Board of Trustees

PRESIDENT

 

Проф. Антони Славински

 

Prof. Antoni Slavinski

 

Antoni Slavinski is a member of the NBU Board of Trustees since 14.03.1994. On May 21st 2011 he was elected President of the Board of Trustees and reelected again for a second five-year mandate on 4.06.2016.

 

In the 1999-2001 period he is Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Bulgaria. In 2001 he is awarded the Honorary Professor of NBU title for his outstanding contribution to the Telecommunications Department at NBU.

 

For over 10 years he is Chair of the Management board of the “Telecommunications” association, and has been a member of the Management Board of the biggest NGO in this sector.

 

He was Chair, and consequently a member, of the Management Board of the „UBIFRANCE-BULGARIE“ association.

 

He was Chair of the European ICT council for structure funds to the SFERA project, part of the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community in the 2008/2009 period.

 

He was coordinator of the Central and Eastern Europe Center of Excellences in distance training for senior executives to the International Telecommunications Union in the 2004-2007 period.

 

He participates in numerous national and international projects among which the “Improving of interdisciplinary skills and cooperation between business and telecommunications specialists”, “Encouragement of the innovations in the industrial informatics and desktop computer systems sector through building a cooperation network”.


Among his awards are the Special IDG Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Bulgarian telecommunications, as well as the Award for contribution to the development of the information society. He has specialized at the Adam Smith Institute, London, Great Britain, the Joint Vienna Institute in Vienna, Austria, and at ITU – Geneva, Switzerland.

 

He has more than 100 publications in Bulgaria and abroad.

 


Contact Information:
Building 1, Room 223
tel.: +359 2 8110 243
e-mail:  aslavinski@nbu.bg

  

HONORARY PRESIDENT

Проф. Б. Богданов

 

Prof. Bogdan Bogdanov, D.Sc. is Chair of the Chair’s Council since 4.06.2016

Prof. Bogdan Bogdanov initiated the idea of New Bulgarian University as a continuation of the Society for New Bulgarian University together with an organizing committee consisting of scholars, researchers and entrepreneurs. Prof. Bogdanov was President of the NBU Board of Trustees for many years (14.03.1994 – 21.05.2011).

He is a classical philologist and university lecturer in Ancient Greek literature and culture. As President of the Managing Board of Open Society Foundation he focused on modernization of libraries, integration of minority groups, human rights, providing Internet access to academic institutions, disbursment of scholarships to Bulgarian students and popularization of Bulgarian history, language and culture.

In the period 1991-1993 - as Ambassador of Bulgaria to Greece, he contributed to the overcoming of distrust between Bulgaria and Greece accumulated during the Cold War period.

Prof. Bogdanov has published Bulgarian translations of The Characters of Theophrastus, Dialogues of Plato, ‘Daphnis and Chloe’ by Longus, ‘The Life of Alexander of Macedon’ by Pseudo-Callisthenes, and ‘Meditations’ by Marc Aurelius. His books include ‘From Homer to Euripides’, ‘Homer’s Epic’, ‘Ancient Greek Literature’, ‘Orpheus and the Ancient Mythology on the Balkans’, ‘Europe – Understood and Made’, ‘Separate and Together’, ‘The University – a Special Realm of Freedom’, ‘Past and Modern Times, ‘Modelos de realidad’ (published in Spain), ‘Reading and Its Functioning’ (published in Germany), the creation of World Historic Heritage series and many others.

Among his awards are the Grand Cross of the Order of the Phoenix for his service as Ambassador, the national Hristo G. Danov Award in humanities, Europe – Pass Onwards – for European intergration. His activities on the Board of NBU are focused on the achievement of the University mission and advancement of creativity and entrepreneurship at NBU.

website: www.bogdanbogdanov.net

 

 

MEMBERS

Б. Данев

Bozhidar Danev, PhD

Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU since 14.03.1994 and its Vice President in the period 11.11.1994 – 21.05.2011, donor of New Bulgarian University.


