Programme 2019 Summer

Sofia Business School



28 – 30 June 2019


Application Deadline: 27 June 2019

Programme Outline

28 June 2019 (Friday), Hall 20, New Bulgarian University (NBU), Sofia

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

Moderator: Boris Petrov, PhD, macroeconomist, financial markets analyst and commercial banker; Chief Audit Officer at D Commerce Bank; He has served for 14 years at various positions at the Bulgarian National Bank in Research Division, Financial Market Analysis and Financial Stability

Moderator: Ekaterina Tzvetanova, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Department of Administration and Management, New Bulgarian University; She is a Member of the General Assembly of the Risk Analysis and Management Center Academic Association.

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

Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Angel Georgiev, New Bulgarian University; His professional experience includes the roles of Deputy Minister in the State Administration of the Bulgarian government (2004–2008), Advisor of the Council of Ministers of Republic of Bulgaria, Director and Research Fellow at the State Committee of Science and Technology and the State Committee of Planning and Economy

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

17:30 – 18:30 Supper at the University restaurant, NBU

29 June 2019 (Saturday), UniArt Gallery, NBU

The Civil Benefits from the Armed Forces Modernization

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

Moderator: Prof. Antoni Slavinski, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Honorary Professor of the New Bulgarian University; Former Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Bulgaria (1999-2001); Former Chair of the Management board of the “ASTEL” in Bulgaria for over 10 years.

Farming of the limited frequency resource, key to unlimited possibilities

Keynote Speaker: Andreana Atanasova, Member of the Communications Regulations Commission; Alternate Member of the BEREC Office Management Committee; She has over 20-years’ extensive experience in the telecommunications field; She acted as Telecommunications, ICT and Postal Services Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Bulgaria to the EU (2011 – 2013)

5G networks and the digital transformation of society

Keynote Speaker: Janet Zaharieva, PhD, Senior Manager at Vivacom; Member of the Managing Boards of the Bulgarian Telecommunications Association, BAKKO and the Center for ICT Law; Member of the Board at the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO, Brussels)

Evaluation of the radio frequency spectrum in consequence with the requirements of ground mobile communication systems for civil services

Keynote Speaker: Assoc. Prof. George Petrov, PhD, Chair of Telecommunications Department, New Bulgarian University; He has more than 3 years of tutoring experience in distance education programs for the ITU Centre of Excellency under Technology Trends and Spectrum Management programs; His interests are in the field of Broadband Access Networks, ICT services and Data Center Technologies, “Off-road” Internet Access

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 – 13:00 Discussion Session (invited experts and professionals from the business sector)

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; Former Demand Management Director at NATO IT and Cyber Agency; Former Minister of Defense (2014) and Former Deputy Minister of Defense (1998-2001)

Pre-commercial procurement for R&D with dual use – an instrument for innovation development and growth

Keynote Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Todor Yalamov, Senior Expert at the Center for the Study of Democracy; Vice-Dean of Research and Innovation at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Sofia University

Innovations in the Bulgarian defense industry as drivers for technological transfer and offset programs towards the civil economy

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Todor Galev, Senior Expert at the Center for the Study of Democracy; He has over 15-years’ experience in conducting socio-economic analyses of innovation and RTD policies in Bulgaria and the EU

15:45 – 16:15 Coffee Break

16:15 – 17:30 Discussion Session (invited experts and professionals from the business sector)

17:30 – 18:30 Supper at the University restaurant, NBU

30 June 2019 (Sunday), UniArt Gallery, NBU

The New Battles on the Global Economic Arena

09:30 – 10:45

The new global Tech War: USA vs China

Moderator: 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

Moderator: Irena Nikolova, PhD, Chief Assistant Professor of International Finance and International Trade, New Bulgarian University; Professional background at the Ministry of Economy of Bulgaria, responsible for the relations with the World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank

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

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

Moderator: Vasko Nachev, Seasoned drilling engineering in the Oil & Gas industry with international postings in many countries (Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Middle East countries); He worked at Halliburton Co., one of the world’s largest providers of services and products to the energy industry related to the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas; He is currently holding Drilling Supervisor and Drilling Superintendent positions

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)

17:30 – 18:30 Supper at the University restaurant, NBU