestlé's Southeastern Europe market, in 2022, she had already proven that she was fit for this challenging job. Since she joined the company, in 2011, she did a stellar job as sales manager and region manager of Nescafe Soluble Coffee. Now, as the head of its Confectionery division, she is responsible for accelerating the growth of the company on the local markets.

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DANIELA MILEVA: DISCOVERING YOUR POTENTIAL

Daniela Mileva has set for herself the mission to inspire individuals and businesses to never miss an opportunity because they have the potential to change the world. She is a career consultant with over 18 years of experience, a certified life and business coach, NLP practitioner and constellator, and mentor and coach of a number of courses on career orientation, personal development and business growth.

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ANNA GOUMAS: THE MISSION TO BE UNIQUE, THE MISSION TO BE HUMAN!

Children nowadays face a challenge that no generation has met before: to grow as seeking, curious and informed individuals in a world in which digital technologies are getting more ubiquitous. One of the best solutions that responsible parents can make in such circumstances is to trust their children in the experienced hands of the professionals at Educational Group Svetlina. Holistic education is in the foundation of Setlina’s nursery, kindergarten and primary school that for 25 have nurtured happy, aware and successful children. How and why do children today need such an approach?

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ANGELA ASSED: INSPIRING STUDENTS TO THRIVE

The Anglo-American School of Sofia is a rare bird on the local edicational field. Focused on offering top education to international students from all over the globe, it has crafted its curriculum to provide a welcoming and encouraging environment while giving the students the knowledge and intellectual tools necessary for them to grow into responsible and successful adults. Angela Assed is one of the people behind this achievement. An American, she has been with the AAS for nine years. In 2020, she became the school's Director of Learning and Curriculum.

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RAYNA AVRAMOVA: THINKING ONE STEP AHEAD

A divorce, a child support issue, an inheritance dispute: when we find ourselves in such a situation, we are aware that we need professional legal help to have the best outcome. Attorney-at-law Rayna Avramova has dedicated herself to the mission to successfully defend her clients' best interests in such cases. As an active judicial lawyer, she has deservedly gained the trust of a long list of prominent Bulgarians, some with dual citizenship, to solve complex family and inheritance issues. Attorney-at-law Avramova shares more.

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