Tove Skarstein Tove Skarstein

Present position:
2006-  Ambassador to Bulgaria
2004-2006  Ambassador on Trafficking issues/Senior Adviser, Section for OSCE, Council of Europe and CFSP Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo, Norway
1975-  MA, University of Oslo, Norway (Political Science, French, Spanish and English
2000-  Master of Management, Oslo School of Economics, Norway
Various leadership training
Previous posts:
2003-2004  Lecturer at Norwegian Defence College
2003-2000  Counsellor, Delegation to NATO, Brussels 
2000-1996  Senior Executive Officer, Department for Balkan Affairs, Ministry of foreign affairs. Oslo
1996-1994  Deputy Director, Norwegian Refugee Council, Oslo and Geneva,
1994-1992  Programme director of NARV in cooperation with UNHCR, Vietnam
1992-1980  Adviser, Head of Unit, Deputy Director General in Immigration Department, Ministry of Labour and Local Government, Oslo, Norway
1979-1977  Senior Executive Officer, Department of Training, Ministry of Administration, Oslo, Norway
1977-1975  Information Officer at State Loan Bank for Education, Oslo, Norway
Languages:  Norwegian, English, French, Spanish and some knowledge of German

Nona Karadjova Nona Karadjova

Minister of Environment and Water
Nona Karadjova graduated from the University of National and World Economy in Economics and Labour Organization and specialized in Public Administration at the International Training Institute of Washington.
During the period 1981 – 1991 Ms Karadjova worked in the Regional Economy and Economic Affairs of Environmental Protection Department at the BAS Institute of Economics. Until 2005 she worked in the Ministry of Environment and Water, after which she became a consultant in project management in the field of environment and ecology.



Rosen Plevneliev Rosen Plevneliev

Rosen Plevneliev graduated from what is now known as the Technical University of Sofia. In 1990, he established Iris International – the first Bulgarian construction company that was awarded ISO 9001 certificate. From 1991 to 1998 Mr. Plevneliev worked in Germany as a co-owner of the firm which later became a subcontractor of the German company Lindner. Since 1998 he was founder and manager of the subsidiaries of Lindner Bulgaria EOOD. He is member of the management board of CEIBG and manager of Business Park Sofia. In 2009, he took the post of Minister of Regional Development and Public Works of Bulgaria.

Lubomir Nokov Lubomir Nokov

Lubomir Nokov is one of the founders of the environmental initiative Gorichka.
He is currently managing partner at Bio Bulgaria, a leader in organic foods production, marketing and retail.
He has a masters degree in "media and communication" from the University of Lyon, France.


Julian Popov Julian Popov

Mr. Julian Popov is a noted Bulgarian journalist, writer, philologist, and political analyst who has lived in London since 1994. Popov works as a consultant in institutional development, public relations, and educational policy. His clients include the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Commission, the British Open University, the European Climate Foundation, the European Association of Distance Learning Universities, among others.
Popov is the honorary secretary and treasurer of the British non-profit organization Friends of Bulgaria, as well as the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian School of Politics and of the Managing Board of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation. In 1990, he became Executive Director of the New Bulgarian University (NBU). He is also a founder and served briefly as Director of the NBU School of Management, established jointly with the Business School of the Open University (UK). Since 1995, Mr. Popov has been a Member of the Board of Trustees of the New Bulgarian University.

Gyorgy Palko Gyorgy Palko

Mr. Gyorgy Palko is currently Managing Director of Veolia Water for Hungary and Southeast Europe, Country manager for Veolia Water Hungary, General Manager of the Budapest Sewage Works company (FCsM) and since 23.11.2010 Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Sofiyska Voda AD.
He was born in 1967 in Hungary, and completed university diplomas in Hydraulic Engineering and Sanitary Engineering from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary).
He has almost 20 years experience in water supply and wastewater treatment, including 5 years in teaching activities and 14 years in the water industry.
He has been holding various managerial positions in France and Hungary with Veolia Water for the past 12 years.


