The Steering Committee is the BAKSOS collective governing body consisting of nine members elected by the General Assembly from among the members of the Association for a period of 4 years.
Dr. Marina Stefanova - Chair
Dr. Marina Stefanova is director of Sustainable Development at the UN Global Compact Network Bulgaria, and a consultant for small and medium-sized enterprises under the "Blagodetel" program at UNICEF in Bulgaria.
She is doctor of Social governance and master of Law, and has specialized in Cambridge University (United Kingdom), UNIDO (Austria) and Switzerland. She is a visiting professor at several Bulgarian and foreign universities.
Dr. Stefanova participates in international projects as researcher, expert, lecturer and auditor in the field of corporate sustainability and responsibility. She is an author of the latest multimedia informational and educational project CSR AdviceBox.
Boris Kolev in an social entrepreneur with extensive experience and expertise in the fields of CSR and Sustainable Development. He is the founder and CEO of CSR Bulgaria - The Bulgarian Business network for CSR. His work is related in working mainly with businesses, corporations, non-profits and medias assisting in their process of defining and executing sustainability strategies and collaboration. He is a lecturer on Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship topics in various universities and is a head of the discipline "Sustainable Business Practices" for the CSR Master Degree in VUZF University in Sofia. In 2018 Boris has been featured in the European "FERD's List" for young people with greatest social impact in the continent.
Dr. Vessela Petrova
Vessela Petrova has a PhD on Economics and Management (Mining), with dissertation "Research and Assessment of Corporate Social Responsibility of Mining Enterprises". Since 2010, she works as a lecturer at the University of Mining and Geology "St. Ivan Rilski". Her work is deeply related to sustainable development and corporate social responsibility, focusing on the mining industry. She is author of many publications and participates in related international conferences. Vessela specialized at the University of Virginia (USA) and the Canadian Center for Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility in Alberta University.
Darina Georgieva is еxecutive director of UNGC Network Bulgaria, Overgas Society Manager at Overgas and a member of the Advisory Council on CSR at the MLSP.
She works to promote corporate social responsibility, the implementation of the UN Global Compact Ten principles and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by bringing together companies into collective actions of public importance on the sustainable development of business and society. She is responsible for relations with the UN Global Compact in New York and CSR Europe.
Ms. Georgieva is a Master in Law with qualifications in project management, and applied trainings in CSR performance and measurement. She has 10 years’ experience in the United Nations Development Program.
Prof. Dr. Evgeni Stanimirov
Prof. Dr. Evgeni Stanimirov is a Vice-Rector and a Head of Marketing Department at University of Economics – Varna. He has more than 60 successfully accomplished projects (consulting services to different businesses in the field of FMCG, cement industry, construction, consumer electronics, etc.) in the field of marketing (marketing and brand strategies; market segmentation; positioning strategies, communication activities etc.).
Projects: Marketing expert in more than 35 research projects (financed by EU and World Bank).
Publication activity: More than 130 publications in the field of marketing.
Research interests: Brand Management; CRM; CSR; Customer satisfaction and Loyalty; Digital Marketing, etc. He has 15 academic books published in the above mentioned fields.
Michael Kallner is the Head of Sustainability at Nu Boyana Film Studios. A graduate of Film & Television / Communications from Tel Aviv University. He has 5 years of experience on media productions, working in various roles on Music Videos, Shorts, Documentaries and TV series. In 2018 Michael joined Nu Boyana Film Studios, where, among other things he established Nu Boyana Sustainability, which implements Eco-friendly solutions for the studios. The department's approach is to educate personnel and implement cost-effective solutions for local and international media productions as well as studio facilities.
Dr. Milka Semova
Dr. Semova is the Head of HR and CSR in a production company and University guest lecturer. She has worked with some of the most influential non-profit organizations worldwide. For 8 years she was the Executive Director of the first operating Alumni Club in Bulgaria - at the Faculty of Economics and Business - Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. She is a certified Career Advisor and Coach and the winner of the Best Career Practice Award in Higher Education for 2012. Her areas of expertise include campaigning and improving customer experience as well as engagement strategies. Dr. Semova conducts cluster and factor analysis to support partnerships of the type Business - Academia - Institutions – Non-profit Sector. She also takes interest in AI ethics and society.
Simona Tcharaktchieva has 17 years’ experience in the field of Corporate Communications in the telecommunications sector. She gained a huge professional experience in Orange, then returns to Bulgaria and starts working as CSR Senior Adviser in Vivacom, where she is entrusted with the Company's Corporate Social Responsibility strategy. After 10 years of experience in the telecom, she turned to a freelance practitioner as project manager, and to advise Bulgarian companies on their CSR policy development.
Simona holds a Master in Marketing and Foreign Trade at the Paris V René Descartes University.