28 - 29 September 2017, Plovdiv
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The event

Technology advances are blurring the boundaries between the digital and physical world. Intelligent, interconnected systems now support activities along the entire value chain. The AI is changing how we work, how we produce and will change the way we live. What does this mean? It means reduced costs and improved efficiencies.
It means greater speed and scale. It means smarter products and services. It means evolving from disrupted to disruptor.
About the event:
The conference will examine where is Bulgaria in this sea of change, what are Bulgarian companies and industries doing to become part of the new wave. What will this mean for the working force, for the growth and for region development?
The two days conference agenda will showcase the innovators and industrial champions who are already shaping the future.
- Where is Bulgaria on the European industrial map
- The role of the state in promoting economic growth and innovations
- Top 5 Business Forecasts for the Future of Industry
- The education and skills of the new era: new ways of learning and the new ways of working
- The Digital Revolution and New Business Models
- Industrial automation / the digital factory
- Outsourcing strategies for the modern industry

Place of the event:
International Fair Plovdiv, pavilion 7


  • Tomislav Donchev

    Tomislav Donchev Deputy Prime Minister for European Funds and Economic Policies, National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria

  • Ognian Zlatev

    Ognian Zlatev Head of the European Commission's Representation

  • 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.
  • Arup Banerji

    Arup Banerji Regional Director for the European Union Countries, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank Group

  • Maciej Bazyl

    Maciej Bazyl Management Consultant specialised in Operations, A. T. Kearney

  • Stefan Stoyanov

    Stefan Stoyanov Deputy Mayor of Plovdiv

    Currently a second-term Deputy Mayor of Plovdiv (since 2011). Stefan Stoyanov is responsible for education, business development, European policies and international cooperation.
    One of the focuses during his mandates is the establishment and the operations of Business Development Department at the Plovdiv Municipality. The Department is the first regional structure to attract investments and develop different economic sectors. Spheres of priority for Plovdiv are mechanical engineering, automotive manufacturing, information technologies and export of business processes. For the period of 5 years, the Business Development Department participates directly in the opening of more than 5000 new jobs and in the attraction of numerous investments in Plovdiv and the region. Together with his team, Stefan Stoyanov has prepared a complete conception for the popularization of the city and Trakia Economic Zone as an attractive investment destination, appropriate for strategic investors.
    During his work, Stefan Stoyanov actively participates in a number of innovative educational reforms and the establishment of Educational-industrial board that aims to involve business into vocational schools and the introduction of the dual educational system.
    At the end of 2016, due to his work on reforms in the field of education, he has been awarded as one of the top 100 innovators from Central and Eastern Europe according to the prestigious ranking of Google, the Visegrad Fund and the Financial Times.
  • Gunnar Muent

    Gunnar Muent Director of the Innovation and Competitiveness Department EIB

    Gunnar Muent works with the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Luxemburg. He is currently Director of the Bank’s Innovation and Competitiveness Department within EIB’s Projects Directorate that is responsible for the technical and commercial due diligence of investment proposals. The department is focusing on R&D-intensive sectors, including the engineering, automotive, chemical, pharmaceutical and telecoms industries, as well as the education and health sectors. Gunnar holds degrees in industrial engineering and a doctorate from technical universities in Germany. Prior to joining EIB, he worked as researcher at the German Fraunhofer Society and in various positions in the chemical industry.
  • Natalia Corobco

    Natalia Corobco Country Business Development Manager, Google

    Natalia is responsible for mobilizing Google’s investments to grow digital ecosystems in Bulgaria and Belarus. This involves developing go-to-market strategies for B2B products, strengthening the digital share of wallet, and working with key adtech partners on new market opportunities. She also manages Google’s largest customers in Tech, FinTech & Gaming verticals, providing advice on global expansion, digital capabilities and competitive positioning. Immediately prior to joining Google, she co-founded an online media and business directory platform and worked as a consultant at the International Finance Corporation (World Bank). Natalia holds an MBA from IE Business School, Spain. She works from Google’s office in Hamburg, Germany.
  • Dimitar Kaldamukov

