On May 30, 2018 at a solemn ceremony were presented for the 10th consecutive year the most prestigious annual awards in the insurance sector - "Insurer of the Year", "Pension Company of the Year", "Insurance Broker of the Year" for 2017. Organizers of the event are the Higher School of Insurance and Finance (VUZF), the Association of Bulgarian Insurers (ABZ), the Bulgarian Association of Supplementary Pension Insurance Companies (BADDPO), the foundation "Prof. Dr. Veleslav Gavriyski ”and the Bulgarian Association of Insurance Brokers (BACB).
For another year, the event aroused great interest among the insurance guild and beyond. The jubilee awards were honored by the entire insurance, pension and financial sector of Bulgaria, representatives of state institutions and regulatory bodies, the scientific and academic circles.
Among the official guests at this year's ceremony were Valeri Simeonov, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Demographic Policy, Hassan Ademov, Chairman of the Committee on Labor, Social and Demographic Policy in the 44th National Assembly, Biser Petkov, Minister of Labor and Social Policy. , Karina Karaivanova, Chairperson of the Financial Supervision Commission (FSC), FSC Deputy Chairpersons Ralitsa Again-Guri and Diana Yordanova, Vladimir Savov, FSC Member, Prof. Dr. Borislav Grozdanov, Chairman of the Fiscal Council and its members Lubomir Datsov, Dora Andreeva and Yunal Tasim, Prof. Dr. Eng. Lyuben Totev, Chairman of the Council of Rectors of Higher Education Institutions in the Republic of Bulgaria and Rector of MGU "St. Ivan Rilski ”, Prof. D.Sc. Stati Statev, Rector of UNWE, Vessela Karaivanova-Nacheva, Deputy Governor of the National Social Security Institute and others.
For the first time, guests from Europe also attended the ceremony. Among the foreign guests were Mr. Justin Ray, Deputy Head, Policy Department of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), Falco Valkenburg, Member of the Board of Directors of the European Actuarial Association, Kiara Sandon, Senior Adviser in Policy, European Fund and Asset Management Association, EFAMA, Prof. Hans van Mirten, Professor of Retirement Law at the University of Utrecht and Dieter Pscheidl, Head of European Affairs, Vienna Insurance Group.
The ceremony was opened by the Rector of VUZF Assoc. Prof. Dr. Grigory Vazov, a member of the Organizing Committee (OC) and founder of the annual awards, who in honor of the 10th anniversary presented specially made plaques and diplomas to other members of the OC consisting of: Nestorova, Chairman of the Board of ABZ, Ph.D. Nikola Abadjiev, Chairman of the Board of BADDPO, Prof. Dr. Neno Pavlov, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation "Prof. Dr. Veleslav Gavriyski ”, Iveta Kunova, Chairman of the Management Board of BACB, Orlin Penev, Member of the Management Board and Executive Director of Allianz Bulgaria Insurance Company, Executive Director of Energia Insurance Company, Honorary Member of the Executive Committee with voting rights, Dancho Danchev, Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of Generali Bulgaria Holding EAD, Honorary Member of the Executive Committee with the right to vote and Prof. Dr. Grigor Dimitrov, Lecturer at VUZF, Member of the National Health Insurance Fund, General Director of Insurance Relations, Bulgaria Chamber of Commerce.
On behalf of the OK Svetla Nestorova presented a special award to Assoc. Prof. Vazov, emphasizing that there is no more suitable person than him, as heir of the Vazov family and founder of a university, to receive this special award for his long-term perseverance to impose annual Insurer of the Year awards as a tradition. She noted that Assoc. Prof. Vazov, as chairman of the OC, has managed to unite and create this stable partnership between the members of the committee.
Assoc. Prof. Vazov thanked all of them for once again making it possible to organize the ceremony of awarding the prestigious awards, called in the Guild "Insurance Oscars" and described the award as the most exciting he has received so far.
The host of this year's ceremony was journalist Kostadin Filipov.
In the category “Insurance Broker of the Year” for 2017, the award for the most dynamically developing insurance broker was won by Total Ins - Insurance Broker EOOD. The award was presented by Karina Karaivanova, Chair of the Financial Supervision Commission to the company's manager Iliya Stanoev.
In the category "Insurance Broker of the Year - Life Insurance", the award was won by IGI Insurance Brokers. It was presented by Svetla Nestorova to the company's representative Todor Dedinski, Health Insurance Manager.
