24 October 2018, 24 октомври 2018, Sofia Event Center
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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. 
The conference focuses on the future of work and professions and how these concepts have been redefined. 
Highlights in the program
➜ How to be a successful manager in the technological era?
➜ What does it take to be a charismatic leader in the modern age?
➜ How newly developed software, AI and robots will change the way we work and live
➜ How to adapt to the never-ending changes?
➜ What are the latest global HR, management and leadership trends?
The 15th edition of the leading forum on HR, leadership and management will focus on the
future trends and new technologies. You will have the chance to hear inspirational talks by
international speakers, get practical advice and experience by yourself different gadgets,
HR software or business management concepts.
When and where
24 October 2018
Sofia Event Center
keynote talks, discussion sessions, networking sessions, workshops
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.

Registration fee
Early-bird registration until August 31st: participation fee: 180 BGN excl. 20% VAT
Participation fee from September 1 to October 16: 230 BGN excl. 20% VAT
Participation fee from October 17 to October 23: 300 BGN excl. 20% VAT


  • Jan-Emmanuel De Neve

    Jan-Emmanuel De Neve Associate Professor of Economics and Strategy, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

    Jan-Emmanuel De Neve is a Belgian economist and professor at the University of Oxford. He is best known for his research on the economics of happiness which has led to new insights into the relationship between happiness and income, productivity, economic growth, and inequality. His research was selected among "The Management Ideas that Mattered Most in 2016" by Harvard Business Review and he was awarded the Ruut Veenhoven Award in 2015 for his contributions to the scientific study of happiness. De Neve is an associate editor of the World Happiness Report and a member of the Global Happiness Council and chairs its workplace wellbeing committee. Jan is a frequent advisor to governments and businesses including as a research advisor to Gallup. Prior to joining Oxford, Jan was Assistant Professor in Political Economy and Behavioural Science at University College London and a Visiting Professor in Economics and Political Science at INSEAD. Jan obtained his PhD from the LSE and was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard University. His research and commentary regularly feature in the media, including in The Economist, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and on the BBC. He is a frequent speaker at academic and non-academic conferences including at PopTech and TED.
  • Jesús Vega

    Jesús Vega Strategic Consultant, Author, Speaker, Independent advisor and Former Managing Director of Zara-Inditex

    Mr. Jesús Vega worked as Managing Director for Zara-Inditex, the largest and fastest growing fashion retail group in the world. At Inditex, Mr. Vega led the successful expansion of ten different fashion brands, including Zara, Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka and Stradivarius, among others. In addition, Mr. Vega headed up the Office of Corporate Human Resources at Zara. Previous to Inditex, Mr. Vega served in executive corporate roles at such notable corporations as Hewlett-Packard and Banco Santander, where he worked as Human Resources Managing Director for Spain, Latin America and the U.S., respectively. Currently, he is the one of Spain’s most dynamic and sought after international speakers, having given talks at prestigious companies and institutions in twenty different countries on four different continents. Mr. Vega is, in addition, an independent advisor and consultant to corporations and organizations in the areas of retail, fashion and business strategy. Mr. Vega is the author of The Sensual Company, a book which has been translated into nine languages and published in more than twenty foreign countries. He possesses a Law Degree from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and an MBA from IESE Business School. Mr. Vega is also a blogger in Expansión, the most important economic newspaper in Spanish, as well as a visiting professor at IESE in Barcelona.
  • David Mendlewicz

    David Mendlewicz Co-founder, Butterfly

    David Mendlewicz is CEO & co-founder of ​ Butterfly​ , an organizational data and science company that brings researchers, experts, employees and organizations together to improve the way we work. For over a decade David has a forged a career around an unmistakable entrepreneurial spirit and curiosity around how technology interacts with and enhances the real world. A creative technologist known for taking unconventional paths, his specific areas of expertise reside in artificial intelligence, machine learning and connected experiences. Prior to Butterfly, David’s most recent venture was as co-founder of TagHue, an IoT company that uses technology to connect digital and social channels with in-home lighting systems. David was also the co-founder of Tevizz, a big-data and data mining specialized in semantic analysis of online content for the sport and broadcasting industry. Before Tevizz, he co-founded PIXL Creations, a creative collective that produced immersive events and experiences at the intersection of music, art and technology. David is frequently cited in the press as a thought leader on AI and leadership, with press mentions in TechCrunch, VentureBeat, BFM Business, and Workforce. He has spoken at major industry events such as TechWeek, Social Media Week, CB Insights, and French Morning. A native of Brussels, Belgium, David lives in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Diego Soroa

