Education and training

Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski

Ph.D. Candidate

  • Field(s) of study: Ph.D. Candidate at Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Economics and Industrial Management

Research on the role of institutions for the development of the renewable energy sector in selected European countries

Center for Economic Strategy and Competitiveness in partnership with Sofia University

Certificate in Economic Growth and Development

  • Field(s) of study: economic growth and development, political science and social policy.

Economic Development Certificate Program affiliated with the Michael Porter's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness (Harvard Business School)


University of Duisburg Essen

German Degree "Diplom", equivalent to Master

  • Field(s) of study: Business Administration

University of Skövde

Certificate of completed courses

  • Field(s) of study: Business Administration

Erasmus funded exchange student

Goethe Gymnasium

Diploma for secondary school education

Work experience

Assistant professor

University of Sofia "St. Kliment Ohridski", Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

  • Sofia, Bulgaria

  • Team member of Department Industrial Economics & Management
  • Courses taught:

-Renewable sources of energy and bio fuels (MA program, lecture)

-Sustainable governance of energy systems (MA program, lecture)

-Management in Energy & Utilities (MA program, lecture, assisting)

-Environmental Economics (Bsc program, lecture)

-Money, banking and financial markets (Bsc. programs, lecture)

-Industrial Law & Organization (Bsc programs, co-lecturing)

  • Academic Secretary of the department, assisting the Head of the Department in organizing and coordinating the joint work of the members of the Department in the fields of training, research and international cooperation
  • Coordinator of master program Energy markets and services
  • Coordinator of master program Facility management

The Faculty has signed a collaboration agreement with the Joint Research Center on the research topics Coal dependent regions in transition, energy poverty and improvement of energy infrastructure

National expert, Co-author of 2020 edition of the World Energy Trilemma Index

World Energy Council


Responsible for the Trilemma and Issues Monitor national output for Bulgaria

Part-time project-based researcher

Bulgarian National Science Fund

  • Sofia, Bulgaria

Contribution to several WPs of the project "Scientific methodology and mathematical models for planning the development of the national energy system"

Research Fellow

Center for the Study of Democracy

  • Sofia, Bulgaria

Project tittle: Offshore Wind Technical & Economic Potential in the Bulgarian EEZ

Project tittle: EUCalc

Project title: Strategic Investment Plant, funded by the European Climate Foundation. Report to be found here.

Project-based researcher

National Program "Young Scientists and Postdoctoral candidates”

  • Sofia, Bulgaria

Independent research in the field of socio-political acceptance of renewable energy technologies in Bulgaria, financed by the Ministry of Education of Republic of Bulgaria under the National Program "Young Scientists and Postdoctoral candidates"

PhD Intern

SHAPE ENERGY Platform

  • Sofia, Bulgaria

PhD internship for MEDEAS project under the supervision of Davide Natalini (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge). The tasks of the internship were:

▪ Review of effective decarbonization policies implemented in countries with characteristics similar to Bulgaria;

▪ Ex-ante evaluation of social effects and barriers related to possible decarbonization policies for Bulgaria;

▪ Report and presentation of research results at the project consortium meeting in February 2018.

Research assistant

EIFER-European Institute for Energy Research (Policy Analysis and Energy Market Studies Group)

  • Karlsruhe, Germany

Carrying out research in the field of energy regulation, legal framework and policy development in various European countries, including:

▪ cross-country energy system analysis (particularly Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Denmark);

▪ analysis of existing business models, profitability and regulation in terms of PV self-consumption;

▪ analysis of energy storage regulation and market deployment;

▪ efficiency assessment of current RES-E support mechanisms and monitoring the effects of auctions' introduction in European countries;

▪ reports on the wholesale electricity markets functioning;

▪ energy policy analysis and legislative proposals summary at national and EU level;

- Preparing economic and sensitivity analysis assessing profitability of renewable energy technologies (photovoltaics, geothermal);

- Economic evaluation of potential geothermal energy projects in the Balkans;

- State of the art of micro grids regulation and development in various EU countries;

- Presentation of results in front of clients or institute's stakeholders.

