Speakers - Speeches & Presentations

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Diana Dimitrova--Conservation Manager, WWF Bulgaria

Diana DimitrovaConservation Manager, WWF Bulgaria

Following a career in environmental and sustainability consulting and industrial environmental management, in 2020 Ms. Diana Dimitrova joined WWF Bulgaria as Conservation Manager. She leads WWF Bulgaria’s team of experts and project managers, working on wildlife, forest, river and wetland protection and restoration, as well as on climate, energy, water and biodiversity policy advocacy.

Albena Markova --PwC Bulgaria

Albena Markova PwC Bulgaria

Ms. Albena Markova is a Partner in PwC Bulgaria and has over 24 years of professional services experience with PwC and for the past 10 years has been leading the Consulting practice in Bulgaria, Serbia, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania.

Angel Nikolaev--Manager of Black Sea Energy Research Centre

Angel NikolaevManager of Black Sea Energy Research Centre

Mr. Angel Nikolaev is economist with 18-year experience in the implementation of European (Horizon 2020, IEE, FP7, FP6, etc.) and national (Bulgarian) projects on energy-related studies and promotion of sustainable energy solutions. During the past several years, his activities are focused on: development of sustainable energy strategies, plans, and programmes at local, regional, and national level; energy policy scenario modelling and evaluation; and energy efficiency service market development.

Atanaska Nikolova--Economic and Social Council of the Republic of Bulgaria

Atanaska NikolovaEconomic and Social Council of the Republic of Bulgaria

Ms. Atanaska Nikolova is personally committed to the topic of sustainable development of the regions and the implementation of a fair transition to a low-carbon economy.

As Deputy Minister of Environment for Water in two regular governments and a caretaker cabinet, he heads the departments "Climate Change Policies", "Environmental Policies", "Coordination of European Union Affairs and International Cooperation".

Delian Coroama--Digital Innovation Zone

Delian CoroamaDigital Innovation Zone

Mr. Delian Coroama is engaged in discovering the happiness of living fully aware of every aspect of life, Delian Coroama is a full-time entrepreneur, speaker and mentor passionate about the newest technologies (especially Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence).

In the last 20+ years he has become an expert in automating business processes by creating and implementing digitalization solutions that bring real business value to the customers.

Prof. Daria Vladikova--Bulgarian Hydrogen, Fuel Cell and Energy Storage Association; Institute for Sustainable Transition and Development/Trakia University

Prof. Daria VladikovaBulgarian Hydrogen, Fuel Cell and Energy Storage Association; Institute for Sustainable Transition and Development/Trakia University

Ms. Daria Vladikova is Professor in Electrochemistry towards the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She is also leading the Department of Hydrogen Technologies in the Institute of Sustainable Transition and Development towards Trakia University – Stara Zagora. Prof. Vladikova has a PhD in Solid State Chemistry and a D.Sc. in Electrochemistry. She is working in the field of fuel cells and electrolyzers.  

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Evgeni Evgeniev--Research Attaché for Bulgaria, Brussels

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Evgeni EvgenievResearch Attaché for Bulgaria, Brussels

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Evgeni Evgeniev worked as a Private Sector Development Specialist of the World Bank in Europe and Central Asia Region in 2007-2016. Then, he served for three years as Sr. Advisor to the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria, while he was also a Vice-Rector on European Projects and Further Education at Sofia-based VUZF University of Finance, Business, and Entrepreneurship, where he worked as Associate Professor in Finance and Economics.

Georgi Stefanov--WWF Bulgaria

Georgi StefanovWWF Bulgaria

Mr. Georgi Stefanov leads the Climate and Energy Programme at WWF Bulgaria. He is one of the founders and coordinators of the Bulgarian Climate Action Coalition. His areas of expertise cover - development of regional and national strategies and action plans on climate and energy. Environmental management and planning, capacity building and training of public institutions, policy development and the management of public funding schemes for sustainable development. 

Prof. Dr. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Jivka Ovtcharova--Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)  (online)

Prof. Dr. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Jivka OvtcharovaKarlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (online)

Prof. Jivka Ovtcharova is Full Professor, Head of the Institute for Information Management in Engineering (IMI) since October 2003 and founder of the Lifecycle Engineering Solutions Center (LESC) at the KarlsruheInstitute of Technology (KIT), established in June 2008. In addition, she is Director for Process and Data Management in Engineering (PDE) at the Research Center for Information Technology in Karlsruhe (FZI) since 2004.

Julian Popov--Senior Political Adviser to the European Climate Foundation

Julian PopovSenior Political Adviser to the European Climate Foundation

Julian Popov, European Climate Foundation Fellow since 2008 and Chairman of the Buildings Performance Institute since 2014. Member of the Board of the Institute for Sustainable Transition and Development/Trakia University. Former caretaker Minister of Environment of Bulgaria.  He is a frequent guest at national radio and television programmes commenting on climate and energy policies, environment, low carbon energy security and European affairs.

