23 October 2017, Sofia Event Center, Cherni Vrah Blvd 100
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The event

The Annual conference for HR and management organized by Capital and Karieri is the leading event in Bulgaria in the field of leadership and management of people. 
Starting from this year we will broaden the scope of the previously covered HR topics. We will focus on the future of work and professions and how these concepts have been redefined. Our aim is to be up to date with the dynamically transforming reality and to explore the everyday challenges managers and team leaders are facing. 
​We hope that combining a challenging agenda with successful and influential participants, and a networking atmosphere, during which the participants can share and learn from each other, will help the event become a traditional annual platform for business leaders and HR professionals in Bulgaria and the region.
Some of the topics:
• What is the future of work and which are the professions of the future
• Robots and AI in the work process: how to build a “team” of humans and robots
• What are the new challenges managers have
• How to effectively manage international teams and people from different ages
• How to be more productive and achieve better work-life balance
• What’s the workplace of the future

When and Where
25 October 2017
Sofia Event Center

1 day - keynotes, discussion sessions, networking sessions and workshops

500+ 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.

Early-bird registration until September 30th: participation fee: 130 BGN excl. 20% VAT
Participation fee after September 30th: 200 BGN excl. 20% VAT

Deadline for registration: October 23


  • Dave Ulrich

    Dave Ulrich Professor, Author, Keynote Speaker, Management Coach, Consultant, Co-founder of RBL Group

    Ranked as the #1 management guru by Business Week, profiled by Fast Company as one of the world’s top 10 creative people in business, a top 5 coach in Forbes, and recognized on Thinkers50 as one of the world’s leading business thinkers, Dave Ulrich has a passion for ideas with impact. In his writing, teaching, and consulting, he continually seeks new ideas that tackle some of the world’s thorniest and longest standing challenges. His bestselling books and popular speeches inspire the corporate and academic agenda. Dave has co authored over 30 books and 200 articles that have shaped three fields: - Their (Dave Kryscynski, Wayne Brockbank, and Mike Ulrich) new book Victory Through Organization builds on data from over 32,000 respondents to show how stakeholders and businesses win through building stronger organizations. With co-authors, he has influenced thinking about organizations by defining organizations as bundles of capabilities (Organization Capability) and worked to delineate capabilities of talent management (Why of Work; Talent Accelerator), culture change (GE Workout), learning (Learning Organization Capability), and collaboration (Boundaryless Organization). - Dave’s work on Leadership Capital Index defines leadership through investor expectations that helps realize the market value of leadership. This work shapes and brings rigor to how investors, boards of directors and ratings agencies evaluate leadership so that leaders create real value to others. With colleagues, he has also articulated the basics of effective leadership (Leadership Code and Results Based Leadership), connected leadership with customers (Leadership Brand), and synthesized ways to ensure that leadership aspirations turn into actions (Leadership Sustainability). - He and his colleagues have shaped the HR profession and he has been called the "father of modern HR" and "HR thought leader of the decade" by focusing on HR outcomes, governance, competencies, and practices (HR Champions; HR Value Added; HR Transformation; HR Competencies; HR Outside In). He spearheaded a "gift" book on the future of HR (The Rise of HR) distributed to over 1,500,000 HR professionals), in which 70 thought leaders freely share their insights. He has spoken to large audiences in 88 countries; performed workshops for over half of the Fortune 200; and coached successful business leaders. He is co-founder of the RBL Group (www.rbl.net) a consulting firm that increases business results through leadership, organization, and human resources. He gives back to the profession and others, having worked as Editor of Human Resource Management for 10 years, being a Trustee and advisor to universities and other professional groups, and serving on the Herman Miller board for 15 years. He is known for continually learning, turning complex ideas into simple solutions, and creating real value to those he works with. Wendy and Dave serve frequently in their church, have 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and get their greatest glee when their grandkids’ eyes light up at seeing them.
  • Jon Ingham