Bozhidar Danev, PhD – Executive President of the Board of Management of Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA). He is member of the Board of management of the European project for professional mobility ESCO. He started his professional career at the Bulgarian Industrial Association, working consecutively as an expert, head of a center, vice-chair and chair. He was elected Executive Director of Bulgarian Stock Exchange and Executive Director of the international leasing company "Interlease" JSC. He is member of a range of Boards of Directors and Supervision Councils of large-scale commercial companies. He is member of the National Council for Scientific Policy and co-chair of the Joint EU-Bulgaria Economic and Social Committee. B. Danev is awared for the best scientific study by Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and also for scientific study with the biggest economic effect. He is member of the General Assembly of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. B. Danev is author of more than 100 publications in foreign and Bulgarian scientific editions and co-author of three scientific monographs. He has been a keynote speaker on issues concerning economic development, information technologies and industrial policy at many international forums. He graduated the Technical University in Sofia and specialized at the Academy of Sciences in Moscow and at the University of Hanover.

Bojidar Danev was elected Vice President of BusinessEurope in December 2017

 





Valeri Nikolov

 

Member of the Board of Trustees on NBU. Donor of New Bulgarian University.

 

Valeri Nikolov is the owner and president of the retail chain "Fantastico". His professional career goes through Agromachinimpex AD, as chief specialist, through the Ministry of Economics as a business attaché in Brazil and a senior economist.

 

He has a master's degree in engineering in foreign trade operations.

 

 

 

 

 


Anastasia Moser, PhD

Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU since 14th March 1994

Anastasia Moser is Honorary Chairman of the political party United Agrarians. She is member and Vice-President of the 40th National Assembly. In her professional and public career she has worked for the World Bank, the Hellenic Studies Center, the “Voice of America”. She was elected member of the 37th and the 38th National Assembly, co-chair of the Parliamentary group of the People’s Union – BAPU, Democratic Party, as well as in the 39th National Assembly – vice-chair of the parliamentary union of UDF. She is chair of the Bulgarian Interparliamentary Group, member of the Foreign and Integration Policy Commission and Secretary General of BAPU – People’s Union. She is also member of the Commission on Foreign Policy, Defense and Security, the Provisional Commission for preparation of proposals for amendments of the Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Commission on Foreign Policy, the Delegation to the Joint Parliamentary Committee Bulgaria – European Union, of the Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. She is chair of the Friendship Group Bulgaria - France. She was awarded the order "Cavalier of the Legion of Honor" of the Republic of France.

She graduated Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

 

 

Доц. д-р Васил Гарнизов

Associate Professor Vasil Garnizov, PhD

Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU since 26.05.2000 and of the Chair’s Council – since 12.12.2011.

Assoc. Prof. Vasil Garnizov is Vice-Chair of the Association of Balkan Anthropology and the Head of the Central Coordination Unit within the Special Preparatory Programme of the European Union for Bulgaria.

In the period 1999-2001 he was Deputy Minister of the Regional Development and Public Works of Republic of Bulgaria. Earlier he worked for the Folklore Institute at the Folklore Theory Section of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. and also as parliamentary expert on local government, regional development and public works. V. Garnizov was General Director of the National Center on Territorial Development and Housing Policy and member of the International Pragmatics Association - Amsterdam, the Association of Europeanists in Brussels, the Steering Committee on Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the Interdepartmental National Council on Ethnic and Demographic Issues at the Council of Ministers, the Programme Council of Bulgarian National Television.

He has more than 100 publications in the sphere of folklore, ethnology and social anthropology. V. Garnizov also participated in numerous radio and television broadcastings on educational, cultural, social and political issues. He has provided expert advices on different issues of Phare programme, UNDP, British Know-How Fund, Council of Europe, European Union etc.

Contact Information:
Building 1, Room 226
tel.: +359 2 8110 226
e-mail: vgarnizov@nbu.bg

 

 

Доц. д-р В. Методиев

Associate Professor Vesselin Metodiev, Ph.D.

Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU since 26.05.2000 and of the Chair’s Council – since12.12.2011.Chair of the History department of NBU.

Assoc. Prof. Veselin Metodiev was member of the Parliament in the 40th National Assembly and Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Group of the party “Democrats for Strong Bulgaria”. In the period 1997-1999 he was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Science.

Before joining NBU, Veselin Metodiev worked in the General Directorate of Archaives at the Council of Ministers and was member of the Parliament in the 37th and the 38th National Assemblies.

