Senior Researcher at the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in its IT for Security Department; Currently on long-term leave from the institute and working in the NCI Agency.
Change management and IT governance / management specialist, combining governmental experience with sound theoretical knowledge and background in operations research and security studies; Specializing in security sector reform, primarily from organizational management perspective and use of IT; Considerable expertise in leading and participating in national and international research and change management teams.
Member of the International Advisory Board of DCAF, member of the Editorial Board of Information & Security: An International Journal, Chairman of George C. Marshall Association – Bulgaria, and member of the AFCEA Brussels chapter.
Dr. Shalamanov combines experience in research and higher education and practical experience in development and implementing security and defence policies as well as large IT (C4ISR) national and international projects. Currently (since 2009) he manages C4ISR portfolio for more than 30 nations and 15 organizations in the NCI Agency.
After 14 years of research, development and management experience in the Bulgarian Armed Force (most of the time in the C4ISR Research Institute of the General Staff and the HQ of the Land Forces), he served for 3 years as Deputy Minister of Defence for Defence Policy, Planning and Euroatlantic Integration. Leaving Government in 2001, he joined the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) as an advisor on national security and defence to the BAS Chairman and C4ISR Director in the Centre for National Security and Defence Research (2001-2006). In 2004 his research career continued in the Institute of Parallel processing, currently part of the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, where he founded and was the first head of the C4ISR Research Department (currently IT for Security Department). In the interim period he acted as Assistant Director for international relations for the Space Research Institute, also part of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
As a Deputy Minister of Defence from 1998 till 2001 Dr. Shalamanov was member of the Security Council, NATO Integration Council, Information Society Council of the Government of Republic of Bulgaria. In the period 1999-2001 Dr. Shalamanov was member and then Chairman of the Board of Directors of the defence company Terem SHC.
In 2000-2001 he represented Bulgaria in the Foundation Board of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) as a co-founder. From 2007 till 2009 Dr. Shalamanov was member of ESRIF.
From 2002 till 2009 he taught a Security Sector Reform, Crisis Management and European Security Architecture courses at the Faculty of Philosophy of Sofia University and at the University of National and World Economy. In the same period as Chairman of George C. Marshall Association – Bulgaria he initiated / managed more than 20 projects in the area of security policy and security sector reform, C4ISR architectural approach.
In the period 2007-2009 Dr. Shalamanov was Vice President of Winbourne & Costas Management Consulting Inc. (US) and General Manager of Winbourne & Costas – Europe working on several USTDA funded projects in Eastern Europe.
Education and Degrees
Senior Researcher (Associate Professor) in Automated Control Systems since 1998.
M.Sc. in Operational Art: Intelligence and EW, “G.S. Rakovski” Defence and Staff College, Sofia, 1993-1995.
PhD in Cybernetics, Kiev Higher School on Air Defence (KVIRTU) and the Institute of Cybernetics, Kiev, 1988-1991.
M.Sc. in Radioelectronics, Air Force Academy, Dolna Mitropolia, Bulgaria, 1979-1984.
Change Management & IT Governance
Dr. Shalamanov has considerable experience in developing and overseeing the implementation of defence and security policies, organisational design, process improvement and introducing change and IT in large organizations. The first Military Doctrine of Bulgaria was developed under his leadership, and then approved by Parliament (1999). The doctrine was followed by the first fully implemented Defence Reform Plan (known as “Plan 2004”), that facilitated bringing Bulgaria into NATO, as well as by several studies, including a C4 Study to introduce CIO in the Bulgarian MoD. Based on Plan 2004, under his leadership PPBS system was introduced, Defence planning directorate, Armaments directorate, Advanced Defence Research Institute, NS and Defence department and Interoperability centre in the Defence and Staff College as well as Situation centre of MoD and Government Security Council, State Agency “Civil protection” were established. In the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences he founded a department for C4ISR Research and established the Joint Training Simulation and Analysis Centre through several NATO, EU, USTDA, national and international projects.
In the NCI Agency Dr. Shalamanov is leading the change process to establish a platform for support to NATO and partner nations and organizations in implementing interoperable C4SR capabilities in a secure environment.
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