Personality in the news, 2014

Novinite Media Group granted its annual awards in six categories based on online voting by readers of the Bulgarian-language and English-language news services over the past two months. Novinite Media Group is founded in 2001 by the Bulgarian journalist, businessman and PR expert Maxim Behar.

Ivanka Shalapatova, Executive Director of For Our Children foundation accepted the award in the Charity section of the 2014 Personality in the News contest. Eureka Foundation Board Chairman Kiril Boyanov received the award in the Charity section of the contest conducted among readers of Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, the young and talanted musicians Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim, tennis player Grigor Dimitrov and football player Cosmin Moti, theater director Alexander Morfov were among the other winners.

On behalf of France’s Ambassador in Bulgaria Xavier Lapeyre de Cabanes Mme Florence Levy, Deputy Chief of Mission, accepted the award in Diplomacy category. Outgoing British Ambassador Jonathan Allen has won the prize in the Diplomacy section awarded by readers of The award was accepted on his behalf by Michael Davidson, Head of the Political Section at the British Embassy in Sofia.

On behalf of Serge Schmidt, General Manager Bulgaria and Greece at Italcementi Group, the award in the Business section of’s contest was accepted by Stoyan Shterev, Head of Legal & Institutional Relations at Devnya Cement. The winners in the Business category of the vote among readers of are the founders of Telerik IT company Vasil Terziev and Svetozar Georgiev.