Karl McFaul--Transilvania IT Cluster and Transilvania Digital Innovation Hub

Karl McFaulTransilvania IT Cluster and Transilvania Digital Innovation Hub

Mr. Karl McFaul is a business architect, future navigator and senior digitalisation expert consulting on EU, city and business levels. With a unique multidisciplinary career and outlook in emerging technologies and the new methods and practices for 21st century organisation and leadership, Karl lectures and gives workshops internationally on innovation, digital transformation and business development for the future work and learning.

Katie Treadwell--WWF EPO

Katie TreadwellWWF EPO

Ms. Katie Treadwell has worked at WWF European Policy Office as an Energy Policy Officer since 2018. Her main focus is on Just Transition and in particular, the transition in coal regions. Katie has particularly enjoyed supporting WWF national offices engaging in the Forum of Mayors initiative, which brings together mayors from European coal regions to share their experience and to call for public EU and national support to ensure Just Transition. She is also very involved in the Europe Beyond Coal Campaign, working closely with NGO partners from across Europe.

Assoc. Prof., PhD Kosyo Stoychev--Sofia University

Assoc. Prof., PhD Kosyo StoychevSofia University

Mr. Kosyo Stoychev is a lecturer at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski ”, Head of the Regional and Political Geography Department at the Faculty of Geology and Geography. He is a doctor and associate professor of economic and social geography with scientific interests in regional development and localization analysis. The courses taught are Geography of the World Economy; Spatial planning and settlement planning; Methods of regional analysis; Regional development policies and others. He is a leader Master's program "Regional Studies and Resilient Regions".

Maria PournariSenior Project Manager at the Institute of Entrepreneurship Development

Ms. Maria Pournari is a Senior Project Manager at the Institute of Entrepreneurship Development, located in Greece, and is the Managing Coordinator of the candidate European Digital Innovation Hub "Health Hub". She has multiyear experience in the health sector and is specialised in client relationship management, having worked as Development Manager and Supervisor of the International Patients Department at Athens Medical Group, the largest healthcare provider in Greece.

Maxime EZEQUEL--EDIH DIVA, regionPays de la Loire,France

Maxime EZEQUELEDIH DIVA, regionPays de la Loire,France

Mr. Maxime EZEQUEL graduated with an MBA with a focus on innovation projects. He had worked for 4 years within a french SME that designs, manufactures, and installs automated logistic systems, where he was in charge of implementing the diversification strategy. While working there, he elaborated on many business offers to fund disruptive technological developments on mobile robotic systems for industrials.

Pirita Ihamäki--Open Platform Entrepreneurship Education for Future Work

Pirita IhamäkiOpen Platform Entrepreneurship Education for Future Work

Ms. Pirita Ihamäki holds Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science in Economics degrees. She is currently working as a Liaison Manager at Prizztech Ltd. and is leading a project called "Open Platform Entrepreneurship Education for Future Work" that aims to plan and build a digital platform that supports work–life balance and collaboration between educational institutions, universities, companies, and international ecosystems as well as to gamify entrepreneurship education concepts. She belongs to the Robocoast EDIH (European Digital Innovation Hub) consortium, where she leads the Innovation Ecosystem and Networking service and manages international relationships. Ihamäki’s aim is to boost Europe’s innovation capacity, digital competitiveness, and green growth together with strong European Digital Innovation Hub networks.

Rumyana Grozeva PhD--SZ REDA Executive Director

Rumyana Grozeva PhDSZ REDA Executive Director

Ms. Rumyana Grozeva holds a PhD in Economics from the Institute for Economic Research of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Her doctorate upgrades her Master's degree from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia. She has 7 years of experience in public administration at national level. Since 2008 she has been the Executive Director of SZ REDA. Since 2018 she is a Member of the BD of IZ Zagore. Since April 2021 she has been the Coordinating Manager of the European Innovation Hub Zagore. Rumyana Grozeva is a lecturer at Sofia University and Thrakia University.

Slavtcho Neykov--Energy Management Institute, Bulgaria

Slavtcho NeykovEnergy Management Institute, Bulgaria

Mr. Slavtcho Neykov has more than 25 years non-interrupted experience in the energy sector, including as Secretary General of the Bulgarian Ministry of Energy, Commissioner in the State Energy Regulatory Commission, expert at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels and a Director of the Energy Community Secretariat in Vienna.

Further to his experience as a state and international official, he has been on the board of managers of several energy companies.

Yumer Kodzhayumer--Chief Expert, Science Directorate, Ministry of Education and Science

Yumer KodzhayumerChief Expert, Science Directorate, Ministry of Education and Science

Mr. Yumer Kodzhayumerhas worked at the Ministry since 2017. He works on the coordination of the Framework Programme (FP) "Horizon Europe" national contact points (NCPs) and is a member of various committees to the European Commission on FP implementation and monitoring, as well as on the European Union decision making process in the field of R&I, the design and implementation of national research programmes, the development of national research infrastructures, etc.

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