His publications include the monograph ‘The Council of Ministers in Bulgaria. The Beginning 1879-1886’ and the following co-publications: “120 years Council of Ministers in Bulgaria”, “Bulgarian Constitutions and Constitutional Projects”, “State Institutions in Bulgaria 1879-1986”.

Contact Information:
Building 1, Room 226
tel.: +359 2 8110 226
e-mail: vmetodiev@nbu.bg

 

 

 

 

Георги Текев

George Tekev, Ph.D.

Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU since 15.12.2008 and of the Chair’s Council – since12.12.2011.

George Tekev is Executive Director of New Bulgarian University.

He started working for NBU in1991 as a coordinator of NBU financial activities and  rules and regulations. In the period 1992-1994 he was Director of the Free Faculty and later - till 2000, Director of the Central University Administration. In 2000 he became Executive Director of NBU.

George Tekev is involved in NBU strategic planning, development of university structure and internal rules and regulations as well as in NBU financial management, development of facilities and expansion of  information resources. He is Chair of the Board of Foundation ”For New Bulgarian University” and a member of the Executive Board of Raina Kabaivanska Fund and of the jury of Viotti International Music Competition in Vercelli, Italy.

His academic interests are in the field of university management. He specialized at the Faculty of Political Studies of Bologna University, at the University for Foreign Students in Siena, Italy and at Surrey University, UK. G. Tekev received the Golden Quill Award for his contribution to Bulgarian culture and creative art practices introduced in a number of socially significant projects aimed at discovering, developing and promoting young talents.


Contact Information:
Building 1, Room 226
tel.: +359 2 8110 226
e-mail: gtekev@nbu.bg

 

 

 

 

Проф. Г. Фотев
 
Prof. Georgi Fotev, D.Sc.

Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU since 14.03.1994.

Prof. Georgi Fotev is member of the European Academy of Science and Arts. In the period 1991 – 1992 he was Minister of Science and Higher Education of Republic of Bulgaria. He is former Director of the Sociology Institute at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and head of the section “History of Sociology”. Prof. Fotev is a lecturer in philosophy. Among his major publications are the books: “Sociological Theories of E. Durkem, V. Pareto, M. Veber”, “Principles of the Positivist Sociology”, “Social Reality and Imagination”, “The Civil Society”, “The Other Ethnos”, “Boundaries of the Policy”, “Sociology of the Deviating Behavior”.

Prof. Fotev is Honorary Professor of NBU. He was awarded the title Honorary Citizen of the State of Oklahoma, USA, as well as the Honorary Blue Ribbon Sign of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. He received the annual award of BAS for his book “Social Reality and Imagination” and also the Distinguished Service Award of American University in Bulgaria.

 

 

 

 

 

Honorary Prof. Ekaterina Mihaylova, PhD

Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU since 4.06.2016.

Prof. Ekaterina Mihaylova is a lecturer at the Law Department of NBU. In 2007 for her contribution to the development of the theory and practice of the parliamentary system of government she became Honorary Professor of NBU. Ekaterina Mihaylova is member of the Parliament in 6 in order National Assemblies (36-th to 41-st) of Republic of Bulgaria and vice-chair of the 40-th and 41-st National Assemblies. She has been chair and vice-chair of of the Parliamentary group of UDF, DSB and United Democratic Forces as well as chair of the United Christian Democratic Centre, vice-chair, secretary general and chair of UDF and vice-chair of DSB.

Prof. Mihaylova is chair of the Management Boards of Political Academy for Central and Southeastern Europe and of the Brain Institute, publisher of the magazine “Brain” – a journal comprising issues of political and cultural theory. She is a lecturer of the School of Politics and member of the Public Council of the Social Political Forum for Combating Corruption established by the Centre for Study of Democracy.

Prof. Ekaterina Mihaylova is author of the books: “Parliamentarism and Legislature of a State in Bulgaria”, “The Role of the Head of State in the Legislative Process”, “Overview of Bulgarian Constitutional Models”, “The Totalitarian State and the Law in Bulgaria 1944-1989”.