    Jon Ingham Human Resources and Organization Development Consultant

    Jon Ingham is a UK based consultant who focuses on applying insight and innovation to talent management, organisation design and development. Much of his work is informed by a strong belief in the potential offered from a smarter investment in people and the consequent opportunity to create new value for a business. on previously worked as an HR Director for EY, based in the UK and then in Moscow, covering the former Soviet Union. He was then Head of HR Consulting at Penna, a large UK based HR consultancy and a Director in Human Capital Consulting for Buck (Conduent) the global business and HR process outsourcing firm. He now works as an independent consultant. Recent clients have included a European financial services firm where HR had to sign up to providing half of the firm's planned financial growth. Also, acting in an interim head of organisation development capacity for a major UK retailer, planning for the introduction of a new digital business strategy. Jon also provides training and writes articles on new opportunities for the HR function. This includes posting on a well known blog, Strategic-HCM. In 2016 he co-authored an article, Building Better HR Departments, together with Dave Ulrich. He also has written a new book The Social Organization (June 2017). This book outlines a new opportunity for businesses to compete through the relationships between their people including through organisation design. He also partners with Glassdoor to provide UK media commentary on the world of work and has recently appeared on the Radio 4 Today programme, BBC Breakfast, BBC World Business, and Sky Breakfast. Jon has a BA in Psychology, a Masters in Engineering and an MBA. He is a Fellow of the CIPD. He has frequently been recognised a leading influencer in HR, eg he was listed as the 7th most influential UK HR Thinker by HR Magazine in 2013. HR Examiner include him in their list of the top 100 influencers and state "Ingham is still early in his career. It’s not outrageous to imagine him as the next Ulrich."
  • Fleur Bothwick

    Fleur Bothwick EMEIA Director of Diversity and Inclusion at EY

    Fleur is the Director of Diversity and Inclusive Leadership (D&I) for the EMEIA Region at EY which is made up of Europe, Middle East, India and Africa with ninety nine countries and 105,000 people. Her role entails developing, driving and embedding an integrated diversity strategy across this large multi-disciplined matrix organization. A key focus for this role is stakeholder engagement, specialist consultancy, change management and brand development in the market.. Fleur is a regular conference speaker and contributor to articles and research in this field, publishing a series of thought leadership, most recently on how to take the LGBT agenda global. She has co-authored a book on Inclusive Leadership which was published in October 2016 – www.diversityandinclusiveleadership.com Prior to joining EY, Fleur spent 18 years in the Investment Banking Sector. Latterly at Lehman Brothers for 7 years where she was initially Head of HR for Capital Markets in Europe – Fixed Income, Equities and Private Clients. In January 2002 she was asked to develop the Lehman diversity strategy for Europe. During this period LB received a number of accolades in recognition of their D&I progress; they launched a suite of employee networks, trained recruiters in unconscious bias, drove a firm wide initiative to increase the take up of flexible working and launched a supplier diversity programme. Fleur was also active in the market sitting on external committees and boards such as the London Development Agency and the Docklands Chaplaincy. Fleur has a Masters in HR Strategic Management. She was a founding member of the advisory board for Diversity Works for London, is the former Co-Chair of the Board of Working Families and Former Member of the Advisory Board of WE Connect Europe. She is currently the Co-Chair of MSDUK and a judge for Race for Opportunity and the co-founder of the EMEA forum In 2010 she was awarded the Women in the City Parity Award and in 2013 Brummels named her in their list of the top 30 Inspirational Women on Boards. In early 2016, she was the policy lead for Women in Business and Politics for the Womens Equality Party, UK In February 2013 she was profiled in the Financial Times. She is a Director of the NAS Academies Trust and Chair of Governors of NAS Vanguard School, a free school opening in Lambeth for children on the autism spectrum. In the Queen’s 2013 New Years Honours List, she was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her contribution to Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace.
  • Markus Heingärtner

    Markus Heingärtner Founder and Managing Partner, dignit.at

    Markus Heingärtner is the Founder and Managing Partner of dignit.at, a consultany for Digital Strategy. As Ambassador of the Singularity University he brings knowledge and enthusiasm about Exponential Technologie and Organizations to Vienna. With his startup usetwice.at he pioneered the Sharing Economy in Austria.
  • Andrei Cretu

    Andrei Cretu Co-founder of 7card, Managing Partner at V7 Capital

    Andrei has co-founded 7card, Romania's first and largest subscription-based service that offers unrestricted access to a wide range of sports and leisure centers. Тhe card allows subscribers to check in to studios offering more than 40 different types of sport and leisure activities. Prior to founding the company that owns the 7card brand, Andrei was for more than 8 years a professional business consultant for prominent companies operating in Central and Eastern Europe. 7card is currently part of Sodexo Romania.
  • Teodor Panayotov

