Management board

prof. Nikolai Mihailov



Professor Nikolay Mihaylov, Ph.D. Eng. is a Chairman of the Board of Directors of “Trace Group Hold” PLC and majority shareholder of the company. He is Head of “Road “(UACEG).
Nikolay Mihaylov was born on 3 November, 1955 in Madretz, Stara Zagora County. After he graduated from „Lubor Bayer“ Professional high school of civil engineering in Stara Zagora, he continued his education in the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (UACG) with subject “Road Construction” – “Design and construction of Roads and Highways”. He received additional management qualifications from the University of Economics – Varna and from the Austrian Chamber of Commerce.
His professional career started from the General Roads Administration – Stara Zagora, where he held positions of specialist, head of design department and chief engineer. Between 1993 to 2002, he was Executive Director of “PSI” – Stara Zagora. In 1998 he took the lead of “Holding Company Roads” PLC as Chairman of its Supervisory Board. From 2003 to present he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of “Trace Group Hold” PLC.
Professor Nikolay Mihaylov, Ph.D. Eng. is a Chairman of the Bulgarian forum of transport infrastructure, member of the Bulgarian Branch Association Road Safety, member of the Bulgarian Construction Chamber and member of the Bulgarian Branch Chamber Roads. He is also Assistant Chairman of the „Investment Projects and Infrastructure“ Committee to the Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria. Professor Nikolay Mihaylov, Ph.D. Eng. is a Chairman of the Managing Board of “Trace for people” foundation, member of the Managing Board of „Atanas Burov“ foundation, member of he Board of Trustees of “Krastyo Sarafov” National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts and member of the Board of Trustees of Trakia University – Stara Zagora.
Professor Nikolay Mihaylov, Ph.D. Eng. was award winner of “Burov Prize” for industrial management in 2012. He was awarded the Russian Order of „Prometheus“ for outstanding contribution to science and education. He was distinguished with the Prize of the Federation of Highway Engineers – „Engineer of the Year 2012“.
Nikolay Mihaylov is married with three sons and one daughter.

acad. Stefan Vodenicharov



Acad. Stefan Vodenicharov is the chairman of the Bulgarian Academy of Science. He is also the director of the Institute of Metal Science, Equipment and Technologies “Acad. Angel Balevski” at BAS Sofia.
Mr. Vodenitcharov graduated from the Technical University with a major in Mechanical Engineer.
In 1998 he received the title: “Doctor of Technical Sciences” and in 2012 he was elected as “Academician”.
Acad. Stefan Vodenitcharov is the head of the following: 207 projects and contracts under programs of the EU, NATO and the International Atomic Energy Agency; contracts with the Bulgarian governmental and business organisations (The Ministry of Defense, The Ministry of Interior, The Ministry of Education, The Agency for Atomic Regulation and Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant).
He is an active participant in National and International bodies such as: The Board of Education and Science of the President of Republic of Bulgaria; Commission of Nuclear Safety at the Nuclear Regulatory Agency; The Training centre of NPP „Kozloduy“; Evaluator III and IV EU Framework Programmes; Expert of the International Atomic Energy Agency; A representative of Bulgaria in the activities of NATO.
Acad. Vodenitcharov was awarded the honorary sign “Marin Drinov” for outstanding contribution to the Bulgarian Academy of Science. He has been listed in the “ Golden Book of Inventors “of the Patent Office. He has also been awarded the honorary title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Technical University in Varna. Acad. Vodenitcharov has been also given the “Honorary Badge” by the Ministry of Economy for his contribution as an inventor and with a plaque by the Minister of Defense for his contribution. He is also the winner of the Grand Prize of the Bulgarian Industrial Association for inventing a series of high-tech products ensuring national security.
Acad. Stefan Vodenitcharov is a member of the American Society of Metallurgy; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; American Society for Testing of Materials and Aerospace and Defense Industries Association of Europe.

acad. Anton Donchev



Acad. Anton Donchev is a world known writer who writes mostly historical works.
His first independent novel „Story of the time of Samuel“ was published in 1961. The novel was awarded best novel of the year by the Union of Bulgarian Writers. The book has been republished 12 times and more than 500,000 copies have been sold.
His second book „Time of Parting“ written in just 45 days still remains the most famous Bulgarian novel in world literature. It has been translated into 30 languages with a circulation of 2 million copies. During the 70’s – shortly after the premiere of „Time of Parting“ in the United States, the book has been included as a part of the Slavic faculties curriculums at universities worldwide. The book was also nominated for best historical novel in America. In 1987 the novel was brought to the screen by the director Lyudmil Staykov.
The publishing house “Zahari Stoyanov“ publishes collected essays of Anton Donchev from which 12 volumes have been already released.
Acad. Anton Donchev has established two scholarships called „Time of Parting“ for students from the Rhodopes Mountains who are studying history and Bulgarian literature. The international foundation “St. St. Cyril and Methodius” is responsible for giving the scholarships out.
Since 2003, he is academician of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Acad. Donchev was awarded the prize for Balkan literature „Balkanika“, he is also honered with the order of merit – „Stara Planina“ and the order of merit „Sv. St. Cyril and Methodius „. Moreover, he won the“ Grand Prize for literature “ – the National Literature Prize“ Yordan Yovkov „and others.

