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Milin Djalaliev

Co-founder

Experience: 16 years in advertising and branding. 10 years as a manager of Saatchi & Saatchi, agency of the year in both Effectivity (2016, Effie) and Creativity (2017, FARA) as well as 10 years teaching in branding and advertising (NBU, VUZF).

Motivation: The energy of youth. Believes that energy breeds energy.

Interests: All clichés out of a good commercial: likes travelling frequently both physically and mentally, watching football with friends and helping people get together.

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Anthony Christov

Co-founder

Experience: 30 years in Hollywood, of which 18 as an art director for Pixar (Finding Nemo, Wall-e, The Incredibles 2 and many more) as well as 12 years teaching at AAU (Academy of Arts University in San Francisco).

Motivation: “If I do a fraction for Bulgaria of what I and my colleagues in our long careers have done for Hollywood, I would feel accomplished.”

Interests: Loves history, art, films, as well as many different kinds of sports.

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Petya Grigorova

Director of Student Success

Experience: 13 years in the Advertising industry. The first Happiness Manager in Bulgaria.
In Saatchi&Saatchi Sofia she was dedicated to educational programs, internal projects and the happiness of the team. 🙂
Successfully develops the Publicis Groupe Bulgaria internship program, Saatchi Circle, Taalks&Taalks and Advertising and Brand management Master’s program.

Motivation: To help people discover their own way to be successful.

Interests: Sport, travel and exploring.

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Mladen Borisov

Digital Marketing Director

Experience: 14 years in digital marketing, specialising in building communities and memorable experiences across web, social and mobile. 100+ successful digital campaigns for brands like Mika, Danone, Nestle, Carlsberg, Reebok, BNP and many more.

Motivation: Seeing the organization grow which ultimately leads to personal achievement and success.

Interests: Photography, astronomy and nutrition.

Simeon Balabanov 

Program Director of “Game Dev Advanced”

Experience:  A CG professional with over 14 years’ experience, Simeon is one of Chaos Group’s top presenters and master trainers. During the last 8 years, he is heading the development of V-Ray for Unreal.

Motivation: To teach back what I  learned.

Interests: Music and cinema, friends and nature, food and tea.

Borislav Bogdanov

Program Director of “Game Dev Fundamentals”

Experience: 14 years of experience in the Game industry, 8 of which at Ubisoft as Art Director (Assassin’s Creed Liberation), Lead Artist (Ghost Recon Shadow Wars, Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Assassin’s Creed Black Flag) and 3D artist.
Part of the starting team of Snapshot Games as a studio Art Director (Chaos Reborn, Phoenix Point).

Motivation: Creating new opportunities in the Bulgarian game industry and developing new talents.

Interests: Basically cinema and gaming, skiing and cycling, kayaking and traveling. Recently Blockchain gaming.

VIKTORIYA SABCHEVA

Digital Marketing Expert

Experience: Fourth-year student at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski ”with Public Relations. “Digital marketing is an area that offers the opportunity to communicate with many people from whom you draw indispensable experience, and ARC Academy is the intersection of two of my favorite things – video games and education.”

Motivation: She likes to communicate with young and inspiring people who encourage her to develop.

Interests: Ecology, volunteering, cats, board and video games

PHILIP YANKOV

Educational Director

Experience: Philip graduated in Artificial Intelligence with a specialization in Machine Self-Learning at Sofia University. He is currently a PhD student in Multilingual Computer Vision in Groningen, Netherlands. He has over 15 years of experience in various roles in the technology industry – Principal engineer, ML engineer, Team lead, Product Manager, Director, CTO, and others – in companies such as SAP, Microsoft, VMware, Chobolabs (bought from Game Closure), Toptal and others.

Motivation: To help young talents to realize themselves professionally in the field of technology.

Interests: programming, teaching

KRASIMIRA MANASHFI

Program coordinator

Experience: Former student of the first year of the Game Dev program (2019). Worked in various fields and industries in positions aimed at organizing and communicating with people. Volunteer in many organizations for social, environmental, and educational purposes.

Motivation: Progress and change as a driving force, as well as the discovery of new things and views of the world.

Interests: Animation, art, aerial acrobatics, travel, and good food.

SVETOSLAVA KOLEVA

Administration specialist

Experience: Svetoslava studied Non-Formal Education at Sofia University. She has experience as a software tester, as well as in administrative departments directly related to various organizational activities and documentation.

Motivation: Being part of an organization that helps young people find themselves and realize themselves professionally is really inspiring.

Interests: Books, cinema and music, DIY projects and cooking

RALITSA STOYANOVA

Head of content & School Relationships

Experience: 13 years of experience as a journalist in different media – “Capital”, Bulgaria on Air, GoGuide, HiComm, GameIndustry, Unique Estates Life Magazine, and others. Author of the novel – “У-хромозома”, which won third place in the show “The Manuscript” (BNT). Part of the script crew of the tv series “Пътят на честта” (“NOVA TV”). Co-writer of the video game Elea.

Motivation: To tell young talented people about the opportunities offered by the game industry and to give my modest contribution to its development in our country.

Interests: Books, TV series, fashion

ELENA LEVACHKI

Head of Online Programs

Experience: Graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from the Technical University – Sofia and last year in her Master’s degree in the same field. Has 4 years of experience working with direct clients in the game industry as Customer Support. 

Motivation: To help people learn and be successful in their desired field. 

Interests: Music, art and video games of all kinds.

GABRIELA GEORGIEVA

Digital Marketing Intern

Experience: Studying Public Relations at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. She discovered her passion for digital marketing by enrolling in the SoftUni Digital program. Part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award – Silver Level, where she developed her volunteer work on socially significant topics.

Motivation: Development in the field of communications and marketing, meeting motivated and inspiring people along the way.

Interests: Fashion, photography and travel

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