3 October 2019, Hotel Imperial Plovdiv
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The event

Industry 4.0 is not just a story about robots, software or databases. It is a story of change: from low-paid hard work to high-performance automation. It is about production efficiency, flexibility and adaptability and all the opportunities digital innovation brings to companies to climb the next level in their development.
The position of Bulgaria in this global trend is still uncertain. On the surface, the country ranks 27th out of 28 countries in terms of digital technology penetration in the economy and society, but less than one in ten companies are assumed as "highly digitilized" business.
At the same time, we are witnessing a rapidly growing industrial infrastructure and specialization in key industries such as IT and automotive production.
2019 will be an important year for the industrial sector in the country. Even if it does not win the race for the new Volkswagen mega factory, Bulgaria will gain valuable experience and will increase its chances of attracting a big automotive manufacturing plant in the foreseeable future.

Along with the automobile industry, the potential for replicating the success with the industrial zone in Plovdiv remains enormous.
The Event
The Fourth Annual Forum Industry 4.0 purpose is to show good practices, as well as the opportunities for partnership between business, government and municipalities, to attract new high-tech investors and increase the industrial capacity of our economy. 

Why Attend
Promoting best practices and experience from digital transformation from industry leaders in Europe
A strong platform for meeting industrial enterprises, consultants and experts

When and where
03 October 2019
Hotel Imperial Plovdiv


  • Tomislav Donchev

    Tomislav Donchev Deputy Prime Minister

    Tomislav Donchev was born on August 6, 1973 in Gabrovo.
    Donchev holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the Veliko Tarnovo Univesity St. Cyril and St. Methodius with a second major in Journalism. In 2006 he received a second Master's degree in Business Administration from the same university. In 1998 Tomislav Donchev completed a training course in Political Science at the International Summer School of Political Science and International Relations in Poland. In 2001 he completed a training course in Support of High-Tech Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Research and Development Start-Ups at the Institute in Negev, Israel. In 2005 Donchev completed a course in Business Mentoring at the Academy of Business Mentoring in Oxford, UK.
    From 1995 to 2000 Donchev worked as a volunteer, member of the management and staff of various NGOs in the field of Education and Science and was also contributor to a sociological research agency.
    From 1997 to 1999 he worked as a teacher at St. Cyril and St. Methodius High School of Humanities in the town of Veliko Tarnovo, where he taught psychology, logic, ethics, and philosophy.
    From 1999 to 2000 Donchev worked as editor at Radio Gabrovo.
    From 2000 to 2004 he was Executive Director of the High-Technology Business Incubator -Gabrovo, and from 2004 to 2007 - a program director at the Open Society Institute.
    In 2007 he was elected mayor of Gabrovo. The main priority in his work as mayor was to attract external funding and develop quality project proposals, through which Gabrovo Municipality became one of the most successful beneficiaries in Bulgaria in terms of management of EU-funded projects in all areas of social and economic life. 21 proposals were prepared in only 2 years. Of those, 19 received funding.
    In March 2010 Donchev became Minister for Management of EU Funds in the government of Boyko Borissov.
    From May 2013 to May 2014 Donchev served as MP from GERB in the 42nd National Assembly.
    From May to November 2014 he was Member of the European Parliament from the EPP Group. He was elected Deputy Prime Minister for European Funds and Economic Policies on November 7, 2014, by the 43rd National Assembly.
    From November 2014 to January 2016 he was a Deputy Prime Minister of EU funds in the second government of Boyko Borissov.
  • Vladislav Goranov

    Vladislav Goranov Minister of Finance

    He finished Geo Milev High School of Mathematics in Pleven. In the period 1994 - 1999 he studied at D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics in Svishtov in the specialty of economics and has a Master's degree in accounting and control.
    From 1998 to 2001 he was a Specialist at Extra-budgetary Accounts and Funds Division; an Expert and Director of Financial Policy Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Agrarian Reform. In 2001 he took the position of Chief expert at Financing of State Bodies, Programs and Insurance Funds Directorate of the Ministry of Finance. From 2001 to 2009 he was Head of Social Expenditures Division of the Ministry of Finance, Public Finance Management.  From August 2009 to April 2013 he took the position of Deputy Minister of Finance. He was a member of the 42nd National Assembly which he left at his own will in February 2014. After that Mr. Goranov was appointed as Executive Director and Member of the Management Board of Municipal Bank Plc.
    November 2014 - January 2017 - Minister of Finance of the Republic of Bulgaria. After a short break, resumes holding the position of Minister of Finance in May 2017.
  • Rosen Plevneliev

