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Assoc. Prof. Natalia Futekova

Vice-chairman, Bulgarian Association for Information Technologies (BAIT)

Assoc. Prof. NataliaFutekova has over twenty years of management experience in the field of development, implementation and management of business software of the ERP class. Successfully combines an entrepreneurial career in the field of technology with academic and scientific activity, as well as active participation in educational and other public causes. Her research interests are in the field of development of ERP systems and other business software solutions, business management and implementation of information systems.

Natalia Futekova is the vice-chairman and member of the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian Association for Information Technologies (BAIT). She is actively involved in various initiatives related to supporting education, culture and entrepreneurship. In 2015, Natalia Futekova established ERP Academy – an innovative project involving companies from the ERP sector in Bulgaria, which combine their efforts to bring higher education closer to the actual needs of business and future employees – fully prepared for the job market in the areas of Business Management and IT. In collaboration with the Higher School of Finance and Insurance, they created the postgraduate course “Business Software and ERP Platforms”, which is the first of its kind in Bulgaria. Moreover, they created the first undergraduate course in Europe, “IT Analysis and Business Strategies”.

Assoc. Prof. Natalia Futekova has two bachelor’s degrees – in “Economics of communications” and“Accounting”, a master’s degree from the University of National and World Economy, majoring in “Economics of communications” and a doctoral degree from the same university with a major “Application of Computing in Economics”. In 2016 she received the degree of Associate Professor, and a few months later she was awarded for “Academic Achievements or Leadership” by Junior Chamber International – Bulgaria. The project is part of the world-famous format The Outstanding Young Persons – TOYP (“The Most Outstanding Young Persons”). Natalia Futekova also received a nomination for the international TOYP format.

For 11 years, she was the main assistant in the Department of Information Technologies and Communications, Faculty of Applied Informatics and Statistics at the University of National and World Economy (UNWE). Some of the courses she has taught there include “Management of Customer Relations”, “Systems for Enterprise Resource Management”,“Informatics”,“Human Resource Management in ERP” and “Systems for Management of Customer Relations”.

Assoc. Prof. Natalia Futekova is a co-founder of the Professional Association “Programs for European and National Development”, taking an active part in the chambers “Economic Development and Competitiveness” and “Science and Education.”

She participates in the development and release of European projects aimed at increasing the competencies of university professors and the practical education of students regarding their career development. She is a key expert in the UNWE project“Facing the New Challenges of Contemporary Time: Modern System for CareerDevelopment of the Teaching Committee of UNWE” and a functional expert in the national project “Student Practices”.The latter aims to involve businesses as active participants in planning and analyzing the practical training needs of future staff, as well as in announcing job positions and accepting pupils and students. She was also an expert in information and communication technologies for the project“Cross-Border Implementation of Innovative Cost-Cutting Technologies”, financed by the European TerritorialCooperation Program Greece – Bulgaria 2007-2013.

She is a member of the team for the implementation of the project “Design and Implementation of an Extension in the Functionality and Scope of the Information Systems of the University of National and World Economy”, financed by a subsidy from the state budget.

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