Master Classes – 2017

THE SOFIA BUSINESS SCHOOL-2017 OFFERS A CHALLENGING AND INSIGHTFUL VISIT TO THE GEOPOLITICAL AND ECONOMIC LANDSCAPE OF TOMORROW

The Master Classes will equip the public sector stakeholders and corporate players in Bulgaria and the region with the anticipatory knowledge to get their bearings in a world swept by political, economic and technological transformations.

SBS 2017 Programme
For a sixth consecutive year an impressive line-up of international intellectual celebrities and business pundits will take part in the Sofia Business School to provide knowledge and ideas of what the future global geopolitical and economic architecture will be like. Delineated by the deepening crisis in the Euro-Atlantic region, each of the seven days of the School (24 June – 30 June 2017) will explore a different facet of the dynamic complexity of relations interweaving the global players on both sides of the Atlantic. The shock waves generated by Brexit and the US presidential election last year, the deadlock in the conflict-ridden Middle East, the watershed referendum in Turkey and its aftermath, the elections in France and Germany set to determine the future of the EU, and the world-transforming 4IR will only prop up the talks and discussions between keynoters and participants in an attempt to find the crossing point of disruption and security. As in the previous editions of the School, all the topics will be narrowed down to identifying the risks and opportunities of global developments for Bulgarian society, businesses and entrepreneurship.

Early bird registration until 25 May 2017 with 50% discount on the enrolment fee!

TOPICS AND KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

  • THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM AND THE GEOPOLITICS OF MIGRATION
    Mr Alex Alexiev – Editor-in-chief of BulgariaAnalytica.org; Chairman of the Center for Balkan and Black Sea Studies; Expert on international security and radical Islam; Honorary member of the Reform Union Club
  • THE PRECARIOUS STATE OF THE BANKING SYSTEM IN THE EUROZONE – WHAT LOOMS AHEAD
    Mr Gordon Kerr – Investment markets expert and financial guru; Founder of the Cobden Partners (London-based think tank specializing in banking systems and risk management)
  • THE GEOPOLITICS OF 2017
    Mr Enders Wimbush – Senior geopolitical analyst; Former director at the German Marshall Fund and Senior vice president of Hudson Institute (2004-2010)
  • THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND THE NEW DIMENSIONS OF TRANSATLANTIC PARTNERSHIP
    Prof. Dimo Dimov – Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the School of Management, University of Bath
  • THE ADMINISTRATIVE STATE – HOW IS IT IMPLEMENTED ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ATLANTIC
    Dr Steven Hayward – Professor at a number of US universities; Member of the American Enterprise Institute, the Pacific Research Institute and the Fraser Institute; Author of the influential study “Almanac of Environmental Trends”
  • THE NEW TRENDS IN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
    Mr George Horozov – Managing Director of Rüschlikon Capital Management GmbH (Zürich)
  • SOLUTIONS FOR BULGARIA’S FUTURE
    Mr Rossen Plevneliev – President of the Republic of Bulgaria (2012-2017)

PARTNERING ORGANIZATIONS:

PROGRAMME DIRECTORS:

  • Prof. Kevin Dowd – Professor of Finance and Economics at Durham University; Senior fellow at the Cobden Partners (London)
  • Lyubomir Stefanov, PhD – Professor of Political Science 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:

New Bulgarian University
Building 2, Office 208
21 Montevideo Street, 1618 Sofia
Phone: +359 2 81 10 268, 0896 736486 (Mrs Maria Tumbeva)
E-mail: mtumbeva@nbu.bg
www.nbu.bg

Reform Union Club
9B Latinka Street, floor 1, ap.3, 1113 Sofia
Phone: 0892 245080 (Mrs Svetla Tsachevska)
Е-mail: sofia.biz.school@gmail.com, sbs_2012@ruc.bg
www.reformunionclub.com