Ronald Harvey is a two-time Fulbright Scholar and has his PHD in Community Psychology from DePaul University, Chicago. The focus of his community psychology research is the impact that social systems have on the behavior of people with drug and alcohol problems with completed treatment. He currently teaches psychology at AUBG and runs a number of improvisational comedy workshops at English language high schools in Bulgaria. In his free time he enjoys performing music and improvisational comedy.
She first witnessed the poor working conditions in the textile industry during a voluntary service in India in 2008. Appalled by what she saw, she developed a strong desire to learn about ways in which the exploitative structures of this industry could be altered. Holding a bachelor’s degree in International Human Rights Law, she was curious to dive even deeper into the subject, so she specialized in Global Commodity Chains and Workers’ Rights. Convinced that a different approach to producing apparel is possible, she founded the fashion label “Jyoti – Fair Works”.
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Jovanny Varela-Ferreyra is an artist and the creator of The Artidote, a social media platform aimed to cultivate self-awareness and empathy through visual and written storytelling. Born in Mexico, Varela emigrated to the U.S. at the age of ten. Lacking English proficiency, he started expressing himself through drawing. During the rise of social media, Varela began experimenting with curating artwork online. His particular way of presenting artwork generates unlikely bonds between individuals across cultures & religions. Today The Artidote community has become a global support group most recently responsible for saving suicidal lives on Snapchat.
Milena Stoycheva is an entrepreneur and CEO of Junior Achievement, Bulgaria. She has been working in the field of economics, business, and entrepreneurship education for more than 20 years. Her professional expertise also includes establishing academia-business partnerships, NGO development, and fundraising. Since 2013, she has been delivering courses in business development and technology entrepreneurship for EIT - a leading digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organization.
Santra, one of the most popular R&B, Soul and Hip Hop Bulgarian singers. She started her career at the age of 15 in a musical TV show on the Bulgarian national TV channel. At the age of 16 she released her debut album "Santra" and recorded her hit single "Bez teb" (Without You) which remains #7 at the top 500 Bulgarian ballads till this day. She had a 3-years musical break during which she was studying Business Administration at City University, London. After that, she returned to the musical stage and also appeared in movies, hosted a radio and a TV show. Recently, Santra has been successfully collaborating with multiple Bulgarian singers in her music projects. Her latest song “Miasto i Vreme” (Place and Time) is in honor of her late friend who died in a car accident.
He is a strategic communications and public affairs expert, an international speaker and a trainer. He holds an M.A. in Law and Political Sciences and a degree in Master of European Public Administration from the College of Europe, Belgium. He has spoken infront of over 2500 diplomats, managers and officials in the US, Europe and the Middle East. His career included seven years at the European Court of Justice and the European Commission, where he coordinated briefings for Commission President Barroso and served as member of the cabinet of Commissioner Kovács.
He is a designer, a tech entrepreneur and a passionate cook. He was born in Vietnam, grew up in Bulgaria, lived in the US for 12 years and then returned to Bulgaria. After graduating from UNC, he worked at The New York Times, NBC and Expedia. In 2013 Vu returned to Bulgaria. He started a tech startup with his wife, became a MasterChef finalist and opened a restaurant. Now he is the head of product at an IOT startup and runs "The Bulgarian Way", a photography project about life in Bulgaria. Vu loves snowboarding and watching superhero movies with his son.
He is a second year student from Macedonia majoring in Political Science and Business Administration at AUBG. Mile is very keen on debate and public speaking, though this is his first TED talk. Throughout high school he worked very closely with Youth Educational Forum, an organization which creates a learning platform for young people and gives them a chance to voice their opinion. Mile has been a blogger for seven years, and has been designing and creating blogs and websites for others for the past 5 years.
Madina Demirbash is a family relationships expert and an author of the book “Love Affair with Your Chair.” Her passion to help others has led her to start certified courses for family counselling at the University of Navarra. Currently she activates in Kiev, Ukraine, as a business trainer, psychologist, family coach and member of the "Ukrainian Business Women" NGO.
He co-founded Modanisa.com to provide Muslim women a style choice and with the goal to create a platform for Modest Fashion brands. He has a passion for entrepreneurship, meeting people of different culture and background, and improving the society by empowering women. Kerim also serves on the Board of Directors of Etohum, the leading startup accelerator in Istanbul and Youth Republic, an award winning Marcom agency in Turkey. He holds a masters degree in Communications from Boston University.
Professor of Economics at American University and Executive VP of the International Association for Feminist Economics. Her areas of research include household behavior, firm organization and local government. Her recent publications include “A data triangulation approach to understanding the behavior of small landholders in Bulgaria” and “Doing It All: Women’s Employment and Reproductive Work in Tajikistan”. She holds a PhD. in Economics and a B.S. in Political Science.Professor of Economics at American University and Executive VP of the International Association for Feminist Economics. Her areas of research include household behavior, firm organization and local government. Her recent publications include “A data triangulation approach to understanding the behavior of small landholders in Bulgaria” and “Doing It All: Women’s Employment and Reproductive Work in Tajikistan”. She holds a PhD. in Economics and a B.S. in Political Science.