Member of BSERC, Legal expert

Ivo is a lawyer, currently heading the legal department of Bulgargaz EAD. As such, he performs the legal representation of the company before the judiciary authorities, other enterprises and executive bodies, controls case management and assigns tasks to subordinate lawyers, ensures the protecting of the company’s interests in the transactions, the timely giving of opinions and preparation of documents. Ivo has got sound experience in the field of corporate law, commercial law, commercial transactions, real estate law, contract law, labor law, administrative and criminal law and property transactions, consultations in the field of energy, public procurement and judicial representation in civil, commercial, tax, labor cases.


Financial and economic expert

Maria is financial manager of BSERC and expert with more than 30-year experience in business and economics in the energy sector. Most of her professional realization is connected with the big Bulgarian energy sector entities – National Electric Company, Electricity System Operator, Electricity distribution company of Pleven. She has organized and managed companies’ financial and economic processes, carried out financial and economic analyses and assessments, developed business cases and marketing strategies.

Eng. Tomislav ATANASSOV

Expert in heat and gas engineering and management

Tomislav has participated in over 15 energy efficiency projects in buildings and industrial systems. He has been a member of the teams that developed the National plan for nearly zero-energy buildings; the National plan for improving the energy performance of heated and/or cooled buildings owned by the state and used by the state administration; the National long-term programme for the promotion of investments in measures aimed at improving the energy performance of the national stock of public and private residential and commercial buildings.

Eng. Dimiter BACHVAROV

Expert in internal combustion engines, financial management and macroeconomics

In the earliest years of his carrier, Dimiter Bachvarov managed the import and after-sales car care in Bulgaria. After 1989 he was senior advisor and director of the Economic Policy Directorate of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria and in the period 1997-2001 - adviser to the Prime Minister on the structural reforms, energetics and economic balances of the country. As a senior civil servant he directly participated in and led the preparation of analyzes, research, drafting of programming documents and draft laws for state governance purposes in the fields of economy, energetics, privatization and concessions. He has numerous contributions to research and projects of non-governmental organizations such as the Center for the Study of Democracy, the Center for Economic Development, the Center for Risk Analysis and Management, and others in the field of economy and public finance. Mr. Bachvarov has over 150 publications in the field of macroeconomics, energetics and public finance.

Assoc. Prof. PhD Eng. Tsvetan BOZHKOV

Expert in heating and refrigeration

Prof. Bozhkov is a deputy head of the Department of Heat and Refrigeration at the Technical University of Sofia, an established scientist and researcher in the field of cooling systems, air-conditioning, cooling and freezing of materials and products. He has led and participated in the teams of more than 120 projects in the field of parametric analysis of combined systems for medium temperature cooling, development of methods and techniques for analysis of cooling systems; experimental studies of the energy performance of combined systems, parametric analysis of ice cooling systems, model study and verification of energy performance models, annual energy consumption sensitivity analysis, assessment of the technical, environmental and economic efficiency of systems operating on ice suspensions. Participant in a major project for establishment of a university research and development complex for innovation and knowledge transfer in the field of micro-nanotechnology and materials, energy efficiency and virtual engineering.


Member of BSERC, Expert in projects coordination, communication & dissemination

Vera has been working for the Centre since the dawn of its predecessor – Black Sea Regional Energy Centre in 1996. She has been involved in the implementation of the majority of the projects with the Centre’s participation, funded by different EU and other international and national institutions and programmes, thus gathering extensive experience in project administration and coordination. Furthermore, she has been in charge of the Centre’s communication and stakeholder engagement activities, including preparation and implementation of communication and dissemination strategies, events organization, elaboration of information materials, website and database maintenance, reporting and others.

