BABC is dedicated to advancing members' trade and business activities through developing business opportunities, making business contacts, and facilitating the exchange of information.
The Bulgarian Australian Business Council (BABC) is a non-profit organization based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Established in the beginning of 2018 to serve the needs of individuals and companies from Bulgaria,Australia and New Zealand, BABC is dedicated to advancing members' trade and business activities through developing business opportunities, making business contacts, and facilitating the exchange of information. BABC is the first organization established in Bulgaria that provides a direct platform and network for Australian, New Zealand and Bulgarian companies and individuals.
Objectives and Activities:
- Help companies looking to do business or set up operations in the three countries.
- Support individuals with administrative affairs and matters.
- Link members of the Bulgarian, Australian and New Zealand communities.
- Provide a forum for networking opportunities and access to relevant business information.
- Generally foster business, trade and investment relations between the three countries.
Board of Directors
Eric Durand has a long background in the wool manufacturing industry. Since 2004 he is a part of Lempriere management - an Australian wool trading company. In 2013 he leaded a project to move the early stage manufacturing of Lempriere from India/China to Bulgaria and implemented the project to build a factory in Sliven, Bulgaria. The factory was commissioned in June 2016 and now employs 190 people. Eric created the commercial hub of Lempriere for Europe in Sofia in December 2017.
Joana Kehlibarova is a founder of the Bulgarian Australian Business Council. She is a senior executive with verifiable year-after-year success achieving revenue, profit, and business growth objectives within start-up, turnaround, and rapid-change environments. Extensive experience with highly engineered systems, which require deep understanding of critical business drivers in multiple markets and industries; highly successful in building relationships with upper-level decision makers, seizing control of critical problem areas, and delivering on customer commitments.
Dimitar started his career at the University of Osnabrück, Germany, where he has been working with various lawyers from all around Europe on the elaboration of a common European law of obligations. After returning to Bulgaria in 2009 he started cooperating with an international law firm where he became a co-manager of the Bulgarian office and Head of the Compliance and Regulatory Practice Group of the whole firm. In 2017 he established his own law practice where he combines all his managing, legal and research knowledge serving various international clients in Bulgaria and abroad.