The Speakers

In a series of laboratories , wokshops and visionary speeches the objective is to bring all the stakeholders and shareholders on the matter together.

Gergana Passy

President of Digital National Alliance

Gergana Passy is a Digital Champion of Bulgaria (2012-); Founder and President of Digital National Alliance; Founder & President of PanEuropa Bulgaria; Vice President of International PanEuropean Union; EU Minister of Bulgaria (2007-2009); Deputy Foreign Minister in two Governments (2004-2005 and 2005-2007); Member of Parliament in two Legislations (2001-2004 and 2005); Before that she practice or trained law.

Mariyana Nikolova

Deputy Prime Minister & Chaiperson of National Cyber Security Council

On 21 November 2018 Mariyana Nikolova was voted in office as Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Demographic Policy by the 44th National Assembly.
Later in 2018 she was appointed Chairperson of the Cybersecurity Council, which established on the basis of Art. 9, para. 2 of the Cybersecurity Act as an advisory and coordinating body to the Council of Ministers on cybersecurity.

Tacan Ildem

NATO Assistant Secretary General

Ambassador Tacan Ildem was appointed Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy in March 2016. He advises the Secretary General on public diplomacy issues and directs the Public Diplomacy Division (PDD), which plays a key role in conveying the Alliance’s strategic and political messages to opinion formers and to the public in general. PDD works to raise the Alliance’s profile with audiences world-wide and to build support for Alliance operations and policies.

Lyubomir Tulev

Chief Cyber Security Operations Lead

Tulev has been directly involved in leading hundreds of international cybercrime investigations, incident responses and forensic operations in close collaboration with the FBI, Europol, Interpol and a number of other foreign law enforcement agencies. Lyubomir Tulev has been regularly providing speeches and trainings to Europol, Interpol and FBI, as well as colleagues on a national level.

Rada Popova

Senior Research Fellow, University of Cologne

Rada Popova is a lawyer with a broad practice in international law, with an expert focus on the legal regulation of satellite technologies, new space applications, defence and cyber law. Rada has also provided legal expertise to the European Space Agency, the German Aerospace Center and the aerospace industry in Germany and France. Previously, has worked for the UN office for Outer Space Affairs and the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria and law firms in Austria and Bulgaria.

Bruno Lete

German Marshall Fund Fellow

Bruno Lété currently serves as a senior fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States in Brussels. He provides analysis and advice on trends in international security and defense policy. His portfolio includes EU Common Security & Defense Policy, NATO, cyber security, and developments in Central and Eastern Europe.

Yavor Kolev

National Cyber Security Coordinator

Yavor Kolev has experience in Serious and Organised Crime, Hi-Tech Crime and IPR Investigations, deployed nationally and internationally. Expert in Monitoring Internet activity and extensive research to identify Internet infringements and illegal activities. Author of methodologies for investigation of crimes against intellectual property rights in the field of telecommunications and software piracy and for investigation and prosecution of cybercrime.

Gabriella Cseh

Head of Public Policy for CEE, Facebook

Gabriella works as Head of Public Policy for Central and Eastern Europe for Facebook. She covers public policies and regulatory relations of Facebook in the CEE region, focusing on issues related to data protection, safety, privacy, job creation and the economic impact of Facebook in Europe, the open Internet, and more broadly the social value generated by Internet-related services. 

Lubos Klokner

Addicted to the Internet since the Dial-Up era. From owning an Internet Café, through working at ISP and a major system integrator, now enjoying his work at F5 Networks. Currently trying to find the way how to adjust his strict InfoSec approach to the DevOps community.

Milena Georgieva

Associate Professor in Molecular Biology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Milena Georgieva is an Associate Professor in Molecular Biology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The main purpose of her work is to discover the mysteries hidden in the human genome. For Milena, knowing our genetics is a key to healthy and meaningful existence. Genes determine our health, our intellect, they even control our emotions.

Ben Pulpett

Identity Platform Director, SailPoint

Ben is the Identity Platform Director, working across EMEA he supports the local SailPoint teams, partners and customers in their adoption of an integrated Identity Governance platform.

With over 25 years’ experience in the software industry; where he has led campaigns, both direct and with partners, in developing and selling complex IT Security solutions in areas such as; Access Management, Identity Management, Data Governance and Database etc across multiple verticals.

Nicola Venditti

Partner Enablement Manager, Europe, SailPoint

Nicola Venditti is SailPoint’s Partner Enablement Manager in Europe and is responsible for technical pre-sales education and training across SailPoint’s extensive partner community.