Round 1 Jury

Head of Round 1 Jury

Sabina A. Wien (AUBG Professor, Co-founder of the AUBG MultiTalent Quest)

3 words: A Quester at heart

I love conversations but I can't do small talk. I'm keen on interpreting meaning but I'm bad at making sense of the modern world. I enjoy the company of AmbitiousUniqueBraveGenius people but I won’t decline the company of espresso, good books and good music. 

I work as an Adjunct Instructor in the Modern Languages and Arts Department at AUBG, but I'm better known as the "extra-curriculum activities professor". I'm the fond faculty advisor to the "Better Community Club," but I also find pleasure in singing in the Female Folklore Ensemble "Svetlina," and have (successfully:-) taken part in the AUBG Musicals "Moulin Rouge" and "Spring Awakening". And guess what: I won the “Lifetime Achievement” (2011) and “Coolest Non-Student” (2018) More Honors Academy Awards!

Message to the Questers: All the world’s a stage? So be the playwright, the director, and the actor.

Round 1 Jury Members

Asya Velichkova (AUBG student, Class of 2020, Co-founder of the AUBG MultiTalent Quest)

3 words: Questfully Yours, Asya

A non-stop smiling wanderlust in the world of technology, marketing and creativity. I am passionate about graphic design, entrepreneurship and self-development. I love traveling, meeting new people and organizing events. I am a graduating senior, double majoring in Business Administration and Information Systems. Currently, I am the President of Better Community Club and the marketing head of StartUP@Blagoevgrad. I am more than excited to see your applications. Looking forward to meeting you in March!

Message to the Questers: The Quest is not only about winning a prize. Come, compete, create new friendships, push your limits and have enormous amounts of fun in three days.

Deyan Vassilev, (AUBG Alum, Class of 1995, Director at Large of AAA, Co-founder of the AUBG MultiTalent Quest)

3 words: A contagiously enthusiastic positivist

Entrepreneur, founder and Executive Director of - a leading financial comparison portal in Bulgaria. While a student at AUBG, I used to play in the basketball team (a strong reserve!), accompany talented singers on the piano, even participated in a theater play and was elected 3-times President of Student Government. While in high school, I wished that something like the AUBG MultiTalent Quest existed so that I could participate in it and… win it.

Message to the Questers: If you cannot be the best mathematician in the world or the best musician, can you at least try to be the best mathematician among the musicians and the best musician among the mathematicians - and with a little debating, social hacking and sweating just smoothly sail into the winning spot of the Quest?! :)

Mustafa Ramadan (AUBG Alum, Class of 2019, Co-founder of the AUBG MultiTalent Quest)

3 words:  Adventurous, witty, exuberant 

Please call me Musi! I am a recent AUBG alumnus proudly holding a diploma in Business Administration and Journalism and Mass Communication. Often I can be found either attending or organizing educational events. What I am most proud of, are the two major clubs I was in while I was a student, the AUBG Business Club and TEDxAUBG which I was consequently President and Vice President of.  In my spare time, I love to grab a coffee or a cup of tea and catch up with my friends. If you ask me which is my all-time favorite book, I will answer: “A Series of Unfortunate Events” book by Lemony Snicket. I also love volunteering and this is why I work with youngsters from minority groups convincing them of the importance of education. Yes, this is me!

P.S. Hi!

Message to the Questers: “You can. You should. And if you start, you will.”

Laura Kelly (AUBG professor)

3 words: catalyst } pilgrim } storyteller

I make things. I listen. I spend a lot of time noticing. I am a writer, a teacher. I prefer chaos to order. I traffic in ideas. I value originality, risk, and thoughtfulness.

Message to the Questers: What is it that you plan to do with your one wild and juicy life?

Anna Joukivskaia (AUBG Admissions Counselor, AUBG MultiTalent Quest Core Organizing Team)

3 words: Oh yes indeed

Those who don’t know me might find me a bit arrogant and too direct at times. Those who do know me, see how sweet I can be (sometimes). On a serious note, I am curious about the human psyche, why we do the things we do and how we can feel better about ourselves. I am a professional, a partner (in crime), a mother (not a monster), a friend, a daughter, a sister, a colleague, a stranger, and many more things. 

