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On December 7, in hall 272 at the central building of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”the First Sofia Energy Economics Conference “Southeast European Energy Challenges” was officially opened. The Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (FEBA) and the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE - www.iaee.org) are co-organizers of the Symposium, which is also part of the 130th Anniversary celebrations at Sofia University.


The conference was officially opened by the Vice-Rector of Sofia University – prof. Mariya Stoycheva, and by the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration – Assoc. Prof. Atanas Georgiev. Prof. Stoycheva noted, that Alma Mater has been teaching master and PhD students in its energy economics program for 13 years and now has more than 200 alumni in this field, most of whom are working as managers and experts at companies, state administration, and NGOs.


Official addresses were also made by the Chairman of the Energy Committee at the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria – Delian Dobrev, and the President of IAEE David Knapp. The keynote speech was given by Jean-Marc Leroy, President of Gas Infrastructure Europe and Vice-President at Engie.


The event was sponsored by AES Bulgaria and by ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3, and SeeNews is media partner.


The panelists in the conference are:

  • David Knapp, IAEE President
  • Jean-Marc Leroy, GIE President, Chairman of GIE Board and GIE General Assembly, Senior Executive Vice President, External Relation, ENGIE
  • Isabella Ruble, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, D.C., United States
  • Sarah Jezernik, President of the Slovenian Association for Energy Economics, Deputy General Manager of Plinovodi d.o.o.
  • Julian Popov, Fellow at the European Climate Foundation
  • Ruslan Stefanov, Center for the Study of Democracy, Bulgaria
  • Konstantin Delisivkov, Executive Director of the Bulgarian Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers
  • Gurkan Kumbaroglu, President of the Turkish Association for Energy Economics, Former President of IAEE
  • Irena Mladenova, Head of Corporate Development at Resalta, and Managing Director of Resalta Bulgaria
  • Boyko Nitzov, TSO Cooperation Officer, Team Leader for gas infrastructure development at the Gas Department of the European Union's Agency for Cooperation of Energy Regulators
  • Prof. Ionut Purica, Professor at Hyperion University, Corresponding Member of the Academy of Romanian Scientists, former President (State Secretary) of the Romanian Nuclear Agency
  • Prof. Vilayat Valiyev, Director at the Institute for Scientific Research on Economic Reforms (ISRER), Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan; and founder and president of the “Azerbaijan Energy Engineering & Consultin
  • Andi Aranitasi, Associate Director, Senior Banker, Power and Energy, EBRD
  • Kostadin Sirleshtov, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
  • Evo Stefanov, Managing Partner, Methodia AD