Pierre Brunet Pierre Brunet

Operations Director

Pierre Brunet has more than 16 years of international experience of operations with Veolia Water. Currently, he works as Operations Director at Veolia Water Europe and is responsible for all corporate responsibility projects, performance improvements and exchanges of good practices for operations in the company. Mr. Brunet has a general engineering degree from the Ecole Centrale de Paris, as well as a Master of Science Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (MIT).


Jens Rupp Jens Rupp

Sustainability Manager
Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company SA

Jens Rupp has been with Coca-Cola Hellenic, Europe’s largest producer and distributor of alcohol-free beverages, since 2001. He started as a local health, safety and environment manager, led the first bottling operations to ISO14001 certification and produced the first environmental report, based on a global life-cycle approach. He has been the corporate Sustainability Manager since 2005, coordinating sustainability activities in the 28 countries where Coca-Cola Hellenic operates. He is a member of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility council and manages corporate CSR reporting and stakeholder relations. Previously, Jens worked with an energy consultancy, where he pioneered energy saving and energy awareness programmes for State and national governments. Jens holds a doctorate in Ecology from the University of Oxford and a European Master in Environmental Engineering and Management from the Swiss Polytechnic School.

Ewald Redl Ewald Redl

Managing Director

Ewald Redl was born in 1967 Zwettl, a small city in the eastern part of Austria. He moved after finishing military service to Vienna for studying Commerce at the University of Economics and Business Administration. His professional career startet with Alcatel, a french telecommunications group. There he had the opportunity to work in several Euopean countries in Controlling and Project Management. He then worked with the first private Austrian telecommunications. Later Ewald started his own consulting company together with two partners and completed an Executive MBA programm. Since 2008 he is working with SONNENTOR as Managing Director, responsible for Finance & Controlling, Human Resources, Quality Managment, Franchising and SONNENTOR companies in Czech Republic, Romania and Albania.

Gerd Hoffmann Gerd Hoffmann

Vice-president Commercial Recycling
Aurubis AG

Gerd Hoffmann has been active in copper recycling since 1981. Since 1986 he was heading the commercial activities of Hüttenwerke Kayser AG (HK) in Lünen, Germany and was appointed member of the executive board in 2000. After the amalgamation of HK into Norddeutsche Affinerie AG in 2004 and the following acquisition of Cumerio S.A., Belgium, Mr Hoffmann has been heading the whole recycling market activities of the Group, now renamed Aurubis AG, Europe’s largest copper producer and world leader in copper recycling. Mr Hoffmann is actively engaged in a number of associations and organisations, i. a. he is head of the Task Force Raw Materials of the German metals industry association WirtschaftsVereinigung Metalle e.V. (WVM). Until March 2011 he was a member of the board of directors of the London Metal Exchange (LME) for many years.

Philip Harmandjiev Philip Harmandjiev

Owner of Damianitza Winery, Bibendum, Casavino shops and vineyards

Since 1998, Philip Harmandjiev has been owner and CEO of Damianitza Winery. He is also owner and manager of BIBENDUM – a wine and beverages wholesaler; CASAVINO wine shops and owner of agricultural land and vineyards.
He is involved with the wine in all its aspects – from the land to the wine shop.
He is also interested in the symbiotic and sustainable agriculture.


Ivaylo Ivanov Ivaylo Ivanov

Head of Department "Environmental protection"
Solvay Sodi JSC
In 2000he graduated from the Technical Universityin Varna –specialty "Industrial ecology". In the periodfrom 2001 tothe end of 2006, his position was"Environmental manager" at "Agropolychim" in Devnya-one of thelargest producers ofnitrogen and phosphate fertilizerson the Balkans. Fromearly2007 untilnow heworks in"Solvay Sodi",as Head of Department "Environmental protection".
From a professional point of view issues of interest for him are:
- Trading in carbon quotas and related options for a derogation for the period 2013-2020;
- Projects for co-incineration of alternative fuels (biomass, RDF / SRF, tires, etc.. Hazardous waste);
- Directive on industrial pollutants - 2010/75/ES;
- Projects for energy and water efficiency;
- Innovation in the field of waste utilization and so on.

Lubomir Nokov Lubomir Nokov

Bio Bulgaria

Lubomir Nokov has graduated from the French High School in Sofia, after that he acquired Master degree in "Media and Communication" from the University of Lyon, France. Among his successful projects are Capasca, Gorichka, Maleeva Tennis Club, Harmonica, Bio Bulgaria and Biomag.

Galya Tsonkova Galya Tsonkova

Country sustainability manager
Coca-Cola Hellenic Bulgaria

Galya graduates from the University for Food technologies in Plovdiv and makes a specialization on Effective management at New Bulgarian University. She is working for 10 years at different positions on different projects in Nestle Bulgaria. In 2009 wins First award for "Best project in Southeast Europe for processes improvement"
Since June 2010 she worked for Coca-Cola Hellenic Bulgaria. 

