Rosen Plevneliev Rosen Plevneliev

Rosen Plevneliev is the fourth democratically elected President of Bulgaria.
He was born on May 14, 1964 in the town of Gotse Delchev.
His father was a teacher of literature, and his mother is a teacher of mathematics. In 1982 he graduated with honours from the Natural Science and Mathematics High School in Blagoevgrad. The same year, he came first in the National Computer Programming Contest.
From 1982 to 1984, he did his national military service at the military school for reserve officers in the town of Pleven and at the Computer Centre at the General Staff of the Bulgarian Army, Sofia.
From 1984 to 1989, he studied at and graduated from the Technical University in Sofia as computer engineer. As a student, he participated in the development of innovative products at the computer laboratory of the Technical University and the National Institute of Microprocessor Technology. From 1989 to 1990, he worked as a research associate at the Institute of Microprocessor Technology.
From 1990 to 1998 he was a founder and CEO of IRIS International LTD and managed the company operations in Germany. In this period, he was responsible for the management and completion of more than 80 construction projects in Germany. He participated in the implementation and completion of projects including the Reichstag, Commerzbank Frankfurt, Münich Airport and Düsseldorf Airport.
From 1999 to 2009 he managed the largest German investments in Bulgaria in the field of construction and real estate. He started some of Bulgaria’s major international projects, including Sofia Business Park and Residential Park Sofia. As General Manager of Business Park Sofia, in 2008 he was given the Investor of the Year Award by the Bulgarian Investments Agency.

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Sarah Burnett Sarah Burnett

Sarah Burnett is a Vice President of Research at Everest Group. Based in London, Sarah serves European clients across Everest Group’s global services research areas. She also leads the company’s research on Service Delivery Automation (SDA).
As well as contributing to media, Sarah often speaks at leading client and industry events. Well known throughout the UK and the rest of Europe as a thought leader and influencer, she is active in social media as a frequent blogger and Twitter user.
In May 2016 Computer Weekly named Sarah one of the top 50 most influential women in the UK IT industry.
Sarah offers more than 20 years of experience and expertise in the global services industry, having served in a variety of capacities, including in-house practitioner, outsourcing provider, and research analyst.
Prior to joining Everest Group, Sarah spent three years as a Vice President with another analyst firm where she had global responsibility for programs covering government business process outsourcing and IT infrastructure management. 

Anurag Srivastava Anurag Srivastava

Anurag is a Practice Director with Everest Group and has rich experience in leading projects across topics such as location optimization, benchmarking (cost, talent), captives/global in-house centres (GICs), and industry-specific sourcing trends. Anurag advises buyers, GICs, service providers, and country associations / investment promotion agencies. 
He also leads Everest Group’s Locations InsiderTM subscription and the MAP MatrixTM offering.
He has over 10 years of professional experience, across consulting and research. Anurag’s experience on locations optimization and benchmarking topics ranges across verticals (banking, financial services, retail, energy, professional services), functions (IT, business process, contact center, engineering/R&D), and regions (North and South America, Europe, Asia Pacific
Prior to joining Everest Group, Anurag was a Manager with Evalueserve. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.

Till Hahndorf Till Hahndorf

Till Hahndorf is economist by education, technology entrepreneur by experience and international cooperation architect by credo. Former consultant with Accenture and board member of a US/Asian software company (Allgeier Group). Accredited business coach on digital technology and entrepreneurship, member of bwcon Management Coaching Group. Leader of bwcon‘s "Special Interest Group Globalisierung", cofounder and board member of BW Business Bridge, evaluating and supporting foreign companies for the German IT market. Director of Sourceconomy GmbH, handling software development projects involving German clients and foreign vendors. 

