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  • Etienne Goosse

    Etienne Goosse

    Director General

    European Payments Council

    Etienne Goosse has extensive professional experience across different sectors in the payments industry. He started his career with the Belgian central bank. He held executive positions at Eurocheque International, Europay International and MasterCard Europe. In his previous assignments, Mr Goosse’s responsibilities included franchise management, legal and regulatory affairs, stakeholder management as well as finance and administration. He also has an extensive track record in managing governance as well as European and public affairs.

  • Nina Stoyanova

    Nina Stoyanova

    Deputy Governor Banking Department

    Bulgarian National Bank

    Nina Stoyanova is Deputy Governor in charge of the Banking Department and the Fiscal Services Department and member of the Governing Council of the Bulgarian National Bank elected by the 43rd National Assembly on 29 July 2015 for a six-year term of office.Between 2007 – 2015 Ms. Stoyanova was Chief Legal, Director of the Legal Directorate of the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB), Member of the Legal Committee of the European System of Central Banks. Prior to this Nina Stoyanova had worked as Legal Advisor at the European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main, Legal Services Directorate General under a secondment programme of the European System of Central Banks, and as Senior Legal Advisor, BNB Legal Directorate.

    Nina Stoyanova has a Master’s degree in law from Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’.

  • Irina Kazandjieva

    Irina Kazandjieva

    Head of Division "Banking policy and analysis"

    Association of Banks in Bulgaria (ABB)

    Irina Kazandjieva is Head of Division “Banking policy and analyses” at The Association of Banks in Bulgaria (ABB). Before that she was Head of Division "International exchange and programs". She has a PhD in economics. Mrs. Kazandjieva is the coordinator of the Payment Systems Committee at the Executive Board of the ABB.

  • Vladimir Savov

    Vladimir Savov

    Deputy-Chairman and Manager of Investment Activity Supervision Division

    Financial Supervision Commission

    Mr Vladimir Savov was elected by the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria on January 24th, 2014 for a 6-year term.Mr Savov was born on August 24th, 1971 in Varna. He holds a MBA Degree from the London Business School and a Master’s in International Economic Relations from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia. Between 1993 and 1998, he worked for Unicredit Bulbank as a manager of  Correspondent relations with foreign countries. In 1999 Vladimir Savov completed internships at the departments of Central and Eastern Europe and Global Depository Receipts in The Bank of New York, London. From 2000 to 2009, he worked in Moscow, initially as a senior analyst at Brunswick UBS, and from 2003 to 2006 as a Deputy Director and subsequently - Director of Analysis on the Banking and Consumer Sectors Unit at the Uralsib Capital Bank. Between 2006 and 2009, he was Director of the Analysis Department at the Credit Suisse Investment Bank, and from 2009 to 2013, Mr. Savov was a Managing Director, Head of the Analysis Department at “Otkritie” Financial Corporation, the biggest private financial holding in Russia.In his professional career, he has gained rich experience in the field of financial analysis and strategies, investments, capital markets, banking and international finance.

  • Peter Wiatrowski

    Peter Wiatrowski

    Country Manager BG, CZ, SK & Senior Account Manager

    SWIFT Germany GmbH

    Peter Wiatrowski started his career in the financial services industry in 1993. Before joining SWIFT in 2005 he held various positions in Sales, Customer Relationship and Management in the areas of Trading, Investment Banking, trading room technology, market data and Asset Management.In SWIFT Peter worked 11 years in Global and Key Client Management, and took over his current roles in 2016. He is responsible as Country Manager for Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Slovakia, and manages relationships in Germany with key customers such as Commerzbank.

  • Yuriy Genov

    Yuriy Genov

    Executive Officer and member of the Management Board at DSK Bank; Chairman at CIO Club

    DSK Bank

    Yuriy Genov is Executive Officer at DSK Bank. He is part of DSK Bank’s team since 1999 – first, as head of “Long-term planning and general bank projects” department, and since 2004 as Head of Directorate "Development and Implementation of IT Systems". Prior to joining DSK Bank he worked for Biochim commercial bank – first, as expert, and later as head of Payment systems department. Member of the CIO Club Bulgaria and Chairman of the Board of CIO Club. He was awarded the prestigious prize of the CIO Club Bulgaria "CIO of the Year" for 2009.

