PhD Eng. Desislava Koleva is a chief expert “Projects and economic development” in Gabrovo Municipality, Bulgaria. Her experience includes more than 25 years in public and private sectors – industrial management of a large company and economic development, and strategic planning in public sector with a focus on regional development and smart specialization. Her main competencies are in business development and innovations. She has a Doctoral degree in „Effectiveness and management of telecommunication services“, Master degree in engineering and Master degree in Industrial management. Ms. Koleva is a certified specialist in local economic development. She has developed and implemented many projects for local economic development, innovations and energy efficiency (transport, mobility, environment protection etc.), financed by EU and other donors. Desislava Koleva is mentoring Gabrovo stakeholders group for innovations, with wide participation of companies, Technical University of Gabrovo, Chamber of commerce and industry, district government, “Gradishte” Foundation, NGOs and experts. She is a manager of the Bulgarian network for sustainable and innovative public procurement (SPPI) and a coordinator of Gabrovo Sustainable Energy Action Plan in Covenant of Mayors. Ms. Koleva is a Project Manager of important international projects – project KNOW-HUB, Enhancing the regional competences in strategic management of innovation policies, Interreg IVC and project ESSPO, Efficient support services portfolios for SMEs, Interreg Europe. She facilitates the implementation of project “RIS 3 in lagging regions” and project HESS “High Education in Smart Specialization” of JRC, EC in North Central Region. She is an external expert of JRC in RIS3 Governance group.