Alexander is Director of Vitosha Research (since 2000) and Director of Research at the Center for the Study of Democracy (since 1993). Since 1991 he has participated in the design and implementation of a number of social and market research projects in the fields of social and economic behaviour, social justice, corruption and organized crime, crime victimization, supported by UNDP, the World Bank, USAID and the European Commission. The more important long term projects include the Corruption Monitoring System, National Crime Survey, Survey of the Hidden Economy, Eurobarometer and Flash Eurobarometer Surveys in Bulgaria.
Alexander is Professor at the University of National and World Economy Sofia, teaching Social Stratification and Mobility, Data Processing and Analysis with SPSS.
Ruslan is Director of the Economic Program at the Center for the Study of Democracy. He works on various projects in the areas of anti-corruption, informal economy and governance, knowledge economy and innovation. He has been engaged in research on undeclared work in Central and Eastern Europe, knowledge economy assessment and national innovation systems. Since 2002 he has been the project manager of the Informal Economy Group at CSD, which comprises of 12 researchers and representatives of the public administration, including Customs Agency, National Social Security Institute, National Revenue Agency, National Audit Office, etc. He is one of the local contact points for the Commission’s missions on Bulgaria’s progress on fighting corruption and organized crime under the cooperation and verification mechanism. He has been regular participant and contributor to the DG Employment conferences and seminars on undeclared work since 2003, including on related migration issues, which involves knowledge on the interaction between border police and customs at EU external borders. Ruslan is a member of the team of experts preparing the annual Economic Report to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria. He is also the author of the informal economy section of the annual CSD Corruption Monitoring Report. Ruslan is country correspondent of ERAWATCH for Bulgaria and he is in charge of the annual analytical report Innovation.bg. He has also participated in the elaboration of the Regional Innovation Strategy for the South-West region of Bulgaria, Annual Reports on the Bulgarian National Innovation Policy 2006 and 2007, commissioned by the Ministry of Economy and Energy, country report Strategic Evaluation on Innovation and the knowledge-based economy in relation to the Structural and Cohesion Funds, for the programming period 2007 – 2013, under contract with DG Regional Policy, as well as the ERAWATCH Country Reports on Bulgaria. Ruslan is also responsible for media presentations of CSD economic research and projects.
Rositsa is an early-staged researcher seconded to the University of Sheffield during the first year of the project. She conducts research on the informal economy in Bulgaria and Macedonia, as well evaluations of specific measures to tackle undeclared work. Rositsa is an analyst on criminological and policy issues at the Security Program of the Center for the Study of Democracy. Her work at CSD is related to crime, corruption, informal and underground economic sectors, asset forfeiture, border security and home affairs policy issues. She carried out research, data collection and analysis within key EU-funded projects in the area of justice and home affairs.
Previously she worked as an Associate Consultant at the business risk consultancy Control Risks in Berlin and London. She was part of the Corporate Investigations team, where she was involved in delivering corruption and compliance audits, fraud investigations, integrity due diligence, asset tracing and litigation support to clients operating in South-eastern Europe and the German-speaking countries. In 2010 she also worked within the political risk analysis team of Control Risks, where she provided daily forecasts and in-depth risk assessments on political stability, corruption, state capture, organized crime, security and terrorism risks in the Balkan region. Rositsa studied Political Science at the Freie Universität of Berlin. She is currently undertaking a Master’s degree in Social Research at the University of Sheffield.
Alexander works as Senior Researcher at Vitosha Research since 2009. His main responsibilities are data processing, statistical analyses and CATI systems. He graduated in Computer Systems and Technologies from the Technical University of Sofia. His Master’s Degree is in Cognitive Science (neural networks modelling of perceptual learning). He has worked on different scientific and applied research projects involving connectionist modelling, eye tracking, perceptual learning, e-learning, psycholinguistics, the study of perception and dyslexia.
Alexander participated as a researcher in the Eye-to-IT project, which was part of the Future and Emergent Technologies (FET) programme under the 6th Research Framework of the EU. Furthermore, Alexander participated in the international project Perceptual Learning – a research fellowship between the New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria) and the Indiana University (USA).
Martin is Analyst at the Economic Program of the Center for the Study of Democracy. Martin’s work at CSD covers macroeconomic competitiveness, financial flow analysis, energy security, green energy economics, hidden economy and anti-corruption. He began his career as a Research Assistant at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington, D.C., USA where he developed first-draft policy reports included in the quarterly publication of “A Report of the Global Dialogue between the European Union and the United States”.
Prior to joining CSD Martin worked as Research Analyst at Grisons Peak in London (boutique M&A investment bank) where he was responsible for designing the quarterly research publication “China Outbound Investments” by collecting information on M&A/equity and non-equity Chinese outbound investments (including intergovernmental trade agreements and bank loans) and writing the quarterly report documents. He also prepared macroeconomic newsletter materials for proprietary research clients on key macroeconomic trends and developments in the Central and East Europe (CEE) region. Martin holds an MSc in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the Whittier College, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Nadejda is an Analyst at the Economic Program of the Center for the Study of Democracy. Her work focuses on energy security and energy efficiency, analysis of macroeconomic competitiveness and innovation policies.
Before joining CSD, Nadejda worked at the Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia, where she contributed to negotiations on migration and human rights policies with the local government. While she was a student, she worked as an intern at the Directorate for Coordination of European Union Affairs within the administration of the Council of Ministers of Bulgaria, as well as at UNICEF’s country office in Sofia. Nadejda holds an MSc in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics, as well as a BA in International Relations and Contemporary European Studies from the University of Sussex.