  • Nikos Sampanis

    Nikos Sampanis

    Regional Manager for South East Europe

    Forrester Research

    Nikos Sampanis started his career in UK in 1989 as a Research Associate in the Computation Department of UMIST and subsequently served as a Senior Software Engineer in Lloyd's Register, at Croydon.In 1994 he joined Vodafone (Panafon) in Greece and served from various positions in its IT (Business Systems) department.In 2000 Nikos Sampanis joined Sun Microsystems as Regional Presales Manager for its Mediterranean region. In 2001 he was appointed Country Manager for Greece & Cyprus for Sun Microsystems, then in 2003 he assumed the position of Regional Sales Manager for Southern and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.Since 2005 Nikos Sampanis has been the Regional Manager for South East Europe of Forrester Research - one of the most influential research and advisory firms in the world.Nikos Sampanis holds an Electrical Engineering Degree from National Technical University of Athens, a Master’s Degree in System Design from the University of Manchester, and a Ph. D. from UMIST.

  • Lyoubomir Ovtcharov

    Lyoubomir Ovtcharov

    CEO

    Adastra Bulgaria

    Lyoubomir Ovtcharov, CEO Adastra Bulgaria, has many years of international IT and Management experience. Throughout his career he participated in large projects in the Financial and Travel industries in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, United Kingdom, and Canada. Prior to becoming CEO, Lyoubomir has been leading consulting teams in Adastra Bulgaria and has been responsible for the successful implementation of Adastra Bestshoring consulting model to clients in North America and Western Europe. Lyoubomir holds a Master of Business Administration from the City University of Seattle and a Master in Computer science from the Technical University Berlin.

  • Veselin Rashin

    Veselin Rashin

    Manager Business Operational Center

    UNIQA Bulgaria

    Veselin Rashin is Manager Business Operation Center at UNIQA Bulgaria. He has over seventeen years experience in the Bulgarian insurance business. Prior to assuming this position he has been consistently Financial Officer of UNIQA Bulgaria and two other insurance companies. UNIQA is one of the fastest growing companies in Bulgaria in the insurance sector. The company strives to continuously improve the quality, processes, and the customer service and experience, and as a result to strengthening the leadership of UNIQA on the Bulgarian market. Since 2013 UNIQA Bulgaria has applied innovative schemes for customer service through its Business Operations Center, which concentrates a number of important business processes.

  • Vladimir Kavalov

    Vladimir Kavalov

    President

    ISACA Sofia Chapter

    Vladimir Kavalov has more than 25 years of experience in the IT field – almost half of which in the financial sector. During the years he has been working as a system administrator, information security expert, head of IT department and IT auditor. Vladimir is strongly interested in IT, especially in development, deployment, auditing and consulting. He has led important projects regarding realization of migration and implementation of ERP systems, MS Active Directory deployment. He has also implemented solutions related to management and monitoring of IT systems, processes and information security. He has been a member of the ISACA Sofia Chapter since 2008, elected as a member of the Board in 2015 and has served as President since October 2016.

  • Julian Mihov

    Julian Mihov

    Director Business Development Southeast Europe

    PwC

  • Nadia Krusteva

    Nadia Krusteva

    Editor-in-Chief

    CIO Bulgaria

    Graduated in Operations Research from the Mathematics and Informatics Department of St. Kliment Ohridski University in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1988.<br>Before joining IDG, she has worked as programmer in Interprograma company, where she contributed to the development of logical programing environment project known as IP PROLOG. During this period she took a post-graduate scholarship in linguistic modeling at the Bulgarian Academy of Science, where she developed natural language processing, based on logical programming.<br>Later Nadia has worked as programmer in GTI, where she has developed business software.<br>She joined IDG Bulgaria in 1998 as Software and Systems and Solutions Editor in Computerworld, became Deputy Editor-in-Chief and later on Editor-in-Chief of Computerworld Bulgaria. <br>Since 2004 she is Editor-in-Chief of the latest IDG Bulgaria title, the CIO magazine.

