Martin Tapankov

Kimon Afsaridis

Patrick Roeffen

Delcho Delchev

Delcho Delchev is an architect and managing director of the SmartFabLab Association.

Nona Tsekova

Nona Tsekova is an architect and a member of the SmartFabLab Association.

Violeta Zarankova

Violeta Zarankova is born in 1988 in Sofia. She holds a Masters degree in Ceramics. For 2 years now she is a lecturer at NBU in ceramics, porcelain and 3D printing. In the meantime she is working on her PhD dissertation in the field of experimental techniques in ceramics. The focus of her work is contemporary ceramic art where she often mixes the boundaries between the traditional and 3D printed ceramics.

Monika Popova

Monika Popova is an associate professor in ceramics and PhD in Egyptian studies at New Bulgarian University, Sofia. She is the author of 40 individual exhibitions with focus on ceramics and painting, and a mother of three daughters.

Assoc. Prof. Georgi Hristov

Assoc. Prof. Georgi Hristov, PhD is member of the Department of Telecommunications at the University of Ruse „Angel Kanchev“ since 2008. His professional areas of interest include telecommunication networks and systems, routing and switching processes, IP technologies, Software Defined Networks (SDN), Internet of things (IoT), embedded systems and robotics. Over the last several years, he has been actively working with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and with 3D technologies for digitalization and replication of objects. Assoc. Prof. Hristov is the leading expert in the field of the 3D technologies for Project ROBG-9 “Ancient roman cultural heritage interactive visualization environment for the cross-border area between Bulgaria and Romania (ARCHIVE)”, which is funded by the INTERREG V-A Programme. One of the main activities of this project is the implementation of modern 3D technologies for creation of digital models and miniature replicas of Roman forts, objects and artefacts from the lower part of the Danube Limes.

Jordan Raychev

MSc. Eng. Jordan Raychev was enrolled in 2016 as full-time PhD student in the Department of Telecommunications at the University of Ruse. His PhD thesis is focused on the Software Defined Networks and his professional interests further include network and server virtualization, telecommunication networks, information and network security and programming. In addition to his PhD studies, Jordan Raychev is also involved as digitalization expert in Project ROBG-9 ARCHIVE, where he was involved in the digitalization of many ancient Roman artefacts and objects. His work also involves the development and testing of applications for virtual and augmented reality.

Diyana Kinaneva

Assist. Prof. Diyana Kinaneva, PhD is a member of the Department of Telecommunications at the University of Ruse since 2017. In the same year, she defended her dissertation in the area of the telecommunications networks with focus on the Software Defined Networks. She is currently actively involved as lecturer and her professional interests include communication networks, routing protocols, cloud services, virtualization, Internet of Things, etc. Assist. Prof. Diyana Kinaneva is involved as digitalization expert in Project ROBG-9 ARCHIVE, in which the University of Ruse is leading partner. Her main activities involve digitization of artefacts, development of digital 3D models and replication of objects using modern 3D printing technologies. Her work as digitalization expert lately includes also the development of applications for virtual and augmented reality.

Nikolay Filev

An owner and manager of Molaris Dental Laboratory, Nikolay Filev’s professional experience as dental technician spans over more than 20 years, working in Bulgaria and abroad (Marocco, France, Germany). Since 2009 on, he has gained acknowledgement as a certified trainer for 3D scanning equipment and 3D software trainings.

Gary Rowlands

Over the past 45 years Gary Rowlands has been involved in technologies ranging from electronics to design and testing for drone helicopters. Currently one of a three man team in Bulgarian Academy of Sciences working with DLR the German NASA on a project to catch the rocket booster section of the Falcon Space Launch Vehicle. Familiar with elements of additive manufacturing as a designer and user.