Prof. Mihaylova is a member of the President’s Reprieve Commission of Republic of Bulgaria and also of the Ombudsman’s Advisory Constitutional Council of Republic of Bulgaria.

She is awarded the sign of honour of the Ministry of Justice and the sign of honour of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” for communicating purposefully and convincingly ideas and political biases using the language of tolerance. Prof. Mihaylova received the award of the Rector of NBU for the best lecturer in 2016.

 

 

 

Проф. Ивайло Знеполски
 
Ivailo Znepolski, D.Sc. 

Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU since 14.03.1994.

Prof. Ivaylo Zneposki is a distinguished academic in the field of philosophy, semiotics and arts.

He is chair of the Managing Board, founder and scientific adviser of the Institute for Studies of the Recent Past. In the period 1993-1995 he was Minister of Culture of Republic of Bulgaria. He is Director of the DIVINATIO journal and Administrative Director of the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société (MSHS). Prof. Znepolski has worked at the Institute for Modern Social Theories (BAS) and in the Presidium of the Supreme Attestation Commission at the Council of Ministers. He has been a lecturer at National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Higher School of Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris, Montesquieu University, Bordeaux IV. He is member of the Pedagogical Council of the Regional Doctoral School (History – Sociology - Anthropology) in Bucharest, the Council of the Thematic Network for Joint Studies - “Cultural Institutions’ Law” – Francophone Agency for Higher Education and Research Work and of the International Expert Committee for Establishment of Francophone Institute for Administration and Management (IFAG).

Among his numerous publications are the books: „Bulgarian Communism – socio-cultural characteristics and power route”, “New Press and the Transition”, “Veber and Bourdieu: approaches to intellectuals”, “The language of the imaginary transition” and a series of articles.

Prof. Znepolski is Vice-President of the International Federation of the Film Press, Vice-President of the Balkan Semiotics Association, member of the Steering Committee of the International Semiotics Association, member of the Orientation Council of the Museum of Europe (Brussels), member of the Senate of the European Cultural Parliament.

He was awarded the Honorary Blue Ribbon Medal of Sofia University and the Honorary Award Officier des Palmes Academiques – with a decree of the French Ministry of National Education, Scientific Research and Technologies.

 

 

 

 

Prof. Ivaylo Turnev, D.Sc.

Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU since 4.06.2016.


Prof. Ivaylo Turnev, D.Sc. is a lecturer at the Department of Cognitive Science and Psychology of NBU and at the Neurology Department of Sofia Medical University. He is Head of the Clinic for nervous diseases of Alexandrovska University Hospital as well as of the Expert Centre for inheritable nervous and metabolic disorders.

For the first time in the world Prof. Turnev together with his team makes clinical genetic studies of 12 new inheritable disorders. Scientific and research interests of Prof. Turnev are in the sphere of health problems of people from minority communities incl. consistent endeavours to build an applicable sytem for prevention of socially significant and inheritable diseases among isolated groups. He introduced Bulgarian model of health mediators in Macedonia, Serbia and Slovakia and elaborated and put into practice a series of prophylactic programmes. Prof. Turnev is chair of Bulgarian societies for neuro-muscular disorders and for fighting epilepsy as well as of the Foundation “Health Problems of Minorities”. He is member of the Boards of: Bulgarian Neurology Society, Executive Bureau of the Foumdation “Neuro-sciences and Behavior”, National Network of Health Mediators, National Council of Ethnic and Integration Issues at the Council of Ministers, National Rare Disease Advisory Council at the Ministry of Health-Care, World Society for Neuro-muscular Disorders. Prof. Turnev represents Bulgaria in the European League for fighting epilepsy and is an axpert of the World Health Organization in the sphere of Roma Health-Care, of UNICEF and UNDP. He is member of the Board of the Centre for Edicational Integration of the Minorities at the Ministry of Education and Science, expert of the National Network for Children and advisor of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).

Prof. Turnev received numerous awards – last of them for the best researcher of Alexandroivska University Hospital and Pitagor Science Award 2016 of Ministry of Education and Science for significant scientific contribution in the sphere of health and medicine. He has Master’s Degree in Social Health and Health Management and specialized neurogenetics in John Radcliffe Hospital of Oxford University, Great Britain and neuro-muscular disorders – in the Institute of Myology Änton Babinski”- Paris. Prof. Turnev was invited as lecturer in Netherlands, Germany, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, India, Romania, Macedonia and Turkey. He has 235 publications – out of them 107 in international journals. Prof. Turnev is co-author of 5 textbooks.