  • Rozalia Sokolova

    Rozalia Sokolova

    Deputy CEO and COO

    ZD „BUL INS” AD

    Rozalia Sokolova graduated in the University of National and World Economy in Sofia with an M.S. degree in Accounting and Controlling. She’s began her career at insurance company more than 22 years ago. Since the beginning of 2013 she is a Deputy CEO and COO at ZD Bul Ins AD.

  • Pepa Koleva

    Pepa Koleva

    Director IT

    UniCredit Bulbank AD

    Pepa Koleva has over 15 years experience in financial sector. She joins UniCredit Bulbank in 2007 when the murger of Bulbank, HVB Bank Biochim was accomplished. Before she was Director IT in HVB Bank Biochim. Koleva has participated in numerous impressive IT projects. She has been responsible for implementing the new core banking system FlexCube, electronic channels, ERP, integration with over 10 major satellite systems, etc. Her  department was nominated for the IT Team of the Year in 2007 in the prestigeous competition “European Banking Technology Awards”. Pepa Koleva is among the founders of  the CIO Club in Bulgaria and board member of this association.

  • Miroslav Vichev

    Miroslav Vichev

    CEO

    BORICА – BANKSERVICE AD

  • Kiril Kirilov

    Kiril Kirilov

    CIO and Vice-president

    Allianz Bulgaria Holding

    Kiril Kirilov is CIO and vice-president of Allianz Bulgaria Holding. He is responsible for the development, management and support of all Allianz services - life, non-life, motor insurance, pension fund and banking. This includes building, management and support of all WAN, LAN, ATM and Server infrastructure. Allianz Bulgaria Holding has more than 150 offices all over the country. Mr. Kirilov is also involved in projects for the design and installation of equipment in data rooms, disaster recovery center, new offices and business buildings. He has had a leadership role in a lot of successful projects, such as Cisco IP telephony, IBM Tivoli Backup, ATM migration to IP, international WAN, 3 data centers, security projects, etc. The projects most important for the business are consolidation of the company network - business gains come from expenses reduction by selling 4 different services at one desk (insurance, bank, leasing, pension), WAN migration to MPLS, and migration of the core banking system to I-Flex, which took 9 months.Before joining Allianz Bulgaria Holding in 2001, Kiril Kirilov worked for Enemona Holding, Almina AG, etc.

  • Ivaylo Lambrev

    Ivaylo Lambrev

    CIO

    Postbank

    Ivaylo Lambrev is Head of the IT Division at Postbank. He has more than 20 years of professional IT experience. He has work in BIG4 for 13 years to develop his leadership capacity and to gained international experience through providing professional services for banks and companies in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Russia.He also possesses a dedicated multinational experience in Financial Services and proven record of successful projects related to Digital transformation, IT governance, IT consultancy, Information security, System selections, Business continuity planning and Data assurance.Ivaylo is CRMA, CISA and lead auditor in ISO27001. He is a member of ISACA Sofia Chapter and IIA Bulgaria.

  • Chavdar Georgiev

    Chavdar Georgiev

    Head of Global Business Services department

    UniCredit Leasing

    Chavdar Georgiev developed his professional career through various complex projects in the area of Financial Industry’s IT and Operational models improvement and optimization during last 15 years in UniCredit Group. Currently - he is the Global Business Services department director of UniCredit Leasing, Bulgaria. He has Master’s degree of Information Technology from University of Sofia. Member of the Club of IT managers in Bulgaria

  • Tsanko Bonev

    Tsanko Bonev

    Director Directorate “Infrastructure security and communications”

    DSK Bank

    Tsanko Bonev studied Information Technologies at Technical University of Sofia. He has a Master Degree in Security of Information and holds certificates in computer science including: Cisco CCNP Security, Cisco CCSP, Mile2 Certified Penetration Testing Specialist CPTS.After completing his studies Tsanko gained experience in information security field working for First Investment and MKB Unionbank Banks for more than 10 years. This year he joined DSK Bank team.