    Dimitar Kaldamukov Senior Counsel, Tocheva and Mandazhieva Law Office

    Since 2005 Dimitar has been advising clients on securities law issues, IP and data protection, IT law/computer law. 
    Dimitar is experienced in cloud agreements; hosting services agreements; all kinds of software licensing agreements; copyrights protection issues on a national and EU level; advising clients on games of chance or other games in light of promoting their sales; transfer of personal data on a EU and outside-EU level; issues between Internet providers-hosting providers-consumers, etc. 
    Dimitar has been part of the Tocheva & Mandazhieva team which advised RWE Power AG on their bid for NPP Belene. Since 2011 is advising some of the biggest solar power producers in Bulgaria. 
    Part of Dimitar's recent interests relate to the legal nature of crypto currencies and ICO procedures; blockchain technology and its de lege ferenda application. 
    Dimitar has taken part in many M&A procedures, advising on all IT law and data protection issues concerned in the acquisition procedures. 
    Dimitar holds an LL.M. in Business law from George Washington University, Washington, DC. He was a Fulbright and а Thomas Buergenthal grantee for 2009-2010.
    He is fluent in English, has good command of Russian and basic command of Turkish.
  • Jos Schaetti

    Jos Schaetti Founder of Soltec

    Jos Schaetti is the founder of Soltec Ltd., a leading provider of complete solutions for Industry 4.0 in Bulgaria. He graduated from a dual system school with a specialty of a tool designer, and then got a degree in Mechanical Engineering in Switzerland. For over 20 years, Jos Schaetti has held leading positions in distinguished industrial enterprises in Europe, where he manages more than 200 employees. In 2009 he started his last project - Soltec Ltd. in Bulgaria, because he believes in the potential of the country and is pleased to participate in its development as an industrial force in Eastern Europe.
  • Georgi Stoef

    Georgi Stoef Co-founder of Industry Watch

    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
  • Yovko Lambrev

    Yovko Lambrev C0-founder of Trakia Tech

    Yovko Lambrev is an IT expert and entrepreneur with more than 10 years of experience working for some of the largest technological giants such as IBM and Siemens and telco, finance and industry clients. Open data and open standards advocate because of easy and seamless integration of multi-vendor platforms. Radical opponent of all the business models harvesting and farming user data providing "free" apps or services. Founder of the biggest open source software conference in Bulgaria - OpenFest - and famous longstanding blogger. Heavy supporter of the independent, civil publishing.

    One of the founders of Trakia Tech - platform for sharing technology and knowledge with a mission to digitally transform manufacturing and finance.
  • Anna-Marie Vilamovska

    Anna-Marie Vilamovska CEO, Working Ideas, Member of the Board for Digital Entrepreneurship, EC

    From 2003 to 2005 Anna-Marie, A RAND economics Ph.D., designed national pension system in Central and South Asia, the Middle East, and Central Europe for IBRD and IDA in Washington, D.C. and between 2005 and 2010 led applied innovation, health and education policy and financing projects for large corporate, government, international non-profit and multilateral clients at the RAND Corporation in Los Angeles and Brussels.
    From 2012 to 2017 Anna-Marie was the Senior Advisor for Innovation Policy and Healthcare Policy to Bulgaria’s President Rossen Plevneliev. As such she reengineered and led the President’s "John Atanasoff Outstanding Young Digital Scientists and Entrepreneurs Awards", Bulgaria’s largest philanthropic initiative "The Bulgarian Christmas", and chaired the Presidential Council for Science, Education and Economic Development.
    In 2015 the Financial Times, Visegrad Fund, Google and ResPublica listed her as one of the NewEurope100 outstanding individuals leading world-class innovation from CEE. In 2016 Anna-Marie received the Polish Republic’s Commodore’s Crest state insignia for her contribution to creating Innovative Europe, becoming one of its youngest holders.
    In February 2017 Anna-Marie launched her applied economics company Working Ideas. In the first half of 2017 she led the development of Plovdiv’s 2017 – 2022 Education Strategy for Growth, adopted by Plovdiv’s municipal council in July 2017. During the same period, she structured and led the first phase of the 2017 – 2020 IT Talent Hub Bulgaria – a public private partnership of the Bulgarian IT Industry and the Ministry of Education – under which in Sept. 2017 the new industry-designed "applied software developer" highschool degree program is launching in 23 schools nationally. 
    Anna-Marie represents Bulgaria at the EC Member States Board on Digital Entrepreneurship and is one of the national leads in the EC eSkills and Digital Entrepreneurship Campaigns. 
  • Emiliyan Enev