 

 

 

 

Prof. Ljudmil Georgiev, PhD

Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU since 4.06.2016.


Prof. Ljudmil Georgiev was Vice-Rector of NBU in the period 1997-2008, acting as Rector of NBU in the period 2009-2012 and Vice-Rector of NBU for Research and International Relations in the period 2013-2016. He is the founder of the subjects Public Administration and Regional Economics at NBU. His areas of expertise cover analysis and management of regional development, local government and administration, public administration, EU Structural Funds, strategies and structures for regional development , evaluation of research and educational projects, higher education development systems, institutional and programme accreditation, training systems for state officers, teaching skills and techniques etc.

Prof. Georgiev has been scientific secretary of the Administration Centre at the Council of Ministers and an expert in Public Administration at the Council of Ministers. He is member of the European Urban and Regional Studies Association based in London, of the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration – Bratislava, of the International Regional Studies Association, of the Council of Administration at the International Institute of Administrative Sciences in Paris, of the Programme Committee of the Science with and for Society Working Programme of EC.

Prof. Georgiev is member of the Scientific Expert Council for development of the Capital at Sofia Municipality and manager of the Academic Association for organizing and conducting of specializations of state officers. He is the author leading the first in the country educational TV broadcast in market economy called “Economy Alphabet”.
Prof. L. Georgiev graduated economics and his PhD is in the sphere of economy and management of regional sytems. He is the author and editor of plenty of scientific publications – among them “Regional and Municipal Discrepancies”, “Regional Economy”, “Local Government”, “Marketing and Management of Local Administration”, “Comparative Public Administration”, “Ethics of Public Services”, “Enhencing and Improving the Management and Leadership in the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe”, “Teaching through Cases”, “147 tricks for good teaching” etc.

 

 

 

 

 


Nadya Terzieva

Member of the Board of Trustees of the NBU from 04.06.2016

 

 

Nadya Terzieva is the director of the Library of the NBU since its establishment, contributing to its development as a modern information center with innovative services.

 

Founder and Chairman of the Board of the first llibrary union “Bulgarian Information Consortium” for a shared subscription of multidisciplinary scientific full text databases, in with over 78% of the higher education institutions are a part of. She has numerous publications in the field of library and information science and technology, as well as contributions to dozens of international projects.

 

She has three master degrees: Business administration, Bibliography and scientific information and Bulgarian philology. She specializes in library management in the UK, the Netherlands, Spain and other countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Доц. д-р Кристиян Хаджиев

Ognian Shentov, Ph.D.

Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU since 14.03.1994.


Ognian Shentov, PhD is co-founder and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Centre for Study of Democracy – an independent public research organization, working for the implementation of economic and legal reforms, for European integration and international security. He is author and editor of a number of publications on issues concerning the transition to democracy and the stability in Eastern Europe. O. Shentov took part in the implementation and coordination of a number of international projects in the sphere of institutional reforms in Bulgaria and other countries in tnansition. He is member of the Coordination Council of “Coalition 2000”- an anti-corruption initiative of Bulgarian non-governmental organizations, of the Initiative for Judicial Reforms and Bulgarian Internet Alliance for Economic Development and of the Steering Committee of the Center for Economic Development. O. Shentov is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Applied Research and Communications.

He obtained his Master’s degree in international relations in 1981 and PhD in political sciences in 1987. O. Shentov specialized at London School of Economics and Political Sciences as well as in American research institutes and analytical centres.

 

 

Райна Кабаиванска

Raina Kabaivanska

Member of the Board of Trustees since December 6, 2010. 

Raina Kabaivanska is one of the extraordinary opera singers of our times. Her stage debut is in 1961 at la Scala, Milan, and in 1962 she sang in Covent Garden, London and in the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Kabaivanska has a wide repertoire of leading parts in operas by early classical composers, as well as by contemporary authors of classical music. In her long career she has played Tosca, Butterfly, Manon Lescaut and Adriana Lecouvreur in world famous opera theatres. Her discography is extremely rich, she has also filmed operas and movies. Recently, Raina Kabaivanska has taken part in many concerts aimed at promoting her students in opera singing.