Speaking and hosting:
 Host and und chair of BME Thementag "Procurement of IT Services" (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) of Bundesverbands Materialwirtschaft, Einkauf und Logistik (BME e.V.)
 Swiss ICT: "IT-Globalisation 2.0"; Cologne SME days: "Global IT Sourcing in SMEs"; University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland: "Basel, Bukarest, Bangalore"
 Expert and speaker at Haufe Akademie in the general field of Global Sourcing (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 – www.haufe-akademie.de)
 Associate professor at ISW Business School Freiburg, areas "Globalisierung" and "Entrepreneurship" (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 – www.isw-freiburg.de).
 Speaker on technology and entrepreneurship conferences in Eastern Europe and the Balkans 

Peter Stohr Peter Stohr

30 years in IT / 20 years in multiple management positions
20 years leading roles in IT strategic partnership business
Strategic Advisor in > 10 comprehensive outsourcing deals (€50m - €1.5b contract volume)
Cross industries (Utility/energy, telecommunication, manufacturing/process and banking)
Captive / non-captive IT spin off transformation
Account & Delivery Executive for global clients
MD of "outsourced" IT Joint Venture (>1000 employees)
Management Advisor for strategic partnership models and sourcing concepts
(delivery, legal, IT, finance, HR, transformation, governance, decision process)
Team lead for strategic partnership engagements 

Jobroles (past 15 years)
2013 Strategic Deal Advisor HP Enterprise Central & Eastern Europe
2010 Director Outsourcing Russia HP Enterprise Services  
2008 Director IT Outsourcing HP Central & Eastern Europe 
2006 Director Strategic Engagements HP EMEA
2005 Director Engagement Lead IBM Strategic Outsourcing Germany/Europe 
2002 Member of Supervisory Board of a Hungarian IT joint venture (utility industry)
2002 Managing Director of two joint ventures with two global players in manufacturing industry 
2000 Director of IBM Outsourcing Business Unit in Austria and Eastern Europe 
2000 Authorized Officer for IBM Austria 

Andrew Wrobel Andrew Wrobel

Head Of Editorial in London, United Kingdom
Andrew Wrobel is head of editorial at Emerging Europe, an online publication discussing business opportunities in 23 countries across Central and Eastern Europe.
Trained as a journalist and a film maker, he has worked for broadcast media for over a decade. Since the beginning of his career he has covered business, investment, trade, macro-economy and political economy and, occasionally, culture and tourism. He regularly interviews political and business leaders about economics, business and politics.
His main area of expertise is Central and Eastern Europe. He has authored and contributed to a number of international business, investment and trade-related publications, guides and reports, mainly about the CEE region. In 2014, Andrew was awarded by the International Event and Visual Communication Association (EVCOM) for his coverage of a communications campaign UK Trade and Investment had run in CEE.
Andrew is a moderator and panelist at national and international economic and business events and a media commentator. He is also a media trainer helping spokespeople convey the right message to the media and a location promotion coach showcasing best practice of media engagement and FDI/trade promotion.
Andrew is based in London but he travels extensively, mainly across Central and Eastern Europe.


Stanimira Pashova Stanimira Pashova

Head of Office Space at Forton
Stanimira Pashova joined Forton after 6 years at Zabar Management - a group of Israeli corporate and private investors. She was a country manager, implementing the investment strategy of the group – selection and purchase of real estates, application and obtaining of bank financing for purchase and development of projects, receiving of construction permits, organization and management of construction process. She has more than 17 years experience at mainly managing positions at large Bulgarian and International companies.
Among her major clients are Mobiltel, Unicredit Bulbank, Credit Agricole Bulgaria, BNP Paribas Personal Finance, Abbott Products, CMS Reich Rohrwig Hainz, Investor.Bg, Paraflow, Obecto, Platinum Brands.
Stanimira Pashova holds a Masters degree with Major International Business Relations from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia and Completed doctor degree study at Project management at same University.

Darina Peneva Darina Peneva

Darina has more than 20 years of professional experience in the recruiting and executive search industry. She has extensive experience in HR consulting, selection, competence assessment and trainings as well as in identification and development of personality and leadership potential. In the beginning of 2006 she took the challenge to start up the business of Stanton Chase in Bulgaria and during the years she has been actively involved in the expansion of the business as well as in building up and developing the local team. Prior to Stanton Chase Darina has worked in the area of HR consulting at HILL International and Smartree Bulgaria. Darina holds an MBA degree in General Management from New Bulgarian University, Sofia and a master’s degree in Biotechnology from the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, Sofia. She is a certified PI Analyst and is accredited in Facet5 and the A&DC Methodology. Darina has substantial experience in executive search projects in different sectors, including FMCG, Life Science &Health Care, Technology and Outsourcing

