Ivo Konstantinov is the Head of AmCham Bulgaria Office in Washington D.C.

Ivo Konstantinov is the new Head of the AmCham Bulgaria Office in Washington D.C., who was appointed by the AmCham Board to develop the commercial relationships between Bulgaria and the United States, to promote Bulgaria as strategic partner to America in several industries, such as energy, digital economy, healthcare, defense, infrastructure, grow the trade and investment, and others.

Inauguration and activities so far

The office was officially inaugurated on May 10th, 2022, at a reception at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C. The event was part of the AmChams in Europe U.S. Summit 2022, thus was attended by Olivier Marquette, President, Petar T. Ivanov, CEO, Omourtag Petkov, Board Member and Chair of Rule of Law Committee of the chamber. On behalf of the AmChams in Europe (ACE) we had Susan Danger, CEO of ACE, and CEO of AmChamEU; Ajsa Vodnik, ACE Vice President and CEO of AmCham Slovenia. Then the Bulgarian delegation was greeted by Marjorie Chorlins, Senior Vice President, European Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director, U.S.-UK Business Council too.

On June 14th, 2022, Minister of Innovations and Growth of Bulgaria Daniel Lorer took part at a round table in Washington, DC with representatives of American business, the U.S. Trade Department, R&D units of the National Science Foundation, as well as of The Johns Hopkins University and of The University of Central Florida. Daniel Lorer presented the investment opportunities in Bulgaria

Goals

The office will serve as a focal point of contact between American businesses which aim to expand their operations in Bulgaria and vice-versa – will guide Bulgarian companies that plan to probe the American market.

“The opening of AmCham’s office in Washington DC is a well-thought decision of our Board. In fact, it marks another significant milestone in our contribution to the development of the Bulgarian American business relations. Attracting such highly qualified professional such as Ivo Konstantinov makes a difference of our “AmCham harbor” in the capital of the USA,” pointed out Olivier Marquette, AmCham Bulgaria President.

“It is my pleasure to accept the AmCham offer and to continue to contribute to the bilateral relationship between Bulgaria and the United States. I see some huge potential in the field of operations of our D.C. office. Also, I welcome any support or will of cooperation from the Bulgarian and American authorities that aim at growing trade and investment between our two nations,” said Ivo Konstantinov.

Address

The address of the AmCham Bulgaria office in Washington D.C. is: 1450 G Street NW, Washington, DC, 20005, USA. It can be reached at [email protected] and at +1 202 696 0222.

About Ivo Konstantinov

Mr. Ivo Konstantinov was the Economic Counsellor and Trade Attaché of the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington D.C. between 2015 and 2022. During his tenure he held the rank of Counsellor in his capacity as Head of the Economic Section there.

His main areas of operation are centred on imports-exports and trade facilitation, investment promotion, IT cooperation enhancement, agricultural development, R&D outsourcing and exchange, technology transfers, tourism promotion, travel and transportation and new business development between the U.S.A. and Bulgaria.

Mr. Konstantinov was formerly CEO and General Manager for Business Development and Innovation at the Austrian Federal Railway (OBB)’s subsidiary in Bulgaria, Express-Interfracht, the Commercial Director at Sofia-Yana Container and Intermodal Terminal, Commercial Director at Rail port Arad in Romania – the Transylvania Container Terminal, as part of his service as Regional sales representative for Romania and Bulgaria at the multinational ports and logistics operator Luka Koper from Slovenia. He was instrumental in the establishment of some of the first private railway freight carriers and container terminals in CEE.

Mr. Konstantinov was also Foreign Trade Manager at Ekoin – commodity trade, imports and exports from Koper, Slovenia, where he designed and built the first plastics recycling plant in this Aline country, diverting 1,200 tons a plastic waste a month turning them into valuable commodities.

He is fluent in English, Slovenian, Serbo-Croatian, and Romanian and has good command and experience in Spanish and Italian, having lived in five different European countries in the last fifteen years.