She is professor at the Musical Academy “Orazio Vecchi” in Modena and in Chigiana Music Academy in Siena, Italy and is Professor Honoris Causa of New Bulgarian University. Kabaivanska teaches master classes in Spain, France, Italy, Japan, Finland, Belgium and Bulgaria. She chairs the judge panels of the contests in Sarzana, Spoleto and Vercelli. Kabaivanska is also a judge in two other competitions -  “Queen Elizabeth” and “Pavarotti”.

In 2001 Raina Kabaivanska started her Master class at NBU and in 2002 established a donation fund at the University as a continuation of her charity activities in Bulgaria. This Fund provides scholarships for training and further qualification of young opera singers in Bulgaria and Italy. 

Raina Kabaivanska has been awarded a number of international prizes, among them “Bellini” (1965), “Viotti d’oro” (1970), “Puccini” (1978), “Illica” (1979), “Monteverdi” (1980), the award of Academia Medici – Lorenzo di Magnifico (1990), Grand Prix “A Life devoted to Music” (Venice, 2000). For her extraordinary contribution in the sphere of art and the development of democracy in Bulgaria she was awarded the “Stara planina” order.  Kabaivanska was also awarded the order of the Republic of Italy – for civil virtues and outstanding contribution to the arts. For her contribution to the development of world musical culture Raina Kabaivanska was presented with the title Doctor Honoris Causa of New Bulgarian University.

 

 

Проф. Рандал Бейкър 

Randall Baker, Ph.D.

Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU since 26th May 2000

Prof. Baker is a lecturer at NBU and is an honorary member of the Geo Milev foundation. Until his permanent move to Bulgaria in 2008 he was Director of the international programs at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at the University in Bloomington. He is member of Amnesty International, Rotary International, International Institute of Administrative Sciences, etc. He was Dean of the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia in Norwich and external examiner of graduate program in Development Economics and Land Resources at Cambridge. He was elected President of the Norfolk Branch of the Geographical Association, member of the Council and Treasurer of the Institute of British Geographers, Council member, Oxfam, Middle East Committee, International Disaster Institute. He is member of the Central Monetary Authority, Macroeconomic Committee, National Budget Coordination Committee, and Aid Coordinating Committee. He is consultant at the South Pacific University. He has been involved in the establishing committee of the American University in Russia, set up on the initiative of the American President.


He is author and co-author of 28 books, among which “Development and the Pastoral Peoples of Karamoja”, “Nomadism in Africa”, “King Hussein and the Kingdom of Hope”, “Role of the State and Bureaucracy in the Developing Countries after the War”, “Summer in the Balkans: Laugh and tears after communism”.


He received his education at the University of Wales, where he won the Rockefeller’s study grant for the University of South Africa. He started his academic career at the Makerere University College in Kampala, Uganda.
 

website: http://www.randallbaker.org/

 

 

 

Rumiana Yurukova-Krusteva

Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU since 4.06.2016.

Rumiana Yurukova-Krusteva is acting as Financial Director, Chief Accountant of NBU for many years with particular contribution to introducing a new contemporary model for budget accountability, management of University financial assets and control of NBU projects with external support from national and international sources.

Rumiana Yurukova-Krusteva is licenced examining accounting expert, competent in International Accounting Standards. She graduated Accounting and Control at the University for National and World Economy (UNWE) – Sofia.

She gained her professional experience in the sphere of insurance at Orel Insurance Company Ltd. and Orel-G Holding, as Chief accountant of Shoumen OOD and later – as Executive Producer. Rumiana Yurukova-Krusteva is Chief Accountant of New Bulgarian University since 2004.

 

 

 

 

Academician Svetlin Rusev

Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU since 4.06.2016.

Academician Svetlin Rusev is Bulgarian painter, collector of arts, public activists and donor of the Museum of New Bulgarian University.

