Master Classes – 2016

THE SOFIA BUSINESS SCHOOL ENLISTS FOR A 5TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR TOP-NOTCH INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS AND ENTERPRISE VISIONARIES TO SHARE THE KNOWLEDGE OF TOMORROW

The Master Classes will again challenge the public and corporate leaders in Bulgaria and the region to discover the growth opportunities generated from the interplay of global tech boom and geostrategic foresight

SBS 2016 Programme
A rare mix of world-renowned academic and business celebrities will gather in Sofia between 25 June and 1 July 2016 for the 5th edition of the Sofia Business School to share their pioneering expertise on managing global economic and financial risks in a geopolitically turbulent and technology dominated world. Over the course of 7 days the speakers will offer their unorthodox interpretations and entice the audience into discussing the local projections of issues regarding the emergency monetary policy in Europe, the effect of sharing economy on innovation and the regulatory challenges ahead, the information management and the role of data in every life and business, the likely impact of financial technology on foreign exchange and banking services, latest developments in asset management and portfolio construction, the geopolitics of migration and its impact on the eurozone’s raison d’etre, the energy outlook in Southeast Europe.

Early bird registration until 1 June 2016 with 50% discount on the enrolment fee!

TOPICS AND KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

  • THE GEOPOLITICS OF MIGRATION AND ITS IMPACT ON THE EUROZONE’S RAISON D’ETRE
    Mr Alex Alexiev – Chairman of the Center for the Balkan and Black Sea Studies; Expert on international security and radical Islam; Honorary member of the Reform Union Club
  • LIKELY IMMINENT DISRUPTIVE CHALLENGES TO SIFI BANKS – FOREIGN EXCHANGE AND PAYMENT SERVICES
    Mr Gordon Kerr – Investment markets expert and founder of the Cobden Partners (London)
  • ASSET MANAGEMENT, PORTFOLIO CONSTRUCTION AND LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FIN TECH SPACE
    Mr John Butler – VP and Head of Wealth Management of BitGold (Toronto); Senior fellow at the Cobden Partners (London)
  • OPPORTUNITIES AND THREATS FROM EMERGENCY MONETARY POLICY IN EUROPE
    Assoc. Prof. Anthony J. Evans – Professor of Economics at ESCP Europe Business School (London)
  • THE SHARING ECONOMY, ITS EFFECT ON INNOVATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND THE REGULATORY CHALLENGES AHEAD
    Carlo Stagnaro, PhD – Director and senior fellow at the Bruno Leoni Institute (Italy); Advisor to Italy’s Minister for Economic Development
  • INFORMATION MANAGEMENT: THE ROLE OF DATA IN EVERY LIFE AND BUSINESS
    Prof. Ali Eftekhari – President of the American Nano Society; Founding Head of Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Jimma University (Ethiopia); Honorary Professor at Queen’s University (Belfast) and Ulster University
  • GLOBAL RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES AND THEIR PROJECTIONS ON THE SEE REGION
    Mr Kanat Emiroglu – Chairman of the Board for Global Enerji (Turkey); Senior Advisor to Boston Consulting Group’s world-wide energy practice; Former CEO of British Gas

PARTNERING ORGANIZATIONS:

PROGRAMME DIRECTORS:

  • Prof. Kevin Dowd – Professor of Finance and Economics at Durham University; Senior fellow at the Cobden Centre (London)
  • Assoc. Prof. Emil Kalchev – Professor of Public Finance at the New Bulgarian University, Sofia
  • Amb. Ilian Vassilev – Official Coordinator of the Sofia Business School; 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
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
Phone: +359 2 81 10 268
www.nbu.bg