Sofia Development Association (SDA) is a non-profit non-governmental organization, representing the city of Sofa (Sofia Municipality). The Association was established with Resolution 348/08.07.2010 of Sofia Municipal Council in 2010. SDA conducts research, develops and implements projects for urban development, culture, and education. SDA is the official coordinator of the candidacy of the city of Sofia and the Southwest Region for the title of European Capital of Culture 2019 ( In the past year only, the city of Sofia has contributed over 2 million euro for culture development in the region. SDA experts coordinated the development of the municipal Strategy for Culture – “Sofia – Creative Capital 2013-2023.” In support of the city’s application for European Capital of Culture 2019, SDA has established partnerships with Italian cities and cultural institutions (e.g., Perugia, Matera, Siena, Ravenna), for joint initiatives and creative exchanges in the run-up to 2019, when one Bulgarian and one Italian city will share the prestigious title. 
SDA and the third party - Institute for Technology and Development (ITD) - have cooperated on strategic initiatives and joint projects related to the development of innovations, the use of new technologies for research and services in the fields of culture, cultural heritage, and the cultural and creative industries (CCIs). The partnership between SDA and ITD relies on sharing research potential, infrastructure, professional expertise and staff to achieve sustainable development and to boost the entrepreneurship culture in the CCIs in Sofia and the region. Sofia Development Association and ITD are partners in the Cluster for Innovations and Culture.
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People in the Smartculture project

  • Svetlana Lomeva 
    Director of Sofia Development Association by Sofia Municipal Council. She holds an MA in Political Science from Sofia University. She has been Deputy Minister of Education, Youth, and Science (2009 – 2010). S. Lomeva is one of the founders and former Director of the Bulgarian School of Politics (2001–2009) and the Political Academy for Central and Southeast Europe. She has been lecturer (2002-2010) and Director of the Center for Continuing Education (2003-2005) at the New Bulgarian University. S. Lomeva has several specializations at Robert Schumann Institute, Budapest; the American University in Bulgaria; the Council of Europe. She has been guest lecturer at Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management and Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, USA. S. Lomeva is also member of the Creative Council of Sofia Municipality “Culture” Program.
  • Sevdalina Voynova
    PhD, is Director of Programmes of Sofia Development Association. Her career summary includes the positions of Country Director for Bulgaria for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), Government Affairs Director for the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, expert and consultant with a broad variety of clients. She has administered a combined total of over $1,500,000 in grants, working with a broad spectrum of donors and programmes including USAID, NED, OSI, OSCE, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, and foreign embassies, EU structural funds and horizontal programmes. Currently she is a member of the Science Fair program of the British Council in Bulgaria; member of the Creative Council of Sofia Municipality “Culture” Program; member of the expert group for the preparation of Sofia Municipality Strategy for Culture 2013-2023.
  • Denitza Lozanova 
    Research and Development Director of SDA. Denitza Lozanova has participated in numerous projects in the fields of political education, regional policy, policy analysis, civil society development, public debates for more than 10 years. Her career summary includes the positions of Director of Programs at the Bulgarian School of Politics; Member of the Board of Directors of PACE Foundation, Managing partner at Policy Consult, Coordinator of the International Press Center in Sofia for the presidential elections in Serbia in 2000. Denitza Lozanova has graduated in Economics from the University of National and World Economy and European Integration from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski.” D. Lozanova is member of the expert group for the preparation of Sofia Municipality Strategy for Culture 2013-2023.
  • Snezhina Gabova
    Senior Program Officer at SDA. Prior to joining SDA, S. Gabova worked as European Programs Coordinator for RiskMonitor Foundation, Sofia and Director of Development at the Bulgarian School of Politics. She has considerable experience in project research development and management in the areas of culture, political leadership training, good governance. Her area of expertise includes also EC programs for lifelong learning (Leonardo da Vinci, Commenius, Erasmus, Grundtvig), acquired in her career as director of the National Lifelong Learning Agency in Bulgaria. S. Gabova holds an MA in philosophy from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” and PhD in Philosophy from Villanova University, PA.