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Mariana Kotzeva

Deputy Director-General at Eurostat

Mrs Kotzeva is currently Deputy Director-General at Eurostat, Statistical office of the European Union. She holds a doctoral degree in Statistics and Econometrics from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia and an executive education at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is associated professor at the University of National and World Economy, Sofia and was also a visiting professor in Econometrics in the Central European University in Budapest. She has published more than 30 articles in scientific journals and papers presented at international conferences.
Mrs Kotzeva joined Eurostat in 2012 as an Advisor Hors Class to the Director-General. In 2014 she combined that position with the role of Director of Methodology, IT and Dissemination. Before taking up duties in Eurostat she was President of the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute. Prior to that Mrs Kotzeva worked on a number of World Bank and UNDP projects in the areas of poverty mapping, evaluation of active labour market policies and Roma integration. She has also led teams and provided advisory services for the development of strategic policy documents such as National Employment Strategies in Bulgaria and Serbia and Annual Reports of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Talk Title: 
New frontiers for official statistics
Talk Abstract: 

Official Statistics are the mirror through which we view society. Statisticians listen to the society, observe the society, and serve the government, the public and the economy with data about the social, economic, demographic and environmental situation. In other words, statistics inform policy decisions and help people take better decisions. At this moment we are witnessing fundamental and unprecedented changes in the society due to technological disruptions. Big data is a game changing paradigm which is entirely transforming the data ecosystem. What is the role and necessary transformations of official statistics in such an ecosystem if they want to remain relevant and serve the society? This presentation looks at what actually happens in the frontiers of official statistics in the age of big data, illustrates the response of the European Statistical System through its Big Data Action Plan and Roadmap, and finally opens the discussion about the Statistical Office of the future and Smart Statistics.