    Emiliyan Enev Co-founder and CEO of Recheck

    Emiliyan Enev is a business developer and entrepreneur in the field of digital technologies. He is a chairman of the NGO Startup Factory and works for developing the startup ecosystem and IT communities in North Bulgaria. Among his achievements are an award for participation in a recent CeBIT fair as a specially selected startup and winner in the competition App Challenge 2.0. His latest startup is in the field of managing digital identity of products through blockchain technology and electronic labels. The company is called Recheck and recently finished Dutch accelerator and started business operations in Western Europe.
  • Filip Genov

    Filip Genov Vice President and Special Projects Senior Manager at UniCredit Bulbank

    Filip 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.
  • Georgi Georgiev

    Georgi Georgiev Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP

    Georgi Georgiev Graduated the National High School for Economics & Trade in Plovdiv. He holds two degrees from the RWTH Aachen University in Germany – for Architecture and for Urban Planning Engineering. Since 2010 he has worked as a Project Designer & Manager on the field of Construction Processes Innovation at Fraunhofer IBP, since 2017 he is country representative and coordinator of Fraunhofer for Bulgaria and the region. 2014 – 2017 he was an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design ILEK, University of Stuttgart – Prof. Werner Sobek. Consultant on various international projects in the area of Innovationand Construction management. Visiting Professor for Construction Process Management at the Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics in Nanchang, China. Visiting Professor at Tongji University in Shanghai, China.
  • Yuriy Genov

    Yuriy Genov Executive Director and Member of the Board of Directors of DSK Bank; Chairman CIO Club

    Yuri Genov is Executive Director of DSK Bank. He is part of the team of DSK Bank since the autumn of 1999 - initially as Director of the Long-term Planning and Global-Bank Projects Directorate, and since 2004 he has been head of the IT Development and Implementation Department. Prior to joining DSK Bank, he worked at Biochim CB - first as an expert, and then as chief of the Applied Systems Department. He is a member of the Club of IT Managers in Bulgaria and is Chairman of the Management Board of the CIO Club. Winner of the prestigious award of the IT Managers Club in Bulgaria "IT Manager of the Year" for 2009 in the category "Management".
  • Kadir Sener

    Kadir Sener Regional Strategic Leadership - Cloud Sales Leader - Digital Transformation - Technology Business Development

  • Alexandru Tulai

    Alexandru Tulai Executive Director of Cluj Innovation City Foundation

    Alexandru Tulai has over 30 years of experience in the IT business and over 15 years in research and academia. He coordinated multiple projects and he has lead implementations of integrated software solutions for the support and development of companies from different business sectors as well as governmental level projects. During the last years, Alexandru had an important role as a business developer and business coacher, leading teams of consultants in important international (Belgian, German, Swiss etc.) software companies and leading implementation projects in Romania and abroad, in public and private sectors. Alexandru is certified as a Change Management Practitioner from APMG International, London and currently is the CEO of an organizational and leadership development company. Since 2012, Alexandru Tulai was elected the President of the Cluj IT Cluster leading the strategic development of the organization and acting as a business development manager in several projects run by the Cluster. He was the Executive Director of Cluj Innovation City Foundation and member of the Directors Board of the cluster. He is also an active supporter and promoter of technology transfer and innovation, creating during the last years important bridges between the academia and the business.
  • Cristiana Fernbach