    Rosen Plevneliev President of Bulgaria (2012 - 2017), Member of the Board of Directors, AUTOMOTIVE CLUSTER BULGARIA

  • Ivan Totev

    Ivan Totev Mayor of Plovdiv

    Eng. Ivan Totev holds a Master's degree of Engineering with Diploma from Technical University Sofia, speciality Computer Systems and Technologies. Also in May 2010 he graduated from the Faculty of Law at Plovdiv University "Paisiy Hilendarski", speciality Public Administration, Master's degree. He received excellent mark for his Thesis on "Regional policies of the European Union on security and stability. The Black Sea Synergy – the new EU initiative in the Black Sea region". Ivan Totev started his career in 1997 as a graphic designer in a Publishing House. From 2001 to 2004 he worked as Project Manager in a software company. From 2004 to 2007 he was a Technical Director in a hotel complex. In November 2007 he became mayor of District "East" at Plovdiv Municipality. From August 2009 to October 2011 he was the Governor of Plovdiv Region. In October 2011 he was elected Mayor of Plovdiv as a candidate from PP GERB. Four years later he was re-elected for a second mandate.
  • Andras Kadocsa

    Andras Kadocsa Partner, MCKINSEY & COMPANY

    András Kadocsa is a Partner, co-leader of McKinsey Digital Manufacturing, McKinsey’s global initiative on Industry 4.0. Since joining the Firm in May 2007, he has served automotive OEMs and suppliers, industry and energy clients. He focuses on Industry 4.0 / digital manufacturing transformation, operational performance improvement, product and production design and long term strategy planning
  • Prof. Dr. Sama Mbang

    Prof. Dr. Sama Mbang Head of Digitalization & Simulation of Manufacturing Load Cases, DAIMLER

    Prof. Dr.-Ing Mbang is Head of Digitalization & Simulation of Manufacturing Load Cases in the TecFactory of Mercedes-Benz Cars Operations (Daimler AG). He is high-level expert in digital transformation and digitalization technologies, covering topics such as AI, Big Data, IoT, VR/AR, etc. and their applications for example in autonomous systems, industry 4.0, MES, Digital/Virtual Engineering & Manufacturing, etc. He is coordinator of the Horizont2020 EU funded project ALLIANCE (Affordable Lightweight Automotive Alliance), with the support of EUCAR (European Car Automotive R&D). He has studied Mechanical Engineering, deepened in Technical Informatics, Multi Body Systems and Neural Networks and got his PhD in modeling intelligent and integrated process chains. He is lecturer at the Technical Institute Sofia (Bulgaria) and at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany). He is an executive Coach in the area of transformational Leadership and agile organization covering architecture, governance, people development and agile mindset & methods In is "free" time, he is promoting a "Digital-Transformation Alliance", to accelerate the adoption and mastering of digital transformation and engineering for a sustainable inclusive digital economy.
  • Jair Ribeiro

    Jair Ribeiro Senior Artificial Intelligence Business Strategist, VOLVO GROUP

    Jair Ribeiro has several years of experience in high technologic environments in Europe, where he has been leading teams and projects in companies like Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and IBM. He is currently leading, inspiring and helping the Volvo Group to innovate through the power of Artificial Intelligence, with a broad technical background and relevant experience in Business Analysis, Solution Design, Management, and Consulting. Performing his role of AI Evangelist, Jair has been a very active speaker, present in several international Conferences and Summits, always engaged in popularizing not only Information Technology but also Leadership, Multiculturalism, and Career Management skills.
  • Sarper Arslan

