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Agenda, 01 November

11:00 - 11:10 Official Opening
Ivan Totev, Mayor of Plovdiv – confirmed

11:10 – 11:30 Special Guest
Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic Bulgaria – confirmed

11:30 - 11:45 World Bank’s Global Doing Business ranking and how it relates to Plovdiv
Keynote: Tony Thompson, Country Manager for Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Slovakia, World Bank

11:45 - 12:30 First Panel:
The success story of Plovdiv: a gateway for industrial investment, why should you consider investing there and lessons learned for wannabe investors in Bulgaria

Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Prime Minister for EU Funds and Economic Policies – confirmed
Ivan Totev, Mayor of Plovdiv – confirmed
Elvis Georgiev, CEO, OSRAM
Tommy Ver Elst, General Manager, Sensata
Plamen Panchev, Chairman of the Board of Sienit Holding

Moderator: Ognyan Georgiev, Editor, Capital

12:30 – 13:30 Second Panel:
Economic Outlook of the Region: Where is Bulgaria on the regional Investment Map
How-to guide to Bulgaria: everything you need to know before you invest - legal, financial and real estate issues and ideas from the local experts

Markus Piuk, Partner, Schoenherr
Stamen Yanev, Executive Director, InvestBulgaria Agency
Vladimir Gurdjiev, Head of Industrial Space and Land Development, Forton
Larisa Manastirli, Director, Bulgaria, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Gavin Hill, Financial Advisory Services, Partner, Deloitte
Diyana Dimitrova-Kamenova, Head of Corporate Banking, CIBANK

Moderator: Georgi Stoeff,
Partner, Industry Watch

13:30 - 14:30 Lunch

14.30 - 14.40 Corporate Social Responsibility
Nancy Schiller, President, America for Bulgaria Foundation

14:40 – 15:55 Third Panel:
The big challenge - human capital: How to find, educate and keep employees. Ideas for cooperation between the state and the private sector, and successful examples

Diyan Stamatov, Deputy Minister of Education at Ministry of Education and Science, Bulgaria
Prof. PhD Eng. Lyubomir Dimitrov, Vice Rector, Technical University
Maximilian Erhard, Manager of the Cluster "Vocational Education and Training" within the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Irena Joteva, Managing Partner, HILL International Bulgaria
Wojciech Pacholarz, Country Manager, Adecco
Nikola Dobrev, Chairman of the Board of Directors of KCM 2000 AD

Moderator: Stefan Stoyanov,
Deputy Mayor"Education, business development, European policies and international cooperation ", Plovdiv Municipality

15:55 - 16:25 Coffee break

16:25 – 17:10
Fourth Panel:
The rising stars: Four cities, that are eager to repeat the success of Plovdiv. A meeting with the mayors, who can deliver big opportunities for investors

Krasimir Stoychev, Deputy Mayor  of Finance, Budget аnd Еconomy, Burgas
Tanya Hristova, Mayor of Gabrovo
Dobri Belivanov, Mayor of Haskovo
Yordan Nikolov, Deputy Mayor of Transport, Social Arrangements, Ecology, Stara Zagora

Moderator: Petar Ganev, Senior Researcher, Institute for Market Economics

Agenda, 02 November in Trakia Economic Zone*

10:00 - 11:30 Tour and presentation in ABB
Uwe Tschirner, Branch Manager in Rakovski, ABB

12:00 - 13:30 Tour and presentation in Magna
Ivo Petrov, General Manager, Magna

* Seats are limited. To request your participation, please send an email to [email protected]