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Todor Todorov named International Correspondent for PM World Journal in Bulgaria

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Experienced program and project management leader and lecturer at University of National and World Economy joins PMWJ correspondents network in Sofia

14 October 2013 – Dallas, London, Sydney, Sofia – PM World has announced that Mr. Todor S. Todorov has been appointed an International Correspondent for the organization in Sofia, Bulgaria.  Todor is a lecturer at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia where he is completing his PhD thesis.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERATodor Stankov Todorov has been a project management practitioner since 2002 and researcher in the field of project and program management since 2005. Holding a BS degree in International Economic Relations and MS degree in International Project Management, he is currently enrolled in a PhD program of the University of National and World Economy – Sofia, Bulgaria (UNWE).

During his BS, MS and PhD studies Todor has conducted several scientific researches in the field of project and program management including: “The problem of international funding and ways to assimilate grants for corporate development through programs and projects “ (BS thesis); “Public private partnership: precondition for the successful implementation of investment projects” (MS thesis); „Opportunities and threats within management of programs and projects financed by the European Union (International scientific conference Global perspectives 2020 and Bulgaria, UNWE, 22.03.2012); “Program management as a tool for the achievement of strategic objectives and policy implementation“ (26th IPMA World Congress, Crete, Greece, 29-31.10.2012); Evaluating project and program management as factor for socio-economic development within EU (27th PMA World Congress, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 30-03.10.2013).

Todor is currently finishing his PhD thesis in the field of program management and its influence and impact on the strategic change of organizations with supervisor prof. Bistra Boeva. Since 2009 he is junior researcher in a project “From project to program management: a systematic approach for generating competitive advantages and sustainable development”, financed by the Bulgarian Science Fund where he makes a young fellowship research in the field of program management.  In 2012 Todor made a PhD visit to “Skema Business School”, Lille, France with mentor prof. J Rodney Turner.

He has significant practical experience as project manager and consultant, advisor and communicator in the field of project and program management. He has worked as an external independent expert and evaluator in the field of projects and programs for the Bulgarian public sector including Ministry of Regional Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Economy. For the past ten years he has managed and consulted for over 35 industrial and public projects for private companies, NGOs and local authorities amounting over € 30 million. Since 2005 Todor is an indirect member of IPMA through Bulgarian Project Management Association.

Todor is also Chairman of INTERSTART – a cluster for the internationalization of Bulgarian SMEs and is a part-time lecturer at the University of National and World Economy for International Project Management MS classes.  Todor can be contacted at [email protected] or [email protected]

Established in 1920, The University of National and World Economy (UNWE) is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in southeastern Europe, and a leader in Bulgarian and European higher education.  In 2006, UNWE was given the highest institutional estimation among all Bulgarian universities by the National Agency for Assessment and Accreditation.  UNWE was given the highest possible assessment for Economics in 2007, and for Administration and Management in 2008. More information at http://wwwunwe.bg.

131014-pmwj16-todorov-IMAGE 2Bulgaria, officially the Republic of Bulgaria, is located in Southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south, and the Black Sea to the east. With a territory of 110,994 square kilometres (42,855 sq mi), Bulgaria is Europe’s 14th-largest country. The population of 7.36 million people is predominantly urban and mainly concentrated in the administrative centres of its 28 provinces. Most commercial and cultural activities are concentrated in the capital Sofia. The strongest sectors of the economy are heavy industry, power engineering, and agriculture, all relying on local natural resources.

The current political structure dates to the adoption of a democratic constitution in 1991. Bulgaria is a unitary parliamentary republic with a high degree of political, administrative, and economic centralisation. It is a member of the European Union, NATO, and the Council of Europe; a founding state of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE); and has taken a seat at the UN Security Council three times.