    Sarper Arslan Senior Head of Corporate Services, HUGO BOSS IZMIR

    Sarper Arslan graduated from Ege University Textile Engineering Faculty in 1996. Arslan was one of the team members who had taken a role in Hugo Boss İzmir’s foundation in 1999. At his 23 years of business life, he has been the leader of several departments like Engineering, Quality Systems, Organization Development and Production management. Arslan had been the director of the HUGO BOSS PLANT for seven years, and now for three years, Arslan is the Senior Head of Corporate Services. Arslan had taken the responsibility of managing several transformation projects like reorganization development, new manufacturing lines establishment, technology development, new plant construction. Also, he coordinated the lean manufacturing technics and 6 sigma projects. As a Senior Head of Corporate Services Arslan is also responsible for Technical Product Design, Product Development, Maintenance & Energy, Corporate Projects, Technology Laboratory departments. Currently, Arslan is the leader in Digital Transformation, Robotic and automation systems according to the HUGO BOSS IZMIR 2020 "Smart Factory" strategy.
  • Roberto Migliorini

    Roberto Migliorini Associate Partner, MCKINSEY & COMPANY

  • Stefan Stoyanov

    Stefan Stoyanov Deputy Mayor of Plovdiv

  • Remi Borel

    Remi Borel Managing Director, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC BULGARIA, Plovdiv Plant

    Current Managing Director of Schneider Electric Bulgaria, Plovdiv Plant. Coming from Supply Chain and Lean field. Over the years, Remi had held several positions as Consultant, Transformation Project Leader and Operations manager. Passionate about #Emotion Management# and #People Development#. For the past two years leading as well #Industrial Excellence Academy by Schneider Electric# in Bulgaria
  • Martin Danovsky

    Martin Danovsky Economic Policy Advisor in the Cabinet of the Deputy Prime-Minister Tomislav Donchev

    Martin Danovsky is the Chairman of the Management Board of Fund of Funds from 10th November 2016. He joined the Fund of Funds as Member of Management Board in 22nd October 2015.
    Mr. Danovsky represents a profile of a contemporary management professional with 20 years of integrated experience in business economics, marketing and institutional affairs with extended focus on EU funds, programmes and instruments. He is an economic policy advisor in the cabinet of the Deputy Prime-Minister Tomislav Donchev since 2015.
    He has run multinational marketing group Havas Worldwide for the Balkan’s region and has consulted a wide range of businesses from the financial and IT sector, to corporate blue-chips and Bulgarian SMEs.
    Martin Danovsky holds two master degrees – in Economics, Strategic planning and Marketing from University of National and World Economy, Sofia, and in technical sciences/engineering in Land Management, University of Architecture and Civil engineering.
  • Tanya Karageorgieva

    Tanya Karageorgieva Head of Financing І Real Estate, Project & Structured Finance, UniCredit Bulbank

    Tanya Karageorgieva is Head of Financing at UniCredit Bulbank, Bulgaria, responsible for Real Estate, Project and Structured Finance. Before that she was heading the M&A advisory business for UniCredit Bulbank and Deloitte BG with over 18 years in the area of investment banking, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets origination. Tanya has graduated the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) and is a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA), founding member of the CFA chapter in Bulgaria.
  • Antonia Mavrova

    Antonia Mavrova Regional Head of Automotive and Industrial Sector, KINSTELLAR

    Antonia Mavrova is the Regional Head of the Automotive and Industrial Sector at Kinstellar and Partner at Kinstellar international law firm. She has more than eighteen years of experience as a legal adviser with a particular focus on the automotive and real estate sector. Antonia has represented automotive and industrial corporations and automotive suppliers on their market entry and establishment of their operations in Bulgaria. Her special expertise encompasses structuring of investments, acquisition and disposal of large portfolios of commercial properties (production facilities, office buildings, commercial centres and hotels), leasing and property management arrangements. Her clients include Old Mutual Properties (the acquisitions of the office buildings Polygraphia Office Centre and Megapark), Marriott, Meridiam, Global Trade Centre, Garitage Investment Management. Antonia represented Kinstellar at the largest CEE industry event in the automotive sector in 2018 – "CEE Automotive Forum", covering 15 countries and bringing together all the leading players in the CEE automotive industry, including OEMs, T1 and T2 suppliers. She also took part as a key note speaker in the first automotive event in Sofia, organised in cooperation with AUTOMECHANIKA, the largest international forum in the automotive industry.
  • Filip Genov