George Gueorguiev George Gueorguiev

George Gueorguiev holds the position of Country Manager at Adecco Bulgaria, part of Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland. In Bulgaria, Adecco is a leading consulting company in the field of human resources. It provides services in search and selection, temporary staffing, project management and other specialized areas to leading international and IT companies. The two Adecco offices are located in major cities in Bulgaria and works with some of the biggest IT and BPO businesses in the country.
George Gueorguiev has more than 15 years experience in management of local and international companies, among which are Xerox, Sciant (VMWare) & CableTel.  Before Adecco, he occupied the position of Regional Director (South-East Europe) at Motorola Bulgaria, as well as CEO in Bulgaria. 
George Gueorguiev has been a member of the board of directors at The American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria for two consecutive terms – from January 2008 to January 2012. As a member of the organization, George Gueorguiev is committed to a number of initiatives for the development of the Bulgarian economy and is focused on making Bulgaria an attractive country to international businesses.
George Gueorguiev graduated from a high school in California, The USA. He acquired his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Applied Economics from The American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad.

Martin Dragoev Martin Dragoev

Galaxy Investment Group is a leading real estate investment company focused on Bulgaria. The company actively manages diversified portfolio of real estate assets in all major segments – hotels, residential and holiday complexes, office buildings, retail and industrial. Martin Dragoev joined the Galaxy Investment Group team in 2013 as an Investment Manager. He has held the position of Director Investment and Sales of Galaxy Investment Group since November 2015, responsible for identifying opportunities, structuring, executing and exiting investments.

Georgi Stoev Georgi Stoev

Georgi Stoev is founder and managing partner of Industry Watch - research and consulting company focused on macroeconomic development and economic policy. Among the most important analytical products developed by Georgi Stoev and Industry Watch team are IT&BPO Destination Plovdiv, Regular Report on Cost of Labor, Financial Wealth and Housing Market, Investment Destination Plovdiv. Georgi Stoev is one of the economists who in the last 15 years insist hardly on low taxes, market oriented reforms and minimal state intervention in the economy.

Thomas Monaghan Thomas Monaghan

Vice President at TeleTech and General Manager of Sofica Group
Thomas Monaghan is Vice President Operations, EMEA for TeleTech Holdings Inc. and General Manager of Sofica Group for Bulgaria and Macedonia. A ten-year veteran at TeleTech, Monaghan has been responsible for global operations in the US, Mexico, Philippines and across EMEA for the Customer Management Services segment of TeleTech. He currently serves as the operations lead for multiple international customers covering Technical, Sales and Customer Service through the Technology, Retail, Automotive, Telephony and Hospitality industries. After the acquisition of Sofica Group from TeleTech in early 2014 Thomas Monaghan has had a vital role in the integration of the company in the large TeleTech family.

Darren Brindley Darren Brindley

Strategic Account Manager at CIMA
Darren leads CIMA’s global relationships with some of the world’s largest and leading organisations with significant experience in the FMCG, energy and outsourcing sectors. Darren has successfully implemented CIMA training programmes for clients on four continents and in recent years has been helping them address the talent challenges they face in their service organisations.

Paul Hart Paul Hart

35 years in the IT Services Industry
- Business Consultant
- Client Manager
- Relationship Manager
- Strategic Relationships Director
- European Partnership Development Manager
- Global Strategic Alliance Director
- Senior Managing Consultant – Relationship Alignment
Strong sector experience in Government (Central & Local), Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical, Health, Distribution, Finance/Banking, Defence & Intelligence
Current responsibility: Practice Manager & Senior Managing Consultant for a UK Relationship Alignment & Governance Practice
UK National Outsourcing Association Special Interest Group member/contributing author for the ‘BS11000 standard on Collaborative Working in Business Relationships’ 
Lead UK committee delegate for the ISO37500 Outsourcing standard