    Diego Soroa Architect, Head of Innovation Lab, Singularity U Ambassador, ExO HeadCoach, Speaker and Instructor

    Diego Soroa Bilbao 1975, Spain, is an entrepreneur & architect, passionate about systemic change and the transformation of organizations & businesses. He was named Entrepreneur of the year in 2006 and Singularity University Global Impact Challenge Winner in 2013. He attended the SU Global Studies Program 2013 and is since Singularity University Ambassador in the North of Spain. He is an experienced ExO Exponential Organisations Head Coach, Speaker and Trainer and Entrepreneur in residence at Rokk3r. Diego is founder and director of 2 startups, Cuantics.com and Rise.works. For over 10 years he has led the first creative lab in Spain and consulted organizations worldwide. His work as an architect and as an artist has been recognized internationally. He is associate masters professor at IE Business School in Madrid, and at the University of Alcalá and an experienced lecturer, with two TEDx Talks. He is President of A.D.T.E.E. Association for Development of Exponential Organisations, a.k.a. Exponential Euskadi, a nonprofit to promote the exponential mindset among decision-makers and entrepreneurs
  • Manjuri Sinha

    Manjuri Sinha Global Lead – Technology Recruitment, Zalando SE

    Manjuri leads the technology talent acquisition team for Europe’s Leading ecommerce platform Zalando SE. She possesses international experience in Tech business Partnering and Talent Acquisition for mid to large organizations such as Accenture, and has worked and lived in India, Czech republic and Germany. Being an avid traveler, she also wears a dual hat of a speaker, mentor and a blogger.
  • Noor van Boven

    Noor van Boven Chief People Officer, N26

    Noor is the Chief People Officer at N26 and is responsible for scaling the organization while maintaining a high employee experience and guiding the organization through hyper-growth in a healthy way. Noor has over 15 years of experience in international Human Resources, specifically building, scaling and transforming organizations. Before joining N26, Noor was the VP People at SoundCloud and before SoundCloud, she led the Recruiting, Talent, and Organizational Development initiatives at TomTom worldwide. Noor is a Dutch native with a passion for travel. Work has given her the opportunity to live in New York, India and now Berlin.
  • Alessandra Solazzi

    Alessandra Solazzi Talent Acquisition Director, Accenture - Italy, Greece and East Central Europe

    Alessandra is a Human Resources professional with more than 15 years of extensive experience developed in Consulting and Hotellerie industry. She has significant management experience in different areas, such as organizational development, change management, professional development, talent acquisition and employer branding. Now, as Talent Acquisition Director, Alessandra actively works with her team to elevate candidate experience and find the right opportunity for each profile.
  • Anna Brandt

    Anna Brandt Global Talent Acquisition Leader, Brandt Talent Solutions

    Anna Brandt has been in Talent Acquisition for the last 12 years, of where half of the time in leadership roles helping Tech Organizations to scale their business. In 2017, Anna launched her own consultancy, Brandt Talent Solutions, and worked with Backbase and N26, two major players in fintech. Before that, she worked across multiple industries, from information technology at TomTom to e-commerce at Zalando. She has an international focus and as part of this has lived and worked in 3 different countries; Australia, Germany and The Netherlands.
  • Maria Ratz

    Maria Ratz Leader of PwC’s Academy Bulgaria

    Maria has more than 15 years of experience in the HR field – administration, organisational development, attraction and retention of leaders and talents in the organisation, people management and internal communications. She has an extensive experience in the creation and management of complex HR and training projects and initiatives implemented in multicultural environment. Maria has worked for companies from various industries among which telecommunications, bank, insurance, media, healthcare, IT and others. In 2015 Maria launched the PwC’s Academy in Bulgaria and as its leader took part in the development and implementation of many training projects in the fields of personal and business effectiveness, client services, leadership and coaching. Up to now successfully adapted and delivered are emblematic for the Academy initiatives such as PwC’s Mini MBA programme (8 editions completed in Bulgaria) and talks and business courses for modern professionals delivered by monks from Shaolin Temple Europe, etc. Maria is often invited as a guest lector at sessions and forums for sharing professional knowledge and experience with students and young professionals at the beginning of their career. Maria has completed her bachelor in Economy at University of Economics Varna and her masters in Management of Human Resources (part of the Open University programme) in New Bulgarian University. She has completed the ICF programme at Erickson International College Canada and is a certified professional coach. Maria also works as a professional coach, certified by the TACK International Israel and utilizes the Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) aimed at personal development as a certified SDI facilitator.
  • Ilias Sousis