    Teodor Panayotov CEO at Coursedot

    Teodor Panayotov is founder and CEO of Coursedot, one of the biggest marketplaces for tech training. Teodor has 10 years of experience in the tech training industry both as a trainer and Business Development Manager at one of the leading training companies in Europe. At the time of his certification, Teodor was the youngest Certified Cisco Systems Instructor in Europe. In 2013 Teodor took part in Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program and currently he is Head of Singularity University Sofia Chapter. Teodor is Exponential Organizations Expert and Chief Information Officer at The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria.
  • Margarita Mayo

    Margarita Mayo Professor of Leadership at IE Business School in Madrid

    Margarita Mayo (margaritamayo.com) is Professor of Leadership at IE Business School in Madrid. She was recently nominated for the 2017 Thinkers50  Leadership Award, dubbed as "The Oscars of Management Thinking" by the Financial Times. Margarita is the Author of Yours Truly: Staying Authentic in Leadership and Life (Bloomsbury, 2018). Yours Truly brings you the inspirational experiences of authentic leaders interwoven with the results of more than 20 years of academic research. She is a Fulbright Alumni of Harvard University and has taught at some of the world’s leading business schools such as the Ivey School of Business in Canada, ESMT in Berlin, and Lancaster University in the UK. Her publications have appeared in the Harvard Business Review and in the leading academic journals – including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Human Relations, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Organizational Research Methods, Human Resource Management, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and the Leadership Quarterly. – She speaks regularly at international conferences worldwide and her media commentary has appeared in the Financial Times, Fortune, the Guardian, the Economists, Forbes and the Economic Times of India. Margarita was educated in Europe and the United States. She has a B.A in Psychology from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid; an M.A. in Psychology from Clark University; and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the State University of New York at Buffalo (where her thesis on leadership and diversity was a finalist in the Best Dissertation Award in the United States).
  • Kostas Zoulias

    Kostas Zoulias Human Capital Consulting Director of ICAP Group Executive Coach and Mentor

    Twenty eight years of management and consulting experience, at Mars, ICAP and Jotis in Greece and South Eastern Europe. Has been a part of executive teams for nine years in roles such as Regional Director responsible for Sales and Marketing in the Adriatic Markets, Marketing Director Balkans, Marketing Director Greece, HR Director Greece, whereas earlier has served as Sales and Marketing manager Ice Cream, Business Planning Manager, Logistics Manager and Customer Service manager. Kostas has served as the Exports Manager of Jotis children food and desserts for two years. As a Human Capital Consulting Director for ICAP, has contributed in establishing the ICAP brand in the industry and has developed and run a large number of projects in all areas of the HR function for large International and Greek clients. Expert in assessments, certified trainer of Hogan Assessments, Kostas has certified more than 150 practitioners in the use of personality inventories. As an executive coach, specializes in Senior and Middle managers and acts as a mentor to HR professionals. Additionally, works extensively in team development with the use of 360 feedback and psychometrics. His methodology is based at first on creation of strong strategic self-awareness for the individual and then providing support through coaching, mentoring and training interventions. Mr. Zoulias leads a team of international consultants who share a background of vocational psychology. He has participated in a number of events as speaker or trainer, such as in ICAP’s Human Capital Summits, in the Greek Personnel Management Association, The Hellenic Management Association, the Greek Personnel Management Association of Northern Greece, as well as in internal events of numerous companies. Usual topics, concern assessing and developing talent from different approaches.
  • Maria Makuleva

    Maria Makuleva Country HR Business Partner at SoftServe

    Broad based HR Professional with more than 6 years of experience working in global, matrix HR organizations in high tech and digital services companies. Skilled in Career & Performance Management, Talent Acquisition and Development, HR Business Consulting & Organizational Development and Change Management.
  • Dima Peteva

    Dima Peteva Creative and Brand Director, SiteGround

    Dima was among the first people to join the team of SiteGround, an international tech company, founded in Bulgaria, which holds the leading places in AON’s Best Employers of Bulgaria survey with nearly 90% employee engagement rates for the past two years.
    Since 2004 Dima has played a key role in different departments such as Project Management, Product and Creative Marketing, as well as in the strategic planning and development of a couple of sub-brands. Today she is SiteGround’s Creative and Brand Director.
    Due to the rapid growth of the company and its team in the past couple of years her work focuses not only on building and positioning the SiteGround brand in front of existing and potential customers, but towards current and future team members as well.
  • Zornitza Iankova

