Master Classes – 2018

THE SOFIA BUSINESS SCHOOL-2018 LAYS BARE THE SOCIAL, POLITICAL END ECONOMIC DIMENSIONS OF THE BLOCKCHAIN REALITY

The Master Classes will offer insight into the unprecedented transformation the world is facing as the technological Big Bang gathers speed

SBS 2018 Programme
The seventh edition of the Sofia Business School (23 June-29 June 2018) has again enlisted a prominent selection of intellectual celebrities from around the globe who will share their wits and energy to enlighten us about the blueprint of the future development of the world.

It seems that for the first time the change, which is sweeping through societies and economies worldwide, hasn’t been inspired by a philosophical ideology or agenda. The transformation is in its essence unprecedented – it doesn’t create a new political union, neither does it introduce an innovative mechanical invention which revolutionizes production, it doesn’t even reveal a new source of energy… In fact it is the evolving network of PCs which interconnects people in the 21 century and leads to the formation of communities existing in a just and secure mode that is non-dependent on states and governments. This is the blockchain age with crypto industry and bitcoin being just the tip of the iceberg.

Will conventional banking face extinction? Will mankind create a utopia-like self-regulating world without states and governments? When will the rich decide whether they need the existence of the poor?

All of you – graduate and post-graduate students, academicians, managers and CEOs, state administration officials – are invited to join the Sofia Business School lectures and discussions and find the answers.

Early bird registration until 25 May 2018 with 50% discount on the enrolment fee! (Application Form)

TOPICS AND KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

23 June
THE IMPACT OF BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY ON SOCIAL MEDIA
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

24 June
BLOCKCHAIN ALTERNATIVES TO BIG TECH
Mr Penko Dinev – CEO of IBM Ukraine and CIS

25 June
ECONOMIC GROWTH AND SECULAR STAGNATION
Assoc. Prof. Anthony Evans – Professor of Economics at ESCP Europe Business School (London); Member of the MOC Affiliate Faculty for the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School; Regular guest commentator for the Newsnight and the BBC World Service

26 June
BLOCKCHAIN – RIDING THE WAVE OF CREATIVE DESTRUCTION
Prof. Dimo Dimov – Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the School of Management, University of Bath

27 June
SHARING ECONOMY: CHANGING THE COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE AND CREATING IMPETUS TO INNOVATE
Mr. Carlo Stagnaro, PhD – Director and senior fellow at the Bruno Leoni Institute (Italy)

Afternoon Session:
FROM THE CRADLE (IMMEDIATELY) TO THE GRAVE? THE DIFFUSION OF THE ICO AND ITS ENEMIES
Assoc. Prof. Carlo Amenta – Associate Professor of Business Economics and Management, University of Palermo (Italy)

28 June
THE BUSINESS MODELS FOR INDEPENDENT MEDIA IN THE BLOCKCHAIN AGE
Mr Dan Dicks – Investigative journalist and award winning documentary film maker; Founder of an independent media outlet known as Press For Truth which produces videos and films that directly challenge the mainstream media’s narratives of world events

29 June
SOLUTIONS FOR BULGARIA’S FUTURE
Mr Rossen Plevneliev – President of the Republic of Bulgaria (2012-2017)

PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS:

PROGRAMME DIRECTORS:

  • Prof. Kevin Dowd – Professor of Finance and Economics at Durham University; Senior fellow at the Cobden Partners (London)
  • Amb. Ilian Vassilev – Official Coordinator of the Sofia Business School; Chair of the Reform Union Club; Managing Partner of Innovative Energy Solutions
  • Assist. Prof. Hristo Panchugov – Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at the New Bulgarian University

CONTACTS:

Reform Union Club
9B Latinka St., floor 1, ap.3, 1113 Sofia
Phone: +359 892 245080
Е-mail: sofia.biz.school@gmail.com, sbs_2012@ruc.bg
www.reformunionclub.com

New Bulgarian University
Building 2, Office 208
21 Montevideo Street, 1618 Sofia
Phone: +359 2 8110268
E-mail: mtumbeva@nbu.bg
www.nbu.bg

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