The award in the category "Insurance Broker of the Year - General Insurance" for 2017 was won by SDI Group Ltd. The award was presented by Ralitsa Again-Guri, Deputy Chairman of the FSC, to the manager of the company Kolyo Delev.
The winner in the category "Pension Insurance Company of the Year" for 2017 for the activity of additional mandatory pension insurance was PIC "Doverie" AD. The award was presented by Hassan Ademov, Chairman of the Labor Commission, social and demographic policy in the 44th National Assembly of Daniela Petkova, Chairman of the Board of the company, who thanked VUZF for the perseverance with which they have made this event a tradition.
In the category “Pension Insurance Company of the Year” for the activity of supplementary voluntary pension insurance the first place was won by PIC “Allianz Bulgaria” AD. The award was presented by the Minister of Labor and Social Policy Biser Petkov to Vladislav Rusev, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of the company.
For the most dynamically developing pension insurance company for 2017 was awarded "Pension Insurance Institute" AD. The award was presented by Diana Yordanova, Deputy Chairman of the FSC to Lyudmila Vekova, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Director of the company.
In the category "Insurer of the Year", the prize for the most dynamically developing company in 2017 was won by Euroins Insurance Company AD. The company was awarded for the second consecutive year in this category with an increase in the recorded gross premium income of BGN 26,914 thousand. The award was presented by Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov to Rumyana Betova, Member of the Management Board and Executive Director of the company.
In the category “Insurer of the Year - Life Insurance”, the first place was won by DZI - Life Insurance EAD. The award was presented by Ralitsa Again-Guri to Evgeni Benbasat, Member of the Management Board and Executive Director of Banking and Life Insurance of the company.
The award in the category "Insurer of the Year - General Insurance" for 2017 was won by Bulstrad Vienna Insurance Group. It was presented by Karina Karaivanova, Chairman of the FSC to Nedyalko Chandarov, Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of the company.
The best companies in the different categories were determined by an expert jury composed of representatives of the five organizations on the basis of objective public criteria and indicators.
The winning companies received special author's sculptures, a symbol of the awards made by the artist Andrey Yanev and diplomas.
For the 20th consecutive year, the awards of the foundation “Prof. Dr. Veleslav Gavriyski ”to deserving experts for overall contribution to the development of Bulgarian insurance and insurance, as well as for insurance mediation. The winners of the foundation "Prof. Dr. Veleslav Gavriyski ”received specially made statuettes of the goddess of victory“ Nike ”, diplomas and badges with the image of the patron of the Foundation.
On the occasion of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the jubilee 20th anniversary of the establishment of the national prizes of the Foundation, the jubilee award: "For special contribution to the development of insurance" was awarded to Matti Lepala, Secretary General of PensionsEurope, Brussels. The award was presented by Prof. D.Sc. Stati Statev, Rector of UNWE, Vice-Chairman of the Council of Rectors of Higher Education Institutions in the Republic of Bulgaria.
The prize for overall contribution to the development of Bulgarian insurance was awarded to Dancho Danchev, Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of Generali Insurance AD. His award was presented by the Chairman of the Council of Rectors of Higher Education Institutions in the Republic of Bulgaria and Rector of MGU “St. Ivan Rilski ”Prof. Dr. Eng. Lyuben Totev.
The award for overall contribution to the development of Bulgarian insurance in Bulgaria was given to Nikolay Marev, Chief Executive Officer of PIC DSK-Rodina AD. It was presented to him by the Minister of Labor and Social Policy, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Biser Petkov. The special award for special contribution to the development of insurance mediation was given to Yanaki Yanakiev, manager of insurance broker Amarant Bulgaria. His award was presented by the Rector of UNWE Prof. D.Sc. Stati Statev.
Professor Statev proposed the establishment of a public academy of insurance, which was welcomed by the Rector of VUZF Assoc. Prof. Dr. Grigory Vazov, who supported the proposal and announced that the two universities will work together to implement this project.
The ceremony ended with a general photo of all awarded and awarding officials and members of the OC.
Media partners of the event are Investor.bg, Bloomberg TV Bulgaria, Bulgaria On Air TV, Rabota.bg, Economy magazine, Economic.bg, Banker newspaper, Standard newspaper, Manager magazine , Insmarket.bg and Epicenter.bg.
Sponsors of the event are: Office 1 Superstore, Angels Estate Winery and Unique Estates.