    Cristiana Fernbach Counsel and Head of German Desk, Stratulat Albulescu Law Firm

    Cristiana specializes in practice areas that include Technology, Media and Telecoms including related Competition and Antitrust issues as well as Data Protection and Privacy Law, bringing to these fields over 14 years of experience and a talent for finding innovative legal solutions for those who design and promote these burgeoning technologies. After obtaining her LL.B. degree from Nicolae Titulescu University in Bucharest, she completed her LL.M. studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. Later she earned her MBA degree from Munich Business School. She has worked with a German law firm since 2005, both in its Bucharest and Berlin offices. In her Bucharest posting, she spent the last two years as the firm’s Coordinator of the Romanian IP & Technology practice. She is a member of the AmCham ICT Committee, of the Netherlands Romanian Chamber of Commerce IT&C Committee and of the Entrepreneurship Committee of the Professional Women Network.
  • JanJaap Boogaard

    JanJaap Boogaard Head of EMEA Workplace Solutions, Colliers International

    JanJaap leads the Colliers Workplace Solutions team in the EMEA region. JanJaap and his team help organizations rethink the way they work and develop innovative workplace strategies that impact on organizational goals like productivity, health of employees and becoming an employer of choice. He has a background in organization studies which enables him to approach each project from the human and organizational perspective and develop workplace solutions that truly accelerate business. JanJaap is specialized in developing and implementing workplace strategies and requirements for corporate clients by balancing global best practices and specific local demands based on local conditions and country culture.
  • Andon Simeonov

    Andon Simeonov Country Manager, SoftServe

    Andon Simeonov currently occupies the position of a Country Manager at SoftServe Bulgaria. Mr. Simeonov has over 15 years of experience in people and project management in a dynamically changing environment. Prior to joining SoftServe Bulgaria, Andon held a number of managerial positions in the telecommunication sector - in the structure of Eurocom, Megalan, Mnetwork, and in Mobiltel as Director of Fixed Services Directorate. In 2003 Andon graduated from the Technical University of Sofia with a Master's Degree in Telecommunications. In 2013, he completed his Executive MBA degree at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and the University of Minnesota.
  • Georgi Dimitrov

    Georgi Dimitrov Deputy Head of the Unit "Innovation and EIT" , European Commission

    Georgi Dimitrov joined the European Commission in 2008. He is Deputy Head of the Unit "Innovation and EIT" where his responsibilities include the EIT; new policy development related to innovation and higher education; digital transformation and education; and entrepreneurship education. He previous roles included setting up the EIT, general policy coordination and dealing with ICT and education. Before joining the Commission, Georgi worked for a leading multinational telecommunication company in Düsseldorf, Germany. Prior to that, he worked in a start-up in Germany for four years in different functions. Georgi studied at the University of Bonn (European Studies); the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (PhD); and the Open University UK (towards MBA in Technology Management).
  • Ahmed Busnaina

    Ahmed Busnaina William Lincoln Smith Professor, Distinguished University Professor and Director of the NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing

    Ahmed A. Busnaina, Ph.D. is the William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor, University Distinguished Professor, and founding Director of National Science Foundation’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) for High-rate Nanomanufacturing and the NSF Center for Nano and Microcontamination Control at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. Prior to joining Northeastern University in 2000, he was a professor and a director of the Microcontamination Control Lab at Clarkson University from 1983-2000. Dr. Busnaina is internationally recognized for his work on nano and micro scale defects mitigation and removal in semiconductor fabrication. He specializes in nanoscale printing of 2D and 3D structures for devices and sensors. He developed many techniques for the directed assembly of nanomaterials for the manufacturing of nanoscale structures for energy, electronics, biomedical and materials applications. His research support exceeds $54 million. He authored more than 600 papers in journals, proceedings and conferences. Organized and chaired more than 175 conferences, workshops, sessions and panels for many professional societies. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Nanoparticle Research. He also serves on many advisory boards including Samsung Electronics; Chemical Industry Nanomaterials Roadmap, International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors, Electronic Materials Letters, Journal of Particulate Science and Technology, Journal of Environmental Sciences, Journal of Advanced Applications in Contamination Control. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Adhesion Society, a Fulbright Senior Scholar and listed in Who's Who in the World, in America, in science and engineering, etc.). He was awarded the 2006 Nanotech Briefs National Nano50 Award, Innovator category, the 2006 Outstanding Faculty, SØren Buus Outstanding Research Award, Northeastern University 2006, the 2005 Aspiration Award, Northeastern University.
  • Krzysztof Herdzik

