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Sasha_BezuhanovaSasha Bezuhanova / Chairperson

Sasha Bezuhanova is the initiator and founder of the civic platform for debates and common action MoveBG.  She is among the leading public figures in Bulgaria and one of the most highly positioned Bulgarians in the global IT business.

Until September 2013, she was responsible for the Hewlett-Packard’s strategic division for collaboration with public sector in emerging markets - a region, which covers 67 countries around the world, and coordinated HP’s relationships with the European Union. Sasha Bezuhanova ceased her successful career at HP to dedicate to the public development of Bulgaria and created MoveBG – a platform for cooperation and shared efforts in the process of forming public policies, creating an environment for public debate on the most important topics related to our development as a community and state. Her 20-year career at HP included responsibilities as Public Sector Director for Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to this, for more than 10 years she was HP’s General Manager for Bulgaria and as a result the company became the ICT leader in the country. Her main achievement was one of the biggest strategic investments of HP in Bulgaria - in 2006 the HP Global Delivery Centre was established, where over 5000 professionals work.

Sasha Bezuhanova has been working proactively for the social development of contemporary Bulgaria. As an honorary member and Chair of the Board of Junior Achievements (1999 - 2014), she works for promoting entrepreneurial and leadership skills among youngsters. Sasha is a member of the Consultative Council to the Minister of Education and Science, Chair of the ICT cluster, former President of the Bulgarian International Business Association (BIBA) (2002 – 2006), Chair and Deputy Chair of the Board of the Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria (2007 – 2010), Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Technical University in Sofia (2009 – present), Board member of the Bulgarian Charities Aid Foundation, co-creator and Chair of the High-level Advisory Committee of the European Centre of Women and Technology at the European Union (2008 – present), and Chair of the Bulgarian Centre of Women in Technology (2012 – present).

For her outstanding achievements, Sasha Bezuhanova has received many prestigious awards, among which Digital Woman of Europe Award for her achievements in the ICT sector (2013), International award for women “LeaderShe” (2010); Junior Achievement Europe “Leadership Award” (2009); Business Face of Bulgaria Award, of Financial Times (2008); The Highest Reputation and Achievement in the Area of Corporate Management in Bulgaria (2003); HP WW Winners club (2006); IDG Bulgaria award for IT Manager of the Year for 2002, 2001 and 1996; IDG Bulgaria award for Business Lady of the Decade (1991 – 1999); HP European Achievers Club (1999); Best Young Manager in Bulgaria (1997). She holds one of the highest state awards of Italy - “Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity” for her exclusive contribution to the development of bilateral economic relations between Bulgaria and Italy (2009). In 2011, she was recognized as one of the five most influential women in Bulgaria.

Sasha Bezuhanova has a Master’s Degree in Electronics from the Technical University in Sofia and a leadership qualification from INSEAD, France.

 



antoni_todorovAntoniy Todorov, PhD / Member of the Board
Prof. Antony Todorov is a Bulgarian political scientist. He holds an advanced degree in International Relations, specializing in political sciences, political sociology and international relations, and a Ph.D. in history. Antony Todorov is an associate professor of political science at the New Bulgarian University. He has worked as a senior advisor at the Parliamentary Research department of the National Assembly, as an editor-in-chief of "Bulgarian observer” magazine, as an editor at Kultura Weekly and a researcher at the Institute for Social History. His scientific career includes affiliations with the Institute for Political Sciences in Paris, the Center for the Study of French Political Life, the North Atlantic Assembly in Brussels, East-West Institute in Prague and others. He was a visiting professor at the Free University of Brussels, the University of Burgundy in Dijon, and at the Bologna University. He is also a member of the Bulgarian Association of Political Sciences, the Manfred Woerner Foundation and the Bulgarian Helsinki Civil Assembly.



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Boriana Dimitrova, PhD / Member of the Board

Boriana Dimitrova graduated Sociology at the Sofia University "Sv. Kliment Ohridski". She has a PhD in Philosophical studies and is a professor at the New Bulgarian University, with a subject course "Research Methods in Social Sciences". She has specialized at the Centre for Research of French Political Life /CeViPOF/, the National Centre for Scientific Researches /CNRS/ in Paris, The Centre for Administrative, Political and Social Researches /CRAPS/ in Lille, France, as well as at the University of Yale, USA. Boriana Dimitrova works in the area of political sociology, public opinion researches, models of social behavior, and analysis of social policies effectiveness.

Boriana Dimitrova is founder and Managing Partner of the sociological agency Alpha Research. She is a member of the European Association of Market, Social and Opinion Research /ESOMAR/ and was a Deputy Chair of its Bulgarian branch - BAMOR. Boriana Dimitrova is also a Board Member of Children and Youth Association.

She has been a project manager of over 80 national and international research projects and has numerous publications in media and scientific editions in Bulgaria and abroad.

 



dimitar_bechevDimitar Bechev / Member of the Board
Dimitar Bechev is a Senior Policy Fellow and Head of Sofia Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a member of the South East European Studies (SEESOX) at St Antony’s College in Oxford. Between 2006 and 2010 he was a researcher at the European Studies Center in Oxford, a lecturer in international relations at Worcester College, Oxford and a visiting professor at the Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. He is a regional expert for Central and Eastern Europe at the leading consulting and information company Oxford Analytica. He has published studies in the areas of EU enlargement and neighborhood policy, contemporary history and politics on the Balkans. He is the author of Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Macedonia (2009), Mediterranean Frontiers: Borders, Conflict and Memory in a Transnational World (2010) and Constructing South East Europe: the Politics of Balkan Regional Cooperation, and also to a number of articles in well-known periodicals such as Journal of Common Market Studies and East European Politics and Societies. Dimitar Bechev has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Oxford and a Master’s degree in Law and International Relations from SofiaUniversity “St. Kliment Ohritdski”

 

 


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Julian Popov / Member of the Board

Julian Popov is the founding CEO of the New Bulgarian University, former Minister of Environment and Water in the 2013 Bulgarian interim government, Senior Policy Adviser of the European Climate Foundation. He served as Chairman of the Bulgarian School of Politics in 2007-2013. Julian is extensively involved in charity work supporting disadvantaged children in Bulgaria. He is author of two books and a large number of comment and opinion articles published in leading international media on European politics, sustainable development and energy issues (BBC, Al Jazeera, The Independent, Gazeta Wyborcha, the European Voice and others). He lives in London with his family.



 


irinaIrina Alexieva / Executive Director

Irina Alexieva is well known to Bulgarian public as one of the best business journalists in the country, author and host of the weekly economic broadcast of BTV “Business". Previously, Irina managed the Economic Department of Darik Radio and was the author of the "Portfolio" radio broadcast.

Irina has a PhD in Public Communications and Information Studies from the Sofia University “Sv. Kliment Ohridski”. Her PhD thesis is on Communication of Climate Change. She also has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the American University in Bulgaria and a MA in Economics from the University of National and World Economy. Irina specialized in journalism in the U.S. and studied the development of civic and political dialogue in Southeast Europe and the former Soviet Union in Norway.

During her intensive career as a journalst, Irina interviewed some of the most influential leaders in the global political and economic scene, among them Nobel laureates, heads of global companies and financial institutions. She is the author of several documentaries, including "Chernobyl -20 years later”, dedicated to the anniversary of the largest nuclear reactor accident in the world and “California’s Choice" – on the energy efficiency policy of California.

Irina is a Board member of the Bulgarian Civil Society House and a member of the Scientific Committee of the World Forum for Democracy.

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