Prof. Nikola KALOYANOV

Member of BSERC, Expert in heating and cooling, energy efficiency in buildings and industry

Prof. Kaloyanov is a full professor at the Technical University Sofia, a longtime head of the "Heat and Refrigeration Engineering" Department and of the Center for Energy Analysis at TU-Sofia, and in the period 2005 - 2011 vice rector responsible for research. He has over 35 years of experience in the analysis and synthesis of thermal systems and energy efficiency improvement. This includes industrial systems, buildings, heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems, district heating systems, and renewable energy sources utilisation. He has been Team Leader or Team Member in more than 250 national and 35 international (EC, USAID, GEF, World Bank, EBRD) projects related to energy auditing, building energy modelling and simulation, energy performance evaluation, optimisation studies, demand analysis. He was team leader of working groups for EU harmonization policy and implementation of energy performance of buildings and energy end-use efficiency and energy services directives, regulations, standards, methods and tools in building sector and heat supply, research & development, education, training, demonstration projects, monitoring and reporting.
Nikola Kaloyanov is a certified energy manager of the USAID and a member of the American Association of Energy Engineers. He is Chairman of the Bulgarian Society of Heating, Cooling and Cooling Engineering Engineers andd Chairman of the Association for Energy Analyzes. He is also a member of the Board of the Bulgarian Council for Sustainable Development.
Prof. Kaloyanov possesses vast international professional experience in other countries such as Romania, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Western Macedonia, Greece, Moldova, Montenegro, Vietnam, Turkey.

Prof. Vladimir LAZAROV

Expert in the electrical aspects of RES

Prof. Lazarov is an electrical engineer, head of the Laboratory for Renewable Energy Sources at the Technical University Sofia. The main areas of his professional activities cover the electrical aspects of renewable energy sources – RES, conversion of primary energy resources into electricity – wind energy systems, photovoltaic systems, hybrid RES systems. Prof. Lazarov’s research interests and recent project activities have focused on modelling and testing of the energy conversion chain – primary resources – wind or photovoltaic converters (with the electronic ones) – grid or consumer; predicting the energy production from RES using different methods; compensation of power fluctuations of wind and photovoltaic systems, using gas micro turbines, small pump hydro plants; super capacitors etc.; RES integration in buildings etc. V. Lazarov has more than 400 citations abroad and two patents concerning the wind and photovoltaic plants control.


Member of BSERC, Electrical and regulatory expert

Angel Minev is an electrical engineer with sound experience in combining gas/electricity/heat and EE/RE as part of the work he carried out in harmonizing Bulgarian energy legislation with European Directives in accordance with market liberalization principles. He has also been involved in energy efficiency and RES programmes and demand-side management, sector policy preparation and implementation, including investment analysis, financing models, business plans and feasibility studies for several energy projects.


Manager of BSERC, Chairman of the BSERC General Assembly, Expert in energy economics and policy

Angel is an economist with 18-year experience in the energy field. He has been involved in more than 30 EU-funded (Horizon 2020, IEE, FP7, FP6, etc.) and more than 15 national (Bulgarian) energy policy projects and has gained considerable expertise in the areas of energy policy modelling; energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies, plans, and programmes; energy efficiency service market development; and promotion of sustainable energy solutions in the residential sector.

Angel has been contracted as energy policy expert by the Bulgarian Ministry of Energy, the Sustainable Energy Development Agency, and the National Committee of Bulgaria to the World Energy Council.


Expert in district heating

Ilia Nikolaev is a thermal and nuclear engineer, president of the Bulgarian District Heating Association and of the Industrial Association of Varna, Member of the Consulting Union of the Bulgarian Industrial Association. He has more than 40-year professional experience in the operation and management of the District Heating Companies of Ruse and Varna. He possesses exhaustive knowledge of energy production and heat distribution (CHP), repair and operation of energy equipment, energy efficiency, environmental protection, planning, organization, legislation. His main activities has been relating to the elaboration of methodologies for monitoring and evaluation of performance for various investment projects in the DH production and distribution areas, including gas/coal/fuel fired boilers, gas cogeneration installations, flue gas heat recovery installations, steam turbines, district heating network pipelines, etc.; analysis and evaluation - on monthly and annual basis – of the economic and environmental impact of a wide range of investment projects in the DH sector (incl. fuel switch projects, cogeneration installation, boilers’ adaptation from steam to hot water, implementation of flue gas heat recovery on boilers and cogeneration engines, etc.).