    Krzysztof Herdzik Owner and Managing Partner, You Can Business

    Owner and Managing Partner of project youcanbusiness.pl. He specializes in disruptive business models, innovations, future trends and modern leadership supporting 4.0 change. Senior manager with 16+ years of experience working as CFO, Country Manager and Managing Director for global organizations. Experienced setting up and leading multinational and multicultural businesses. He was awarded as the best manager in Central Eastern Europe in Outsourcing industry. Evangelist of cooperation between startups and corporate organisations.
  • Peter Ivanov

    Peter Ivanov Executive Director of American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria

    Peter Ivanov is an Executive Director of American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria as from May 2017. He has 20 years of professional experience in Bulgaria, Russia, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Peter was general manager of three corporations: Global US Corporation 3Com / USRobotics, Cisco Systems Bulgaria and Microsoft Bulgaria. In two of the companies, Peter started to develop the business from the start. Petar was general manager of a cluster for six countries in Central and Eastern Europe. From 2010 to 2012, he served as Executive Director of Russia Board in Cisco Systems. From Oct. 2010 to June 2012 Peter was Director for Strategy and Operation of Cisco Systems for Emerging Markets, based in Bedford Lakes London area at UK. Peter is an active member of the American community in Bulgaria and the region. He is a board member of Junior Achievement Foundation. Among the priorities of Peter are educational initiatives in the field of corporate social responsibility and start-up companies.
  • Krassy Petkov

    Krassy Petkov Founder, Milara International

    The founder of Milara Inc. has long track record of establishing and developing new ventures and companies in USA and in Bulgaria. Founder of ACOM, world leader in RF power supplies, founder of the US-based Milara Inc. and Milara International, located in Bulgaria, Krassi Petkov is a strong supporter of numerous start-up companies’ organizations and promotes novel technology development. During the past 15 years Mr. Petkov has initiated and carried out numerous projects in areas of automation, robotics, and electronics with significant value to Milara Incorporated and to its customers. His background in Mechanical engineering and experience in machine design, as well as his hands-on approach were instrumental to the success of Milara in companies and organizations ranging from high-tech to bio-pharmaceuticals and instrumentation testing.
  • Yordan Lambrev

    Yordan Lambrev General Manager, Amer Sports Bulgaria

    Yordan Lambrev holds a M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA from Manchester Business School’s Executive program. His experience is in management and reorganization of manufacturing companies and implementation of modern manufacturing systems and methods. Since 2012 he is a general manager of "Amer Sports Bulgaria" and his interests in the last years are in the area of collaborative innovation management and employee engagement in continuous improvement.  He is a Chartered Engineer and has participated in the technology planning and design of a number of industrial plants in Bulgaria.
  • Robert Dick

    Robert Dick Regional Manager, EVN Bulgaria

    Robert Dick has been holding the position of regional manager of EVN for Bulgaria since January 2015. For 8 eight years prior to that he has been taking different management positions in EVN AG group among which head of group function controlling, head of group function accounting and holder of power of attorney. Mr. Dick has studied business administration at University of Linz where he has also received a doctor`s degree.
  • Andrei Tsekov

    Andrei Tsekov Quality Management System Manager, Biomashinostroene

    Andrei is in charge of the Quality Management System and the introduction of new production systems and practices in Biomashinostroene AD, which he joined in 2008. He works to increase the company's competitiveness by monitoring the use of the latest technologies and practices for organization and management in manufacturing. His ambition is to turn the traditional production into a high-tech and efficient factory in which every young person would like to work.
  • Evgenia Peeva-Kirova