Guest researcher

EIFER-European Institute for Energy Research (Policy Analysis and Energy Market Studies Group)

  • Karlsruhe, Germany

Administrative and program director

Bulgarian Photovoltaic Association

  • Sofia, Bulgaria

  • Coordination and organization of all ongoing activities;
  • Collaboration with international partners and institutions (Solarpower Europe, BSW Solar, EBRD, IFC, OPIC, DG Energy, DG Competition and others);
  • Successful realization of Association's initiatives and projects (incl. resource management and coordination of two the EU funded projects PV Grid and NanoPhoSolar)
  • Support of the decision making process of association's board by preparation of statements on the development of EU energy markets, especially in the renewable energy domain;
  • Close monitoring of the EU policy in the field of energy markets, renewable energy support and the establishment of a common European energy market.

Industry analyst, co-author of sectoral analysis

Bulgarian Industrial Association

  • Sofia, Bulgaria

  • Drafting an analysis of the workforce in the Bulgarian IT sector;
  • Presentation of the analysis's results in a press conference.

Assistant to the board

Advanz Invest SE

  • Munich, Germany

Assisting the board with the company expansion in SEE, particularly in Bulgarian and Turkish RES market, as well as South Africa, as well as in the project assessment and development.

Project-based strategic planning assistant

Bulgartransgaz EOD (Bulgarian gas transmission system operator)

  • Sofia, Bulgaria

Assisting executive management in the development and implementation of new organizational structure, ISO certification and mid-term business plan.

Intern in Strategy and Operations Area

Deloitte Bulgaria OOD

  • Sofia, Bulgaria

Involved in various projects, such as:

▪ Measurement and reduction of administrative burden stemming from European legislation;

▪ Developing organizational structure and describing operational processes of an investment fund;

▪ Establishment of the Bulgarian Energy Holding;

▪ Energy sector overviews of Balkan countries;

Language skills

Mother tongue(s)

Bulgarian

Other language(s)

English

Listening
C2
Reading
C2
Spoken interaction
C1
Spoken production
C1
Writing
C1

German

Listening
C2
Reading
C2
Spoken interaction
C2
Spoken production
C1
Writing
C2

Digital skills

Communication skills

  • Good listener and communicator
  • Team-work oriented
  • Presenting

Organisational/ managerial skills

  • Organizational and planning skills
  • Responsibility
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Detail-Oriented
  • resilient
  • Flexibility

Other

  • Stata (Statistical analysis)
  • Gretl
  • AnyLogic
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Outlook
  • Microsoft Powerpoint
  • Google Drive
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Social Media
  • Google Docs
  • Twitter
  • Microsoft Teams
  • LinkedIn
  • Zoom
  • Skype
  • Power Point
  • Moodle

Conferences and seminars

Among others:

05/2020 Lecturer in the webinar hosted by Greenpeace Bulgaria on consumer empowerment and social acceptance of the green technologies in Bulgaria

03/2020 Participation in the course on Design and Planning of Sustainable Transitions, Aalborg University, Copenhagen

11/2019 Participation with report on the social acceptance of energy technologies in Bulgaria in the Energy Innovation Camp, organized by the Florence School of Regulation, Florence, Italy

06/2017 Participation in the summer school Advancing Energy Policy Summer School, Lyon, France, organized by SHAPE Energy.

08/2016 Participation in the summer school in Economics organized by Balkanski Panitza Institute for Advanced Studies an directed by Philippe Aghion, Harvard University

08/2014 Participation in the summer school Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems, Vienna, Austria, full scholarship granted by INEX

07/2014 Participation in the 10th annual UKERC summer school. Warwick University, United Kingdom

Publications

Renewable Energy Sector Development in Bulgaria-an Institutional Analysis

2019

published in: Chobanov, G. et al. (eds.) Annual of Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Volume 17, Sofia. ISSN 1311 8420

Available at link.

The Concept of the Institutions in the Energy Transition Research

2019

published in: Young Researchers. Conference Proceedings 2 018, Vol. 1, P. 552 563. St. Kliment Ohridski University Press, Sofia

Development of the Renewable Energy Sector in Europe

2017 published in: Wolfgang Breh & Heike Kull (eds.) Ideen und Innovationen für die Energie von morgen

Available at link

Interview with Investor.bg (in Bulgarian)

2020

Networks and memberships

Former Vice Chairman of FEBA Phd Club

Member of BIEE , IAEE, Bulgarian WEC Committee, Sustainable Transition Research Network, NEST