Message to the Questers: I am so envious of the great possibility you have in your hands. So grab it and give it your fullest, enjoy the new experiences ahead of you!

Viktor Kastrev (AUBG Admissions Database Manager, AUBG MultiTalent Quest Core Organizing Team)

3 words: Create; Improve, Repeat

I am good at implementing new ideas into practice. A little bit of a geek, coffee guru, a young people supporter, always open to new ideas or just making crazy things. 

Message to the Questers: Looking forward to seeing your ideas, talents, and MultiQuestability. Impress the world, now is your showtime!

Samantha Harvey (AUBG Exchange Alumna, AUBG Admissions Counselor)

3 words: Curious. Empathetic. Clumsy :) 

I'm Samantha or Sam for short. I recently moved from my hometown of Lizemores, WV to Bulgaria in order to join AUBG's Admissions Team! Back in the States, I studied Cultural Anthropology and Women’s Studies at Marshall University where I developed the desire to experience other lifestyles. Cue my move to Bulgaria! Now, I truly believe the most rewarding part of my week is helping students plan for the future by sharing their accomplishments and aspirations. In my free time, I travel with my two cats while fueling my addiction to audiobooks and coffee! 

Message to the Questers: “Take this time to explore your entire self at this moment--you’ll not be the same later.”

Reynaldo Argir, AUBG EMBA ('18), Information Security Officer at AUBG

3 words: Let it be  

I am Reinaldo but not only, people often rename me here in Bulgaria (Roberto, Ronaldo, etc.) I am a very positive person and I like being surrounded by such people also. I work as an “Information Security Officer in AUBG” and I love making new friends. It’s an honor for me to be part of the quest.

Message to the Questers:
Take your time! Enjoy everything.

Georgi Iliev-Starcheto (AUBG Alum)

I've done theatre, television, and books in Los Angeles and Bulgaria. My novels are cinematic, my song lyrics are narrative, my screenplays are complex math formulas. A multidimensional world is a much more interesting place to live in - so multitalent on, MultiTalents!

Message to the Questers: "A quest is not a competition, it's a getting together for an adventure."

Ivan Asen Enchev (Student, Class of 2022, AUBG MultiTalent Quest Core Organizing Team)

3 words: Energetic, motivated, maverick

I am a sophomore with tons of experience from traveling the world. I am passionate about camping, going on adventures and living life at its fullest! I also happen to have a very distinguishable British accent. I am double majoring in Business Administration and Psychology. I am looking forward to seeing you in person and experiencing AUBG through your eyes!

Message to the Questers:  Act accordingly. Never allow the problems of tomorrow to determine your answers today.

Mihaela Kafedzhiyska (Student, Class of 2022, AUBG MultiTalent Quest Core Organizing Team)

3 words: creative, nice, honest

I am passionate about organizing different
types of events. The clubs that I truly enjoy in AUBG are the Better Community Club, Xaia Hiking, Model European Union, and the Improv club. In my free time, I enjoy my friends’ company, long walks, and fun movies. I love the Quest’s atmosphere and the smart and aspiring people I meet there!

Message to the Questers: Trust yourself and do your best!

Dimana Doneva (Alumna, Class of 2014, Senior Editor and Marketing Content Specialist at AUBG)

3 words: Grab your chance.

I love hiking, traveling, reading and coffee. I also love AUBG! Not only did I graduate from the university in 2014, but I also work there as a senior editor and I have just joined AUBG’s Executive Master of Business Administration this month.  

Message to the Questers: The AUBG MultiTalent Quest is a wonderful opportunity to test your skills, acquire new knowledge and win recognition and amazing prizes. But it is not just that: it is also a chance to experience the unique AUBG spirit first-hand and make friendships for life. So, go ahead and grab your chance!

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