Board

In order to operate professionally and transparently Tulip Foundation is managed by a Board. According to the articles of association, the board consists of a minimum of three and a maximum of seven members who are elected for a term of four years after being assessed for potential conflicts of interest. They accept and defend the values of the Foundation and perform their tasks voluntarily without remuneration, including:


Current Board members: 

Vladimir Kissiov, Chair

Member Sofia City Council (until 2015); Chief Negotiator with the European Union on Bulgaria's EU Accession(2000 - 2001); Secretary of the European Integration Council at the Prime Minister and Chair of the European Integration Committee (2000 - 2001); Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (1999 -2001); Deputy Minister of Industry (1997 - 1998).

Venislav Iotov

Country manager, Colonnade Insurance S.A.
General Manager, AIG Bulgaria & Romania; Investment officer, Bulgarian American Enterprise Fund (1997-1998); Deputy Head of Loan Department at BNP-Dresdner Bank (Bulgaria) AD (1996-1997)

Kalina Zhuleva

Cofounder, Creative Shower
Managing Director, New Moment New Ideas Company (until 2014); American Institute on Psychoanalysis New York (1990 - 1991); Lecturer on psychoanalysis at the Department on Cognitive Sciences at New Bulgarian University (1994 - 1998); Human Recourses Manager and Account Planner S Team Bates Saatchi&Saatchi Bulgaria (2001 - 2003).

Levon Hampartzoumian

Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Chief Executive Officer, UniCredit Bulbank
Honorary Consul of Canada in Sofia, Chair of the Association of the Commercial Banks, Executive Director of Agency for Privatisation, Deputy Minister of Economy.

Vladimir Penkov

Managing Partner, Penkov, Makrov & Partners Attorneys at Law
Member of the Managing Board of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (since 1993); Vice President , Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (1996 – 2006); Member of the Bulgarian National Group with the International Association for Intellectual Property Protection; Member of the Managing Board of BIBA (Bulgarian International Business Association) 

Koos Schouten

CEO of Webfactory Ltd. (since 1998)
President of ASFA (since 1990), Head of recruitment at Skillbrokers International (1995 - 1998), CEO of Ticketman North America (1989 – 1995), VP Sales & Marketing USA of Air London (1982 - 1989) 

Maria Petkova

Coordinator CNFCEE Programme
Consultant WBI, the World Bank Group, Washington DC (2000 – 2001); Programme Coordinator, Open Society Foundation (1997 – 1999); Expert in the Office of the Vice President and Office of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria (1992 – 1997)