    Ilias Sousis Head of Domestic Market, Agencies and YouTube, Greece, Bulgaria,Cyprus and Malta, Google

    Ilias Sousis is the Head of Domestic Market, Agencies and YouTube for Google, covering Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus & Malta. Previously, he served as Senior Business Development Manager for the markets of Southern Europe and Africa, based in Google’s European Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. In the past, he worked in the field of advertising, while he also founded his own company in clothing. He studied Economics & Business at the Athens University of Economics and Business and he holds a MBA from INSEAD.
  • Ruslan Papazyan

    Ruslan Papazyan Managing Director, Trelleborg AB

    Ruslan Papazyan is Managing Director of Trelleborg Bulgaria. Trelleborg is a Swedish based global leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, damp and protect in aerospace, automotive and industrial applications. The team in Bulgaria is responsible for over 60 markets in South-East Europe, Middle East and Africa within the Business area of Sealing Solutions. Trelleborg also operates a manufacturing site in the country focused on precision products for the automotive and food industries. Previous to Trelleborg Mr. Papazyan was with the industrial technology pioneer ABB where his roles in Bulgaria and Sweden included Factory Managing Director and Research and Development Group Manager. He holds a PhD degree in Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm and a MBA from the University of Sheffield.
  • Victor Francess

    Victor Francess Co-founder, Excitel, Co-founder, Orbitel

  • Volen Vulkov

    Volen Vulkov Co-Founder & Harmonizer-in-chief, Enhancv

    Volen is one of the three co-founders of Enhancv - a platform that helps you create a resume to be proud of. It's modern and people remember it. Nowadays, the company has more than half a million users, and Volen is taking care of the product team. He’s a graduate of the University of Sofia with a major in software engineering. During this time he was on an exchange in Germany and part of the Telerik Software academy. When returning in Bulgaria he joined Start It Smart, than Microsoft and after that a couple of other local organisations. He worked a couple of years as a software developer both in Bulgaria and abroad, before starting to study and work at Enhancv. Winner in the Next Generation 2018, the competition for young business leaders organized by Kapital and Karieri. He’s most proud of the team he built and believes that everyone has a lot of experience, but we’re all afraid to show it, even on a piece of paper.
  • Kristina Ivanova

    Kristina Ivanova Vice President of Operations, TELUS International Europe

    Kristina Ivanova is a Vice President of Operations at TELUS International Europe. She has been a member of the company's team for more than 12 years, having held various management positions related to the management of operational teams that have achieved the highest level of customer service. She has obtained the position of Procurator of the company and Vice-President of Operations in 2017. In her role she is responsible for the operations of all accounts serving more than 50 clients from the three sites of TELUS International Europe in Bulgaria. She has extensive experience in strategic project management and communication with clients from different industries. Prior to joining TELUS, she held various management positions in Bulgarian and foreign companies in the field of tourism. Kristina graduated language school in Sofia with a German profile and holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of National and World Economy.
  • Zoya Paunova

    Zoya Paunova Country Director, AstraZeneca България

    Education and Professional Experience Zoya Paunova has a Master degree in Pharmacy and has attended business education courses in Yale, INSEAD, specialized programs in Britain, Sweden and USA. Zoya Paunova has more than 20 years experience in Pharmacy. She joined ICI in 1992 and was appointed Country Director of AstraZeneca Bulgaria after the merger of Swedish Astra and British Zeneca in 2000. Membership and Chairmanship Zoya Paunova is a Deputy Chairman of ARpharM and Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum, Honorary Consulate of Sweden in Bulgaria, Board member of the Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria, member of the Experts Council of Teach for Bulgaria. Zoya is married and has two children.
  • Maria Atanasova

