Pavlina Atke, MBA, has been with AUBG since 1993. Starting as part of the Admissions team, she quickly assumed the role of Assistant Director of Admissions where she sought out talent in the early years of recruitment. In 2004, she was offered to join the EMBA team in Sofia where she could utilize her knowledge and skills for the development and betterment of the program. As the Operations and Logistics Manager, she has been an integral part of the path to success of 18 cohorts, or over 350 EMBA graduates. In May 2019, she was promoted to Director Graduate and Executive Programs and Elieff Center.
Elieff Center is home of the AUBG EMBA program and is run by the following teams: Graduate Recruitment, Facilities and Events Management, and IT Support. The center rents space to external clients, both long and short-term, with British Council Bulgaria being among its biggest clients. The graduate and executive programs offer open enrollment courses, master classes and tailor-made programs to external participants, including UniCredit Bulbank Bulgaria, United Bulgarian Bank, DSK Bank, VMware, AG Capital, and others. The EMBA program is a proud member of the Association of MBA’s Development Network (AMBA) and the Business Graduates Association (BGA). The center hosted two successful editions of a joint program between the AUBG ELI Center and the American Embassy in Bulgaria – English for Journalists. Another successful program, run in two editions, was the Sustainability program – a joint effort between AUBG and Harvard University. Based in the capital, the Elieff Center and the EMBA team serve as a liaison between the University and the Bulgarian Government, the business community, and other institutions. It continues to successfully educate business leaders for twenty years.