Expert Committee

Georgi Manolov

Position
Technology and Innovation

Georgi Manolov was born in Plovdiv in 1991. He studied in the Plovdiv Language School. He continued his education in the American University in Bulgaria, where he majored in Economics and European Studies. He spent his junior year in Washington University in St. Louis, as he was chosen among 20 Bulgarian students, who received a one year full scholarship to study in an elite US university. After graduating in 2014 Georgi started working as an intern in the tech startup KOWN. 6 months later he grew into a co-founder of the company and created the the first active investor club in Sofia KOWN whose members invest in tech startups from Bulgaria and East Europe.

Georgi has a experience investing in startups and fundraising for his own tech company. In 2016 Georgi founded the Sofia 2.0 foundation alongside a 7-step Master Plan to create an environment breeding billion dollar tech companies in Bulgaria.

Desislav Dimitrov

Position
Finance

I was born on 3.11.1985 in Ruse, I completed my secondary education at the Foreign Languages High School Peyo Yavorov in Silistra. After that I studied BA Political Science at Sofia University, where I achieved excellent results, and MSc in Finance at Coventry University, UK, where I was awarded distinction. My professional experience so far includes 3 years at Deloitte as an auditor in Birmingham, where I qualified as chartered accountant. This experience enabled me to learn a lot about internal processes and characteristics of different corporations in the financail services and manufacturing sectors. After that I joined Travis Perkins, Northampton, where I reached the position of Financial accounting manager. Since October 2016 I work as Financial controller at CRH UK, based in Birmingham.

Iliana Marinova

Position
Energy Policy

Експерт съм по енергийно право- специализирала съм Oil and Gas Law в Aberdeen University, UK, а дисертацията, с която завърших е на тема „Сигурност на доставките на електрическа енергия: балансът между „зелена“ и „сива“ енергия“. В компетенциите ми влизат също така инвестиционен арбитраж в енергийния сектор, където основният акцент попада върху диалога между Европейския съюз и трети страни по отношение на инвестиции и транзит, и мерки за опазване на климата. Участвала съм на експертна среща на високо ниво в Енергийния секретариат в Брюксел по темите за сигурността на транзита на енергия. Също така бях одобрена за участие като експерт в Петата годишна инициатива „Младежката визия за България“ по темите на Енергийния съвет. Като стажантка във Външно министерство на РБ съм се занимавала с ключови проекти като Набуко и блок „Хан Аспарух“, концесии по Закона за подземните богатства и др. Работя по специалността си от 2 години и половина.

Yordan Ganchev

Position
Cybersecurity

Yordan Ganchev is a young professional in the area of cyber security. Born in Plovdiv, where he graduated from the High school of Mathematics "Acad. Kiril Popov" with a "Physics and English language" major. He decided to continue his higher education abroad at the University of Southampton, in the United Kingdom, pursuing a degree in Computer Science, where he graduated with a First-class Honours. Throughout his education at university he discovered the area of cyber security and dedicated his time entirely in this field. In this period he actively participated in a vast number of competitions, projects, conferences, initiatives and activities in the area of cyber. He is currently working in London in a Security Operations Centre for one of the biggest financial institutions in the world - JP Morgan Chase & Co. His skills and knowledge span is in the fields of Incident Response, Digital Forensics, Reverse Engineering, Tactical/Operational/Strategic Threat Intelligence, Penetration testing, as well as High-tier endpoint exploitation.

Калина Малинова-Тониголд

Position
Наука

Др. Калина Малинова-Тониголд е родена през 1982г. в гр. Дупница. Завършва Софийски университет (СУ) „Св. Климент Охридски„ във Факултет по химия и фармация, специалност химия и продължава с магистратура на тема ”Медицинска и Фармацевтична Биофизикохимия”. Изработва магистърската си работа в Института по полимери, Българската академия на науките (БАН). Малко след това получава стипендия за докторска степен в Университет Улм (Улм, Германия) финансирана от най-голямата химична компания в света BASF. Занимава се с неорганична химия и по-специално с изработването на антибактериални и антифаулинг покрития с различни приложения в медицината и индустрията. След успешната защита на доктурантурата си в Германия, получава европейската стипендия „Мария Кюри” за научни изследвания, с която заминава за Великобритания като научен работник в частният сектор. Две години по-късно се завръща в Германия и започва работа като постдоктурант в Университет Ерланген-Нюрнберг. От началото на 2017 работи във фармацевтичната индустрия в Германия.