    Maria Atanasova Human Capital Business Partner, Developer Tooling at Progress

    Maria Atanasova has been part of the HR team at Progress (Telerik back then) since 2010 with a dynamic career path following the growth of the company. After Progress acquired Telerik in 2014, Maria took the role of a Global Human Capital Business Partner for the entire Progress engineering group (about 800 people). Today, Maria is a Director of Human Capital for the whole EMEA region, responsible for the overall employee experience and HR development in three major offices (Bulgaria, UK and the Netherlands). She is also acting as a strategic business partner for the Developer Tooling business unit at Progress. Maria has extensive experience in the full spectrum of HR management, as well as in leading the research, assessment and development of key global company initiatives such as Progress employer branding, global talent acquisition philosophy and candidate experience journey. Maria has Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the American University in Bulgaria, a diploma in Human Resource Management from CIPD, and has recently completed an HCI Strategic HR Business Partner certification. The recipe for success she follows in any HR initiative or program is: "Business driven, employee validated." She believes that working with software engineers has taught her to always look for the better solution, to be brave and to experiment.
  • Minna Naumanen

    Minna Naumanen Director Global HR Services at Cargotec

    Minna Naumanen, Director of Global HR Services at Cargotec, is an HR professional with over 16 years of experience in managing strategic and operational HR functions. Her expertise expands across various areas in HR, including general HR administration and service delivery, strategic people development and global HR transformation projects. Minna is happy to share her experience and explore with you how Leadership and People Development are the key drivers of modern organisations today. At the HR and Leadership forum, she will talk about "LEAD" an innovative leadership development program and why Leadership was introduced as one of the Must Win Battles at Cargotec
  • Victor Fachev

    Victor Fachev Head of Human Resources, Kaufland Bulgaria

    Victor Fachev is Head of Human Resources at Kaufland Bulgaria since October 2018. He has over 10 years of professional experience in the field of Human Resources Management in industries such as FMCG, pharmaceuticals, IT and outsourcing. Prior to taking his position at Kaufland Bulgaria, Victor was HR Business Partner for the Southeast-Central Europe at Sanofi. During his management the company won the award for best HR project of the Bulgarian Association for People Management. His broad professional experience includes his work for Hewlett-Packard in Sofia and Palo Alto, California. Victor Fachev graduated from the Lauder Business School – Vienna International College – with a degree in International Marketing and Management. Previously, he has studied at the American College in Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Tsvetanka Mintcheva

    Tsvetanka Mintcheva Head of Global Banking Services Division and Member of the Management board of UniCredit Bulbank

    Tsvetanka Mintcheva began her career at the bank as a trainee in 2001. Since then she has held various business-related and management positions at Retail Banking Division. She worked on the merger of the three banks within UniCredit Group as well as on a number of other projects in the field of retail banking, IT and organisation. Since 2007 Tsvetanka Mintcheva has been working on the design and development of the bank's alternative channels. She has made a significant contribution and has played a fundamental role in the development of retail banking, introducing innovations in different areas at the bank. Tsvetanka Mintcheva held the post of Director of Retail Banking Division and Member of the Management Board of UniCredit Bulbank from September 2013 until the end of 2017. Tsvetanka Mintcheva took up the post of Director of Global Banking Services Division in January 2018. She has a bachelor’s degree in the field of economics and an MBA degree in International Business. Tsvetanka Mintcheva is a member of the Management Board of the Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria and is actively engaged in supporting and developing women’s representation in managerial roles.
  • Ines Subashka

    Ines Subashka Founder, Inspired Fit Strong, Trainer, Author

    Ines Subashka is professionally engaged in sport since she was 12 years of age. She initially practiced basketball for 6 years. In 2005 she participated in the international basketball WAB camp and won the Most Valuable Player Award (MVP). At the age of 15, she went to America, where she won the "Rookie of the Year" Award. In 2007, on the Balcaniade for girls up to 18 years of age she again became MVP. After six heavy injuries in her shoulders, Ines was forced to give up her basketball career. She graduated in Marketing and Finance, but during that time, her passion for active lifestyle inspired her to found IFS – conditioning training halls, where more than 1,500 people are currently practicing. She has 3 successfully published books, studying the human body and the healthy lifestyle. She is doing group and individual workouts by concentrating on helping the "ordinary" person to challenge themselves, to reach sports achievements "reserved" only to professional athletes, and to unleash their potential by overcoming their own limitations. For Ines, the hall is a mini rehearsal for life - the place where, under controlled conditions, it helps people to change their attitudes towards themselves, get in better shape, and then use all the skills they have mastered to adapt them to the rest of their life. She defines herself as a "thing-seeker", devoted her life to the mission of discovering and constantly improving herself.
  • Metodi Georgiev

