OUR TEAM

We have a dedicated team of writers, editors, and photographers who are passionate about Bulgaria and sharing the wonders within. Equally as passionate and hardworking are our developers, marketers, designers, business developers, legal advisors, and producers. As Open Bulgaria expands to other cities; to provide a wider-reaching and authentic array of articles, we too need to expand the team. So, wherever you are, whatever your love and capability, you’re welcome to join us. Open Bulgaria is a unique place to work, as we are one big international family supporting each other.

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Giuseppe Di Benedetto

Founder

Giuseppe Di Benedetto

Giuseppe is a social entrepreneur and community manager who is committed to creating the largest online platform for internationals who have chosen Bulgaria. His goal is to contribute to a multicultural, inclusive, and open Bulgaria.

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Anastasiia Dehtiarova

Co-founder, Marketing & Partnership Director

Anastasiia Dehtiarova

Anastasiia is one of the Co-founders and also the Marketing and Partnerships Director. Her experience lies in marketing and helping multicultural communities grow. Ana is passionate about personal development and business leadership.

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Hamid Reza Darabi

Cyber Security & Backend Developer

Hamid Reza Darabi

Hamid is from Iran and is a Backend Developer, he also looks after Cyber Security. His background is in programming and network security, for which he has 15 years of experience. 

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Afif Hosseini

Web Designer & Frontend Developer

Afif Hosseini

Afif is originally from Iran and is a Web Designer and Frontend Developer. She did her Master’s in IT in Iran and has worked in IT Management and Web Design. 

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Aleksandrs Eniņš

Tech Team Lead

Aleksandrs Eniņš

Aleksandrs is the Tech Team Lead and was born in Latvia. He studied IT at the Technical College in Riga and worked in DevOps for five years. His passion is cooking, and he came to Bulgaria in 2019 to help find himself.

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Scott Green

Editor in Chief & Web Content Manager

Scott Green

Scott is from Australia, he has six years of experience in the Construction Industry, and served as a Rescue Services Operator for seven years. He’s now studying Philosophy at Sofia University. History and travel are some of his passions.

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Bozhidar Ivanov

Marketing & Social Media Manager

Bozhidar Ivanov

Originally from Bulgaria, Bozhidar is the Marketing and Social Media Manager. He studied Marketing in the UK and began working with small publishers in Europe, helping them reach a wider audience. He enjoys writing and quirky literature.

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Agita Jaunzeme

Lead Project Manager

Agita Jaunzeme

Agita is the Lead Project Manager at Open Bulgaria. Her experience ranges from corporate IT projects in Latvia and Germany to managing startups in Bulgaria. Agita can drive a project from concept to a functioning and successful business.

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Manuel Gajo

Co-Founder

Manuel Gajo

Manuel hails from a small town in Italy and is the Technical Co-founder of Open Bulgaria. He studied IT and Business and has over 10 years of professional experience. His passion in life is to bring more love and kindness into the world.

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Andrea Vushkova

Content Writer & Editor

Andrea Vushkova

Andrea was born in Sofia and is a Content Writer and Editor. She has a Master’s Degree in Health Psychology from Sofia University. She loves art and traveling; she’s also curious about meeting new people and their native culture.

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Adriana Cigasova

Team Manager

Adriana Cigasova

Adriana is from Slovakia, has a Master’s Degree in Corporate Financial Management, and three years of experience as a Reporting Analyst. She likes exploring in all its forms, whether it’s in a new country, culture, or experience.

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Gabriella Permaul

Team Manager

Gabriella Permaul

Gabriella is the Team Manager and hails from Bulgaria, although she has lived in France and England. She enjoys talking with different people from different backgrounds with diverse goal orientations.

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Marta Valverde

Events Officer & Content Writer

Marta Valverde

Marta joins us from Tenerife, Spain. She has been in Bulgaria since the beginning of 2020. She is a Journalist and loves nature, yoga, cats, food, and meeting new people and their cultures.

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Anna Kerezsi

Content Writer

Anna Kerezsi

Anna was born in Budapest and is a Content Writer. She has a Master’s in Early Childhood Psychology and has worked as a Primary School Teacher. Anna loves singing, traveling, videography, and learning languages.

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Claudia Pecoraro

Content Writer

Claudia Pecoraro

Claudia hails from Italy and is one of the Content Writers. She studied Chemistry at the University of Bologna and worked as a researcher at a university in Spain. She is passionate about writing and foreign cultures.

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Ilias Latropoulos

Photographer & Events Organizer

Ilias Latropoulos

Ilias was born in Greece and is a Photographer and Events Organizer. He studied Culture and Humanities and has been working as a freelance photographer for many years. He's passionate about visual communication & international hubs

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Pierre Chesneau

Photographer/Videographer

Pierre Chesneau

Pierre arrived in Sofia at the beginning of 2020. He has built a business here in the visual representation for the marketing domain (photo/video production). He has been helping Open Bulgaria with projects and consultation.

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Nikolay Mihaylov

Designer and Business Developer

Nikolay Mihaylov

Nikolay is an artist, film director, and producer, currently working on the first book of a series “A Story of Wonder”, based on real-life metal sculptures. In Open Bulgaria, he helps with rebranding, web design, and business development.

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Istvan Bus

Content Writer

Istvan Bus

Istvan is a Content Writer and hails from Hungary. He is a Foreign Language Graduate and has worked in finance for a decade. He’s an anthropologist at heart and immerses himself in social causes and questions surrounding them.

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Kalda Tsiklauri

Social Media Assistant

Kalda Tsiklauri

Kalda is the Social Media Manager and comes from Georgia. She has a degree in Business Administration, as well as a Sommelier Diploma. She likes to try different occupations and is always ready and willing to face new challenges.

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Zhanet Stamatova

Photographer

Zhanet Stamatova

Zhanet was born in Bulgaria and is a Photographer. She completed her Master’s in Creative Industries in London and has worked at various film festivals, screenings, and ad campaigns. She is passionate about her work and languages.

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Denitsa Dimitrova

Content Writer

Denitsa Dimitrova

Denitsa is a Content Writer, and she was born in Bulgaria. She studied Criminology in Ireland, Hatha Yoga with Isha Foundation in India, and is a professionally trained actress. She is passionate about mindfulness and human empowerment.

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Hristina Hristova

Web Designer

Hristina Hristova

Hristina is a Web Designer, Illustrator, and optimist. Her design career is all about creating user-friendly visuals, interfaces, and illustrations. She is passionate about everything that’s connected to visual communication.

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Denica Yotova

Content Writer

Denica Yotova

Born in Bulgaria, but now based in Berlin. Denica is passionate about helping foreigners feel more at home in her country. In her free time, she loves yoga, meditation, nature walks, studying foreign languages, and meeting new people.

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Kristina Petkova

Content Writer

Kristina Petkova

Kristina is one of our local content writers and is doing her Ph.D in International Economic Relations. She has worked in state administration and the youth NGO field. Personal development, meditation, and travel are among her passions.

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Assia Severova

Designer & Marketing Assistant

Assia Severova

Assia assists with design & marketing, she graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and is now a Freelance Digital Marketing Specialist & Consultant. Assia loves socializing & networking, coffee, traveling & books