    Zornitza Iankova Country HR Manager, HPE Bulgaria

    Zornitza Iankova is the Country HR Manager of Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Bulgaria as of June 2011. In this role she is responsible for the two entities of HPE in Bulgaria – HP Bulgaria Go To Market Organization & HP Global Delivery Bulgaria Center, with now around a thousand employees in various functions and profiles. In the past years, she has been leading several projects in the country and CEE&I sub-region, including a temporary assignment as a Russia and CIS HR Manager in 2014, CEE&I Management Of Change Lead during the HP Inc. Separation Project and Divestiture Management Office Lead for HR in the ES/CSC Spin off/Merge project. In the past several years her work has been primarily focused on Transformation, Management of Change and MADO Projects leadership in HR.
    As of 1st March 2017 Zornitza has been appointed Cluster Lead for Bulgaria and Israel. Further to this, she leads the EMEA HR Hub in Sofia.
    As of April 2017, she is heavily involved in Labor Relations projects for the EMEA region, leading the SNB/ EWC negotiations for HPE.
    Zornitza holds a Master Degree in Organizational Psychology and has close to 20 years of progressive HR experience in different roles. She has started her career in Bulgaria by joining VM Finance group in 1999 as HR Manager, gaining additional experience in HR Manager roles in OMV and Melexis. In these roles she was responsible for Workforce planning, Talent Acquisition, Talent Development and Management, Compensation and benefits, Employee Relations.
    In 2005 she moved to the San Francisco, California, US and has been holding a position as a Business Analyst for Autodesk, in leading HR optimization and efficiency improvement projects for the HR organization. Prior to joining HPE, Zornitza held the position of HR Director for Southeastern Europe for Aurubis, a leading integrated copper group and the world’s largest copper recycler.
    She is an active member of various professional organizations, in Bulgaria and the USA, including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in USA, Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA), and the Bulgarian People Management Association.
    Zornitza has strong interest in transformation and change management projects, people development, coaching and mentoring and process efficiency improvements.
  • Anelia Dimova

    Anelia Dimova Head of Human Resources, Aurubis Group for South-Eastern Europe

    Anelia Dimova is Head of Human Resources at Aurubis Group for South-Eastern Europe. As a senior management team member of one of the biggest metal producers worldwide, Anelia Dimova is in charge of the process management and policy development regarding talent acquisition, training, development, compensation and benefits. She started her HR managerial career at Roca Bulgaria and later moved to HR management positions at BTC and Solvay Sodi. Aneliq Dimova holds Master’s degree in International Economic Relations from Varna University of Economics and Executive Leadership certificate from the Cornell University, USA.
  • Zlatina Mihaylova

    Zlatina Mihaylova Head of Leadership Programmes, MDV Professional Education​

    Zlatina is actively working the field of people management and organizational development for more than 19 years. Prior joining MDV Professional Education Team, Zlatina was Manager Organisational Development for denkstatt group (in Austria, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia), and Managing Director for denkstatt bulgaria.
    In her group role, she was responsible for the creation of engaging and working processes in knowledge and people management; for mentoring people in the organization to achieve their professional goals; and for supporting managers to create and sustain company culture.
    Zlatina has broad experience with different industries and clients, accumulated also in Deloitte Bulgaria as a Manager in  Management Consulting team. For the 7 years, dedicated to the company, Zlatina was part of the HRTransformation processes, culture and organizational diagonostic projects, people development engagements, etc.
    Zlatina has trained more than 6,000 individuals, in more than 10 countries and from various professional background and age. She is a referent on group-dynamic psychological trainings and organizational diagnostics expert.
    Zlatina constantly updates her expertise in the dynamic spheres of human resources, social psychology, corporate responsibility and leadership.
  • Emanuela Kozhushkova