    Metodi Georgiev Executive Director of Cargill Bulgaria and Operational Director of Cargill’s shared service center in Sofia - Cargill Business Services Sofia

    Metodi Georgiev is Executive Director of Cargill Bulgaria and Operational Director of Cargill’s shared service center in Sofia - Cargill Business Services Sofia, since September 2015. Together with the company’s management team in Bulgaria Mr. Georgiev developed the center’s capacity to nearly 1000 employees, who deliver high quality business services. This is one of the reasons Cargill Business Services Sofia won the Bulgarian Outsourcing Association’s award for "Best Shared Services Center" in Bulgaria two years in a row – in 2017 and 2018. Metodi Georgiev has over 15 years of experience in multinational companies in Bulgaria and in the USA and has a deep knowledge of managing their operations growth in a dynamic and competitive environment. He has been a leader in centers for technical support and business services in a number of international companies, such as Hewlett-Packard Global Delivery Center, Siemens Enterprise Communications and others. He has graduated foreign trade and international law at the University of National and World Economy. He holds a Master’s degree in Technology Management from the University of Denver, USA and a Financial Management Diploma from ACCA, UK. For several years he is a member of the District Council of the Bulgarian Red Cross for Sofia District.
  • Boris Hristov

    Boris Hristov Founder of Presentation Agency 356labs

    Boris is the Founder of Presentation Agency 356labs, a PowerPoint MVP and a top-rated international speaker who has delivered presentations in more than 25 countries. Boris and his company are also the only presentation agency in the world to get invited to speak for two consecutive years at the biggest yearly Microsoft conference with more than 25 000 attendees – Microsoft Ignite. 356labs is the company behind presentations that closed multimillion-dollar deals, got startup investment from people like Bill Clinton and critical moments like the recent IPO of Gradus which became the second biggest IPO in the history of Bulgaria. Boris is also consulting and training companies like KPMG, Publicis, Roche, Unicredit Bulbank, Renault and many more in topics ranging from presentations skills and storytelling to the psychology behind slide design.
  • Rene Tomova

    Rene Tomova Co-founder, Creative Shower

    RENE TOMOVA is a co-founder of the design thinking agency Creative Shower and is leading the Design Thinking Lab at Eleven Ventures. She has an MBA/MIM degree from Weatherhead School of Management and The Thunderbird School of International Management in the USA. Creative Shower is a design thinking agency that helps companies move forward by transforming people, processes, products and services for better business results. The main purpose of Creative Shower is to be able to capture the insights of company’s customers and employees and turn them into actionable innovations and value added services and products. Rene has been a marketing, business and retail director at Mtel since 2002 till 2012 and was responsible for major strategic and tactical decisions in the company, establishing CRM capabilities and leading the retail division’s customer experience efforts. She has been known for her unorthodox approaches and innovation practices. For the last five years Rene has been working with startups and companies helping them tackle their innovation challenges. Her last project is about an innovative way of learning through analogies and accelerating the knowledge of successful Bulgarians – the masterclass series Moving Forward by Design.
  • Teodora Simeonova

    Teodora Simeonova Design Consultant, Creative Shower

    TEODORA SIMEONOVA is a training and development expert with 10+ corporate experience. She has worked in corporates from different industries where she has experienced the security madness of bank industry, the rapid decision making in food retail and the desperate attempt of telco businesses to look future forward. At all these places her professional goal remained one and the same - to get deeper and deeper in the field of people development. She has been a trainer for experts and managers, a designer of large scale training programmes and also the person, who drives this crazy wheel on a company level, designing programmes for 500+ people with an annual budget of 1+ millions BGN. She has been engaged in unique projects but the most rewarding one was the one in which she used Design thinking methodology. The large cross functional team engaged in this project used DT to revamp the employee experience in a corporation with 2000+ employees. For the last year she has been working in Creative Shower - a design thinking agency that helps companies move forward by transforming people, processes, products and services for better business results. She has been deeply engaged in the last innovative project of Creative Shower - the masterclass series Moving Forward by Design., which is about learning through analogies and accelerating the knowledge of successful Bulgarians.
  • Tzvetelina Teneva

