The Alexander Foundation

The primary goal of the foundation is to promote and support the development of the Bulgarian university education through a number of initiatives including the organisation and sponsorship of conferences.

How to Get into a Top MBA School Workshop

Sofia, 28th Jun 2008

The Event: The MBA degree has been a gateway to a successful career and fruitful life to many young professionals. It is no secret that Bulgarians are among the smartest people in the world, yet many of us are struggling to get into a top MBA program. Many of us simply are not as great at selling ourselves as many Americans and West Europeans are.
No worries, the BG MBA power crew is here to help. Students and alumni from top MBA programs are here to share their success stories. Attend our free workshop and you will have a big leg up over the competition. You can attend in Sofia or via the web from anywhere in the world.

When: Sat June 28 , 6.30 PM Sofia Time = 10AM EST

Where: Sofia, Bulgaria (exact location will be announced shortly)

Where Virtually: Web cast at (conference code will be emailed later)

What you will learn:

  • How to prepare for the GMAT
  • How to choose where to apply
  • How to write your essays
  • How to enhance your work experience
  • How to improve your extracurricular activities
  • Other tips

How to sign up:
If you use facebook please sign up here.
Otherwise please email Valentina at

Format: Presentation 15 min, QA 1 hour, drinks afterwards all night. MBA alumni / students will share their experience with prospective applicants. MBA alumni will be present in SOFIA and will connect from US/London via web interface.

Who: We have assembled an amazing team of several MBA students and alums from top schools.


Theo (da Toshe) Vachovsky – Chicago GSB Class of 2008
Theo is an MBA veteran. He has completed a year at the University of Maryland (Smith) transferred to University of Chicago GSB where he has just finished his MBA. After his MBA Theo will be working as Product Manager for Microsoft division.

Having gone through the admissions process twice Theo has interesting insights. Theo is a co-founder of Aplus.Net , which is one of the top US web hosting companies and was recently sold to a PE fund. Theo is also a founder of a BG group in San Diego and is in charge of BG Euforiya events in San Diego area.

Kalina Blagoeva – Chicago GSB Class of 2010
Kalina is an incoming student to the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. She has worked as Financial Officer at the AUBG Ellieff Center, Financial Manager at Leo Burnett Advertising and Strategy Controller at M-Tel. Kalina has earned her B.A. degree in Business Administration (minor: Applied Economics) at the American University in Bulgaria.

Krassimir Piperkov – Stanford GSB Class of 2008
Krassimir is a second year MBA student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He focuses on entrepreneurship and plans to start a company immediately after graduating in 2009.

Krassimir was born and raised in Sofia, attended the Sofia High School of Mathematics and enrolled in the American University in Bulgaria after serving in the Bulgarian Army for 1.5 years. Soon after he immigrated to the US where he continued his college education at Santa Monica College and later transferred to the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). Upon graduation from UCLA, Krassimir started his professional career at Merrill Lynch’s Investment Banking office in Los Angeles. After 2 years he decided that he needed more experience with operations and corporate strategy and took a job at American Golf Corporation where he reported directly to the CFO, CEO and the President. 3 years later Krassimir was ready to focus on his passion for entrepreneurship and applied to Stanford, Harvard Business School and MIT. He chose Stanford because of the school’s entrepreneurial and collaborative environment.

Krassimir will work this summer at an aviation start-up – ICON Aircraft – which designs, manufactures and sells light sport aircraft. In his spare time, Krassimir enjoys traveling, flying, skydiving and spending time with friends.

Zlatin Ivanov – The Wharton School Class of 2009
Zlatin holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He spent seven years in the online/new media/technology space helping navigate the post-dot-com business environment and New York Magazine grow new revenue streams. He is currently a Summer Associate at Raiffeisen Investment in Sofia and hopes to work in CEE upon graduation.

Assia Stoyanova – MIT Sloan Class of 1996
Assia holds an MS in Computer Technologies from the Technical University, Sofia before she joined MIT Sloan. She has spent 10 years in management consulting. Currently Assia is specializing in business transformation and helping executives lead organizations through business changes.

Bojan Stoyanov – The Wharton School
Bojan is a Director in the Financial Restructuring and Operational Turnaround practice at Huron Consulting Group in the New York office. He combines financial and operational experience of over 15 years on three continents: North America, Europe and Asia. Mr. Stoyanov’s diverse experience includes M&A and public and private financings across a wide array of industries on transactions ranging in size from $4 million to $4 billion. Prior to joining Huron Bojan was a principal at JME/Relativity in charge of ongoing portfolio company (distressed and performing) review and due diligence, prospective investment opportunities analysis and transaction execution.

Mr. Stoyanov couples training in both engineer and finance having earned an MBA from the Wharton School, at the University of Pennsylvania, with a major in Finance after obtaining his M.Sc. (summa cum laude) in Mechanical Engineering (in power and utilities) and a B.Sc. (summa cum laude) in Economics, both from the Technical University in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Bojan lives in Manhattan with his wife, a fine executive consultant, and three children. They enjoy traveling, sailing and skiing as well as listening to classical music. Bojan likes catching and cooking the food he eats as he is an outdoors enthusiast and an avid angler and hunter.

Bojan can be reached at 646 520-0038 or at

This event is a joint endeavor with the Aleksander Foundation, which was founded in 2005 by Academician Alexander G. Petrov, Ph.D., D.Sc., currently Director of the Institute of Solid State Physics, BAS, Sofia and Aleksander A. Petrov, Ph.D, CFA, an alumni of the FEB, Sofia University and currently an Executive Director, Global Real Estate, Lehman Brothers, London.
The primary goal of the foundation is to promote and support the development of the Bulgarian university education through a number of initiatives including the organization and sponsorship of seminars, summer schools and University wide debate forums.