The eventIn an increasingly digital economy, we have to make sure that the workforce has the skills to meet the demands of the future of work. New technologies, AI, automation, machine learning, and virtual collaboration, are transforming business processes and entire organizations.
There are also a few other trends that are transforming work as we knew it until recently.
The borderline between our work and personal lives is shifting. Expectations for diversity and equality are reshaping the workplace. Longer life expectancy requires us to master more and different skills over time. GenZ is changing the work landscape and there is a significant demand for more flexible working conditions.
Where are the risks and what are the opportunities created by these changes?
How could new reality help people and organizations be more productive and meaningful?
How to achieve balance and focus on the collaboration between technology and humans
human skills such as creativity, empathy and ethics alongside digital skills?
Join us at the 16th edition of the HR and Leadership Forum in Sofia on October 31 and explore with us possible answers and solutions.
Listen to inspirational keynote talks, take some practical advice and experience by yourself different gadgets, HR software or business management concepts.
Topics in the agenda
- How to make people valuable in the technological era
- The battle for the talents - how to stay ahead
- How to make the most of technology, AI, VR at the workplace
- How to successfully adapt to the never-ending changes
- Which are the new crucial capabilities and competencies
- Human skills in focus: creativity, empathy and ethics
- The future of employee experience
- Diversity and Inclusion - best practices
- How to stay successful and maintain work-life balance
600 + attendees - CEOs and senior managers, HR professionals from different sectors of the economy, IT professionals, representatives of consulting companies, recruitment agencies, public administration, PR specialists, NGO sector.
Venue: Sofia Event Center
Super early-bird ticket until July 7th: 120 BGN VAT excl.
Early-bird ticket July 8th until September 2nd: 180 BGN VAT excl.
Regular ticket September 3rd until October 23rd: 230 BGN VAT excl.
Lazy-bird ticket October 24th – October 30th: 300 BGN VAT excl.
Deadline for registration: October 30th
*No one under the age of 18 will be admitted to the Event.
Daniel Susskind Fellow in Economics at Balliol College, University of Oxford
Joey Price Founder of Jumpstart:HR, award-winning human resources executive, business coach, thought leader, and professor
Teodora Petkova CEO and Chairman of the Management board of UniCredit Bulbank
Sudhir Saseedharan Global Lead, LEGO Workplace Design
Annee Bayeux Chief Learning Strategist, EdCast
Tim Kurth Executive Director and Vice-President, AURUBIS BULGARIA
Nikolai Nedelchev CEO, Publicis Groupe Bulgaria
Alexander Dimitrov Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO, A1
Neville Pritchard B.Ed, CFCIPD, FCIB, FLPI, Founder & CEO, People in Flow
Evelina Atanassova Assistant professor of Business Administration, Human Resources and Organizational Leadership at Brandman University
Sabrina Dick HR Director Central and Eastern Europe, SAP
Krasse Gueorgiev Ultrarunner, Adventurer, Coach, Co-founder of Chair UP
Maria Atanasova Human Capital Business Partner, Developer Tooling at Progress
Dimitrina Sivkova Physiotherapist, Chair UP
Eva Makedonska Ingram Micro, HR Director
Katerina Shopova Human Resources Director at Lidl Bulgaria EOOD & Co. KD
Ulrich Heppe CEO Fraport Bulgaria Varna Airport and Burgas Airport
Rene Tomova Co-founder, Creative Shower
George Partsakoulakis Director People and Culture, PMI EU Southeast Cluster
Alexandrina Dimitrova Executive Director of The Cedar Foundation
Peter Ivanov Manager, Entrepreneur and Virtual teams Expert
Mario Bakalov A-380 Pilot, Public Speaker
Kremena Lefterova HR Business Partner, MARS Bulgaria
Tzvetelina Teneva LEGO® Serious Play® Certified Facilitator
Ralitza Stanoeva LEGO® Serious Play ® Co-Facilitator
Vladimir Kantchev Founder, General Manager and Senior Consultant at Service Centrix Ltd
Ivan Dimov CEO of the Bulgarian Entrepreneurship Center
Maya Peycheva-Takeva HR Manager for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Bulgaria
