Conference Programme: Speakers

Stirling Smith – International consultant

Professional experience: More than twenty years professional experience in the private and non-governmental sector at international level. Specific experience in trade unions and syndicates their sub structures and relationship with the governmental organizations.

Wide experience of adult education for nearly three decades in many types of organisations including the ILO, trade unions, co-operatives, the corporate sector and NGOs - at international level; project management expertise in several countries, skilled in cross cultural working; a track record in materials development, education, writing, research and evaluation; particular involvement in the promotion of labour standards - particularly the eradication of child labour and forced labour.

Sphere of activities: Corporate social responsibility; Evaluation, Workers’ Education, Co-operation and ILO assignments.

Country experience: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Eritrea, Ghana, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Romania, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uganda, Vietnam.




Stamen Tassev - Executive director, Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum

Professional experience: Ministry of finance – Vice Minister; Ministry of Economy and Energy – Vice consul and commercial representative in Consulate General of Republic Bulgaria in New York, Nuton Financial Management Group – Managing director, KPMG, Barenc Group – Managing director, Senior adviser; Sony Bulgaria – Financial and administrative manager; European Bank for reconstruction and development, London, Great Britain – Consultant; UNICEF Florence, Italy – Consultant; Ministry of finance – Secretary in chief, Director, Senior Expert, Expert, Senior Specialist, Central statistic management – Chief Specialist, Specialist, Junior Specialist.




Petra Schwager - Industrial Development Officer, Environmental Management Branch, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) - ( Cleaner Production Project Manager, Coordinator of UNIDO’s Global Chemical Leasing Programme and UNIDO Focal Point for Sustainable Tourism)

Professional experience: Since 1995 she has been involved in building-up UNIDO’s global Cleaner Production Programme, which currently includes 40 countries. She has managed National Cleaner Production Centres and Programmes in more than 15 countries and developed UNIDO’s Global Chemical Leasing Programme that is currently implemented in 7 countries.

Fostering Public-Private Partnerships and encouraging innovative approaches to sustainable tourism and sound chemicals management in developing and transition countries are additional fields of her work. She studied Economics at the Vienna University of Business Administration and Social Science and Environmental Management at the University of London.

Sphere of activities: Cleaner Production and Environment Management Systems, Chemical Leasing and Sound Chemicals Management, Sustainable Tourism, Integrated Waste Management and Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.

Country experiences: Armenia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, Hungary, Macedonia, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Nicaragua, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.




Dimitar Matev - Vice President of the Balkan Institute of Labor and Social Policy

Professional Experience: Since 2003 and currently is working in the Balkan Institute for Labour and Social Policy. From 2001 – 2003 he has managed “Pre-accession Funds and International Programmes and Projects” Department in Ministry of Labour and Social Policy in Bulgaria. He has more than 15 years professional experience in development, management, monitoring and evaluation of projects, preparation of terms of references, institutional building. He is managing projects related to the employment market, human resource development, social dialogue and preparation of sectorial analysis and social corporate responsibility. He is a lecturer with more than 400 classes in New Bulgarian University.

Sphere of activities: Social Monitoring and Auditing Expert – Social monitoring and auditing in medium and small enterprices of defferent sectors in Bulgaria – textile and tourism, consultant on Corporate social responsibility Project monitoring expert – overall monitoring of projects and programmes in social sphere, education, employment shepere financed by EC, World Bank, UNDP,

Country experience: Albania, Bulgaria, Russia, Slovakia




Martine Combemale, International Consultant, France 

Holder of a Master degree in company auditing and several diplomas in human rights and children's rights, Martine Combemale has more then twenty years experience in the conduct of company audits, as well as the
development and appraisal of monitoring methods and systems. Her experience has included work experience in Africa, Asia, Latin America and all parts of Europe. She is heldind the position of Project Manager,
at Vigeo, the French rating agency. She has also held the position of Auditing Director of the IIECL (Internal Initiative to End Child Labour).

Martine Combemale, who is also co-author of the Que Sais-Je "? Volume on Company Auditing (published in 2005), is and Chairwoman of the "Human Resources Without Borders" association.




Maya Nyagolova - Director of Communications/Public Advocacy Officer with the Bulgarian office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).


As part of her duties she coordinates the work and promotion of the Human Development Report, the Millennium Development Goals Report and the UN Global Compact initiative. She is also responsible for strategic partnerships with media, NGOs, academia, and acts as focal point on Development cooperation and Gender issues.

Maya holds a MA on Journalism (Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski) and a MA on European Affairs (Sofia University, College of Europe, University of Limerick joint programme), and is a graduate of the UNDP Development Academy. She conducted postgraduate specializations at the European Institute for the Media, Manchester, UK and at the College of Europe, Brugges, Belgium. Maya was lecturer on Public Relations and International Organizations (2004-2007) at the UNESCO Chair on Public Relations of the Faculty of Journalism and Communications (Sofia University).

Maya was reporter, editor and member of the editorial boards of the weeklies Debates and 1000 days, and the Bulgarian Diplomatic Review and worked as stringer and correspondent of the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency and the Bulgarian National Radio in Tel Aviv, Israel and in the Hague, the Netherlands. 

In 2000-2002 Maya was Director of the National Film Center within the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture and national representative to the governing boards of the European Audiovisual Observatory, and Eurimages (within the Council of Europe, Strasbourg) and Eureka Audiovisual (in Brussels). 

Member of the Bulgarian Association of University Women, founding member of the national Association Journalists for European Union and member of the International Union of Francophone Media.