Dr. Teodora PENEVA

Expert in energy poverty

Dr. Peneva is an economist, associate professor at the Economic Research Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She holds a PhD in energy poverty and is an expert in the EU Energy Poverty Observatory. She has been involved in a number of projects on the subject. Teodora's main expertise covers evaluation of methods of measuring energy poverty; systematization of basic indicators for energy poverty, clarification of key methodological issues for its quantification; analysis of socio-demographic and economic factors impacting energy poverty; assessment of different types of policies to reduce energy poverty; assessment of the elasticity of energy poverty from changes in energy consumption, type of heating, household income level and others; assessment of households attitude towards energy efficiency.


Expert in coal mining

Mr. Shterev is a coal mining engineer with extensive experience in mining and utilization of lignite resources. Being chief designer, deputy executive and executive director of large Bulgarian mining enterprises, he managed the development and implementation of many complex coal mining projects, i.e. geological, mining, water, electro, mechanical, automation, and economic parts.


Member of BSERC, Expert in lighting

Boris is an electrical engineer, lighting specialist, designer, expert in outdoor lighting systems. He has got 20 years of professional experience in the field of energy efficient modernization of lighting systems. He has participated in a number of projects funded by Bulgarian and EU sources and programmes in lighting of public and industrial buildings, street lighting reconstruction of Bulgarian municipalities, modernization of industrial and street lighting in Europe.

Prof. Totyo TOTEV

Coal expert

Prof. Totev is heading up the “Thermal and nuclear energy” Department of the Technical University – Sofia, full professor since 2015. He is author and co-author of more than 100 scientific publications and 3 textbooks. Under his leadership, two doctoral students have defended dissertations. Prof. Totev has managed over 70 research and development projects, including by international contracting authorities. His research interests and activities have been related to the utilization of lignite coal from the Maritsa East basin for production of electricity. In particular, he works on the assessment of coal characteristics; technologies for preparation of coal for burning; efficiency of combustion process; assessment of the pollution caused by the burning of organic fuels; pollution control technologies applied in coal burning. The most significant projects Prof. Totev has managed in the last years, have been connected with the design and implementation of a system for low NOx combustion in 8 boilers of type PK-38-4 in Maritsa East 2 TPP (with nominal steam production of 240 t/h each).

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Borislav TRAYKOV

Expert in transport

Borislav Traykov is a lecturer at the Department of Engines, Automotive Machinery and Transport at the Technical University of Sofia. His main qualifications cover electrical equipment and electronic systems of the car, engines, vehicle diagnostics, alternative fuels, renewable energy sources, electric vehicles, transport organization. He has got extensive practical experience in the organization and organization of maintenance, diagnostics, design and development of electric vehicles, including fuel cells. B. Traykov is author and co-author of 4 monographs, 4 textbooks, 2 tutorials, 42 scientific and technical publications. He has been representative in the 7FP Transport Program Committee to the European Commission and the Transport Program Committee in Horizon 2020.

Eng. Rosen TSEKOV

Expert in energy efficiency and EE certification of buildings and industrial systems

Rosen is a member of the Center for Energy Analyzes at Technical University of Sofia. He has participated in the teams of more than 90 projects on the energy performance of buildings and industrial systems. He has got high qualification in building model research as well as in testing the energy performance of heat and cold generators.

Dr. Momchil VASSILEV

Member of BSERC, Expert in energy efficiency of buildings and industry

Momchil is a Doctor in Industrial Thermal Engineering, with vast experience in building and industrial energy efficiency improvement. The numerous projects he has participated in involved building energy modelling and simulation, energy auditing, generation of energy efficiency measures, risk analysis, evaluation of energy efficiency projects. Momchil Vassilev is lecturer in the National Training Sheme for independent building energy auditors and member of the Bulgarian Association for Energy Analyses in Buildings and Industry.