SBS Summer 2019 – Programme

Sofia Business School

SOFIA BUSINESS SCHOOL

Summer Edition

28 – 30 June 2019

MANAGING GLOBAL ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL RISKS

Programme Outline

28 June, Hall 20, NBU

Global Financial Risks: Impact on the EU and the Repercussions for Bulgaria and the Region

09:30 – 10:45
How the Balkans should benefit economically from the coming financial federalisation of the Eurozone; Turning events around Brexit to Bulgaria’s advantage

Keynote Speaker: Gordon Kerr, Investment markets expert; Founder of the Cobden Partners (consultancy company based in London)

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 – 13:00 Discussion Session

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 15:45

Economic impact of Trumpism on global trade agreements and supranational Institutions; Popularist politics – a geo-political threat for the world, Europe and Bulgaria

Keynote Speaker: Edward Farmer, Founder and Managing Director of Intrinsica Partners Limited; He possesses an impressive thirty-year career in the City holding senior management positions at Lazard Brothers & Co., Limited, Cazenove & Co. and Panmure Gordon

15:45 – 16:15 Coffee Break

16:15 – 17:30 Discussion Session

29 June, UniArt Gallery, NBU

The Civil Benefits from the Armed Forces Modernization

09:30 – 10:45
Frequency spectrum normalization and indirect benefits of 5G networks

Keynote Speaker: Andreana Atanasova, Commissioner, Communications Regulations Commission

Moderator: Prof.Antoni Slavinski, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, New Bulgarian University

5G networks and the digital transformation of society

Keynote Speaker: Janet Zaharieva, Senior Manager at Vivacom; Member of the Managing Boards of the Bulgarian Telecommunications Association, BAKKO, the Center for ICT Law

Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Boncho Balabanov, Telecommunications Department, New Bulgarian University

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 – 13:00 Discussion Session

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 15:45

Offset programs, high technology and local industry

Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Vasil Garnizov, Anthropology Department, New Bulgarian University

Transformation, Innovation and Interoperability: How could defense spending boost the local industry

Keynote Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Velizar Shalamanov, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of NATO’s IT and Cyber Agency; Former Minister of Defense (2014) and Former Deputy Minister of Defense (1998-2001)

Moderators: Todor Galev, Senior Expert, Center for the Study of Democracy; Assoc. Prof. Todor Yalamov, Center for the Study of Democracy

15:45 – 16:15 Coffee Break

16:15 – 17:30 Discussion Session

30 June, UniArt Gallery, NBU

The New Battles on the Global Economic Arena

09:30 – 10:45

The new global Tech War: USA vs China

Keynote Speakers: Alex Alexiev, Chairman of the Center for Balkan and Black Sea Studies; Мanaging editor of BulgariaAnalytica.org; Expert on geopolitical, national security and Islamic extremism issues

Evgeni Kanev – Managing Partner of Maconis LLC (investment and financial advisory company); Former Managing Director of the European operations of Tello Corporation (USA) and Former Corporate Finance Director at KPMG Bulgaria

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 – 13:00 Discussion Session

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 15:45

European energy security: The battle of the Streams. Geopolitical impact on CEE and the Black Sea Region

Keynote Speaker: Ilian Vassilev, Managing Partner at Innovative Energy Solutions (energy sector consultancy company); Chairman of the Reform Union Club; Member of the Board of the Centre for Balkan and Black Sea Studies; Honorary Chairman of the Bulgarian Economic Forum

16:00 – 17:00 Closing Address

Rossen Plevneliev – President of the Republic of Bulgaria (2012-2017)

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