He is member of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences since 2003 and Doctor Honoris Causa of Shumen University, a corresponding member of Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin (1983), Honorary President of the International Association of Arts in Paris (1982), Honorary member of "Nika-kai" in Tokyo, Japan (1984) and of Vienna Künstlerhaus (1985). He received the state award “Paisii Hilendarski”.

As a painter and grandeur Svetlin Rusev participates since 1959 in a series of international biennale, festivals and representative exhibitions of Bulgarian art in Paris, Venice, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Budapest, Bucharest, Prague, Warsaw, Belgrade, Athens, Istanbul, Vienna, Delhi, Berlin, Rome, Mexico, Havana, Venezuela etc. He arranges his own exhibitions in Sofia. His works are extremely diverse in topics and subjects – some of them are at the National Art Gallery in Sofia, others are part of numerous art galleries and private collections in Bulgaria and abroad. Svetlin Rusev’s works are among the best sold during the previous century. Among more important monumental and decorative ones are: the wall-painting “Motherland” at the Central railway station (architect Milko Bechev - 1976), the wall-painting (17.30/5.10 m) at the National Palace of Culture “Liudmila Zhivkova” and the National Palace of Culture “Liudmila Zhivkova” in Sofia (1994), wall-paintings and icons in front of the altar of the church Sveta Petka Bulgarska near village of Rupite (1994).

He donates his private collection and sets up two museums - Gallery – Atelier Svetlin Rusev in Sofia and a permanent art exhibition in Pleven in the three-storey historic building of the former public baths.

 

 

 


Sergei Ignatov, DSc

Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU since 25.03.2013.

Prof. Sergey Ignatov was Minister of Education, Youth and Science in the period 2009–2013. Among notable reforms he made are: abolishing of the Higher Academic Attestation Commission, giving extensive university autonomy and introducing of differentiated financing in higher education, elaborating a strategy for scientific studies, of youth law and youth development strategy, incl. introducing of student loans.

He was Rector of New Bulgarian University in the period 2002 - 2009.

He professional career started at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” - as a lecturer (since 1985), assistant professor (since 1991) and associate professor (since 1996). In 1998 he became Chair of the Mediterranean and Eastern Studies Department at New Bulgarian University and Dean of the Undergraduate School in 1999.

Prof. Ignatov is an Egyptologist with academic interests in linguistics, history and religion of Ancient Egypt. His PhD in history is obtained at St. Petersburg State University. In 1993 and 1995 he specialized in All Souls College, Oxford. Prof. Ignatov has been a lecturer at St. Petersburg State University, Santiago de Compostela, Russian Egyptology Institute in Moscow. He participated in a series of world congresses on Egyptology in Turin, Cambridge, Cairo.

He is the founder and director of Bulgarian Institute of Egyptology at NBU since 2006. Prof. Ignatov is Vice-president of International Association for Ancient Oriental Studies, International Associassion of Egyptologists (since 1985), member of Egypt Exploration Society, Great Britain (since 1993), Russian-German Society for Study of the Cultural Heritage of Ancient World, St. Petersburgh (since 1989).

Prof. S. Ignatov is author of more than 40 academic publications printed in Sofia, London, Cambridge, Cairo, Turin, Santiago de Compostela, St. Petersburg and Moscow. Hand of the books: „Morphology of Classical Egypt“, „The Wisdom of Ancient Egyptians“, „Egypt of the Pharaohs“, „Papyrus does not grow on a rock“ and „The Body of God“.

 

 

 


Prof. Toma Tomov, Ph.D.

 

Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU since 14.03.1994.

Prof. Tomov is Director of the Centre “Bulgarian Institute for Human Relations” at New Bulgarian University. He is coordinator of the National program for mental health reform of the Ministry of Health-Care. His professional career started at First Psychiatry Clinic and the Psychiatry Department of the Medical University, Sofia, where he was assistant professor in psychiatry. Prof. Tomov was also an advisor of Tanzania mental health program Morogoro, Dar es Salaam. His main research interests are in sphere of social psychiatry. He is member of Bulgarian Psychodrama Society, Bulgarian Psychiatric Association, Bulgarian Psychoanalytical Group, Bulgarian Mental Health Society, Bulgarian Association of Social Workers and of Geneva Initiative in Psychiatry. Prof. Tomov is member of the Board of Trustees of Cooperating Netherlands Foundations and of the Association of Reformists in Psychiatry, Geneva. He is honorary member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, Great Britain.

