About AAA

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 structurefor 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

AUBG Alumni listed below are the current AAA leadership team

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.

Miroslav Arnaudov

Miroslav Arnaudov

DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Miroslav /Class ’11/ has been a trader in Alaric Securities for the past 6 years. He and his team design models and strategies that aim to bring bigger and improved risk adjusted returns. Miro’s ambition is for Alaric to become as big as Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater fund.

Miro devotes his scarce free time to salsa practices and acting classes.

Stefan Ivanov

DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Valedictorian of the class of 2017, mathematics and computer science major, and a generalist at heart who loves the liberal arts system and tries to find the “golden mean” in all things.

Stefan is currently an R&D engineer at Chaos Group where he gets his daily dose of nontrivial tech challenges in computer graphics and programming methodologies. He enjoys most learning about and applying techniques from the intersection of mathematics and programming – especially when that would lead to elegant solutions of existing problems.

In AUBG, Stefan founded the Hub – the tech and innovation club on campus – under the motto “Learn, Innovate, Inspire”, which quickly became one of the largest clubs on campus. He is also the proud owner of 4 gold Olympics powerlifting medals, a CGPA exactly equal to the number of medals and More Honor awards equal to half of that number.

Karina Khristich

Karina Khristich

DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Karina is a class of 2018 graduate. She is currently a Junior Business Development Specialist at Tech Tour Global, living in Sofia. Originally from Kazakhstan, she graduated Magna Cum Laude in Business Administration and Journalism and Mass Communication from the American University in Bulgaria. She has a background in marketing, PR, HR, business and journalism and communications. 

Karina is a part of the Association of Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs community. She is interested in traveling, dancing, food as art, and exploring new cultures.

Yavor Kiryakov

Yavor Kiryakov

DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Teacher, volunteer, leader – it is hard to imagine anyone more fitting to head the SOCIAL CHALLENGE Hack of the AUBG MultiTalent Quest than alumnus Yavor Kiryakov (’12). Founder of University for Kids, an NGO that inspires youngsters to discover the world of arts, science and technology, Yavor has always been passionate about social change. 

Back at AUBG, he was the President of the Better Community Club and a regular volunteer at the home for kids deprived of parental care in Blagoevgrad. He studied Economics and Political Science at AUBG and holds a Master of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Master in Educational Technology from Sofia University.

Venelina Miteva

Venelina Miteva

DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Venelina Miteva, or Veni as she’s known among friends, is an AUBG 2013 graduate. Double majored in European Studies and Journalism and Mass Communication. Works in the marketing sphere. Believes in the power of words and their importance for our good living. Yoga enthusiast, travel addict, animal lover, bookworm & go-getter.

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.

Daniel Secareanu

Daniel Secareanu

DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Daniel has 20 years of digital marketing & technology experience, with the past 10 years working directly in the online industry in various roles. Currently, Daniel runs his own consultancy, training & services company that aims to help entrepreneurs and non profit organizations 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 (class of 2000) 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 PwC.

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.

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.

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