    Filip Genov CEO of F27 and Co-founder of Sophia Lab

    Filip Genov is a Member of the Advisory Board of the FinTech Summit.
    Mr. Genov is a senior banker with 20+ years of executive experience in Bulgaria and numerous other markets, where he initiated and created a wide array of innovations, new business lines, products and companies in the financial services area. His main areas of expertise are strategy, innovations, business development, change and risk management. In 2013 he became the first Eastern European manager to be elected to the Executive Committee of the Factors Chain International, being responsible for the R&D and innovations. In 2003-2006 and in 2012-2014 Filip has been launching and implementing various business development projects and initiatives for UniCredit Group throughout Italy, Germany and the countries of the Central and Eastern Europe. Filip is also an avid supporter, business angel, mentor and investor in startups of young entrepreneurs. He holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and the London School of Economics and an UniCredit Executive master from SDA Bocconi.
  • Florian Anderhuber

    Florian Anderhuber Manager External Affairs, Aurubis AG

    Florian Anderhuber is a Manager External Affairs at Aurubis AG, the largest European copper producer. Mr. Anderhuber is based in Brussels and is responsible for advocacy in the fields of supply chain transparency, trade issues, financial markets regulation. Before joining the Group, he was EU regulatory compliance consultant at Bearingpoint, Frankfurt and Policy Analyst at the European Parliament, Brussels for the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Mr. Anderhuber started his career as a Researcher for China Energy Fund Committee in Shanghai. He is Master in International Politics from the Fudan University, Shanghai and Master of European Affairs from the Paris Institute of Political Studies.
  • Yavor Nikolov

    Yavor Nikolov General Manager, Sensata Technologies Plovdiv

  • Radoslav Gaydarski

    Radoslav Gaydarski Chief Customer Success Officer, ScaleFocus

  • Georgi Stoeff

    Georgi Stoeff Chairman of the Board, Trakia Tech

    Georgi Stoeff is a co-founder of Industry Watch, a strategic consultant of Trakia Economic Zone and a co-creator of the educational program Entrepreneur as a discoverer. He graduated from the University of Leuven, Belgium, and began his professional career in the Institute for Market Economics. Georgi Stoeff is part of the circle of Bulgarian economist, who have been strongly defending tax cuts, pro-market reforms and minimal state intervention in the economy.
  • Iravan Hira

    Iravan Hira Managing Director, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Operated by Selectium

    Iravan Hira is Managing Director, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Operated by Selectium. Under the leadership of Iravan Hira Hewlett Packard Bulgaria has been positioned among the top leaders in the IT sector in the country and achieves significant business results which took the Bulgarian branch of the company to the leading position in Central and Eastern Europe. Hewlett Packard Global Delivery Bulgaria Center is among the largest employers in the ICT industry in the country with more than 6000 highly qualified employees and export of services worth of BGN 260 million in 2014. Iravan has worked in Hewlett Packard Bulgaria since the establishment of the company in the country in 1998 and has held various sales and management positions. For high professional successes was honored twice with membership in the "Achievers Club" of global Hewlett Packard Company. Among the priorities of Iravan Hira are strengthening the hi-tech industry in Bulgaria, the introduction of innovations for sustainable economic growth, development and promotion of corporate social responsibility as an important public function of companies and encouragement of entrepreneurship in IT in the country. Because of its active work in these areas Iravan Hira was elected as Chairman of the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum in 2013. He is also member of the Board of Directors of American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria (AmCham), Junior Achievement Bulgaria, the Consultative Business Committee of University of Finance, Business and Entrepreneurship (VUZF) and the Expert Committee of Sofia University etc. Iravan Hira holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University in Sofia. He has special expertise in the field of new business development, sales management and corporate transformation. Married, with two children
  • Ivan Mihaylov