Adrian Quayle Adrian Quayle

Adrian is the Managing Partner of Avasant Europe. He is an experienced Sourcing and IT business Management Consultant working with a wide range of clients and service providers globally across all areas of the Sourcing Lifecycle. This has included a number of engagements conducting sourcing strategies and supporting the management of complex IS/IT functions. In October 2015 Adrian was inducted into the IAOP Leadership Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is unique in that it recognizes individuals not only for their contributions to the management practice and industry of outsourcing, but also just as importantly for their contributions to society at-large through outsourcing. He is also lead co-chair for the IAOP’s UK & Ireland Chapter. Adrian was Chair of the ISO Committee on Outsourcing (PC/259). This committee drawn from a wide range of countries and organisations has recently published the International Standard ISO 37500 which sets out good industry practice intended for use by outsourcing customers, providers and advisers world-wide. Adrian is a member of the UK NOA Advisory Council. He represented the outsourcing industry on the Committee which drafted the British Standard on Collaborative Business Relationships (BS11000). Prior to this, as Vice-President Gartner Consulting, Strategic Sourcing EMEA Adrian Quayle led and delivered client engagements throughout EMEA and worldwide. He carried out a wide range of assignments assisting clients in structuring and assessing their outsourcing deals across many industry sectors, including the use of global sourcing / delivery models). Examples of assignments he carried out included:
- developing the sourcing strategy for a global pharmaceutical company which included a comprehensive market scan of tier 1 and tier 2 service providers
- review of a major sourcing Applications Development project for large international bank
- performance reviews of a major European Outsourcing deal and a global Outsourcing deal with both Service Recipients and Service Providers
- Sourcing Strategies for a range of commercial and public sector organisations
- running Sourcing Relationship Healthchecks of major outsourcing deals.
Prior to this he was a Vice President in Gartner Measurement EMEA, and a Principal Consultant for ACT Business Systems. Adrian began his career as a telecommunications engineer, worked as a computer systems engineer becoming a consultant to management in IT. He also worked as a senior management services manager in a large retail group. Mr. Quayle earned a BSc Electrical Engineering and Electronics and a Diploma in Management Studies (DMS). He is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the UK Institute of Management and a Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET).

Mark Hulme Mark Hulme

Mark Hulme holds the position as Head of Shared Services based here in Sofia for American International Group (AIG). AIG is a leading international insurance organisation serving commercial, institutional, and individual customers through one of the most extensive worldwide property-casualty networks of any insurer.
Mark has more than 18 years of experience in global services outsourcing having previously spent over 10 years at Hewlett-Packard where he has held senior Global Delivery and Account Executive positions the most recent of which was as Account Executive for Adecco based in Lyon France. Before Hewlett-Packard he spent 8 years at IBM holding several roles again in the global outsourcing part of the business.
As part of his outsourcing career Mark has lived and worked in France, UK, South Africa, Finland, Spain and Sweden overseeing work migrations, managing services and teams from locations including Bulgaria, Ireland, Slovakia, India, China, Malaysia and the America’s.

Peter Ivanov Peter Ivanov

Peter Ivanov is Manager, Entrepreneur and Virtual teams Expert with over 20 years of international experience.
Born in Bulgaria he graduated Mathematics and joined a multinational company as Data Analyst. He quickly became IT Manager for Bulgaria and gradually worked his way up to IT Services Manager for Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. Peter recognized the growing importance of the teams in multiple locations and developed an innovative method for leading Virtual teams.
In 2007 the Team led by Peter won the "Best of the Best" award for outstanding Project management in establishing global Shared services.
In 2012 his Team won the "Global IT Connect Award" for excellent Engagement in a global cross-functional environment.
In 2013 Peter founded "Virtual Power Teams" and started new career as Keynote speaker and Executive coach on New Leadership.
Peter is a passionate athlete and Bulgarian Senior Champion in Javelin and Discus. He actively supports young Talents in the fields of mathematics and sports.
In his dynamic keynote speeches and master classes, held in English, German, Bulgarian and Russian, Peter uses the experience he has gained as Manager, Athlete, Entrepreneur and, yes, the father of five little girls, to show you how to build up and lead your own successful Virtual Teams.
As an expert in New Leadership Peter supports managers to retain the gravity of their Team despite the geographical distance, age and cultural differences, and deliver Top business performance!