Ivan Dimov – Executive Director
Ivan Dimov is CEO of the Bulgarian Entrepreneurship Center, an organization building a two-way bridge between Silicon Valley and the Bulgarian entrepreneurial ecosystem, and Founder and Chairman of Single Step Foundation, which supports, motivates and empowers young LGBTI people in Bulgaria. His professional career is in the field of finance: as an investment banker and private equity investor in New York and Sydney, Australia (Credit Suisse, Gramercy Communications Partners, Lazard) in the media, telecommunications and technology sectors. Ivan is also the former Chairman of the Board of Net Info. Ivan is a keen marathon runner, CrossFitter and world traveler.
Dilian Popov – Education Director
Dilian Popov has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, investor and consultant in Europe and the USA. He worked in or co-founded several startups in the financial field (derivatives, Investment, insurance, commercial and residential loans, FOREX), international trades and ICT (Information and Communication Technologies), including BPO, CRMs, private, public and hybrid cloud, IaaS, SaaS, IoT, Telecom integrator, call centers and internet marketing fields. Currently he is involved in ICT and business development consulting. In addition, he supports the development of the Entrepreneurial ecosystem in Varna and in Bulgaria as a whole, by leading the MOBI (My Own Business Institute) and MiE (Master in Entrepreneurship) education programs of BEC (Bulgarian Entrepreneurship Center). He is a startup and Eco system activist with a passion for social projects. Dilian holds an MBA from Babson and an MsF from the UNWE, Sofia.
Lili O’Reilly – Marketing Director
Lilly O’Reilly is a renowned Bulgarian musician, journalist and promoter. For more than 20 years she has been playing country and bluegrass music with her band Lilly of the West, releasing 10 albums and touring throughout Bulgaria, Europe and the US. For more than 15 years, Lilly has been presenting American music (country, bluegrass, swing, blues, rock and roll) on Bulgarian national radio and TV, hosting her own show “In the mood with Lilly”. She is the author of the book “In the mood with Lilly – 50 music themes”, an encyclopedia on the history of popular music. Lilly has received training and experience while working for the BBC in London and as a Fulbright Scholar at the universities of Kentucky and Tennessee. Lilly has established herself also as a successful promoter and festival director. She has organized Bulgaria’s first country and western gathering “Country West Fest” in Bankya in 2012 and the first international festival, dedicated to acoustic music and poetry, “Sofia Singer Songwriter Fest”. Lilly has graduated the Vienna University of Economics in 1994 and has worked for several years in finance (Arthur Andersen, Ministry of Finance), tourism (Balkantourist, Tourist Information and Reservations, Ministry of Tourism) and European Union programs (PHARE & SAPART). She speaks English, German, Russian and French. Since 2014 she has been the representative of the American foundation “InterCulture” in Bulgaria, managing several projects in the field of music, archaeology, medicine, IT, entrepreneurship and social services.