COTRUGLI Business School has become a leading business school in SE Europe, whose programs of business education are completed by more than 10,000 people from the region.
At the very beginning a small group of intellectuals and business people
joined forces around the idea of starting a new business school. The goal was
to create such a school that will develop leaders who will care for the planet,
profit and the community as a whole.
Since then, COTRUGLI Business School has become a leading business
school in SE Europe, whose programs of business education are completed
by more than 10,000 people from the region. Our internationally accredited
MBA programs and prominent lecturers from around the world connect the
entire SEE region. The campuses we have in Zagreb and Belgrade, and repre-
sentative offices in Sofia, Ljubljana and Luxembourg are meeting points for
business people from SE Europe.
However, for us, the most important criteria for success is the satisfaction
of our participants. This publication honors them, their continuing journey
with us and their inspiring success stories. Once you meet them in person,
they will be more than happy to share them with you.
Enjoy the reading!
Jyoti Gupta, PhD
Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has. MARGARET M EAD
COTRUGLI Business School found me in a transitional moment
in my life when I needed a new catalyst for growth - both per-
sonal and professional. And ever since this journey started in 2007,
COTRUGLI has kept me actively involved and inspired to grow
COTRUGLI proved to be a different kind of school in numerous
aspects but mainly in the personal touch and close connection
in its community. From the very start I felt I naturally belonged
here, surrounded by close friends to share my inspirational a-ha
moments throughout the program.
If I have to be honest, the biggest learning happened in the car
while we, the Bulgarian group, travelled for about 10 hours every
month from Sofia to Croatia. We had a chance to exchange a lot of
information, make sense of what we learned at the lectures, and
reflect on what it meant for our companies and to us. Every time
we were coming back home after a module, we were loaded with
energy and commitment to execute the new revelations. This
energy and motivation triggered by every module was one of the
most practical benefits of the program, which I will greatly miss
For me COTRUGLI was also a vacation time, as I often said to my
colleagues. It was a time away from the busyness I often created
for myself at home. Along with having quality party time, I also had
time to reflect on the important things. It was a chance to see from
a distance what was happening at my company, what was my role
in its development, what we were missing and what we were doing
better than the others. This gave me the different perspective I
was missing engaged in my daily routine at home.
Above all, COTRUGLI empowered me with a sense of direction
and inspiration to continue the learning journey and create mean-
ing for my life.
Assia Marinova Business Development Manager BR IGHT CONSU LTI NG Bu lga ria
Executive M BA / 2007
From the very start I felt I naturally belonged here, surrounded by close friends to share my inspi-rational a-ha moments throughout the program.
What drives me in life is my enthusiasm and a desire to do
better, without limits, constant effort and a belief that there is
always a better way, the ability to distinguish between what is
essential to preserve and what is expendable, respect for my
partners and a work for the mutual success.
And here I am, living in London with my family, working for a
global power company with generation and distribution busi-
nesses. Through the diverse portfolio of thermal and renew-
able fuel sources, we provide affordable and sustainable energy
in 28 countries. With the workforce of about 30,000 people, we
are committed to operational excellence and meeting the worlds
changing power needs.
The first time I heard about COTRUGLI Business School was from
a colleague of mine. At that time, he was studying at COTRUGLI
and was very impressed by the program so he strongly recom-
mended it to me.
I had the possibility to choose among several business schools.
COTRUGLI attracted me with international contacts, flexible pro-
gram and the common final aim: to work together for the improve-
ment of the CEE region, business environment and business
During the regular two years of the EMBA program, I broadly
expanded my professional knowledge and experience, learning
from the expertise of the lecturers and all my colleagues. These
years taught me that to be successful means to keep your mind
open and keep learning. Thanks to the EMBA program, I taught
to be the best I can be, because the life does not allow rehearsals.
Our journey with COTRUGLI Business School did not finish after
the Graduation. The experience continues through all the fruitful
contacts made during the years, with all the fantastic people met,
with our common ideas that turned into realities and with all the
possibilities and opportunities in front of us that will enable us to
make a better world for us and for our children.
Diana Dimitrova Finance manager for Bulgaria AES COR POR ATION Un ited K i ngdom
Executive M BA / 2008
These years taught me that to be successful means to keep your mind open and keep learning. Thanks to the EMBA program, I taught to be the best I can be, because the life life does not allow rehearsals.
As I said during our graduation ceremony, I do not regret a single
centimeter of the fifteen thousand kilometers I had to travel to
participate in the Executive MBA program of COTRUGLI Business
School. It was worth each one of them.
It all started a bit by chance seeing the ad in the Bulgarian
weekly newspaper Capital. Took off with a bit of a glitch when
I did not get the notification text message that I won one of the
scholarships. But went on in a seamless and fruitful way to prove
me right I made the best choice I could have made.
The Executive MBA program at COTRUGLI is not just about the
theoretical knowledge in the books you have to read through it.
For me personally it was mostly about sharing real-life experi-
ences and expertise, getting from fellow participants and lectur-
ers multiple points of view to situations I was facing in my job at
that time, about sourcing know-how and advice directly from the
experienced faculty members. In a friendly, open and very sup-
When you add to these building a network of contacts throughout
the region, becoming familiar with the culture of other countries,
creating lifetime friendships, setting up new business partner-
ships and having great time at the social events, you will get the
full picture of what this programs gives you. Far more than just
an academic learning experience.
Being all that, the EMBA program at COTRUGLI in a way changes
your life both personally and professionally. Often very deep,
to the root of who and what you are. I believe, for good.
Dobrin Mirevski Business Development Director EOS M ATR I X Bu lga ria
Executive M BA / 2007
I do not regret a single centi-meter of the fifteen thousand kilometers I had to travel to participate in the Executive MBA program of COTRUGLI Business School. It was worth each one of them.
Starting and running own business for a psychologist like me
could be a very challenging task. When my partner and I decided
to start up a consulting company, I did not know any of the basic
entrepreneurial principles. Therefore, I needed a systematic way
to gain new business knowledge. I looked for very practically ori-
ented Executive MBA program with good reputation and qualified
lecturers. And that is how I found out about COTRUGLI Business
School. Let me use SWOT analysis technique to explain my experi-
ence at COTRUGLIs Executive MBA program:
All modules are very practically oriented and combine system-
atic review of the theoretical principles with exercises and case
Lecturers are outstanding professionals in their fields and pro-
vide not only academic knowledge but also live examples from
their experience. Even in the fields which are my areas of exper-
tise I could get insights and inspirations for my work;
Intense teamwork provides the opportunity to learn from
the colleagues and share experiences about best practices.
EMBA program is limited in time. However, what remains after
the program are not only the acquired knowledge and skills,
but also wonderful memories and good friends.
EMBA provides great opportunities for networking in the whole
SEE region and COTRUGLI pays special attention to various