Record Number of Alumni Enter AUBG Board, University Council

October 25, 2017

Four AUBG alumni entered the university Board of Trustees for a three-year term. The Board elected Boyko Iaramov (’00), Ralitza Nikolaeva (’96), Vassil Terziev (’01) and Jordan Karabinov (’97) at its October meeting in Blagoevgrad, marking an all-time high in alumni representation. The new members join fellow alumna Rumyana Trencheva ('00), Managing Director of SAP South East Europe, who became part of the Board in May 2017. 

Entrepreneurs Terziev and Iaramov are among the founders of the IT company Telerik, bought three years ago by giant Progress Software in a record deal for the Bulgarian tech market.

Nikolaeva, who holds a PhD in Management (Marketing concentration) from Purdue University’s Krannert Graduate School of Management, has a rich university teaching experience.  She has won two case writing awards by the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation (Marketing EDGE, New York) as well as a best paper award in the strategy SIG of the European Academy of Management annual conference. Currently she teaches at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan.

Karabinov is chairman of the board at the Institute of Internal Auditors in Bulgaria and managing partner at JK&Partners. He was recently elected as the new President of the AUBG Alumni Association.

American Edward Friedman also joined the AUBG Board . Friedman is a Professor Emeritus of Technology Management at the Stevens Institute of Technology School of Business.

The AUBG University Council also boasts a record alumni participation rate. Five new members were elected, four of whom are AUBG graduates. These are Dobrin Staikov (’96), Daniel Tomov (’97), Teodora Koleva (’96), Petia Stoycheva (’07) and Paul du Quenoy.

Staikov is the managing director and head of investments and international relations at AG Capital. Tomov and Koleva come from the startup world – Tomov is the founding partner at Eleven Ventures and Koleva manages different startups and business ventures. Stoycheva serves as regulatory affairs manager at BDO Global in Brussels. The only non-AUBG graduate - du Quenoy – teaches history at the American University in Beirut.

Growing graduate representation is the result of  rising alumni interest in AUBG’s governance and a strong will for cooperation on both sides.

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