Boriana Zheleva Business Analyst, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Bulgaria
Zlatina Mihaylova founder of the consulting company Zivo
MAIN-STAGE PROGRAM, BETA HALL
Moderator: Zlatina Mihaylova, Facilitator, Trainer, Coach and Founder of Zivo
08:45 – 09:30 Registration and coffee
09:30 – 09:40 Opening
Galya Prokopieva, CEO, Economedia
Prof. Anastas Gerdjikov, Dr, Rector, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridsky"
09:40 – 10:15 Keynote: The Future of Work and Professions
Dr. Daniel Susskind, Fellow in Economics at Balliol College, University of Oxford
10:15 – 10:45 Keynote: Rise of The Robots?: Why A People-First Strategy Still Matters In The Digital Age
Joey Price, Founder of Jumpstart:HR, award-winning human resources executive, business coach, thought leader
10:45 – 11:05 Keynote: The Future of Learning: Making the Shift to the New Corporate University
Annee Bayeux, Chief Learning Strategist, EdCast Europe
11:05 – 11:35 Coffee break
11:35 – 12:00 Keynote: The Workplace as a Driver of Culture at the Organization
Sudhir Saseedharan, Global Lead, LEGO Workplace Design
12:00 – 12:15 Fireside Chat: The Experience Gap! Why HR needs to close it
Kathrin Haag, Head of HR for SAP MEE region; HR Consultant, Trainer and Coach
Sabrina Dick, HR Director CEE, SAP
12:15 – 12:55 Discussion panel: HR as a Driver of Business Growth
Eva Makedonska, HR Manager, Ingram Micro
Katerina Shopova, HR Director, LIDL
Kremena Lefterova, HR Business Partner, Mars
Moderator: Maria Atanasova, Human Capital Business Partner, Developer Tooling at Progress
12:55 – 13:00 VentureOUT - empowering employers and young LGBT people in Bulgaria. A Single Step Foundation initiative
Ivan Dimov, CEO, Bulgarian Entrepreneurship Center
13:00 – 14:00 Networking Lunch
14:00 – 14:10 Keynote: CSR - A Benefit for Both the Business and its People
Alexandrina Dimitrova, Executive Director, Cedar Foundation
14:10 – 14:25 Keynote: Leadership in times of transformation: The role of HR
George Partsakoulakis, Director People and Culture South East Cluster, Philip Morris International
14:25 – 15:25 Discussion Panel: Leadership in Action
Teodora Petkova, CEO, UniCredit Bulbank
Tim Kurth, CEO, Aurubis
Nikolai Nedelchev, CEO, Publicis Groupe Bulgaria
Ulrich Heppe, CEO, Fraport Bulgaria – Varna and Burgas Airports
Alexander Dimitrov, CEO, A1
Moderator: Rene Tomova, Co-founder, Creative Shower
15:25 – 15:40 Coffee break
15:40 – 16:00 Keynote: Human Capital vs. Social Capital: The Talent Management of Tomorrow
Evelina Atanassova, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Human Resources and Organizational Leadership at Brandman University
16:00 – 16:20 A Career That Fits Your Life
Maya Peycheva-Takeva, HR Manager, HPE Bulgaria
Boriana Zheleva, Business Analyst, HPE Bulgaria
16:20 – 16:40 Keynote: Brain Fit, beyond AI – Being Neuro-agile
Neville Pritchard, CEO & Founder, People in Flow
16:40 – 17:00 Keynote: The Sky is Not a Limit
Mario Bakalov, A-380 Pilot
17:00 – 18:00 Cocktail
PARALLEL PROGRAM: WORKSHOPS
ALFA 1 HALL
10:15 – 11:00
Virtual Power Teams - How to Deliver Projects Quicker, Succeed in the War for Talent and Develop your Organization for the Future!
Facilitator: Peter Ivanov, Manager, Entrepreneur and Virtual Teams Expert
12:10 – 13:00
Leaders and the Organizations of the Future - How to Be One of Them?
An interactive coaching session for managers
Facilitators: Emma Bersucka, Coach & Profiler, Ivan Dinkov, Consultant and Facilitator, MasterKeys
14:00 – 14:45
How to Build A Great Employee Experience From The Inside Out
by Joey Price, Founder, JumpstartHR, award-winning HR executive
16:00 – 17:00
Get up, cheer up and power up with the CHAIR UP program
Facilitators: Krasse Georgiev, Ultrarunner, Adventurer, Coach, Co-founder of Chair UP & Dimitrina Sivkova, Physiotherapist at Chair UP
ALFA 2 HALL
11:30 – 12:10
Business Processes Automation through robotization – best practices and challenges
Facilitator: Vladimir Kantchev, Founder, General Manager and Senior Consultant at Service Centrix
15:00 – 16:00
The Multigenerational Future
Workshop based on LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology
Facilitators: Tzvetelina Teneva, LEGO® Serious Play® Certified Facilitator
Ralitza Stanoeva, LEGO® Serious Play ® Co-Facilitator
The Business Institute