    Tzvetelina Teneva Co-founder and Senior Facilitator, The Business Institute

    Tzvetelina Teneva is a Co-founder and Senior Facilitator and Consultant at The Business Institute. Experienced professional in entrepreneurship, business innovations, business ,modeling, market strategies, business development. Solution architect and facilitator at the Mtel Innovation Lab, Samsung Innovation Lab, Innovation in Action Academy of Solvay Sodi and Aurubis Bulgaria, project-based participation in the Unbound innovation and intrapreneurship of Unicredit Bulbank, Innoprenership Master Degree Programme (a joint programme with VUZF University) and Innopreneurship Master Class, "Intrapreneurship" module in the Sales Academy at Kamenitza AD, module in innovative business models for Devin AD. Co-author of Business Idea Mandala – a tool for initial assessment and analysis of new business ideas. Previously, MarCom Manager and Marketing Director at Orbitel, PR expert at the Government Information Service, freelance business. Master in Public Relations and Advertising. PhD Candidate in "Innovation Business Models for Social Entrepreneurship" – a joint PhD programme of VUZF University and Copenhagen Business School.
  • Mariya Staykova

    Mariya Staykova President of ICF Bulgaria Chapter

    Mariya has many years of experience as a facilitator business trainer, coach and mentor-coach. In the last few years she is dedicated to the establishment of high professional standards in the coaching profession in Bulgaria and considers her volunteer work in the ICF Bulgaria leadership team as another opportunity to fulfill her mission. Mariya is a professional certified coach (PCC) with ICF. She is an ICF Bulgaria member since 2014 and part of the leadership team of the organization as Director of Professional Development (2016-2017) and President at present. In 2018 Mariya was awarded by ICF Global with the Young Leader’s Award, which was given for the first time to six young leaders from around the world who are poised to lead the coaching profession into the future. Mariya is a managing partner of "Mentor Coaches", a young and dynamic company that offers complex coaching solutions to the business. She is a co-author, facilitator and mentor in the first Bulgarian coaching programs, accredited by ICF - "The PULSE of Coaching" - certification coach training program(130 ACSTH) and group mentoring program (24 CCE) which train coaches to the high ethical and professional standards of ICF and equips managers with the skills to be more effective, inspiring and influential with their teams. As a coach Mariya focuses on Moms in Business, supporting them to balance all the roles in their life in an authentic, harmonious and satisfying way and to create and live the life they desire. Mariya is a mother of three amazing boys, who are her teachers and inspirers.
  • Irina Vasilevska

    Irina Vasilevska Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Telenor Bulgaria, Managining Board member of the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum

    Telecom professional with 16 years of experience in one of the three main players in the telecom sector in Bulgaria - an affiliate of Deutsche Telekom for 5 years and a subsidiary of Telenor Group since 2013. Member of the company's Top Management team since 2008. In charge of the Regulatory, Governance, CSR, Public Affiars, Communications, Legal, Authority Requests and Compliance functions of the company. Board of Directors secretary since 2004. Chair of the Managing Board of the Norwegian-Bulgarian Business Group. Member of the Managing Board of the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum.


Main hall

Moderator: Boris Hristov, Founder of Presentation Agency 356labs

8:45 - 9:30 Registration and coffee

9:30 – 09:40 Opening

09:40 – 10:10 Employee Wellbeing and Happiness at Work
Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Assoc. Professor of Economics and Strategy,  Oxford Said School

10:10 – 10:40 How Technology Will Change People and Businesses
Jesus Vega, Keynote Speaker, Strategic Consultant, Former, Managing Director, Zara-Inditex

10:40 - 11:00 How Machine Learning and AI Can Help HR Building the Next Generation of Leaders​
David Mendlewicz, CEO and Co-founder, Butterfly.ai

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 - 12:35 Discussion panel: HR 4.0
Anna Brandt, Global Talent Acquisition Leader, Brandt Talent Solutions
Manjuri Sinha, Global Lead, Technology Recruitment, Zalando
Noor Van Boven, Chief People Officer, N26
Alessandra Solazzi, Talent Acquisition Director, Accenture, Italy, Greece and East Central Europe
Moderator: Maria Ratz, Leader, PwC Academy Bulgaria

