AUBG ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

AAA is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, serving as a coordinating structure for all AUBG alumni activities

MISSION

The mission of the AUBG Alumni Association is to function as a representative and organizational structure
for the AUBG alumni body, acting constructively in its common interests and development.
The Association will promote the values of the American University in Bulgaria.

OBJECTIVES

To promote interaction among alumni through developing a communications network, projects and programs that enrich their professional, cultural and personal lives.

To enhance the continued growth and development of AUBG as a leading higher education institution in Southeast Europe by providing financial support and by contributing to the life and community of AUBG.

CURRENT AAA LEADERSHIP

Jordan Karabinov

Jordan Karabinov

President

Jordan has started his professional career as a junior auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Sofia in 1997. In 2001 he has continued his career in The Netherlands where he has worked for Alcatel-Lucent, General Electric and ArvinMeritor. For the last three organizations he has worked as an internal audit manager and has performed audits in 14 countries in Europe, USA and Australia.

Since 2009, Jordan is a Managing Partner of JK&Partners in Bulgaria, which offers services in the area of internal audit and risk management. Since 2013, he is a Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Internal Auditors in Bulgaria, (IIA Bulgaria). Jordan has earned in 2004 an MBA degree from IMD, Switzerland.

Georgi Malchev

Georgi Malchev

Vice-President

Georgi has over 15 years of experience in marketing, communications and business development, as well in operations management - as business consultant, manager, director, COO of holding companies. Georgi Malchev is the Managing Partner of www.Xplora.bg  - integrated digital marketing agency with slogan Human Digital.

Georgi teaches classes in marketing, digital advertising and communications. He is moderator and keynote speaker at digital marketing forums and is member to the jury of advertising forums. Georgi is member of the Board of IAB Bulgaria. Georgi was elected as Vice President of the AUBG Alumni Association (AAA) in 2016. He graduated magna cum laude from the first cohort of the eMBA program of AUBG.

Simona Parvanova

Simona Parvanova

Treasurer

Simona has graduated AUBG in the year 2000 and has immediately after started a career in real estate working for renown consulting companies such as Colliers International and Cushman&Wakefield through the local representative Forton. She has focused mainly on shopping center management and leasing of retail space, working for landmark projects such as Sofia Ring Mall and Paradise Center. She is also specialized in crafting the process of opening shopping centers and recruiting teams - City Center Sofia, Galleria Burgas, Sofia Ring Mall.

Simona is presently consulting few retail projects and has set up her own company dealing with real estate. She is participating in the AAA management board for the first time and is fully dedicated to the bright future of AUBG.

Anton Tonev

Anton Tonev

Director at Large

Anton is a finance professional working in the sphere of asset management. Currently he works as a global macro portfolio manager and quantitative researcher. Before that he was a market risk analyst at Morgan Stanley.

After graduating AUBG in 2011 with double major in Mathematics and Economics he continued his education at Cornell University where he earned a Masters of Engineering in Financial Engineering. He is also a CFA® charterholder. In his free time he enjoys watching and playing soccer, skiing, travelling (especially to cold places) and reading books.

Avgustina Pasheeva

Avgustina Pasheeva

Director at Large

Avgustina (Avi) Pasheeva is a business professional with 7+ years of experience in strategy, early stage investments, marketing and sales. Currently, Avi is a part of an early stage startup VideoEngager, based in San Francisco, CA.

Previously, Avi has been involved with early stage angel investments and venture capital in both Silicon Valley and Europe. The fund invested in 20 tech startups, where Avi sourced deals, created due diligence packages, analyzed business models and strategy, and participated in numerous technology related events as a speaker, mentor and judge.

In 2014, Avi was part of Draper University, located in the heart of Silicon Valley. She graduated AUBG in 2010 with double major in Business Administration and Journalism and Mass Communications.

Boriana Zaneva

Boriana Zaneva

Director at Large

Boriana Zaneva is a positive psychology consultant and speaker, based in Boston, USA. Positive psychology is the science of human flourishing, happiness and optimal performance. Boriana teaches for transformation and growth of organizations, individuals and young people. She leads people to happier, more meaningful and fulfilling lives.

Over the last ten years she has delivered talks and workshops on happiness, creativity, leadership, success, relationships, mindfulness and more.

In September 2017, Boriana is excited to teach the Leadership and Positive psychology course for the AUBG EMBA program.

Daniel Secareanu

Daniel Secareanu

Director at Large

Daniel has more than 15 years of digital marketing & technology experience, with the past 8 years working directly in the online industry in various roles. Currently, Daniel runs his own consultancy, training & services company that aims to help entrepreneurs power up their businesses through digital technology and marketing strategy.

Daniel has both an MBA and an MSc in IT Management from the Central European University Business School, as well as a BA in Journalism - Mass Communication from the American University in Bulgaria.

Deyan Vassilev

Deyan Vassilev

Director at Large

Deyan Vassilev is CEO and co-founder of Moitepari.bg, the leading financial comparison portal in Bulgaria. Deyan is also a founder of Creditland, the leading Bulgarian mortgage broker, www.creditland.bg. Prior to that he founded a software development company and worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

He has a B.A. in Applied Economics from the first class of the American University in Bulgaria, www.aubg.bg in 1995. Deyan is the first AUBG Student Government President elected for 3 consecutive terms from 1991 till 1994. He was also the first president of the AUBG Alumni Association and a member of the AUBG Board of Trustees from 1999 through 2002. Most recently  in 2017 he initiated and co-organized the AUBG MultiTalent Quest, a multi-disciplinary competition for high-school students from 11-grade.

Martin Ouzounov

Martin Ouzounov

Director at Large

Martin is a financial professional, senior manager, and entrepreneur with experience in various industries and regions. He has worked for more than 20 years mostly for international companies managing mergers, acquisitions, investments, divestments, business development and corporate restructuring.

Martin is a holder of both BBA and MBA from the American University in Bulgaria.

Petar Svarc

Petar Svarc

Director at Large

Class of ’02. Partner in an alumni-founded software company. Former AAA Director-at-Large (2004-2007) and President (2007-2010) with moderate, liberal views and strong passion for reviving original AUBG values.

Dad, husband, fan of things digital / useful / pleasant, making / consuming music, traveller, and fighting aged lower lumbar through sports.

Todor Karaivanov

Todor Karaivanov

Director at Large

Todor (better known as Tushe) graduated AUBG in 2001 with a Computer Science major. After about 10 years in the IT industry, working in the web hosting and internet security fields, he had a career change and started developing computer games in the role of game systems designer.

He is currently a senior game designer working for the world-renowned game studio Creative Assembly (subsidiary of SEGA). Todor is also an avid blockchain enthusiast and an early adopter of all things digital.

Vladimir Rusev

Vladimir Rusev

Director at Large

While still a student at AUBG, Vladimir Rusev was one of the founders of AUBG student software startup WizCom/Sciant and was later responsible for heading the company's finance, administration, HR and IT functions.

In 2008, he began his entrepreneurial career investing in and consulting a number of companies, including EON TOYS and Mega-LAN. Vladimir has been an active member of AAA for a year and a half.

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