Bulgarian Industrial Association
Executive Chairman of BIA until 2018

Bojidar Danev was born on 5 November 1939 in Sofia. He died on 28 May 2018.

He graduated with honours from the Technical University in Sofia in 1965. His career started in the Institute of Cybernetics of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS). There he received the "Best Scientific Elaboration" award of BAS and the National "Scientific elaboration of biggest economic impact" award; he defended a thesis in the field of management of social and economic systems and attained an academic rank of a senior research associate. He conducted a postdoctoral thesis for two years on management of systems in the University of Hanover, Germany. He has read lectures in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, USA, United Kingdom and other countries.

When returning to Bulgaria in 1980 Bojidar Danev started working at the Bulgarian Industrial Economic Association (BIEA, today called BIA), as an expert in the Economic Analysis Department. Consecutively he occupied the positions of a senior expert, head of department, director.

He was appointed a Vice Chairman on financial issues of the Central Cooperative Union in 1987. In this system, he implemented the politics of SMEs setting up, reformed the currency practice, and introduced market principles for the management of independent units.

Bojidar Danev joined BIEA again as a Vice President in 1989, where he supervised the departments of Economic analysis, Privatization and investments, Industrial growth. He participated in the development and adoption of a normative base on privatization, and in the preparation and realisation of the privatization of a large number of enterprises and commercial sites.

Bojidar Danev was a Manager of the Sofia Stock Exchange in the period 1991 -1997.

He was elected a Chairman of BIA in 1993.  He has enrolled in the expansion of the social dialogue in the country. He actively works in the sphere of legal labour ties, reforms in the pension acts, joint negotiations, and etc. He was a Vice President of the National Council for Tripartite Cooperation in 2004 and in 2006.

Bojidar Danev turned to be the main engine in the establishment of the EU - Bulgaria Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) and became a co-Chairman from the Bulgarian side in the period 1999 - 2004.

In 2006 he was elected a Vice President of the Economic and Social Council of the Republic of Bulgaria and of the National Council of Tripartite Cooperation; became a Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Head of the working group on the Lisbon Strategy with Bulgarian participation. He is also a Member of the high-level working group on the free movement of workers at EESC;

Bojidar Danev is a Member of the Management Committee of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Vice President of the New Bulgarian University's Board.

He has been the Executive Director and Member of the Managing Board of the biggest leasing company in Bulgaria - Interlease AD since 1995, and a Member of the Managing Board of Solvay-Sodi AD, Industrial Holding Bulgaria, Doverie Insurance Company and others.

Bojidar Danev was elected Executive President of the Bulgarian Industrial Association on 15 February 2011.

Bojidar Danev has over 150 scientific publications in domestic and international editions and three monographic publications.