Cyril Vatev Cyril Vatev


Cyril Vatev is founder and owner of the meat processing company "Tandem -V"Ltd since December 1993. In 2006 he establishes with his son farm for pasture cattle in Central Balkan. In 2008 the company opens a specialized enterprise for the production of raw-dried sausages and delicacies.
During 2010,Cyril Vatev was elected for President of the Association of Meat Processors in Bulgaria (AMB) for the third time, and between 1999 and 2004holds the presidency for two terms.In 2004 became an honorary member of the Association of Meat Processors. Since 2009 he is President of the "Association of Traditional raw-cured meat products."
Cyril Vatev is member of the Agribusiness Councilof the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, a member of the Organic Agriculture Commissionand Vice President of BAFDI.
He was awarded an honorary diploma from the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce fo rmany years in contributing to the development of regional trade organizations. He was awarded "Manager 2007" in category "Initiative" at the annual award sof the Bulgarian Industrial Association "IN-5" and "Managerof the company" in the "Human Resources Manager 2009".
In 2008 he was nominated in the top 10of the firste dition of "Manager of the Year" in 2010 and nominated in the top 20of the first edition of "Business Person of the Year" 2009".

Vladislav Popov Vladislav Popov

Director "Agroecological Centre"
Agricultural University of Plovdiv
Vladislav Popov has graduated School of Environment and Agriculture at the University of Western Sydney in Australia. He is fluent in English and Russian.
Vladislav presently is Associated Professor and Director of Agroecological Centre at Agricultural University of Plovdiv. His responsibilities imply lecturing in agroecology, organic farming and environmental protection.
His previous professional experience comprises more than 10 years of work in national and international research and applied development project, as well as University lecturer and trainer.
He is member of Agroecological Centre at Agricultural University of Plovdiv; Association for Biological Agriculture "Ecofarm", Plovdiv, Bulgaria; Balkan Environmental Association, Greece; Avalon Foundation Network, the Netherlands.


Dimitar Stoyanov Dimitar Stoyanov

Dimitar Stoyanov is a  Chairman of theBulgarian Association ofKnowledge Management.
In 2010 -2011 he worked as COO and advisor in the Bulgarian Green Building Council. He was advisor to the Regional Development Minister Rosen Plevneliev on regional policy, urban development and energy efficiency.
From 2005 to 2009 worked for the NPP "Kozloduy" as a nuclear engineer and an expert international projects including in the field of knowledge management.
He graduated from the Technical University of Sofia, where he defended a master's degree in "Nuclear Energy" and "Industrial Management".
Specialized knowledge management in Vienna.
Consult the public and business organizations in the field of sustainable development, energy efficiency and knowledge management. 

Yassen Guev Yassen Guev

Corporate Affairs Director

Mr. Yassen Guev has graduated with a degree in Hungarian Philology and Management from the Sofia’s University and has taken training programmes in the USA, France and Austria. He has a nine-year professional experience as a journalist in Bulgarian National Television (BNT), a reporter in Banker newspaper, business and finance editor in Mediapool, host of the Businesspool broadcast on Radio Channel New Europe. Then he headed the PR Department in Bulgarian Telecommunications Company (BTC), Euromarket Group and Mak Media. Prior to joining GLOBUL’s team, he held the position of PR and Corporate Affairs Director in CEZ-Bulgaria. Mr. Guev was appointed GLOBUL Corporate Affairs Director in February 2010, being responsible for the PR, Internal Communications and Corporate Responsibility departments in the company.

Michael Straub Michael Straub

Head of Department "Research and Cultivation of medicinal and cosmetic Plants"

1987-89   Consultant for biodynamic agriculture at DEMETER association
1989-98   Consultant, Researcher and Tutor at the Governmental Institute for Fruit an Wine (LVWO)  in Weinsberg
1990-91   College lecturer at the University Nürtingen for Ecological Agriculture
02/1998 - present    Head of the Department for Research and Cultivation of Medicinal Plants, Consultant for international Sourcing projects, and representative of endangered species at WELEDA   
Honorary positions:
-Member at the Board of directors at "Hortus officinarum" (association of pharmaceutical companies, medical practitioners, pharmacists and farmers of medicinal plants for the advancement of biodynamic breeding of medicinal plants) 
-Member at the board of directors at "Network" (association of pharmaceutical companies and farmers of medicinal plants)

Nina Vladimirova Nina Vladimirova

Manager Legal and Corporate Affairs,
Zagorka AD

Nina Vladimirova is Manager Legal and Corporate Affairs in "Zagorka" AD. Master of Law from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" with extensive experience in public administration, telecommunications, and in the regulation of commercial communications, acquired consecutively during her work in the Legal Department of the Privatization Agency, "Bulgarian Posts" EAD and currently in the brewing industry. Passes specialized course in EU law in Brussels – A.C.T.IN. Member in the National Council for Self-regulationof Brewers council in Bulgaria and the Appeal Committee of the National Council for self-regulation and ethical rules for advertising and commercial communications in Bulgaria. Participant and lecturer in seminars on self-regulation in advertising. Coordinator of the program for Corporate Social Responsibility in "Zagorka" - "Creating a better future." Member of the Board of Directors of the largest organization for recycling and recovery of packaging waste - "Ecopack Bulgaria" EAD.

Marina Brakalova Marina Brakalova

FORA community Development Foundation

Marina Brakalova has long years of experience in designing and managing development programs based on mobilizing local resources and building public private partnerships. She has been working to study, introduce, pilot and advocate for foodbanking from 2004 working actively with the food industry and social welfare organizations believing that with supportive regulatory and organizational environment foodbanking can add great value to the business, to environment and social sectors.
Marina is the director of FORA community Development Foundation. She was a regional manager for American Red Cross programs for South East Europe.