Prof. Tomov graduated Higher Medical Institute in Sofia and specialized at the Department of Psychiatry of Medical Academy, at the Institute of Neurology, Psychiatry and Neurosurgery (Antropos Institute in Athens) and in the Guest training program in psychodrama – Gabriele Wiesmann-Brun.

 

 

 

Христина Семерджиева

Hristina Semerdjieva

Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU since 12.12.2011.

Hristina Semerdjieva is Mayor of Sofia district “Ovcha kupel”. Her professional development in this direction began in 2007 – as deputy mayor of Sofia district “Nadezhda”. Before that she worked for almost ten years at the Library of New Bulgarian University. She has a bachelor degree in political sciences and in book publishing and distribution. She also obtained Masters degree in project management.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Hristo Todorov, PhD

Prof. Hristo Todorov, PhD

Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU since 4.06.2016.

Prof. Todorov is Vice-Rector for Quality Assurance, Assessment and Accreditation in the period 2012-2016 and Chair of NBU Quality Assurance Commission.

He graduated Philosophy at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. Prof. Todorov started his professional career as a secondary school teacher and lecturer in History and Philosophy at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. Since 2003 he is a professor at NBU and also Chair of the department “Philosophy and Sociology”. Prof. Todorov specialized in Tuningen, Bochum (as scholarship holder of Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation) and Berlin. He was a guest lecturer of European University Viadrina Frankfurter (Oder).

Academic interests of Prof. Todorov are in the sphere of Philosophical Hermeneutics, Philosophy of History, History of Conceptions and Bioethics. In the same area of knowledge are the courses taught by Prof. Todorov at NBU within several Bachelor and Masters Programs and predominantly within those in Philosophy and Sociology.

Prof. Todorov is author of more than 90 academic publications in Bulgarian, German, English, French and Spanish. He also translated 7 books from German.

 

 

 

 

 

Hristo Chukurliev

Hristo Chukurliev

Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU since 4.06.2016.

Hristo Chukurliev is Director of NBU School of Distance, Digital and Continuing Education. He works at NBU since 2002 as Director of the Graduate School. H. Chukurliev together with Assoc. Prof. Ventsislav Djambazov, PhD introduced e-learning in NBU and worked on improvement of the University MOODLE learning platform which is of extremely high quality – incl. integrated software for indicating plagiarism and incorrect citation, videoconferencing and videocollections.

After finishing National High School of Ancient Langueges and Cultures “Konstantin Kiril Filosof” H. Chukurliev obtained Master’s degree in Bulgarian Language and Culture at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.

 

 

 

 

 

Юлиан Попов
 
Julian Popov

Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU since 20.02.1995.

Julian Popov is writer and journalist. He was Minister of Environment and Water in the 88-th caretaker government of Republic of Bulgaria (2013). Before taking the position of minister he was Chair of the Board of Bulgarian School for Politics. J. Popov is also Chair of the Board of the Buildings Performance Institute Europe with HQ in Brussels and of the Board of Elizabeth Kostova Foundation. He is member of the Advisory Board of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership and of the Strategic Board of Tunisian School for Politics. J. Popov is political advisor for Central and Eastern Europe of European Climate Foundation, expert in management, communications and distance learning development.

He worked as editor and later as head of department “Poetry and Criticism" of the magazine “Fakel”. J. Popov was also Director of literary museum “Angel Karalijchev”. He was Executive Director of NBU. In 1994 J. Popov moved to London. He is member of the Foreign Press Association (FPA), the Young Writer’s Club within the Union of Bulgarian Writers, the informal club "Synthesis", the Publishing Council of newspaper "1000 dni". J. Popov is Director of British Charity Organization „Friends of Bulgaria”, supporting abandoned children with special educational needs.

In 2004 he published his book „English Bulgaria or Switzerland on the Balkans” and in 2006 – “The Island of Fogs”. He is member of the Foreign Press Association in London. He graduated Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” and specialized at the Open University (Great Britain).

website: http://julianpopov.com/