In December 2014 I was guest of “Boom & Bust”, probably the top economic programme to be broadcast on Bulgarian television, containing in-depth analyses, different points of view on the subjects discussed, and innovative solutions, presented by financial, economic and entrepreneurial leaders.
Not that long ago, I was offered the chance to speak in front of the great audience of SOFIMUN Conference.
In case you wonder, the acronym stands for Sofia International Model United Nations, the biggest and most prestigious such international youth event held in the country for quite some time.
Bulgaria’s entry into the Eurozone has broadly been discussed as a matter of time, a matter or readiness and fulfillment of specific pre-conditions. But is it that simple, having in mind the condition the Eurozone is in, and its systemic shortcomings?
Instead of the next bias partisan discussion about it, me and my colleagues from Brain Workshop Institute, with the help of the Public Finance Department at the University of National and World Economy, to which I am grateful for their cooperation, decided to organize a pioneer state-of-the-art stakeholder analysis discussion, in order to unveil all the competitive interests, weigh the pros and cons, as seen by the different stakeholders, and to provide an independent analysis of their influence and power over the process, setting up the stage for drafting the best possible path for the country to follow.
In the final days of 2014 I published and officially presented my first book, dedicated entirely on the subject of Stakeholder Management.
This is the first-ever book to be written in Bulgarian, which is dedicated entirely on the subject, providing an end-to-end overview of the key concepts behind stakeholder-oriented governance, with applied focus on specific projects, programs and strategies in the area of higher education, science and innovation. Continue reading “Stakeholder Management in Education, Research and Innovation – The Book”
In 2012, the Reform & Union Club and New Bulgarian University signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at increasing the quality of the knowledge and qualification exchange networks and at ensuring the closer interaction between the civil society organisations, on the one hand, and the corporate and the academic sector, on the other.
In March 2014 I was invited to speak at the annual national gathering of the municipal youth councils/parliaments, hosted by Gotse Delchev Municipal Youth Parliament.
This is one of the greatest audiences to speak in front of, as I will aways feel part of it, no matter the age. Since 2005 I’ve been engaged in the development of youth policy and projects on a regional, national and transborder level. Always involved with community work and causes, I have participated in the foundation of the Municipal Youth Council, the Regional Youth Information & Consultation Center, and the Consultative Body on Youth Policy in my home town of Pernik.
The brain-drain processes in developing economies, such as Bulgaria, have been extremely intense for quite some time.
In the same time, those countries, if implementing the right set of policies, and enabling the key stakeholders to deliver value, can achieve astonishing results. Especially in times when even countries such as Spain (“Spain’s brain drain ‘worst in Western Europe“) and Germany (“Germany’s brain drain is Europe’s gain“), are reported to face the same issues and difficulties.