Anna-Marie Vilmovska

Anna-Marie holds a Ph.D. in applied economics from RAND Graduate School (CA). A former economist at the World Bank (D.C., SE and Central Asia, Middle East, CEE) and the RAND Corporation (USA & Europe), Anna-Marie’s focus is on tech & financial policies and value added in education and health policies. During 2012 – 2017 Anna-Marie was Secretary for Innovation Policy to Bulgaria’s President Rossen Plevneliev. Today Anna-Marie is the Executive Director of the Bulgarian Outsourcing Association and founding partner at Working Ideas – an innovation strategy design and impact evaluation consulting company. The company’s core expertise is in designing, implementing and communicating targeted campaigns and multi-stakeholder programs, linking the corporate sector, policy and regional socio-economic development in CEE. In 2015 the Financial Times, Visegrad Fund, Google and ResPublica listed her as one of the NewEurope100 outstanding individuals leading world-class innovation from CEE. In 2016 Anna-Marie received the Polish Republic’s Commodore’s Crest state insignia for her contribution to creating a connected innovative Europe. Anna-Marie represents Bulgaria at the EC Member States Board on Digital Entrepreneurship, is an individual member of the Advisory Council on the Marie Skodlowska-Curie Innovation and Science Program of the EC and is one of the national leads in the EC eSkills and Digital Entrepreneurship Campaigns.

Irina Frangulova

Plamen Zahariev

Assoc. Prof. Plamen Zahariev, PhD is member of the Department of Telecommunications at the University of Ruse „Angel Kanchev“ since 2006. His professional interests include wireless technologies, sensor networks, robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), embedded systems, telecommunication security and 3D technologies. Assoc. Prof. Zahariev is the coordinator for the University of Ruse „Angel Kanchev“ for Project ROBG-9 “Ancient roman cultural heritage interactive visualization environment for the cross-border area between Bulgaria and Romania (ARCHIVE)”, which is funded by the INTERREG V-A Programme. One of the main activities of this project is the implementation of modern 3D technologies for creation of digital models and miniature replicas of Roman forts, objects and artefacts from the lower part of the Danube Limes.

Volen Valentinov

Under the direction of Volen Valentinov, studio VOOOD draws on the foundations and design principles that have been developed over the last decade of practice.VOOOD work is driven by the principles of authenticity, consideration and enthusiasm. The studio’s approach is to create a unique identity for each project and this authenticity resonates not only in the design solution but in the selection of a natural palette of materials and the sharing of knowledge with craftsmen and companies. A small staff collaboratively share design inspiration and offer a wealth of interdisciplinary skills, drawing upon several areas of expertise: Interior Design, Industrial Design, Furniture Design and Styling. All backed up by a strong administrative support team.

Petar Karabadjakov

Petar Karabadjakov is the deputy technical manager in Ingeborg-Demireva company. The company is established in 1993. Its main activities include research, construction, prototype development and end products production in the field of lifting transport engineering/ electric hoists; lifting cranes, etc. The working principle behind 3D printing – adding material instead of removing it – is resonating with Ingeborg-Demireva philosophy because they can engineer machine parts without investing in costly machines such as lathes, milling machines or technologies like casting and forging. This makes the 3D printers an indispensable investment for Ingeborg-Demireva. It is with the help of the 3D printer that Ingeborg-Demireva prototypes a patented functional electric hoist with a monorail trolley, for which the company is awarded with a golden medal at an exhibition, organized by the Union of Inventors in Bulgaria.

Roberto Vdovic

Roberto Vdović is an architect, lecturer, entrepreneur, as well as a co-founder and the president of FabLab, association for promotion of digital fabrication. The focus of his interest is research into interaction of multimedia design, parametric and generative design and integration of building information modelling with digital fabrication. He is also the project leader on some of the FabLab projects, including two EU funded projects related to makers movement (MAKE-IT,, and education (DOIT-Europe,

Olrin Davchev

Assoc. Prof. Orlin Davchev, PhD in Architecture, is born in 1978 in Plovdiv. In 2005 together with Maria Davcheva, he established the architect bureau MIODESIGN. Since 2005 he is also a lecturer at the Interior design and architecture department in the Faculty of Architecture at Sofia University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy. In 2013 Davchev defends his doctoral dissertation “Founding architectural principles of world exhibitions”, published by the academic print house ”Prof. Marin Drinov”. 2015 marks his Associate Professor position with his monographic work “Digital technologies in architectural design”, published by the Art research Institute /Bulgarian Academy of Sciences/. Since 2016 he is appointed Deputy Dean of Educational Activities at Faculty of Architecture, Sofia University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy. Numerous industrial buildings, institutions, and residential buildings are made based on his projects in the field of architecture, interior and design. Together with MIODESIGN, he has won 7 awards and 12 nominations from national contests for architecture and interior design. Davchev is the author of 10 publications and co-author of another 8 publications in scientific collections and magazines, dedicated to architecture. He is also the co-organizer and jury of contests and forums, hosted by the Bulgarian Union of Architects (New vision for Slaveykov square 2012; Architects changing the city 2012; International conference Kostinbrod 2014, etc). His leading work concept is the creation of emotional, sustainable and innovative architecture, which harmonizes with its surroundings, carries individuality and transcends ideas through time.