    Ivan Mihaylov Director Sofia Technical Center, Visteon Bulgaria

  • Hristo Gilishtarov

    Hristo Gilishtarov CEO of FANUC Bulgaria

  • Vladislav Dimitrov

    Vladislav Dimitrov Director of the Network Architecture, Planning and Construction Directorate, Vivacom

  • Dimitar Tomov

    Dimitar Tomov Founder of DesignFirst


09:50 - 10:00 Official Opening
Ivan Totev, Mayor of Plovdiv
10:00 - 11:00 Discussion Panel:
Policies and Initiatives for Industrial Growth 
Vladislav Goranov, Minister of Finance 
Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Prime-Minister
Rossen Plevneliev, President of Bulgaria (2012 - 2017) and Member of the Board of Directors, Automotive Cluster Bulgaria
Moderator: Alexei Lazarov, Managing Editor, Capital Weekly
11:00 - 11:15  Keynote: 
The State of Automotive in the Region
Andras Kadocsa, Partner, McKinsey & Company
11:15 - 12:00  Discussion Panel:
Investment, Growth and Innovation in the Automotive Sector 
The State of Automotive in the Region
Andras Kadocsa, Partner, McKinsey & Company
Giuseppe Vona, Executive Managing Director, Hanon Systems 
Yavor Nikolov, General Manager, Sensata Technologies
Ivan Mihailov, Director Sofia Technical Center, Visteon Bulgaria  

Moderator: Stefan Stoyanov, Deputy Mayor of Plovdiv 
12:00 - 13:00

12:15 - 13:00
Keynote Presentation: 
The Role of Metal Recycling for a Carbon-Neutral Economy 
Florian Anderhuber, Manager External Affairs, Aurubis AG

13:15 - 13:30 Keynote Presentation: 
Organizational Transformation as prerequisite for successful digital transformation 
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sama Mbang, Manager Digitalization and Simulation Manufacturing Load Cases, Daimler AG
13.30 - 13.45  Keynote Presentation: 
The Future of Manufacturing: Real Industry 4.0 Shopfloor and Management cases from Hugo Boss Izmir
Sarper Arslan, Senior Head of Corporate Services, Hugo Boss Izmir
13:45 - 14:45  Discussion Panel:
Industry 4.0 in Practice: Digitalization for More Effective Manufacturing and Higher Production Value 
Sarper Arslan, Senior Head of Corporate Services, Hugo Boss Izmir 
Remi Borel, Managing Director, Schneider Electric Bulgaria, Plovdiv Plant 
Iravan Hira, Managing Director, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Operated by Selectium 
Hristo Gilishtarov, Managing Director, Fanuc Bulgaria

Moderator: Roberto Migliorini, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company
14:45 - 15:00  Keynote Presentation:
How to Develop and Effective AI Business Strategy 
Jair Ribeiro, Senior Artificial Intelligence Business Strategist, Volvo Group
15:00 - 15:30 COFFEE BREAK
15:30 -  16:30 Discussion Panel:
Technology for Enabling Smart Enterprise: IM, Data, AI, 5G
Jair Ribeiro, Senior Artificial Intelligence Business Strategist, Volvo Group
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sama Mbang, Manager Digitalization and Simulation Manufacturing Load Cases, Daimler AG
Vladislav Dimitrov, Director Network Architecture & Planning and Implementation, Vivacom
Radoslav Gaydarski, Chief Customer Success Officer, ScaleFocus
Dimitar Tomov, Founder, DesignFirst

Moderator: Filip Genov, CEO of F27 and Co-founder of Sophia Lab
16:30 - 17:10

17:10 - 18:00
Discussion Panel:
Strategy and Financing for Developing new Industrial Zones
Martin Danovsky, Advisor to the Deputy Prime-Minister Tomislav Dontchev 
Antonia Mavrova, Partner, Kinstellar
Tanya Karageorgieva, Head of Financing, UniCredit Bulbank
Moderator: George Stoeff, Trakia Tech 

Closing Cocktail


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