Martin Bursik Martin Bursik

Martin Bursik is an ecologist. He graduated environmental studies at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Charles University in Prague in 1984. Between 2005-2009 he was chairing the Czech Green Party. In 2006 the Greens got 6,3 % and entered the Parliament. He became a vice-prime minister, minister for the environment (2007-2009) and a green deputy of the Czech Parliament (2006-2010). He had been an environment minister of the Czech Republic already before, in 1998 in an intermitent government.
During his first term at the ministry for the environment the government adopted the State Program for Support of Renewable Sources of Energy and Energy Savings and State Program for Nature Conservation. He signed the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in 1998.
During his second term an EU Operational Program Environment in the range of 5 bil. EUR was launched as well as the Green Investment Scheme (GIS) financed by selling the emission trading surplus AAUs in the range of 0,8 bil. EUR to be used for insulation of private housing and exchange of local coal boilers for renewable solar, biomass or geothermal heating. He implemented the Environmental Tax Reform in the Czech Republic which made biomass heating cheaper then coal firing. He persuaded the government to protect north Bohemian towns and municipalities from being destroyed due to the further surface brown coal mining. He negotiated modifying the EU Frame Waste Directive so that the illegal waste import to Central and East Europe will no more be possible. During the Czech Presidency in the first half of 2009 he represented the EU Council at the international climate negotiations with mayor economies of the United States of America, China, India, Canada, Japan, Russia, Australia, African states and others.
As a consultant he belonged to the core team of the Ministry for the Environment that prepared the Czech Feed in Tariff Act to support renewable electricity production. He's working as a consultant in the area of energy and environment.
He was an the activist of the Movement for Civic Liberty and member of the Vaclav Havels' Civic Forum after the Velvet Revolution in November 1989.

Gérard Magnin Gérard Magnin

At 60 years old, Gérard Magnin has been Executive Director of Energy-Cities for nearly 16 years, after having been one of the original founders of this European network in 1990.
Initially educated in electrical engineering, followed by economics and politics, he taught economic and social sciences for 8 years.
He has been working for 25 years in this field of sustainable energy: in NGOs, thus in ADEME (French Agency for the Environment and Energy Management) and now in Energy-Cities.
A supporter of social innovation, he strives to integrate the energy and climate issue into the concerns of all of society’s stakeholders, especially those of local and regional authorities.
He regularly highlights the fact that the major innovations came from the ground and that the networking of experiments and those responsible for them is a powerful factor for change.
He continues to persuade national and European levels to acknowledge the fact that none of the European Community’s objectives can be achieved without heavy involvement of the local authorities.
Therefore he is a strong promoter of the Covenant of Mayors.
He wrote many articles on energy linked with territorial issues.



Alexandre Nedeltchev Alexandre Nedeltchev

Alexandre Nedeltchev is the Institutional Relations Manager of Dalkia Bulgaria.
Born in Sofia in 1978, he emigrated in France at the age of four.
He graduated from different universities: Sociology (University of Paris V – Sorbonne), Political Sciences (Sciences Po Paris), Management of European projects (University of Cergy-Pontoise), European Affairs (College of Europe) and Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).
He worked as project manager for two projects funded by the European Union (ACRINET / Culture 2000 and STRABON / Eumedis) and as a lobbyist at the European Parliament for the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). In 2006, he decided to come back in Bulgaria where he has been proposed a position at the French Embassy. In charge of the public seminars of the Embassy, he organized two cycles of lectures (more than 30 debates) in the field of European integration "Europe here and now" and Sustainable Development "Europe goes green" (in partnership with Gorichka).
Since the 1st of November 2010, he is responsible of the institutional relations of Dalkia Bulgaria.

Dr. Daphne Frankl-Templ Dr. Daphne Frankl-Templ

Education: studies: law and MA in communication
2005-2008: major commercial law firm in Austria
2008-2009: parlament, liberal party
2009-2010: Federation of Austrian Industry, department Industrial policy, among other things responsable for building up the issue electric mobility and a stakeholder platform among the members of the federation.  

Since April/2010 I am working for Siemens AG Austria in the Sustainability office, I am responsable for cluster strategy and stakeholder engagement in sustainability issues.