Martin Punchev

Martin Punchev is an acknowledged 3D artist, whose main focus is the creation of super heroes digital models. Some of the world biggest studios use his models in their computer games. He is the founder of CGZen – a digital school for learning the basics of 3D design, modeling of heroes/characters, their surroundings. The purpose of CGZen is to make such digital skills more accessible, more popular and easier for mastering in Bulgaria.

Mihail Hristov

Mihail Hristov is a Bulgarian athlete, Paralympics medalist, and long jump three times world champion for people with disabilities.

Georgi Chervendinev

Georgi Chervendinev graduates the professional college for interior design and woodworking in 1985, major in Interior design. In 1993 he graduates with honors Sofia Technical University, majoring in Internal Combustion Engines and in 2010 he defends his PhD dissertation at Sofia Technical University with focus on Ergonomics and Industrial design. He is the author of several patents. Many projects in the field of automotive and product design are part of his portfolio. Currently, he is a lecturer at Sofia Technical University, Head of the department of Engineering design and head of the ID lab – Laboratory for modeling and prototyping in design.

Albena Baeva

Albena Baeva is an artist based in Sofia. In her interactive installations for urban spaces, galleries, dance and theatre performances she uses technology, creative programming and DIY practices. She has two MAs; in Restoration (2008) and in Digital Art (2010) from the National Academy of Art in Sofia where she specializes in art technology practices from 12th to 21st century. In 2011 she was awarded the international Essl Art Award for contemporary art and Vienna Insurance Group Special Invitation. She is a co-founder of Runabout project, a platform for interdisciplinary performances and studio for interactive design Reaktiv. Her works have been shown in museums for contemporary art like Essl (Austria, 2011), EMMA (Finland, 2013), Museum for contemporary art Vojvodina (Serbia, 2015), Project Space of ASU Art Museum (Tempe Arizona, 2016) at galleries and festivals for video and performance in Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Switzerland, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and USA.

Spas Kerimov

Spas is founder and CEO of Printivo, biotech company creating living structures with 3D-bioprinting technology. Spas is medical doctor with numerous international awards & recognition at European scientific congresses. He is interested in tissue engineering & regenerative medicine in particular 3D bio-printing. Also, he is quite interest in Artificial Intelligence, Biotech revolution and the fate of Humanity. In 2015 he founded an Association of Students Explorers, an NGO with hundreds of members so far. The mission of the NGO is to help the universities to prepare better medical specialists. He is Award winner at International Student Congress, Graz, Austria (June 2015) and the sixth International Scientific Conference Science4Health in Moscow, Russia (April 2015).

Stoyan Stavru

Stoyan Stavru graduates his Masters Degree in Law at Sofia University in 2002. In 2010 he graduates another masters programme in Social and Lеgal Psychology. He further defends his PhD in Law in 2009 and in Philosophy in 2015 at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. Since 2008 he has been a lecturer at New Bulgarian University, department of Healthcare and Socialcare. He is also an Associate Professor in the Bulgarian Academy of Science, contributing with his work to the Institute for the study of societies and knowledge. A founder and editor-in-chief of the scientific electronic publication “Challenge the law” (2010-2018), as well as a column editor of the scientific monographs “Challenge the Law” (2015-2018), and an editor of the collections of law practice “Challenge: Law practice” (2018). A co-organizer and main participant in the 18 debates, called Dare to Ask, on topics like Bioethics and Biolaw, which took place at the Red House Centre for Culture and Debate (2012-2014), as well as another 23 radio broadcasts “Law from a new perspective”, broadcasted by Bulgarian National Radio, and radio Horizon (2015-2016). A main organizer of 6 annual national conferences for bioethics and biolaw (2013-2018), as well as an organizer of 6 public discussion panels from the series “Vox Nihili. Whispers from the Future” (2017-2018). He actively works to establish public and scientific awareness towards the bioethical issues and ethical-legal regulations regarding the human body.