    Evgenia Peeva-Kirova CEO, Teach For Bulgaria

    Evgenia is a CEO of Teach For Bulgaria – non-profit organization that selects, trains and supports people with exceptional abilities to become teachers of students who need motivation most as well as long-term supporters of the cause of equal access to quality education. Prior to that Evgenia worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company where she advised companies in the technology, pharmaceuticals, industrial electronics, and non-profit sector. Evgenia graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her senior thesis focused on exploring the factors and impact of institutional entrepreneurship in university reforms in post-1989 Central Eastern Europe. Evgenia was voted Woman of the Year in the Community category in 2012 and listed in various prestigious rankings. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the American College of Sofia.
  • Jon Gladwish

    Jon Gladwish CEO, Sixty K AD

    Mr. Gladwish has been working in the Customer Service and Contact Centre business for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in operational management in customer-facing business environments in both the private and public sectors. His International experience is gained from working in most of the major European countries and some minor ones, and also on assignments in the US. During this period he has set up, managed and improved the operation of many contact centers for different industries, such as IT, leisure, financial service and communications companies. In addition, he has assisted "Blue Chip" companies in internal re-organisations, and in programme/project management for various operational improvements. He is adept at business re-engineering, including establishment of quality circles, workshops, training and customer service strategies and has managed revenue budgets in excess of (Euros10m) and capital expenditure (Euros 80M) with full Profit & Loss responsibility. At the moment he is managing one of the most successful Contact Centres in Bulgaria and on the Balkans – 60K. His incentive is to popularize the outsourcing concept in Bulgaria and at the same time to turn the county into a top outsourcing destination in Europe.
  • Spas Ivanov

    Spas Ivanov Sales Director, Centio

    Spas Ivanov is among the founders of the company's office in Plovdiv and later joined its central office in Sofia. Ivanov is ITIL v3 certified, certified lead auditor for ISO 27001 and certified internal auditor for ISO 9001, ISO 20000-1 and ISO 27001. Spas is the preferred Auditor Information Security for companies such as DBank, Bulgarian Posts, GDIN, Prosecutor of the Republic of Bulgaria and others. He has graduated Master in World Economy. Lecturer and presenter at the conference for information security "Reality in the cloud", Katarino 2010 and "Real security in a digital world", Velingrad 2012, The Critical Meaning of InfoSec and Data Storage for the business and administration 2016, etc. In everyday life, he is a man with an incredible sense of humour. He is always positive and smiling.
  • Mariana Trendafilova

    Mariana Trendafilova Human Resources Manager, Reward Gateway Bulgaria

    Mariana Trendafilova is a Human Resources Manager of Reward Gateway Bulgaria since the beginning of 2015. The company is a daughter of the English Reward Gateway UK group and it is based in Plovdiv.
    As a part of a company that is distinguished by its mission, company culture and innovative benefits, the challenges for Mariana and her team are related to the motivating and maintaining the employees’ engagement and incorporating company values ​​into all company activities.
    Prior joining Reward Gateway, Mariana has been in charge of the Yazaki Corporation's tutoring and development department in Yazaki Corporation for 8 years and since then she retained her love of Japanese management style and Lean Management Systems.
  • Ivan Mihaylov

    Ivan Mihaylov Site Manager, Viseon Electronics Bulgaria

    Ivan Mihaylov is the site manager of "Viseon Electronics Bulgaria" since 2012. He holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin - The Red McCombs School in the field of Innovation and Technology. He has a Master's degree in Business Administration from Sofia University and Computer Systems and Technologies from the Technical University of Sofia. Prior to "Viseon" and "Johnson Controls" (the predecessor of Visteon), he led the software team of Sofiyska Voda. He also worked in Globul.


