Team

We are Tisho, Anna, Ivaylo, Melanie, Radostyna, and Fabrizio. We come from different backgrounds like business, IT, education, humanities and arts.


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Tisho
Tihomir Georgiev has BA in History and MA in Rhetoric.
Now a freelance trainer of experiential learning programs, coach and youth worker. In the pool of trainers of the Bulgarian NA HRDC since 2014. Tihomir is volunteering since 2004 in: Nature preservation centre in Karlovo; AIESEC Bulgaria; EVS in Hungary; Outward Bound Bulgaria, and other NGOs.
Tihomir utilizes approaches from various fields which he combines in his own unique Heuristic Solutions method (NLP, coaching, systemic work and constellations, mind-body work, outdoor, non-formal education, experiential learning etc.). He is certified NLP Practitioner by Robert Dilts and Judith DeLozier and the NLP Global Training and Consulting Community.
Tihomir is the founder and director of Smokinya Foundation.

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Anna
Anna Sipos is a trainer with a master diploma in Education Management – acquired in Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest. She completed her half a year internship program in Brussels, in the Flemish Ministry of Education where has gained experience in progra tailoring and curriculum development. She is working as a trainer and project designer for more than 6 years, using mainly the method of creative recycling in different areas: personal development, social entrepreneurship, sustainability, arts and design. Anna is trainer and project designer and developer in Smokinya Foundation.


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Ivaylo
Ivaylo Petrov is Bulgarian with a background of IT. Though, he would best describe himself as a former chess player. He tryes to follow his intuition which takes him to variety of domains and unexpected places as Croatia, Russia and Austria. Presently his journey led him to Smokinya foundation.
Ivaylo is an intern at Smokinya Foundation since April 2020. He is working on community building.


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Radostyna
Radostyna comes from Ukraine with a background in linguistics. She is a volunteer in a long-term project financed by European Solidarity Corps called The Balkan Highway – Volunteering project in Bulgaria
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Radostyna arrived for a year in March 2020.


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Melanie
Melanie comes from Germany and is a high school graduate. She is a volunteer in a long-term project financed by Erasmus+ called offLINE – from volunteer towards employed – Volunteering project in Bulgaria. Melanie arrived for a year in September 2019.


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Fabrizio
Fabrizio Gallo is a young entrepreneur, trainer and youth worker. He is from Northern Italy and is part of Smokinya Foundation being on a mobility through Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs. Fabrizio is service design entrepreneur in Smokinya Foundation.


Smokinya Foundation wider circle of support


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Daniel
Daniel Angelkoff feels influenced by many cultures and ideas as a citizen of the world. He loves to learn and also to share his knowledge with other people. His main occupations are connected with project management, entrepreneurship and tour-guiding. Daniel was project administrator at Smokinya Foundation.


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Petia
Petia Chalakova is an international trainer with 6 years of experience in non-formal education. Her specialties are critical and analytical thinking, environmentalism, social advertisement, civic society and social entrepreneurship. Her recent passion is non-verbal communication in horsemanship practices. She has degree in Philosophy and Sociology, Marketing and Advertisement, Semiotic and Linguistic. Petia has PhD in New Media Art Critique and is trainer and project designer in Smokinya Foundation.


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Daniel
Daniel Yordanow is an IT procurement professional with experience in youth work. He is keen supporter of youth and Erasmus+ projects and loves dancing and expression through physical movement. Daniel is AIESEC Bulgaria alumni and currently supports Smokinya Foundation logistically and as a mentor of volunteers.


Smokinya Foundation Board members


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Didy
Detelina Momcheva is a marketing professional with vast experience among markets and industries. She holds a BSc degree in International Economic Relations and an MA in International Cultural Policy and Management. Beside her academic and career development she has been actively involved in various volunteering initiatives and NGOs such as AIESEC, Rotaract and Rotary Clubs, currently a leader in the Duke of Edinburgh International Award. She has successfully developed and managed different projects tackling environmental and social problems, especially ones concerning young people. She is a member of the International Synergy Network since 2014.
Board member of Smokinya Foundation.


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Deny
Denitsa Matova is an experienced professional trainer in a business corporation in Bulgaria since 2010. She has a significant experience in working with youth within AIESEC and also had been an HR expert for a prominent Bulgarian IT recruiting company. She has worked on several volunteering international projects within AIESEC Bulgaria. She is a keen outdoor person, practicing hiking, mountain biking, birdwatching and rock climbing. Denitsa is part of the International Synergy Network since 2007.
Board member of Smokinya Foundation.


Smokinya Foundation Alumni Club


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Mei Ling
Mei Ling is an activist for environmental sustainability and a youth worker. She came from Germany and as a seasoned outdoor expert with keen interest in volunteering, healthy life-style and personal development. She did 2 months internship at Smokinya in 2020 and is a project manager and our German connection.


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Agita
Agita came from Latvia with a background in IT. She was a volunteer in a long-term project financed by Erasmus+ called offLINE – from volunteer towards employed – Volunteering project in Bulgaria. Agita arrived for a year in April 2019, and left in March 2020.


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Kristina
Kristina came from Latvia with a background in journalism. She was a volunteer in a long-term project financed by Erasmus+ called offLINE – from volunteer towards employed – Volunteering project in Bulgaria. Kristina arrived for a year in April 2019, and left in March 2020.


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Ricsi
Ricsi came from Hungary with a background in sociology. He was a volunteer in a long-term project financed by Erasmus+ called offLINE – from volunteer towards employed – Volunteering project in Bulgaria. Ricsi arrived for a year in June 2019, and left in February 2020.


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Polin
Polin Donohoe has background in theatre and psychology. She is passionate about environmentalism, zero-waste and youth projects. Polin was administrative intern at Smokinya Foundation in 2019.


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Vassilena
Vassilena Truncheva was a high school senior graduating in 2020. She was active in several fields whiles studying and was focusing on development of foreign language competences. Vassilena was teaching Bulgarian to Smokinya’s EVS volunteers.


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Carmen
Carmen Rivas came from Spain with a background in social work. She was a volunteer in a long-term project financed by Erasmus+ called iHIGHER – volunteering for youth participation and employability.
Carmen arrived for 12 months in September 2018, and left for home to continue with studies in August 2019.


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Ilze
Ilze Rozenberga came from Latvia with a background in music. She was a volunteer in a long-term project financed by Erasmus+ called iHIGHER – volunteering for youth participation and employability.
Ilze arrived for 12 months in September 2018, and left for home to continue with studies in August 2019.


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Nikoleta
Nikoleta Mihailova was a high school senior graduating in 2019. She is active in several fields whiles studying and is focusing on development of foreign language competences. Nikoleta speaks 4 foreign languages and was teaching Bulgarian to Smokinya’s EVS volunteers.

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