Christophe Coutat
Founder and Managing Director
Christophe founded Advent Group in April 2004. Having obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from La Sorbonne and a Masters in Marketing from CNAM in Paris, he gained experience in Communications before joining the top international media agency Publicis. Christophe’s perseverance and caring attitude led to a series of promotions in Sales Management of the Publicis agency specialised in Human Resources. He is the constant source of innovative ideas within Advent’s management team, and he leads with passion, attention to detail, and understanding of people. Had he not become an entrepreneur, he would have liked to write novels and challenge Novak Djokovitch on a tennis court.
Krasimira Antonova
Business Unit Director – Higher Education Events
Born and raised at the Bulgarian seaside, Krasimira spent over six years studying and working in France. After receiving her diploma in Media & Communications from Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, she completed a Masters in International Relations and Affairs in Strasbourg. She gained vast experience in media, marketing, public relations, and event management in various marketing and media agencies in both Bulgaria and France before joining Advent Group in 2010. Krasimira demonstrates great perseverance and a hardworking attitude while building and expanding the company’s business education events around the world.
Mariya Toneva
Higher Education Events Global Director
Mariya has a Bachelor’s degree in Logistics from the University of National and World Economy and a Master’s degree in Marketing from New Bulgarian University in Sofia. Before joining Advent Group in 2013 as an international project manager, she gained vast experience working with clients from diverse industry sectors, with a variety of transportation and logistics needs. Mariya’s ability to work in a dynamic, fast-changing environment is a key factor in her current role as Global Director of Higher Education Events in which she oversees the impeccable organisation of Advent Group’s One-to-One format.
Kremena Dimitrova
Business Unit Director – Corporate and Executive Education Services
Kremena joined Advent Group with extensive logistics experience, a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism and a Master’s in Marketing. She quickly progressed to events project management roles for two of the company flagship brands – the global Access MBA and Access Masters tours. Growing to become a project development director, she has successfully launched PrepAdviser, a global online preparation network for MBA and Master’s applicants. In 2016, Kremena took charge of the then new MERIT Summit for corporate learning and executive education. Her excellent project management skills and can-do attitude enable her to rise to the challenge of coordinating the company’s Corporate and Executive Education pole.
Kalin Yanev
Business Unit Director – Student Marketing Services
Kalin’s educational and professional background in Psychology, in addition to a strong eye for detail, helps him to perfectly assess candidate profiles and direct them to the right MBA or Masters programme. After joining Advent Group in 2011, he quickly took on the responsibility of managing our team of Candidate Relations experts. Today he takes charge of projects that use content and data to help students prepare for their admission to graduate and business school. Appreciated for his witty outlook on life, Kalin’s sense of humour never fails to put a smile on his colleagues’ faces.
Kalina Krasteva
Account Director
Kalina has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and a Masters degree in Finance from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia. She joined Advent Group in 2010 after gaining extensive experience in advertising sales and brand management in Bulgaria. Kalina’s creative and entrepreneurial spirit has encouraged and guided the development of many of Advent Group’s event sales and media products over the years. She is valued by her team for her accountability, client-orientation, and leadership, and her persistence and hardworking attitude are great assets to the company.
Carolyn Gonglefski
Business Unit Director – Higher Education Marketing
Carolyn studied in Washington D.C. and Paris, France for her Bachelor’s degree and then obtained her M.A. in Media Ecology from New York University. She also worked for the university in both New York and Paris, where she organised the academic and cultural activities at NYU in France. She led Advent’s Communication and Events team for 7 years before creating the company’s Marketing Department in 2015. Her strong leadership, mastery of digital marketing, and love for coherence have been important elements for the steady growth of the company.
Veronika Georgieva
Candidate Relations Director
With a Master’s Degree in English Language and Literature from Sofia University, Veronika had 10 years of experience in hospitality and tourism before she joined Advent Group in 2014. She also was experienced in marketing and event management, which helped her quickly adapt to the core of Advent’s business. Veronika now leads the Candidate Relations Department and applies a perfect mix of project and people management to everything she does.
Iva Angelova
Human Resources & Finance Director
Iva has a Bachelor’s degree in Bulgarian Philology and Master degree in Psychology with a focus on organizational behavior and human resources management. Iva is a well-rounded specialist with more than 9 years of progressive experience in the field of financial, administrative, and human resource management as well as in the field of organizational consulting. Her focus and passion within her area of work lie in areas such as Organizational Effectiveness and corresponding personnel matters, such as developing and managing the necessary competencies and strategic personnel planning.
Lachezar Tsepov
Director IT & Digital Product Management
Lachezar has more than 18 years of experience in IT project management, digital product development, and internet marketing. He has quite an unusual educational background for the position, which includes a Masters and a PhD degree in History from Sofia University and a Masters degree in European Studies from University of Nancy 2. Lachezar never forgets that the people are the real power behind technology which helps him to implement ergonomic and easy-to-use IT solutions. Having combined qualities of a long distance runner (two Marathons under 3h30 so far) and a sprinter (100m under 13s) he is able to keep the right balance between short and long term company goals.
Raya Kanazireva
Marketing and Communication Director
Raya holds a PhD in Social Management and an MBA from Sofia University as well as a BA in Business Administration from the American University in Bulgaria. She brings over 10 years of management experience within the IT, telecom, advertising, and financial industries. Having lead marketing, project management, and product development teams gave Raya a head start when she joined Advent Group in 2018 as a Marketing and Communications Director. The unique blend of her challenger mindset and creative spirit adds to the innovation energy of the company.