Oleg Yentin

Born in Ukraine in 1979, Oleg Yentin graduates his studies in Nuremberg, Germany. He works more than 13 years in sales and business development for a big ceramic company. Since 2017 he is a member of the GE Additive team in Lichtenfels. He is inspired by the possibilities additive technology offers to the world and the progress in this industry.

Milos Jovanovic

Milos is the Channel sales manager for Central Eastern Europe. Drawing from a rich experience in 3D printing as an early industry adopter, Milos leads channels sales in CEE region for Formlabs. Prior to joining Formlabs, Milos acted as Business Development manager of Solfins, growing additive manufacturing in Balkan region focusing on helping Engineering industry adopting AM into their workflow. On a professional level, he is driven by turning ideas into reality and exploring boundaries of Additive Manufacturing.

Gesa Shneider

BigRep develops the world’s largest serial production 3D printers. Its award-winning, German engineered machines, including the STUDIO and ONE, are establishing new standards in speed, reliability and efficiency. The company is headquartered in Berlin with offices in Singapore, New York and in Boston. Combining years of experience in sales as well as in channel management, Gesa Schneider is responsible for the partner management in the EMEA region of BigRep GmbH, since the beginning of 2016. In her role she supports BigRep partners in developing and executing the market strategies in order to drive demand for largescale printers within their regions. She developed her interest in 3D printing after she had learned what possibilities are behind this technology. Especially when it comes to design, she is convinced that 3D printing creates new opportunities and goes behind the conventional growth of productivity as it is about producing better and smarter products. Prior to joining BigRep, Gesa Schneider worked for the strategic management company CEB and for the sports company adidas. She gained her Master degree in International Management from the University of Hannover in Germany.

Rumyana Zaharieva

Rumyana Zaharieva has a Master degree in Civil Engineering and holds a PhD from the Artois University, France. Currently she is an Associate Professor at Sofia University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy and gives lecturers on topics like construction materials and building insulation. Her professional and research interest focuses on sustainable development, reuse of construction waste, high-strength concrete, avant-garde construction materials and technologies. In the past 10 years she has been leading 3 successful PhDs and 5 scientific research projects. Based on her experience, she is now an acknowledged consultant and professional in her field of expertise.

Georgi Todorov

Georgi Todorov is a professor at Sofia Technical University. He is the Head of the Virtual engineering center “Professor Iliya Boyadzhiev”, the founder and head of the laboratory “CAD/CAM/CAE in industry” at the Faculty of Industrial Technology. He is also the manager of the 3DCLab – Rapid prototyping and 3D creativity laboratory, at Sofia Tech Park, Research and Development Unit. Prof. PhD G.Todorov takes an additional professional qualification in robotics and numerical methods (1986-1987). He specializes engineering analysis in Staford, England and rapid prototyping/rapid tooling in AOTS, Japan (2003). Prof. Todorov has participated in more than 50 international projects for companies like Chevron (САЩ), Tyco Electronics (САЩ), Sensor Nite (България), Sensata (Холандия), Siguren (Франция), Nexen Lift Truck (Англия), CMS (Италия), Wahler (Германия), LS Yang (Тайван), Deltica (САЩ), Visteon/Johnson Controls (България/Франция), Renault (Франция), VW (Германия) and many others. Currently he is the Dean of the Industrial Technology Faculty at Sofia Technical University. His professional interests cover areas such as 3D technologies, FEM analysis and virtual prototyping, additive (3D print), mechanical and hybrid processing, research, optimization, diagnostics, scanning, metrology, and rapid prototyping and rapid tooling, constructions and systems based on such tooling, as well as others project-based innovative activities. He is one of the pioneers in using and applying 3D technologies in Bulgaria, in 3D printing in particular.

Konstantin Rangelov

Konstantin Rangelov studies Aerospace engineering in TU Delft, The Netherlands. Together with his brother, Svilen, he establishes Dromanics – a company, which specializes in modeling and producing unmanned cargo planes for civil use. The first prototype, called the Black Swan, will be able to fly with 350kg load over 2500km distance. The purpose of the drone is to become the most efficient and cheаp cargo aircraft. Dronamics services will first cover regions such as Asia and Africa. The company’s slogan is “We deliver today!”