    Emanuela Kozhushkova Director People and Company Success, Telerik Academy

    As Director "People and Company Success" at the leading tech-ed organization Telerik Academy,
    Emanuela Kozhushkova is responsible for all strategic programs that help partner organizations attract key talent and Telerik Academy students develop in-demand soft skills, imperative for a successful career start. Emanuela brings extensive international experience in Human Capital, with a focus on talent acquisition and management, and career development. She has held leadership roles in talent development and management at Telerik and then Progress, following the acquisition of the leading Bulgarian software company in 2014. In her previous role, Emanuela integrated an innovative approach that fuels and enhances employee performance and has been implemented across all Progress offices in the USA, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. Under her leadership, the company instituted a common global approach for defining employee goals, as well as developed and implemented innovative talent management and development practices. Emanuela has also occupied various Human Capital roles in Accedia,Coca-Cola HBC and the American University in Bulgaria. She holds a master’s degree in Organizational Studies from Tilburg University in the Netherlands and a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Cognitive and Social Psychology from Jacobs University in Germany.
  • Nevena Taneva

    Nevena Taneva Nevena Taneva, HR Manager, SAP Labs

    Nevena Taneva is the HR Manager of the development center of SAP in Bulgaria as of April 2017. She is responsible for the HR Business Partner function and the implementation of the SAP global strategy for people development. Nevena has 14 years of overall HR experience, 4 of which as Manager of the HR Business Partners’ team at one of the largest Bulgarian banks /UBB/ and 8 as Senior Consultant at AIMS Human Capital Bulgaria. Nevena has a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Sofia University.
  • Borislava Georgieva

    Borislava Georgieva HR Manager at Naxex Technological Development

    Borislava Georgieva is the HR Manager of  NaXex Technological Development.She has more than 10 years’ experience in development, management, recruitment and retention of human capital  in the IT industry. She has a MBA from an American university.Borislava is the initiator of HR#IT group in Bulgaria and also a lecturer in Management in IT Master’s Degree program of VUZF and NaXex.


9:00 – 9:40 Registration and coffee

Chairman Part I: Zlatina Mihaylova, Head of Leadership Programmes, MDV Professional Education​

9:40 - 9:45 Official Opening
Galya Prokopieva, CEO, Economedia

9:45 - 9:50 The Professions of the Future and the Importance of Higher Education
Prof. Anastas Gerdjikov, Rector of Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"

9:50 – 10:20 The Future of the Organizational Structure
Jon Ingham, HR/OD Strategist, Author, Speaker

10:20 – 10:40 De-Commoditising Employee Retention: Challenges and Opportunities of the Bulgarian Benefits Market
Andrei Cretu, Co-founder, 7Card, Managing Partner, V7 Capital

10:40 – 11:00 The Exponential Organisation – from Scaling Efficiency to Scaling Learning
Markus Heingärtner, Founder and Managing Partner, dignit.at

11:00 – 11:30  Coffee break

11:30 – 11:50  Authenticity: The Antidote to the Crisis of Confidence in Leadership 
Margarita Mayo, Professor of Leadership, IE Business School, Madrid

11:50 – 12:10 The Dark Side of Leadership
Kostas Zoulias, Human Capital Consulting Director, ICAP Group

12:10 – 12:30 Why Inclusive Leadership Has Never Been More Important in the World of Work
Fleur Bothwick, EMEIA Director of Diversity and Inclusion, EY

12:30 - 12:45 The Future of Corporate Training
Teodor Panayotov, CEO and Founder, Coursedot

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch

Chairman Part II: Аnelia Dimova, Head of HR South-Eastern Europe, Aurubis Bulgaria

13:45 – 14:45 Discussion Panel: HR in the IT sector: Innovations, Trends, Best Practices

Moderator: Borislava Georgieva, HR Manager, Naxex

Maria Makuleva, Country HR Business Partner, SoftServe
Zornitza Iankova, Country HR Manager, HPE Bulgaria
Emanuela Kozhushkova, Director People and Company Success, Telerik Academy
Nevena Taneva, HR Manager, SAP Labs Bulgaria

14:45 – 15:00 Investing in People's Happiness
Dima Peteva, Brand Director, SiteGround

15:00 – 16:30 HR Value Added: Future Trends and Practical Advice
Special guest: Dave Ulrich, University Professor, Author, Keynote Speaker, Management Coach and Advisor

16:30 - 17:00 Q&A with Dave Ulrich
Moderator: Zornitza Iankova, Country HR Manager, HPE Bulgaria

17:00 Closing remarks


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