  • Dimiter Kehayov

    Dimiter Kehayov

    Director "IT and virtual bank"

    BACB



    Dimitar Kehaiov is the head of ICT Division in BACB. He has been on this position since December 2011. Mr. Kehaiov has more than 18 years of experience in the banking system.

  • Alexander Kostov

    Alexander Kostov

    Chief Expert, Methodology and Financial Markets Directorate

    Bulgarian National Bank

    Alexander Kostov has almost six years experience in the Bulgarian National Bank, where his work has been related to the national component system of the payment system TARGET2, and now his work is associated with methodology in the field of payments and payment infrastructure. He has worked three years as a methodologist in a commercial bank with main focus on international programs and counterparties.

  • Kristin Krumov

    Kristin Krumov

    CIO

    CIBANK

    Kristin Krumov has over 22 years of ICT experience, 14 of them on managerial position in ICT in Banking and Insurance. His experience is in big IT transformation programs, in establishment of service oriented IT organizations, and in innovative and reliable business support with IT Service Management approach. He is certified ITIL v3 Service Expert. Founder and member of CIO Club, itSMF and Unix Group in Bulgaria.

    Since 1999 he was an IT manager of UniCredit Bulbank, where 2 big ICT transformations were performed: DIVA program for complete re-engineering of all the IT systems of the bank (2001-2003), and merger with two other local banks (2006-2008). In December 2008 he joined Interamerican Bulgaria, part of Nederland Group Achmea. There he implemented new core P&C insurance systems, a new DWH/BI reporting solution, e-channels, application integration middleware with intermediaries, became competence center at group level, etc. In December 2011 he joined CIBANK, subsidiary of KBC Group Belgium. There he launched a series of initiatives and projects, aiming to transform IT in a service-oriented unit of the bank. For 2 years many projects are completed: Reporting, DRP, Mobile, ERP, etc.





  • Krasimir Krastev

    Krasimir Krastev

    Chief Expert, Directorate "Payments Supervision"

    Bulgarian National Bank

    Krasimir Krastev has worked at Bulgarian National Bank since 2007. He is involved in the the National Bank supervision on payment systems, payment service providers and other entities subject to payment supervision in order to establish the compliance of their activities with regulatory requirements and established international principles, standards and recommendations in the area of ​​payments. He participates in working groups in the field of payment services and payment supervision at the European Central Bank, the European Commission, the European Banking Authority and the Council of the European Union.

  • George Papalambros

    George Papalambros

    Commercial Director

    VoiceWeb S.A.

    George is the Commercial Director of VoiceWeb S.A. for Europe, Middle East and Australia, experienced in working with leading brands in the IT, Telecom and Banking industries of Europe and Middle East.George started his career in Arrow Electronics Hellas S.A. (NYSE: ARW), and then founded Atex S.A. in December 1996 (shareholder & CEO). Atex S.A. was aquired (100%) by Altec S.A. in January 2001 (ASE: ALTEC), an IT distributor & SI in South-Eastern Europe with over 2.000 employees.After 3 years of holding the position of "International Business Development Manager" for SEE region inside the Altec Group, he continued his career in the UK (Cablefree System Ltd, as Sales Director for SEE & MEA) for the next 3.5 years, and then at VeriSign Inc., as Sales Director for CEE/SEE region. Shortly after the acquisition of VeriSign by Symantec (May 2010), and the takeover of regional operations by the local Symantec offices, he joined VoiceWeb (Oct.2010). George has graduated from Athens University of Economics & Business, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

  • Elemér Veréb

    Elemér Veréb

    Regional Manager

    Dynatrace

    Elemér Veréb, the regional manager of Dynatrace - the US based technology leader and trendsetter solution provider in Application Performance Management – in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania. His responsibility is to extend Dynatrace presence in the given territory and support financial institutions to master their digital performance management. Elemér Veréb holds master degrees both in Computer Science and in Economy and he is a Certified Management Consultant. Beside his knowledge in information technology and IT consultancy he has gained comprehensive experiences in strategy, project portfolio and process management.