Ivan Chavdarov

Ivan Chavdarov got a M.S. degree in mechanical engineering in 1991 from the Technical University of Sofia. He received his Ph.D. in “Robots and manipulators” and became an associate professor in the Institute of Robotics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. In 2017 he became an associate professor in the “Mechatronics, Robotics and Mechanics” department of the University of Sofia, “St. Kliment Ohridski”. His interests include the mechanics and design of mobile and stationary robots. He has 10 patents in the field of mechatronics. He is interested in using a minimalistic approach in robot design and the application of innovative constructions based on 3d printing technology.

Dimitar Slavov

Dimitar Slavov was born in 1969. He achieved his BS and MS degree in laser techniques from the Technical university of Sofia in 1995. Since then he is affiliated in the Institute of Electronics in the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, where in 2001 he obtained his PhD degree in tuneable lasers. Actually, he is working in the domain of high-resolution spectroscopy of alkali metal atoms, building optical set-ups with diode laser sources for spectroscopy applications, actively using 3D printing technology. Currently Dr. Dimitar Slavov is assoc. professor in the Institute of Electronics.

Maria Alexandrova

Maria Alexandrova is innovation project manager at Cleantech Bulgaria. She has extensive experience as a consultant for innovation development and technology transfer, and has managed a number of industry-focused European projects. Since 2016 Maria manages the Climate-KIC Accelerator in Bulgaria and is helping over 20 tech startups to validate their business ideas and enter market. Maria is certified Climate-KIC Innovation promotion manager and coach.

Stamatis Polydoras

Dr. Stamatis Polydoras is a PhD Mechanical Engineer of NTUA. He currently serves at NTUA as Laboratory Teaching Staff of the School of Mechanical Engineering (ME), his scientific field being 3D Printing – Rapid Prototyping & Tooling. Within NTUA’s ME School curriculum he teaches 3D CAD and advanced topics in Mechanical Engineering Design, while at the same time he supports educational, research and other activities of students and researchers in the School’s Rapid Prototyping & Tooling Laboratory, operating as one of its founding members. He is a pioneer of Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing for Greece, being active in this scientific area the last 22 years and he has successfully carried out numerous relevant innovative applications and research projects in the fields of mechanical products and constructions, new product design and development, architecture, survey engineering, paleontology, archaeology – cultural heritage and others.

Adis Muminovic

Adis Muminovic PhD is assistant professor at University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Currently engaged in research in several field of engineering and design: CAD, rapid prototyping, mechanical design, industrial design, product research and development, active magnetic bearings and tribology. Next research project will include research in the field of dimensional tolerances, deviations and fits for parts produced using additive technology.Also, he is founder of CGP Design Team ( and educator in the area of CAD softwares.A fan of science fiction, outer space and mountain biking.

Lilian van Daal

Lilian van Daal (1988), graduated from Industrial Product Design HAN – Arnhem in 2010 and in January 2014 she graduated from the Postgraduate Course Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art – The Hague.Lilian van Daal sees herself as a mediator between the natural and the artificial or designed world. She experiments with innovative technologies and materials in order to create new shapes and structures. With the resulting objects she aspires to provide insights and contribute to more sustainable production methods. She believes in the solutions and inspiration that nature and organic processes offer. Looking at the ordinary from a new perspective, gives way to new possibilities. She converts the experiment to useful connections, collaborations and applications.With her work, she won the Public Award Ontwerp en Innovatieprijs Gelderland, the Volvo Design Challenge 2015 and the Bio Art and Design Award 2016. Her work has been exhibited in Milan, Vienna, Madrid, Peru, Argentine and several places in The Netherlands. In 2017 her work ‘Shapes of Sweden’ has been purchased for the private collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France. Besides her own work, she has worked for Studio Drift, Feiz Design, Bleijh Concept & Design and StudioMOM.

Bostjan Vihar

Boštjan is a Biomimmeticist with a PhD in Biology from RWTH Aachen University. As an undergraduate he focused on studying Animal Physiology and Bionics/biomimmetics. While doing research at the Institute for Cellular and Neurobionics in Aachen he gained experience in various analytical methods and biomaterials. 2014-15 he furthered his skills as a research assistant at the Institute for Biomedical Mechatronics, JKU Linz. Since February 2016 he is head of the biolaboratory at Institute IRNAS, working on open and accessible solutions for biological and biomedical research with a focus on 3D bioprinting.