Who Are The Lecturers?

Here are the profiles of the head academics at European Summer University at VUM:

Prof. Vesselin Blagoev
PhD in Marketing
Prof. Blagoev has an extensive career as professional manager which gave him the chance to learn and develop in leadership and management which he teaches at the university. Prof. Blagoev is Chairman of the Board of Superbrands Bulgaria; Vice Rector of VUM and Director of VUM, Sofia; President and Editor-in-Chief of Businessweek Bulgaria; Chairman of the Bulgarian Marketing Association; Member of the American Marketing Association, since 1987; CEEMAN – Member of the Board since 2003; Member of the National Council, National Association for International Relations (NAMO), Bulgaria, since 2000; Corresponding Member of the International Informatization Academy, Moscow – since 1994. He served as Chief Secretary of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria (1994), Chief Executive Director of the Bulgarian Privatization Agency (1995-1997), Chief Executive Director of Credit Bank PLC (1997-1998), and Editor-in-Chief of BusinessWeek Bulgaria (2006-2008).
Prof. Blagoev has been a consultant for over 100 Bulgarian and foreign companies, including Philips Components, Nina Ricci, Intel, SPARKY and DSL. He is the author of 7 books, including one published in Russia, and has co-authored a book published in the UK. He has authored or co-authored over 50 articles and reports published in Bulgaria or abroad.

Prof. Michael Minkov
PhD in Social Anthropology
Michael Minkov is a Bulgarian researcher whose studies and publications are in the fields of Ancient Languages, Anthropology, and Management Science. Prof. Minkov is co-author of Cultures and Organisations (international bestseller) together with Geert Hofstede and co-author of Cross-Cultural Analysis: The Science and Art of Comparing the World’s Modern Societies and Cultures. Prof. Minkov has a number of articles in journals published in Scopus. Minkov has taught seminars at the University of Portsmouth (UK), Erasmus University, Maastricht University, and Stenden University (Netherlands), Bilgi University and Koc University (Turkey), Aarhus University (Denmark), and IBS Moscow (Russia).
Minkov has also written two monographs on culture, with contributions by Hofstede, as well as a number of academic articles in journals, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries. In addition to his academic work, Minkov works as a freelance teacher and consultant in the area of cross-cultural awareness. His clients include AIMS Human Capital, Air Liquide, Avon, Alpha SOT, Heineken, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Italcementi, Lukoil, Mondi International, Nestle, NetInfo, Shared Services (Coca Cola Hellenic), SDI Group (an Italian consultancy in Tunisia), and Schneider Electric.

Prof. Stanislav Ivanov
PhD in Tourism Economics
Prof. Ivanov Is Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Tourism Research and serves in the Editorial Boards of 30 journals in the fields of tourism, marketing and economics. He is also Member of the Scientists’ Union in Bulgaria, Bulgarian Marketing Association and the International Association of Experts on Tourism (AIEST). His research interests include Destination Marketing, Tourism and Economic Growth, Political issues in Tourism, Special Interest Tourism. Prof. Ivanov’s publications have appeared in different academic journals – Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, Tourism Economics, Journal of Heritage Tourism, Tourism Today, Tourism, Tourism and Hospitality Research, Journal of Economic Studies, Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, South-Eastern Europe, Journal of Economics.

Dr. Violina Ratcheva
PhD in Strategic Management
Violina Ratcheva joined Varna University of Management(VUM) in 2013. She teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in areas such as Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, International Business Management and General Management. She holds a Master Degree in Business Studies from Loughborough University and a PhD Degree in Strategic Management from the University of Sheffield (UK). Prior to this appointment, Violina Ratcheva worked for over 15 years in the UK as Research Fellow in European Business (Nottingham Trent University), Research Consultant (BDO Stoy Hayward), Lecturer in Entrepreneurship (The University of Nottingham), Lecturer in Strategic Management (The University of Sheffield) and Research Consultant at BDO Stoy Hayward (UK). Assoc. Prof. Ratcheva’s research and consultancy interests include knowledge elicitation and transfer practices in distributed organizational settings, developing knowledge management strategies in the creative industries with specific focus on the UK Film Industry and new forms of organizations. Assoc. Prof. Ratcheva has over 30 academic publications.