Draft Program

09:30 – 10:15 Registration and welcome coffee

10:15 – 10:30 Official Opening
Ivan Totev, Mayor of Municipality of Plovdiv
Ognian Zlatev, Head of EU Commission Representative office in Bulgaria

10:30 – 11:45 First Discussion Panel
Where is Bulgaria on the European Industry Map
Policies that will foster Innovation and Growth

Moderator: Ognyan Georgiev, Editor, Capital

Tomislav Donchev
, Deputy Prime Minister, Bulgaria
Gunnar Muent, Director of the Innovation and Competitiveness Department European Investment Bank (EIB)
Arup Banerji, Regional Director for the European Union, World Bank Group
Mark Nicklas, Head of Unit "Innovation Policy for Growth, European Commission
Krassy Petkov, MS ME, MS Robotics, Founder and Distinguished Fellow
The founder of Milara
Robert Dick, regional manager for Bulgaria, EVN
11:45 – 12:15 Coffee Break

12:15 – 13:00 Second Discussion Panel
The Future of Industry

Moderator: Filip Genov, 
First Vice President/Special Projects, UniCredit Bulbank

Natalia Corobco, Country Business Development Manager, Google
Maciej Bazyl, Management Consultant specialised in Operations, A. T. Kearney
Kadir Sener, Regional Strategic Leadership - Cloud Sales Leader - Digital Transformation - Technology Business Development, Microsoft

13:00 – 14:00 Networking Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:00 Third Discussion Panel
Education and Skills for the new age

Moderator: Anna-Marie Vilamovska, CEO, Working Ideas, Member of the Board for Digital Entrepreneurship, EC

Georgi Dimitrov, Deputy Head of Unit “Innovation and EIT”, European Commission
Joseph Shetty, Founder of Soltec
Evgenia Peeva-Kirova, CEO, Teach for Bulgaria
Yordan Lambrev, General Manager, Amer Sports Bulgaria 

15:00 - 15:15 Keynote
Nanotechnologies and their potential to change the industry
Ahmed Busnaina, William Lincoln Smith Professor, Distinguished University Professor and Director of the NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing Northeastern University, Boston

15:15 – 16:15 Fourth Discussion Panel
Disrupting technologies and new business models

Krzysztof Herdzik, Managing Partner, You Can Business

Emiliyan Enev, Co-founder and CEO of Recheck
Georgi Georgiev, Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP
Adam Wisniewski, Advisory Director, PwC Poland
Peter Ivanov, Executive Director of American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria

Jassen Mihaylov, Project Partner, Drees & Sommer

16:15 – 16:30 Closing Keynote


10:30 – 11:30 First Discussion Panel
Digital Transformation and Digital-ready Culture in Traditional Industries

Moderator: Yovko Lambrev, Trakia Tech

Vince Meens (NL) - Manager Entrepreneurship Development of Brightlands Innovation Factory
Yuriy Genov, Executive Director and Member of the Board of Directors of DSK Bank; Chairman CIO Club
Alexandru Tulai, Executive Director of Cluj Innovation City Foundation
Andrei Tsekov, Quality Management System Manager, Biomashinostroene

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:00 Second Discussion Panel
Outsourcing Destination

Moderator: Stefan Stoyanov, Deputy-Mayor of Plovdiv Municipality

Andon Simeonov, General Manager, SoftServe Bulgaria
JanJaap Boogaard, Head of EMEA Workplace Solutions, Colliers International
Jon Gladwish, CEO, 60K 
Mariana Trendafilova, Human Resources Manager, Reward Gateway

13:00 – 14:00 Networking Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:00 Third Discussion Panel
Data Protection and ePrivacy

Moderator: Georgi Stoeff, Co-founder of Industry Watch

Dimitar Kaldamukov, Senior Counsel, Tocheva and Mandazhieva Law Office ​
Cristiana Fernbach, Counsel and Head of German Desk, Stratulat Albulescu Law Firm
Ivan Mihaylov, Site Manager, Visteon Corporation
Spas Ivanov, Sales Director, Centio


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