Bulgaria has an emerging market economy in the upper middle income range, where the private sector accounts for more than 80 per cent of GDP. From a largely agricultural country with a predominantly rural population in 1948, by the 1980s Bulgaria had transformed into an industrial economy with scientific and technological research at the top of its budgetary expenditure priorities. Economic activities are fostered by the lowest personal and corporate income tax rates in the EU, and the second-lowest public debt of all member states at 16.5 per cent of GDP in 2012. In 2012, GDP (PPP) was estimated at $104 billion, with a per capita value of $14,235. Bulgaria is a net receiver of funds from the EU. The absolute amount of received funds was 589 million euro in 2009

Sofia and the surrounding Yugozapaden planning area are the most developed region of the country. Sofia is one of the oldest European capitals. The city’s history can be traced to the Neolithic age. There are few traces found of Neolithic settlements dating from 5000 BC.  In VII century BC, north of the hot mineral springs near the river Eleshnitsa (nowadays- Vladayska), an ancient Thracian city arises, documented later by the Romans as Serdika – name, for which is assumed that comes from the local Thracian tribe Serdi living in the vicinity of the city. In the Roman age (I – IV century AD) the town flourished as a center of the province of Inner Thrace. In V – VI century during the so-called “Great Migration” there were invasions of Huns, Goths and other barbarian tribes.

Since mid-VI century the city was revived as an important administrative and economic center of the Byzantine Empire named Triaditsa. In 809 the town became part of the Bulgarian state under the name of Sredets. Since the end of XIV century to the 70s of XIX century the city and the Bulgarian country are under Ottoman rule. Since the beginning of XV century the last name of the city is Sofia (Αγία Σοφία – Holy Wisdom). Sofia was chosen as the capital of Bulgaria on April 3, 1879 by the Constituent assembly.

131014-pmwj16-todorov-IMAGE 3Today Sofia is the largest city in Bulgaria and the 13th largest city in the European Union. Sofia is the main administrative, industrial and transportation center of the country. With Population of 1,291,591 people, representing 17.5% of the population of the country and contributes to the creation of more than 34% of GDP.

The Metropolitan region includes 38 cities, 1.2% of the country’s territory, but it concentrates the one- fifth of the workforce in Bulgaria. Sofia is a young and intelligent city with 20 of all 44 universities in Bulgaria with over 40,000 students. Bulgarian Academy of Sciences is also located in Sofia. Photo courtesy of skyscrapercity.com.

Sofia is a city-garden with nearly 10,000 acres of park territory. Over Sofia with an area of 300 sq. km., rises one of the most popular Bulgarian mountains – Vitosha (www.park-vitosha.org). It offers excellent tourist centers, maintained ski tracks and facilities that can be used at night. Vitosha Nature Park is home to beautiful and natural phenomena such as Boyana waterfall, stone rivers, Duhlata cave – the longest cave in Bulgaria.

Sofia is a city with rich cultural heritage. The cultural routes in Sofia are charming combination of ancient history and modern city. This town center is located above the center of ancient Serdika whose heritage can be seen at every turn. On the total territory of Sofia municipality were registered around 1400 cultural monuments, including about 840 in the central part. One of the seven cultural monuments in Bulgaria, protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site – Boyana Church, famous for its murals, is also located in Sofia.

According to PM World President and Managing Editor David Pells, “We are honored to have Todor Todorov join our correspondent team in Sofia.  His experience, research interests and local network should help uncover interesting and useful information from the region. We had a nice meeting in Dubrovnik in early October and I am very happy to welcome him to our team.”

Todor Todorov stated, “I’ll be glad to contribute to the future of the Journal, especially in the provision of information in the field of project management for Eastern Europe and Bulgaria as part of the EU.  I am really thankful for the great opportunity to represent my country, my city and my university in such a prestigious platform as the PM World Journal”

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is published by PM World in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of new articles, papers, and stories about projects and project management in many countries and industries.  PM World is a virtual organization reflecting the 21st century reality of a connected world where individuals and organizations worldwide can collaborate for the creation, sharing and application of new knowledge.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.

References:

[1]        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sofia

[2]        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulgaria