Master Classes – 2015

THE SOFIA BUSINESS SCHOOL IS AGAIN THE MEETING POINT OF INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS AND BUSINESS LEADERS WHO ARE TO OFFER THEIR OUT-OF-THE-BOX INTERPRETATION OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC AND GEOSTRATEGIC RISKS

The Master Classes of the School’s 4th edition will present to the public and corporate leaders in Bulgaria and the region anticipatory knowledge of the dynamics and trends in the global economic and financial system.

SBS 2015 Programme

An impressive line-up of world-renowned academics, analysts and corporate leaders will join the 2015 Master Classes to share their expertise on managing the current economic and financial risks underlying the development of the EU, Asia, Africa and the US, and to offer viable versions of response for Bulgaria and local businesses. Over the course of 7 days in a row (27 June – 3 July) a team of international speakers, entrepreneurs and prominent public leaders will discuss the state of the banking sector in Europe following the stress tests, the vitals of the Euro amid the global war of currencies, the emergence of novel institutional arrangements necessitated by crypto currencies, the role of online peer-to-peer model in the future of finance, the limits to innovation as the current driver of global economy, China’s balancing game in the international economic relations, Islamism and its financial network in the EU and the Balkans.

ACADEMIC SPEAKERS AND TOPICS:

Prof. Kevin Dowd – Professor of Finance and Economics at Durham University; Senior fellow at the Cobden Partners; Head of SBS Programme
Topic: The European and UK stress tests
Dr. Douglas Jackson – Pioneering entrepreneur and founder of e-gold®
Topic: The emergence of novel institutional arrangements underlying money, payments and finance
Prof. Zhang Jianxin – Professor of International Relations at Fudan University, Shanghai
Topic: China’s silk road strategy: What does it mean to the world
Assoc. Prof. Kiril Tochkov – Professor of Economics at Texas Christian University;
Topic: China’s balancing game in the international economic relations
Mr Andrew Davis – Independent writer and researcher on business, finance and investment; Private investor; Former editor of Financial Times Weekend
Topic: The emergence of online peer-to-peer and crowdfunding models and their potential role in the future of finance
Mr Gordon Kerr – Investment markets expert and founder of the Cobden Partners, London
Topic: Why there will be a fundamental restructuring of the Euro and other currencies
Prof. Ali Eftekhari – President of the American Nano Society, Florida Area; Director of the Office of Innovation and Head of the Dept. of Materials Science at Jimma University (Ethiopia)
Topic: Is there any limit to innovation as the current driver of global economy
Carlo Stagnaro, PhD – Director and Senior Fellow at the Italina Think Tank Instituto Bruno Leoni; Advisor to Italy’s Minister for Economic Development
Mr Alex Alexiev – Chairman of the Center for the Balkan and Black Sea Studies, Honorary member of the Reform Union Club
Topic: Islamic finance or financing Islamism

CORPORATE SPEAKERS:

Prof. Lachezar Tsotsorkov – Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Asarel Medet JSC; Chairman of the Board of the Reform Union Club; Chairman of the Board of the Bulgarian Chamber of Mining and Geology; Member of the Board of the Bulgarian Industrial Association
Mr Penko Dinev – General Manager at IBM Ukraine Ltd.
Mrs Milena Videnova – Managing Director of Coface Bulgaria
Mr Ivaylo Penchev – CEO and co-founder of Walltopia
Mr Vasko Nachev – Drilling Supervisor at Genting Oil & Gas (Indonesia)
Mrs Elena Marinova – President of Musala Soft
The corporate line-up will be updated shortly.

PARTNERING ORGANIZATIONS:

Cobden Partners (UK)
Instituto Bruno Leoni (Italy)
Le Studium (France)

PROGRAMME DIRECTORS:

Prof. Kevin Dowd – Professor of Finance and Economics at Durham University; Senior fellow at the Cobden Partners
Prof. Nikolay Nenovsky – Professor at the University of Amiens, France
Assoc. Prof. Emil Kalchev – Professor of Public Finance at the New Bulgarian University, Sofia
Amb. Ilian Vassilev – Official Coordinator of the School; Vice-Chair of the Reform Union Club; Managing Partner of Innovative Energy Solutions

CONTACTS:

Reform Union Club
9B Latinka St., floor 1, ap.3, 1113 Sofia
Svetla Tsachevska
Phone: +359 2 4438533
Е-mail: sbs_2012@ruc.bg
www.reformunionclub.com

New Bulgarian University
Building 2, Office 208
21 Montevideo Street, 1618 Sofia
Maria Tumbeva
Phone: +359 2 81 10 268, +359 896 73 64 86
Е-mail: mtumbeva@nbu.bg
www.nbu.bg