Richard Smits is the owner-director of CSI. He was born in the Netherlands and received his education as a chemical engineer (Ph.D.) from the University of Twente. He worked for Haldor Topsøe A/S of Denmark as an R&D project manager for several years before moving to Bulgaria to start CSI. He knows the requirements of industrial research from the inside and has a wide experience in dealing with various cultures (including the Bulgarian through his Bulgarian wife).
Richard concentrates on the international side of the work such as acquisition of new customers, contact with existing customers and their project contact persons, legal matters, website, etc. He contributes to the management of CSI’s projects with his experience as a project manager at Haldor Topsøe A/S.
Niels Flach received his education as a chemical engineer from the University of Twente. He did his PhD at the University of Rostock, Germany. He worked at several positions in chemical process companies like Novartis and DSM, and in research institutions like TNO. Until recently he worked as a program manager in the Dutch Separation Technology Institute. Currently, Niels has his own company “Innovatie BeDenken&Doen” (Innovation Think&Act). He advises industry and research institutions on strategy and innovation.
Niels is CSI’s account manager for new customers from the Netherlands.
Anton Naydenov is a chemical engineer working for the Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He is an experienced R&D project manager who carried out several contract research projects for foreign companies (including Haldor Topsøe A/S), as well as conducting academic research leading to numerous publications in the best scientific journals. He has experience with applied research through his previous position in the research institute of the Bulgarian chemical industry and international experience through his work at the Technical University in Berlin, Germany.
Anton is an advisor for CSI on the Bulgarian side of the work such as contacts with the participating research institutes, the formation of the project teams and dealing with the Bulgarian authorities. He contributes to the project management with his knowledge of Bulgarian culture and work procedures.
Together, we form a team that is experienced in all areas necessary to ensure that a research project outsourced to a Bulgarian research institute is in good hands with CSI. We each have our strengths that ensure good communication between the customer, CSI and the research institute, while knowing enough of each other’s strengths to be able to learn from each other and replace each other if necessary.