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Rumy Vakarelska

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Full name Rumy Vakarelska
Country United Kingdom
Primary language English
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Features, commentary and opinion writer, editor and commissioning editor for the Financial Times Group news wires and the current affairs titles listed www.parlaiment.com on UK/European politics, using original angles and country comparisons with a focus on business, trade and finance, public diplomacy, change and risk management. Experience in global audience outreach gained in the London Press Service, the BBC, the BST, BNT, Sky News. Looking for similar work as a special correspondent or editor, as well as online work in TV channels, business TV/video production and journalistically-driven corporate content production from pitch to end product in print, online and in video.

Editorial work News writing, Features writing, Editing, Photography, Radio, Video
Last updated 28-09-2011 18:09


Rumy Vakarelska, MA, BA, MBA
Curriculum Vitae

Contacts: Email: teamneweurope@yahoo.co.uk
Based in Central London
Mob: 07939085840

Nationality: British, Bulgarian

Education: MA, BA in Journalism and an MPhil in International Marketing

Language skills: Bi-lingual with English and Bulgarian, French and Russian

Professional and Senior Project Management Awards:

Chevening Scholarship/FCO, British Council/BBC, ESA/Plymouth University, ACE Programme, NATO Press and Information Office

Key skills and qualifications:

In-depth coverage and knowledge of UK/EU politics, obtained at the London Press Service, LPS, a governmental news agency service reaching UK and foreign media providing strategic current affairs content on the key topics of the day, including business, investment, trade, politics, tourism and education, Financial Times Group’s wires and titles, British Satellite News and RFI.

Excellent writing, production, editorial, team management and communication skills at all levels, gained in journalism, TV and online content production within innovative content and revenue strategies.

Higher Education:
MPhil in International Marketing with all MBA credits, University of London, Birkbeck College, Clore Management Centre, 1999

Diploma in Marketing, University of Delaware, 1991

MA, BA in Journalism with Honours with French and Russian from the University of Sofia, the Faculty of Journalism, 1984

Secondary Education:
The English Language School, Sofia, 1979

Highlights of Professional Experience

2007-present. Special Correspondent/Editorial Consultant at the Financial Times Group’s Mergermarket.com and Debtwire, covering UK and EU M&As, regulation and economy, the ECB/BoE, EU/Russia relations and the CEE, with a focus on the energy and banking sectors, the global financial crisis. Regular commentary writer/commissioning editor for Dod’s Parliamentary Communications titles, also covering EU’s economy and politics, EU-Russia relations, SEE along ad-hoc strategic reputation management projects using client and campaign driven content.

10/02- 08/06. Section Editor/Communication Advisor, London Press Service, LPS, reaching UK and global media and stakeholders, where my responsibilities included European media relations, the establishment and the development of LPS’ online media format, as well as editing, writing and commissioning of news features and photos, promoting the UK as a world class brand.

11.99 - 04/01. Deputy Editor. Financial Times’ TMT Newsletters, Wireless Internet. Writing and editing of features, news and analysis on the deals and new technologies in the most promising at the time TMT sector, which also gave birth to a number of new digital media covering the sector itself.

10/98 - 09/99. Account Producer, Command Communications, City PR consultancy. I was among the first PR consultants in the industry to use new online media and business and mainstream TV channels to manage successfully media relations and stakeholder communications in the TMT sector, helping US clients enter UK and other European markets.

1996-1999. MPhil in International Marketing with all MBA credits at Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck College, funded by an FCO/British Council Chevening Award and the EU-funded think-tank, the ACE Programme, resulting in innovative models for Pan-European communication management. Consultancy work for Weber-Schandwick and McCann Erickson.

01/1993 – 02/96. Founder and partner in TV+, one of the first independent corporate production companies in Bulgaria for broadcast and non-broadcast videos and films from concept to delivery and media placement, setting the standards for the corporate video production sector.

09/91-12/92. PBI-McCann Erickson. The first Creative Director of one of the first international advertising agencies in Bulgaria, setting the advertising standards in the country with legislators, government and mass media and producing TV commercials.The first lecturer in media advertising at the Faculty of Journalism, University of Sofia.

07/84- 08/91 Producer, Executive Producer of current affairs programmes and films at the Bulgarian National Television, BNT, leading to a BBC/British Council award and a short-term producer contract at the BBC. Excellent creative, team and budgetary skills and capabilities.

Portfolio, references and further details are available.


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