Experts panel 2015

Each year GEM Bulgaria conducts its own survey with face-to-face interviews with 45 experts – nominated by us and approved by the GEM consortium. All of the experts have worked in an area related to at least one of the nine framework conditions of GEM: Entrepreneurial Finance; Government Policy; Government Entrepreneurship Programmes; Entrepreneurship Education; Research & Development Transfer; Commercial & Legal Infrastructure; Market Openness; Physical Infrastructure; Cultural & Social Norms.

We nominate 45 different experts, who cannot be interviews again for another 2-3 years.

The National Expert Survey panls come from a pool of Bankers, Business Angels, Venture Capitalist, Finance Regulators, Lawmakers, Policy-Makers, Ministers, Agency Heads, Consultants, Analysts, Specialized Journalists, Associations, Chambers, Trade Missions, Clusters, Local Agencies, Teachers On Entrepreneurship, Business Professors, University Heads, Incubators, Tech & Science Parks, Tech Institutes, Research Centers, Researchers, Inventors, Lawyers, Assessors, Accountants, Entrepreneurs, Consultants, Patent Specialists, Market Analysts, Competition Regulators, Brokers, Tax Advisors, International Corporations, Communal Services Provides, Telecom, Infrastructure Providers, Government Transport Bodies, Logistic Companies, Sociologists, Anthropologists, Women Associations, Youth Organizations, NGOs, Government Officials and more.

The experts express their personal opinion, not the organisation’s they currently affiliate with.

Our 2015 National Expert panel consists of:

  1. Andrey Lubenov – Director Digital Products and Operations at Capital, journalist
  2. Assoc Prof Antoniy Galabov PhD – Associate Professor at Dept of Political Science, New Blgarian University, columnist
  3. Beata Papazova – Adviser European Integration and Projects, Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  4. Boni Bonev – Board Director of JA Bulgaria, Nestle Bulgaria, Chairman of Bulgarian Swiss Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Supervisory Board of Vaptech
  5. Borislav Stefanov – Investment Director, GlobeCap Investment, Director of Bulgarian Investment Agency 2009-2013, Member of the Advisory Board of Teach for All Bulgaria
  6. Vassil Terziev – Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Telerik Inc and Chief Innovation Officer at Progress Software
  7. Genoveva Hristova-Murray – Managing Director Ligna group, President of Bulgarian Furniture Cluster, Board Member of Association of the Business Clusters in Bulgaria
  8. George Brashnarov – CEO of Nemetschek Bulgaria, Board member of European Software Institute Centre Eastern Europe, board member of the Bulgarian Association of Software companies, AmCham
  9. George Ruitchev – Executive Director, Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum
  10. George Sharkov PhD  – Chairman of European Software Institute Centre Eastern Europe, board member of the Bulgarian Association of Software companies
  11. Darin Madzharov – Founder of Ucha. Se
  12. Dilyan Dimitrov – Founder at Eleven Startup Accelerator, working in Central and Eastern Europe
  13. Dobroslav Dimitrov – Co-founder at Imperia Online
  14. Evgeni Angelov – Economic Advisor of the President of Republic of Bulgaria
  15. Evgeni Jichev – Secretary General of Bulgarian Association of Licensed Investment Intermediaries (BALII)
  16. Evgenia Peeva – CEO of Teach for Bulgaria, member of the Teach for All network
  17. Evelin Velev – Partner/VP Business Development of Obecto
  18. Elitsa Panayotova – CEO of Sofia Tech Park
  19. Emilia Radeva – Former head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Economy
  20. Zlatina Karova – Director of Science Directorate at Ministry of Education and Science
  21. Ivaylo Grancharov – Head of SME Policy Dept., SME & Innovations Directorate, Ministry of Economy
  22. Ivan Toshev – Former vice-chairman of National Association of SME
  23. Assoc Prof Ivan Tchalakov – The Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at Bulgarian Academy of Science, Board member the of Bulgarian Sociology Association
  24. Iordan Mateev – Executive Director of Association of Modern Trade, Editor in Chief of Forbes Bulgaria
  25. Malina Kroumova – Director of Systems for EU Funds Management Directorate at Council of Ministers of Bulgaria
  26. Assoc Prof. Margarit Ganev PhD – Member of the Scientific board of the Institute of Legal Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Science
  27. Mariyana Hamanova – Founder/CEO of Cleantech, founder of NGO Back2BG
  28. Metodi Drеnkovski – CEO of
  29. Prof. Mitko Dimitrov PhD – Director of Economic Research Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Science
  30. Nadezhda Savova Grigorova PhD – Cultural anthropologist, Founder of Bread Houses Network – social entrepreneur, Founder of the International Council for Cultural Centers
  31. Nikolay Stoynev – Vice-Chairman of Sofia City Council
  32. Petar Sharkov – Co-founder/President of Start it Smart
  33. Rossen Ivanov – Managing Partner of Black Peak capital
  34. Svetla Kostadinova – Executive Director of Institute for Market Economics
  35. Svetozar Georgiev – Co Founder of Telerik Inc and Senior VP at Progress
  36. Stefan Tzalov – Representative of European Investment Fund in Bulgaria
  37. Stoyan Bratoev – Director of Metropoliten, Sofia Municipality
  38. Teodor Panayotov – Founder and CEO of
  39. Teodora Georgieva – Mentor, Synovum Partners founder, ex-consultant at Enterprise Europe Network, entrepreneur and co author
  40. Zanni Sabev – Entrepreneur
  41. Tzvetelin Simov – Managing Partner at Business Logic & Argologic
  42. Tzvetelina Teneva – Co-founder of The Business Institute, Cisco Entrepreneur Institute Bulgaria
  43. Yasen Georgiev – Executive Director of Economic Policy Institute
  44. expert in the support industries, prefers anonymity
  45. expert in the finance sector, prefers anonymity

We are grateful to the 2015 experts for their time and thoughts!