Vladislav Slavov



Vladislav Slavov is the President of the Union of Jurists in Bulgaria.
He graduated from the faculty of law at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. Vladislav Slavov specialised in the fields of securities and judicial control, tax and administrative justice, judicial administration and court technologies in the US. He also studied Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in the Netherlands.
Judge Slavov began his professional career as a trainee judge in Sofia City Court. His legal career continued as jurisconsult and later on he became a senior jurisconsult within a geology research company.
From 1981 to 1987 he worked as a chief jurisconsult in the Ministry of Metallurgy. In the meantime he was also an arbitrator and head of the Internal Economic Departmental Arbitration.
In 1987 he became an arbitrator at the Supreme State Arbitration. He was also as follows: Member of the Supreme Judicial Council from the quota of the National Assembly from 1991 to 1994; Prosecutor and Deputy Chief Prosecutor at the Main Prosecutor’s office from 1991 to 1996.
He was the first Chairman of the Supreme Administrative Court from 1996 to 2003. He is also a judge at the Constitutional Court since 2003.
Mr. Slavov is the founder of the association “Legal Initiative for Training and Development”. The latter lies in the basis for the later on established National Institute of Justice and The Training Centre for lawyers – Kr. Conchev”.
Due to Mr. Slavov’s active participation, two projects have been accomplished – improvement of the administrative jurisdiction and the creation of regional administrative courts. These projects have been funded by UNDP, the British Embassy and Phare.

Stefka Kostadinova



Stefka Kostadinova is the only Bulgarian with an „Oscar“ in the world of sports alongside with names such as Senna, Maradona, Pelé, Carl Lewis and Mike Tyson.
She is a Bulgarian athlete and a high jump competitor. She graduated from the sports school in her home town Plovdiv and became Master of Sports when she was only 14 years old. Her first coach was called Enyo Todorov and on 25th of August 1984, in Sofia, Stefka Kostadinova jumped over 2 meters for the first time. Afterwards she managed to jumped over 2 meters another 197 times participating in 130 competitions. Her coach at that time was Nikolay Petrov.
On the 30th of August 1987, Stefka Kostadinova won a world title and set a world record of 209 cm, which has not yet been improved. An year later at the Olympics in Seoul she got the silver medal.
Stefka Kostadinova is a twice outdoors world champion in “Rome ’87“ and „Gothenburg ’95.“ Moreover, she has also won five titles from indoors world competitions and four gold medals from European competitions. She is also a winner in the final of the World Cup “ Canberra ’85 .“
Stefka Kostadinova won her dream Olympic title in Atlanta in 1996, jumping 205 centimeters. In 1999 she retired from competing. Later on she was consecutively in the following positions: Vice President of the Bulgarian Athletics Federation, Deputy Chairwoman of the State Agency for Youth and Sports and a Deputy Minister of Sport. Since November 2005 she is the Chairwoman of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee.
Stefka Kostadinova has graduated from the Plovdiv University – “Paisius of Hilendar” with a major in Sports Education.
Four times, she was awarded the title – number one Athlete in Bulgaria in 1985, 1987, 1995 and 1996. Moreover, she won the title of Best Athlete of the Balkans, five times – in 1985, 1987, 1995, 1996 and 1997. She has also been awarded the order of merit – „Stara Planina“, first degree for her outstanding contribution to Bulgaria.

Desislava Lyubenova



Desislava Lyubenova is the founder and executive director of the hospital for active treatment “Spinal Centre”. She graduated from the University of National and World Economy with two majors in Economics and Human Resource Management Theory and in Methodology of Mass Information. She specialised in London at several international consulting firms such as KPMG, Ernst & Young and D. G. Jones & Partners. She has participated in a know-how exchange and technical expertise between Bulgarian and Greek consulting firms. She also specialised in capital markets and management in the US. She is a licensed appraiser of the Privatisation Agency.
Mrs Lyubenova commenced her professional career in 1991 as a coordinator at „Mack 89“ LTD. In 1992 she became a consultant at „Mac Consult Ltd“, and later on was promoted to a manager and partner in the firm. From 1996 to 2006 she was the executive director of „Roads Holding Company“ JSC. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the following companies: “ Moststroi-Engineering “ SA – Sofia, „Pytnostroitelna tehnika“ AD – Sofia, „Burgas Road Construction“ JSC – Burgas.
She is a member of the Managing Board of the Association of Industrial Capital in Bulgaria, also a member of the Managing Board of the Bulgarian Industrial Association and the Supervisory Board of the National Institute for Conciliation and Arbitration, and a member of the Board of the Social Investment Fund.
Desislava Lyubenova was awarded „Young Manager“ in 2001 by the foundation „Eureka“.