28 November 2019, Sofia Event Center
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The event

EY CFO Forum 2019
Finance function transformation 

In a world of unprecedented changes at all levels, the broad scope of challenges top financial executives are facing is unlike any other period in modern business history. Increasing amount of risk, connected and volatile markets and rapid advance of technology are putting great pressure on finance leaders. Expected to lead the change in the organizations, CFOs are transforming Finance for the digital age and resetting the way value is delivered. And transformation requires not only traditional financial skills, but also more strategic and market-facing responsibilities. In an effort to support CFOs in these dynamic times, EY and Capital are bringing back the CFO Forum as a community platform of Finance professionals in Bulgaria. With a strong history of five editions in the past, the CFO Forum is coming with insight and guidance on aspects of interest to CFOs and future finance leaders as they seek to develop themselves, their teams and learn from others within the community.

Some of the key topics for discussion at the CFO Forum: 
- The forces and trends that are changing the CFO profession
- Using data and technology to drive a new future for digital reporting 
- How CFOs can use blockchain to drive value for finance? 
- How have companies in Bulgaria progressed towards digital transformation 
- The significant shift of Beyond budgeting approach 
- Transforming Finance function through Shared services 
- Building Finance team of a growing organization 
- What does it take to make it to the top in the finance function?


  • Nikolay Garnev

    Nikolay Garnev Country Managing Partner, EY Bulgaria, N. Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo

    Nikolay Garnev is the Country Managing Partner for EY Bulgaria, N. Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo. He is also the Risk Management Leader for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe and Central Asia (CESA) region of EY which consists of 31 countries. Garnev has more than 20 years of experience in working with international and local clients in a number of countries in Southeast Europe.His areas of expertise include audit, advisory and transaction support services in a number of sectors, primarily banking, insurance, real estate and energy. Garnev holds a master’s degree from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria. He is a fellow of the UK Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ICPA) in Bulgaria.
  • Bjarte Bogsnes

    Bjarte Bogsnes Beyond budgeting institute

    Bjarte Bogsnes has a long international career, both in Finance and HR. He is a pioneer in the Beyond Budgeting movement, and has been heading up the implementation of Beyond Budgeting at Equinor (formerly Statoil), Scandinavia’s largest company. He led a similar initiative in Borealis in the mid- nineties, one of the companies that inspired the Beyond Budgeting model. Equinor realized that traditional leadership and management practices no longer work in today’s competence organizations operating in business environments more complex, dynamic and unpredictable than ever. The company implemented innovative alternatives to traditional management, like abolishing traditional budgets and calendar-based management in favor of more decentralized, agile and human processes. Bjarte is Chairman of Beyond Budgeting Roundtable (BBRT). He is a popular international business speaker and is the winner of a Harvard Business Review/McKinsey Management Innovation award. Bjarte is also author of "Implementing Beyond Budgeting -Unlocking the Performance Potential", where he writes about his almost twenty-five years long Beyond Budgeting journey.
  • Aneliya Gikinska

    Aneliya Gikinska Transformation & Processes Improvement Lead, Europe Asia & Africa BSO Countries, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

    In Coca Cola Hellenic I’m part of Finance function transformation, that is going trough rapid change. We have started with centralization of accounting processes in shared service center which gave us further automation opportunities. We have implemented robotics and artificial intelligence in accounting, automated many month end closing tasks from invoice posting to international VAT recovery. And this is only the beginning of our digital journey.
  • Dimitar Dekov

    Dimitar Dekov Founder and CEO of B EYE

    "I am here to help organizations enhance their decision-making processes at every level. I have been bringing my passion for analytics, discovery and driving change to dozens of companies for more than a decade. My clients have been numerous outstanding companies in the Financial Services, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Retail and Real Estate sectors across the globe. What brings us together is the drive to become better every day."
  • Peter Bozadziev

    Peter Bozadziev CEO, Member of the Board of Directors, Monbat AD

  • Victor Spiriev

    Victor Spiriev Group CFO, MonbatAD

  • Laeeq Shabbir

    Laeeq Shabbir Senior Manager, Global Assurance Blockchain & EMEIA Assurance Banking Capital Markets, EY

    Laeeq has ten years of experience in the field of Audit with range of Banking clients. Joined EY during the phase of recession and so "change" (internally in EY or via clients) has been a consistent part of his career. Laeeq’s expertise lies on blockchain assurance, using the blockchain analyser for public or private network; developing new ideas for better ways of auditing and innovation. He is engaged across multiple projects and GoToMarket across EMEIA with the view of rolling the methodology across the globe.


09:00 – 9:30 Registration

Part 1: Welcome and introduction

9:30 – 10:00 The Forces and trends that are changing the CFO profession
Introduction by Nikolay Garnev, Country Managing Partner, EY Bulgaria

10:00 – 11:00 Beyond budgeting- an agile management model for new business and new people
Bjarte Bogsnes, Chairman, Beyond budgeting institute and Senior Advisor Performance Framework, Equinor

11:00 -11:20 Coffee break

11:20-12.00  How CFOs can use blockchain to drive value for the Finance function
Intercompany invoicing blockchain tool demo| EY Global Assurance Blockchain

12.00-12.30 The journey of digital transformation – the case of Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company 
Aneliya Giginska, Transformation & Processes Improvement Lead Europe Asia & Africa BSO Countries
Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

12:30 – 13:10 Lunch break

13:10 – 13.30 Data and advanced analytics – the disruption that will change finance
Dimitar Dekov, Founder and CEO, B EYE

13:30 -14:00
What does it take to reach to the top of Finance profession, the story of Viktor Spiriev, CFO, Monbat  Group
Succession planning in the Finance Function: Building a team and nurturing leadership 
Conversation with Peter Bozadjiev and Viktor Spiriev, Monbat


ACCA Devin Chucky's glenfiddich seewines


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