Project Management Update from Sofia


Bulgaria Project Management Association; PMI Bulgaria; November PM Activities & Events

By Todor Todorov

International Correspondent

Sofia, Bulgaria


Christmas spirit is knocking on the door and everyоne is rushing to complete the planned important tasks for the year. So is business and organizational activities, including project management in Bulgaria. As a first report from Bulgaria our topic this month will be – Project management institutions and organization within Bulgaria and recent activities of PM professional society within the country.


Project management in Bulgaria is represented by most of the existing organizations around the world. We do have the representative of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) – Bulgarian Project Management Association (BPMA) and we also have the Project Management Institute Chapter (PMI Chapter Bulgaria).

Bulgarian Project Management Association (BPMA®) is a professional association of individuals and legal entities. According to BPMA charter the organization represents the interests of managers and experts related to project management in business, government and local authorities and NGOs. BPMA works for the introduction of high professional standards in project management and validation of the profession “project manager” as a highly specific profession and with application in all areas of human activity.

As part of IPMA, BPMA has stringent requirements for membership. Regular member of the association can be any capable person or legal organization that shares the objectives of the association, observes its rules and regularly pays its dues. Based on the certification system of the International Project Management Association (IPMA®) BPMA holds a certification program in program management which consists of four levels:


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About the Author

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Todor S. Todorov, PhD

Sofia, Bulgaria



Todor Stankov Todorov is a project management practitioner since 2002 and researcher in the field of project and program management since 2005. PhD in the field of program and project management, he also holds a BS degree in International Economic Relations and MS degree in International Project Management.

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.

Todor 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 a part-time lecturer at the University of National and World Economy for International Project Management MS classes. Todor is an international correspondent for PM World in Bulgaria and can be contacted at [email protected] or [email protected]