Liana Minkova

Position
International relations

Liana Minkova was born on November 4th, 1993. She has a BA in International Politics from King’s College London and an award for Best Overall Performance. Her undergraduate thesis on the role of oil and gas in foreign policy, with reference to Russia and Saudi Arabia, received the highest grade in the Department of Political Economy. Liana has done internships at the Bulgarian National Assembly, the Office of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Embassy in London. While at King’s, she was chosen to participate as a research fellow in a project evaluating and comparing the quality of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe.

Liana holds an MPhil in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge, with a particular focus on international security and human rights. Her 25,000 words thesis analysed crimes against humanity and war crimes perpetrated in the DRC and CAR. After completing her master’s degree, she worked at the London Centre of International Law Practice.

She is a PhD student in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her research examines the compatibility of the concept of individual criminal responsibility with the collective nature of international crimes. For her studies Liana received a full studentsip by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Lyubomira Gancheva

Position
Youth Policy

Lyubomira Gancheva was born on 10.04.1983 in Plovdiv. She has a "Macroeconomics" degree from the Plovdiv University "Paisii Hilendarski " and dozens of certificates from prestigious academies for political leadership.

Graduate of the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" and Council of Women in Business. Participant in the World Forum for Democracy hosted by the Council of Europe.

Lyubomira has been devoting over 15 years (nearly half of her life) to volunteering activities in the field of youth policy at local, national and international level.

  • In 2002 she was the author of the innovative Program "Plovdiv for the Young People", where youth teams and organizations apply before the Plovdiv Municipality to finance their activities. Thanks to the program more than a decade Municipality of Plovdiv has made expenses for youth activities and hundreds of youth projects were successfully funded.
  • PR and board member of the National Youth Forum (NYF) - the largest umbrella youth organization in Bulgaria. Author of the Communication strategy of NYF.
  • Youth policy expert at the Standing Parliamentary Committee 'Children, Youths and Sports' at 43rd National Assembly of Republic of Bulgaria
  • Member of the Finance & Funding working group at the European Youth Forum (EYF) - the European umbrella youth organization

"No matter how diverse young people are, we have very specific needs & potential and require a devoted youth policy approach. I believe we will build a working Youth Policy unit, integral part of the Expert of the Millennium Club, which will be responsible for analysis, papers and recommendations."

Nikolay Katev

Position
Healthcare

Nikolay Nikolaev Katev М.D. was born in 1983 in Sofia. He graduated in medicine at Medical University - Sofia in 2008. After graduation, he won a competition with honors and began specializing in "Clinic of liver, biliary, pancreatic and general surgery" of "Tokuda Hospital Sofia" in the team of Prof. Dr. Radoslav Gaydarski. At the time of specialization Dr.Katev is chairman of Resident's Union of Tokuda hospital Sofia. In 2014 acquired specialty "surgery". Author and Co-author of publications on domestic and international surgical forums. During his postgraduate training, Dr. Katev acquired certificates in the fields of laparoscopic and minimal invasive surgery, surgical oncology, endocrine and general surgery at home and abroad. He is a member of the Bulgarian doctors Union, the Bulgarian surgical Society, ESO- European School of oncology, ESSO - European community of surgeons and oncologists, EAES - European Association of endoscopic surgery. His professional interests are focused in the field of minimally invasive, laparoscopic and robotic surgery.

Roberto Ivanov

Position
Defence

Roberto Ivanov was born on 15 February 1993 in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2012 he completed high school education at the Italian College for the Study of Italian Language and Culture (Liceo Italiano). In 2016 he graduated from the University of National and World Economy (UNWE), specialty "Economics of Defence and Security", the Department of "National and Regional Security". In July 2017 he is going to acquire a master's degree in “Economics of defence and security with specialisation in Corporate security” at UNWE. He gained initial practical experience in the field of defence and security through internships at the Ministry of Defence, the Council of Ministers, and the Supreme Cassation Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Bulgaria. His interests are in the areas of defence, international and national security, geopolitics, international relations, economics and finance.

Svetoslav Todorov

Position
Culture

Svetoslav Todorov is a Bulgarian musician and pianist, born on 20.05.1991. He graduated from the specialised ‘Dobri Hristov’ Arts School in Bulgaria with excellence, being awarded the ArtAria Prize and supported by the Ministry of Culture, Rotary Club and others. He studied shortly at the Sofia Conservatoire, then joined the University of Edinburgh, where he was awarded BMus with honours achieving the highest mark for performance of the year. Svetoslav was also awarded the Tovey Prize for best performer, becoming the second ever first-year student in the history to win it; the Edinburgh Award; Gold Medal of the Edinburgh Festival Competition. He has performed solo and ensemble concerts in halls such as the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow, Lincoln Center in New York. Svetoslav gave a solo recital for the Princess Royal at the Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh. He is a prize-winner at numerous international competitions, including the 2015 J S Bach International Competition in Japan. Currently, he is a scholar completing his Masters degree at the Royal College of Music in London, studying classical, contemporary and jazz piano. In June 2016 he released his debut video The Kapustin Project, which was dedicated to Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday. Then Svetoslav was sent to represent the Royal College of Music at the Manhattan School of Music, New York until the end of 2016. Nigel Kennedy describes him as ‘marvellous’.

Sofia Terzieva

Position
European Affairs

Sofia Terzieva was born on 8. 5. 1984 in Kardzhali. She completed her secondary education at the Language School "Hristo Botev". She has BA degree in International Economic Relations from the University of World and National Economy, Bulgaria and MA in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Leicester, UK. She did traineeships in the Council of Ministers in Bulgaria and in the European Parliament in Brussels. She has worked as a junior expert in the Foreign Trade Department of the Ministry of Economy and Energy. From 2014 works in the European Parliament as an assistant, and as political attaché from the beginning of the year. She follows the legislative work of the committees Regional Development and Environment, Public health and Food safety. Speaks French, English, German and Russian.

Hristo Boshnakov

Position
Economics

Hristo Boshnakov was born on 19. 04. 1993 in Sofia and completed his secondary education at 133 School “A. S. Pushkin”. After, he continued his further education at Paris Institute of Political Studies and was selected to compete his Bachelor at the University of Oxford - Merton College in 2015, where he studied PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and Modern languages. After having received a BA in “Political Science and Government”, he subsequently chose to pursue a Master's program of “Finance and Strategy” at the School of Management and Innovation at Sciences Po in Paris. Hristo participated in numerous International Models of the United Nations and international leadership forums and also completed a number of successful placements in international companies, NGOs and government institutions. Currently he works in the Department of Financial Services Consulting at Mazars LLP London. Interests - finance, economics, history and geopolitics.

Tsvetelina Churalska

Position
Public works

Tsvetelina holds a Master of Architecture from Princeton University, Bachelor of Science in Architecture with Honors from Texas Tech University and Associate of Science with High Honors from Midland College. She graduated from Mathematical High School “Konstantin Velichkov” as a salutatorian and Language High School “Bertolt Brecht” as a private student.

Tsvetelina has been doing architecture for the past 10 years and has 3 years of full-time work experience as an intern architect in New York, New Jersey and Texas. She has designed stores for Christian Louboutin, a world-known shoe designer, and has worked for Bob Hillier, one of the most respected architects in the US. Her professional experience spans in commercial, residential, retail, hospitality and many others. In addition, she has experience attracting clients and applying for big governmental projects.

Tsvetelina has won more than 35 awards and honors. She is a scholar of the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation which awards the most generous financial aid in the world. Оne of her housing projects won an honorable mention at the 2015 World Expo in Milan. Tsvetelina has held multiple leadership positions. In addition, she has volunteered hundreds of times including Habitat for Humanity NYC and is currently an interviewer for the Princeton University Alumni School Committee. Her interests lie on the intersection of design, architecture, the government and private businesses and how all of them could work to improve the built environment.

Tsvetelina would like to help with the development of Bulgaria through her experience and innovative ideas. As to her, it is important for Bulgarians to learn how to build not only effective but to develop architecture relevant to current and future conditions. She would like to participate in building sustainable infrastructure, good living conditions independent of social and ethnic status and to give opportunities to Bulgarians to use real estate as a tool for attracting foreign investments.