12:35 - 13:20 HR Insider: Case Studies and Lessons Learnt
A stream of project presentations and open discussion
Victor Fachev, HR Director, Kaufland
Maria Atanasova, Director Human Capital EMEA, Progress
Minna Naumanen, Director Global HR Services, Cargotec
Moderator: Darina Cherkezova, Product Manager, Karieri

13:20 – 14:20 Networking lunch break

14:20 – 14:30 Leadership Lessons Learnt From Sports
Ines Subashka, Founder, Inspired Fit Strong

14:30 - 15:00  Discussion panel: Women in Leadership
Kristina Ivanova, Vice President of Operations, TELUS International Europe
Irina Vasilevska, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Telenor, Managining Board member of the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum
Zoya Paunova, Country Manager, Astra Zeneca
Boris Hristov, Founder of Presentation Agency 356Labs
Moderator: Maria Staykova, Chairman of the Management Board, ICF Bulgaria

15:00 - 16:00 Discussion panel: Future of Leadership
Ruslan Papazyan, Managing Director, Trelleborg
Volen Vulkov, Co-founder and Harmonizer-in-Chief, Enhancv
Metodi Georgiev, Executive Director of Cargill Bulgaria and Operational Director, Cargill Business Services Sofia
Victor Francess, Co-founder Excitel, Co-founder, Orbitel
Tsvetanka Mintcheva, Head of Global Banking Services Division and Member of the Management board of UniCredit Bulbank
Moderator: Rene Tomova, Co-founder, Creative Shower

16:00 – 16:20 The Rise of Exponential Organizations
Diego Soroa, Founder of Cuantics Lab and Rise Works, ExO Head Coach and Singularity University Ambassador 

16:20 - 16:40 9 Principles of Innovation at Google
Ilias Sousis, Head of Domestic Market, Agencies and YouTube, Greece, Bulgaria,Cyprus and Malta, Google

Parallel program: Workshops*

11:30 - 13:00 HR Jam for designing a better experience for a digital native employee
Facilitators: Rene Tomova, Co-founder, Creative Shower and Teodora Simeonova, Design Consultant, Creative Shower
Length: 90 min.

What will be this workshop about: 
We will make a quick dive into Design thinking philosophy with it’s main instruments (Persona and Customer journey). Then we will review a pre-populated but absolute real Persona of a digital native employee and will set our minds free to brainstorm the most exciting employee experience for such a person. We will review the phases of an employee journey (attracting, assessing, employing, on boarding, recognising/rewarding, developing (talent management), retaining, separating) and will work in small groups to define the TO-BE employee journey with it’s targeted emotional response and signature initiatives. 
A valuable sharing from your side will follow, after which we will try to blow your ming with some real inspirational examples of what is already there for this difficult target. Like for example, the Best failure award of Procter&Gamble (one of the companies that explicitly rewards failure by giving cash prizes or trophies to people who foul up) or Accenture, the company which gives sabbaticals to high performers to serve communities.

Come join us to try some different way of thinking and experimenting. 

14:30 - 16:00 Innovation and intrapreneurship
Business simulation of Harvard Business Publishing, facilitated by The Business Institute
Facilitator: Tzvetelina Teneva, Co-founder and Senior Facilitator and Consultant at The Business Institute

How innovation ideas are generated within the organization?
What the criteria to use for ideas evaluation?
How the organisational culture impacts its innovation capabilities?

At this workshop participants will play one of the newest business simulations of Harvard Business Publishing, focused on approaches to innovation and intrapreneurship in the organisation. 

They play the role of an intrapreneur, provided with a mandate from thе CEO for innovation to support business results. 

Working with limited time and budget, participants design innovation initiatives - open and closed innovations - to generate a pool of ideas. They must then review, test, and make a selection from among those ideas in order to choose the best possible innovation for the organization. The results are evaluated as quantiy and quality by the intelligence of the simulation. 

The Business Institute facilitators build up the game and the participants insights with structured approaches to innovation – related to the level novelty and the choice between open and closed innovation initiatives. They dwell into the topic how the structure and culture of the organization support or hinder its innovation and intrapreneurship capabilities. 

*The workshops are free for registered participants for the conference. Signing up for the workshops will be onsite on October 24. Seats are limited and will be allocated on first-come, first-served basis.


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