  • Shirief Nosseir

    Shirief Nosseir

    EMEA Alliances Director for Security and API Management Solutions

    CA Technologies

    Shirief Nosseir is the EMEA Alliances Director for Security and API Management Solutions at CA Technologies. With over 25 years in the software industry, Shirief’s experience spans a multitude of disciplines, including information security, application lifecycle management, business process optimization, analytics & business intelligence, service & infrastructure management, amongst others. This provides Shirief with insightful understanding to assist organizations in developing business-oriented architectures, while melding disparate technologies into whole solutions. Shirief regularly advises organizations on how to leverage information security to enable business transformation and protect against new emerging threats. He also champions the use of security in supporting evolving trends, such as mobility, cloud, social and analytics to help organizations deliver innovation while managing risks.Shirief is a regular speaker at events and frequently contributes content to various industry publications on security-related issues. He is based in the UK.

  • Ina Bakalova

    Ina Bakalova

    Account Executive

    Darktrace

    Ina Bakalova is an Account Executive at Darktrace. Created by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, Darktrace uses AI algorithms to automatically detect and take action against cyber-threats within all types of networks. As a part of the world’s leading machine learning company for cyber security she has assisted many organisations manage their risks in the cyber space. Her expertise in cyber defence and her considerable experience working with C-level individuals has helped many organisations to find solutions in the evolving threat landscape.

  • Gergana Ilieva

    Gergana Ilieva

    Manager Research and Development

    Datecs

  • Dr Colin Smith

    Dr Colin Smith

    Manager International Services

    Omikron

    Colin Smith has been with Omikron for twenty years. During that time he set up and built Omikron’s international business department, which has overseen the implementation of Omikron’s e-banking products in over 20 countries and in 17 languages. In addition, Colin is responsible for developing and managing key banking relationships in the international business area. Before joining Omikron, Colin set up and managed the Electronic Banking department for an international bank in Germany for 10 years, and was later responsible for strategic business development in cash management for National Westminster Bank in London.

  • Jakub Orkiszewski

    Jakub Orkiszewski

    Account Executive – Eastern Europe, Baltics, Adriatics

    Imperva, Partner of ACT Sofia

  • Lubos Klokner

    Lubos Klokner

    CEE Field System Engineer

    F5 Networks

    Lubos Klokner currently works at F5 Networks company as a Field System Engineer covering Central and East Europe.Previously he has been working as a team leader of group of network security engineers at major system integrator in Slovakia.Lubos is interested in and working in IT security area. Nowadays he is focusing and applying his knowledge in security and availability of services and apps in enterprises, service providers, data centers and cloud deployments.

  • Vladimir Popov

    Vladimir Popov

    Managing Partner

    Nevexis

    Vladimir Popov begins his career in the IT sector in Bulgaria in 1996. His professional career starts as software developer, after that follow positions as software architect, project manager and IT consultant. He has been part of some of the biggest integrational projects in the financial sector in the region - the merging of Bulbank HVB Bank Biochim and Hebros Bank and the integration of Flexcube in the subsidiaries of AlphaBank on the Balkans. Since 2008 he is one of the founders and the  managing partner of Nevexis, specialized in IT solutions exclusively in the financial sphere. The company works with leading financial institutions in Europe and Bulgaria as DeutscheBank, UniCredit Bulbank and DSK Bank.

