What we do?

Our goal is to make Bulgaria a leader in AI in research and innovation, business startup and organizational AI adoption.
Over the next few years, we will implement a series of strategies and actions to:

  • Reach a leadership position in basic research
  • Develop high-performance technology transfer practices
  • Equip our companies so that they are competitive in a world where AI is revolutionizing all economic sectors
  • Ensure we create sufficient economic value to be able to remain a fair and equitable society by developing responsible AI
  • Promote and support the growth and application of AI principles and techniques throughout computing
  • Support important journals in the field

AI Challenges

AI Awareness

AI Ethics and Security

AI Policy Research

AI Implementation

AI Social Impact

Managing Board

Svetlin Penkov

Dr. Svetlin Penkov works at the intersection of artificial intelligence and robotics. He is the founder of Sciro Research – a team of world-class AI & Robotics specialists researching, developing and deploying state of the art AI systems. Before that, he did his PhD at the University of Edinburgh and was a  Research Scientist & Tech Lead at [FiveAI](https://five.ai/), the biggest autonomous vehicles start up in the UK. He has been actively involved in the entire process of bringing state of the art research into production code on the fleet of vehicles operating in London. When he is not around robots he likes to read, build with LEGO and play basketball.

Evgeni Marinov

Evgeniy Marinov has a consulting business in the field of machine learning and AI. For the last five years, he has been working on various projects with Start Ups and big corporations, helping them to incorporate machine learning strategies. Mathematician by education, he also holds a master’s degree in mathematics and mathematical physics from Sofia University and M2 specialization from the University of Strasbourg I. 

Marin Delchev

Marin Delchev is a machine learning engineer with over eight years of experience in the software development industry. He has experience in designing, building and deploying machine learning solutions to production. He has worked on various natural language processing, computer vision and network analysis projects for one of the fastest growing UK fintech companies and for a large online payment provider. Marin holds a master’s degree from one of Germany’s universities of excellence – RWTH Aachen.

Kristina Eskenazi

Kristina is a serial entrepreneur, Chairwoman of a Managing Board of Bulgarian Health & Life Science Cluster,  Co-founder and member of a board of Bulgarian Bioscience Society, Member of the Managing Board of AI Cluster Bulgaria and Founder of Mass media Foundation. 

She is a seasoned PR and communications professional with over 18 years of experience. Kristina manages a broad range of communications and public affairs issues for public and private sector clients in many fields. Her current and past clients include private companies, leading industry associations, and not-for-profit organizations. She is interested in startup culture and supporting initiatives that present innovations.

Kaloyan Ratchev

Kaloyan is the founder of Vangavis, an international innovation company with a focus on future industries like Artificial Intelligence, Fintech or LifeScience. He holds a master’s degree in Sociology and Economics from the University of Economics in Vienna and has been working in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship for the last 15 years. Next to his activities at Vangavis, Kaloyan is one of the founders and BOD members of the Bulgarian Fintech Association, as well as ambassador of the Bulgarian Health&Life Sciences Cluster. In addition, he is the voluntary chairman of the “Iwan Schischmanow” school in Vienna and participates in Trending Topics, the leading Austrian online media in the field of innovation, business and technology, which also expanded to the CEE market in 2019.

Dimitar Dimitrov

Dimitar has more than 22 years’ experience in optimization of business processes, big data, data mining, AI and software development. He is a serial entrepreneur. His partners and clients are governments, academic institutes and universities in EU and USA.

Dimitar is a Chairman and Co-founder of Health & Life Sciences Cluster Bulgaria, CEO of Micar Innovation Ltd, Co-founder of CardioMol Ltd.

Krasimir Tonchev

Krasimir Tonchev is a senior researcher at “Teleinfrastructure Lab” – TU-Sofia, Bulgaria. He has more than 15 years of experience in signal processing and machine vision. This includes development of image processing algorithms for camera phones sold in large volume, computer vision algorithms for thermal vision included in patented technology and more than 50 scientific papers. He is a co-founder of a couple of startups and has led many national and international scientific projects.

Supervisory Board

Dean Palejev, Ph.D.

Dean Palejev is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He has a M.Sc. in Mathematics from Sofia University and a Ph.D. in Statistics from Yale University. Both his academic and industry interests are in the development and applications of advanced data analytics methods. He is a co-author of several scientific papers, including ones in Science, Nature, Cell and PNAS. On the industry side, he created and ran for 5 years the Data Science unit of what is now the largest financial group in Bulgaria.

Valentin Savov

Valentin Savov is a Bulgarian attorney with more than 10 years of legal practice. Mr. Savov has worked with leading law firms in Bulgaria, Japan and the Netherlands. His areas of expertise include tax law and customs duties and corporate M&A. He also spent two years as Legal Counsel at DLA Piper, both in Tokyo Japan and Amsterdam. Since January 2014, Mr. Savov has been Chairman of the International Fiscal Association’s Bulgarian Branch.

Valentin Manev

Valentin Manev is a financial advisor with over fifteen years of progressive valuation and investment analysis experience for privately held companies and real estate investments. His background in different industries helps him to deal with various kinds of companies and to understand the economics behind their business models. He has experience in subjects that include investment tools, asset valuation, portfolio management, and the application of ethical and professional standards in the investment industry. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Economics in Varna/Bulgaria. In 2001 he received his certification as a valuer of private companies and was registered at the Chamber of Independent Valuers in Bulgaria. From 2015 he is a Chartered Financial Analyst®, a member of the CFA Institute and holds an investment consultant license, issued by the Bulgarian Financial Supervision Commission. His activities include financial modelling, risk modelling, optimization, private equity and debt valuation.

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