Fifth International Economic Forum Maritsa

6 - 7 June 2012

The Congress Centre of International Fair Plovdiv

 Speakers' Bio
  Zdravko Dimitrov
Regional Governor of Plovdiv Region

Zdravko Dimitrov was born on 20th of May 1963 in Plovdiv. He graduated from Vasil Levski high school in Plovdiv.

He graduated from Plovdiv University „Paisii Hilendarski“ with a Bachelor Degree in Sport Pedagogy.

In 2002 he obtained a Master Degree in Psychology from Plovdiv University „Paisii Hilendarski“.

In 2011 he obtained Master Degree in Public Administration from Plovdiv University „Paisii Hilendarski“. Then he has successfully completed the Master’s Degree requirements in Financial Management at Svishtov University „D. Tsenov“.

During the period 1981 – 1991 Mr. Dimitrov was a basketball player in CSKA (Central Sports Club of the Army) and SSC (Student Sports Club) „Academic“ – Plovdiv. From 1991 to 2007 he has run his own companies.

From 1994 to 2007 Mr. Dimitrov was president of basketball club „Academic“ – Plovdiv. He has participated in the national basketball team and has won national and international awards. Mister Dimitrov is a member of the Board of managers of Bulgarian Basketball Federation and of the Board of managers of Hunters and Anglers Society „Sokol“ – Plovdiv.

He is founder of the political party „Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria“.

In November 2007 he won the mayoral election becoming Mayor of the region „West“ in Plovdiv with four year mandate.

With the Decision № 824/14.11.2011 of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov Mr. Dimitrov was appointed Governor of Plovdiv.

Zdravko Dimitrov is married, with two children.

Stefka Slavova
Alternate Director for Poland, Bulgaria and Albania
EBRD Board of Directors

Stefka Slavova, a Bulgarian national, was appointed Board Director at the EBRD on February 1, 2010.

She joined the EBRD after 10 years at the World Bank in Washington DC, where she worked most recently as a Senior Economist in the Investment Climate Department, advising different countries on the design of commercial laws and regulatory frameworks related to private business. At the World Bank, Ms. Slavova spent four years working on private sector development projects in the Latin America and Caribbean regions. She also contributed to various research studies and reports, focusing on investment climate issues.

Ms. Slavova holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics.


Stefan Staykov
Chairman of Regional Council for Development of South Central Region and Regional Governor of Smolyan Region




Todor Popov 
Chairman of NAMBR and Mayor of Pazardzhik







Dimitar Ivanov
Mayor of MaritsaMunicipality



Plamen Dilkov 
Executive Director of PVB Power Bulgaria
Plamen Dilkov, Eng. was born on January 21, 1972 in the city of Sofia. He graduated from the University of Trento at Meziano. After a short academic career, he started working on some of the largest infrastructure projects in Northern Italy. He was involved in the construction of oil pipelines in Bahar, Russia. In 1994 he joined the team that constructed Italy’s research base in Antarctica. He served as the Vice President of a leading Italian engineering company in Northern Italy where he managed infrastructure projects worth over 1 billion Euro.
On July 1, 2006 he became the Industrial Development Director of Petrovilla Group in Italy and CEO of Vez Svoghe JSC. In 2008 he was named the Executive Director of Petrolvilla Bulgaria- PVB Power Bulgaria JSC. In just a year and a half he managed to commission the first generation facility of the Sreden Iskar Cascade Project. Up to 06.2012, were constructed and put into operation three SHPP - HPP "Bov" 3.025 MGW, SHPP "Svrazhen" -3,5 MGW, SHPP "Tserovo" - 3.00 MGW. The
Sreden Iskar Cascade Project includes the construction of nine small hydro power plants with total capacity of 25,7 MW along the Iskar River. The total cost of the Sreden Iskar Cascade Project is estimated at EUR 115 million.
George Tabakov
Chairman of Bulgaria Economic Forum and Chair of the Organizing Committee of SEEBF

 Mr. George Tabakov is Chairman of Bulgaria Economic Forum and Chair of the Organizing Committee of SEEBF.

His successful professional career begins with the establishment of the Advertising Agency “Tabakov Advertising”.

From 1997 to 1999 Mr. Tabakov passes through the whole hierarchical chain in the Ministry of Trade and Tourism. He starts as a Chief Expert in the Foreign Investment Department. From July 1998 to December 1999 he is Deputy Minister of Trade and Tourism with main responsibilities – foreign investment promotion, foreign trade regime, dual-use goods regime, foreign programs and foreign technical aid. As a Deputy Minister in 1999 he takes part in the establishment of the Stability Pact for Southeast Europe on behalf of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Since 2000 Mr. George Tabakov is also an active participant in the OECD’ Investment Compact for South East Europe.

Between 1999 and 2000 he is member of the Board of Directors of Tobacco Enterprise “Bulgartabac-Dupnitza”.

From 1999 up to 2002 he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Plovdiv International Fair, one of the biggest fairs and exhibitions in South East Europe.

In 2000 he takes on the management of the Bulgarian Foreign Investment Agency and chairs it until end of 2001. After that he is elected as Chairman of Bulgaria Economic Forum (BEF). Every year BEF organizes the annual South East Europe Economic Forum, which has turned to be one of the most prestigious events in the region. From 2004 Mr. George Tabakov is also a member of the Board of Directors of Ecobulpack and since 2012 he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

George Tabakov graduated the FrenchCollege in Morocco, after which he continued his secondary education in the FrenchLanguageSchool in Sofia until 1987.

He graduated the Moscow State Institute for International Relations and has a Masters Degree in International Economic relations.