  • Cesare Capobianco

    Cesare Capobianco

    Oracle Vice President, Business Applications Central Eastern Europe

    Oracle CEE

    Чезаре Капобианко е Вицепрезидент за Бизнес Приложения в Оракъл Централна и Източна Европа, който ръководи бизнеса с голям набор от корпоративни приложения в областите на: взаимодействие с клиенти, CRM, ERP и управление на човешкия капитал.Чезаре е лично ангажиран с множество клиенти на Оракъл от региона и фокусира целия си екип върху главната си цел, а именно непрекъснато доставяне на добавена стойност за клиентите и съдействие при иновативност в използването на най-новите възможности, предлагани от Оракъл Бизнес Приложенията.Чезаре е част от екипа на Оракъл от 2009 година. Непосредствено преди сегашната си позиция е бил ЕМЕА мениджър за Managed Cloud Services, бизнес, който се разрастна повече от 4-ри пъти под неговото ръководство.Като ветеран в софтуерната индустрия, преди да се присъедини към Оракъл, Чезаре е изпълнявал редица управленчески роли, ръководейки ЕМЕА софтуерния бизнес на две глобални ИТ компании и е бил СЕО на средна по големина софтуерна фирма в Австрия.Чезаре притежава Магистърска степен в Копютърни Науки и Електроника от Университета на Рим, Италия.

  • Matej Misik

    Matej Misik

    Director Business Development

    Adastra Partnering

    Matej is a Director Business Development and Senior Business Consultant at Adastra Partnering focusing on Big data monetization and application in the fields of population analytics and targeted marketing. During the past 3 years, he has driven the development of methodologies and solutions in this area within the major telcos and fintech companies. As a business consultant, he has gained broad insight into the Telecommunications, Banking and Healthcare industries.

  • Stefan Yordanov

    Stefan Yordanov

    Datawarehouse Consultant

    Adastra Bulgaria

    Mr. Stefan Yordanov is a Data Warehouse Consultant in Adastra Bulgaria. He has previous experience as an IT professional in the sectors of Finance, Healthcare, Telecommunications and Public Administration. As part of the Adastra team since 2014, he has participated in IM projects in Banking and Insurance sectors. Mr. Yordanov has hands-on practice in wide range of technologies and activities complying the best practices in the Information Management area.

  • Tudor Cristea

    Tudor Cristea

    Regional Sales Manager Romania & Bulgaria

    Palo Alto Networks

    Tudor Cristea has more than 12-year experience in IT and information security, holding strategic positions, in leading IT&C companies.He joined Palo Alto Networks team in 2016 as Regional Sales Manager Bulgaria & Romania. Considered as one of the top players, constantly demonstrating expertise, aspiration and engagement, Tudor combines an excellent technology understanding with strong business development capabilities and strategic thinking.

  • Goran Angelov

    Goran Angelov

    General Manager

    IBS Bulgaria

  • Svilen Stanchev

    Svilen Stanchev

    Sales Director

    IBS Bulgaria

  • Eduard Bodor

    Eduard Bodor

    Data Center BDM Central Europe

    APC by Schneider Electric

    In the last 12 years Eduard Bodor has worked as Product Manager for electrical power products solutions for different companies. From 2007 he joined APC by Schneider Electric team as System Engineer. Now at APC by Schneider Electric he is focused on Infrastructure systems for medium and large Data Centers and technical consultancy for all APC and Schneider Electric products, with regional coverage. He is certified as "Accredited Tier Specialist" by Uptime Institute from 2012. He has graduated Transilvania University Brasov, Faculty of Road Vehicles and Bucharest University, Faculty of Psychology.

  • Vesela Kabatliyska

    Vesela Kabatliyska

    Head of Labour Law Team

    Dinova Rusev & Partners Law Office

    Dinova Rusev & Partners Law Office is a law company offering specialized legal services to entities and individuals in many areas of civil, administrative and court law. The law office has a highly specialized team of experts in labour law, personal data protection and immigration issues. The office serves some of the largest employers in Bulgaria. In recognition of the high level of expertise of the team, in 2014 the company has been invited and became the Bulgarian member of Employment Law Alliance.Vesela Kabatliyska is the head of the Labour Law team of the company. She has extensive experience in the field of labour law and the protection of personal data with focus on different ways to encourage the staff and in particular options for purchasing of shares (share option plans) in IT industry. Vesela is member of the Committee for European Law Alliance Membership and a recognized expert in the field.