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 & Chairperson 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.

Iravan Hira

Managing Director Hewlett Packard Enterprise operated by Selectium

Iravan Hira is the Managing Director of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Bulgaria operated by Selectium. His previous role was Country Managing Director of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Bulgaria and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Global Delivery Bulgaria Center. Iravan has worked in Hewlett Packard Bulgaria since the establishment of the company in the country in 1998 and has held various sales and management positions. He holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University in Sofia.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Vihren Slavchev

CEO, Mnemonica

He has over 15 years of IT and Management experience, gathered in the software development, real
estate and the financial sectors.
From 2009 until now partnering with a great team of professionals, Vihren keeps on growing one of the
most dynamic and successful Bulgarian IT companies.
He graduated from Varna Technical University, majoring “Automation and Management Systems”.

Rasmus Andersen

Director, Datacenter and Security Partner Sales, Juniper

Partner Sales Director responsible for supporting Juniper Network EMEA Security and Datacenter partners evolving their Datacenter/Cloud and Security Practices.  Rasmus has over 2 decades of Sales and Business Development experience from  Global service providers, Software and Security as a Service vendors such as Verizon , iPass, ScanSafe and before joining Juniper, Rasmus was responsible for Cisco’s EMEAR Commercial Security business development.

Ph.D. Mariusz Stawowski

Technical Director, CLICO

For more than 20 years he has been responsible for management of the security projects, audits, and professional services as well as technical marketing and business development. Currently he is CTO / Technical Director of CLICO, a security technologies distributor and service provider operating in Poland and other Central and Eastern European countries. His doctoral dissertation was elaborated at the Military University of Technology in Poland in the special field of IT systems security auditing and network protections designing. He is CEH and ISO 27001 Auditor as well as certified instructor providing official (ISC)2 CISSP and EC-Council CCISO trainings.

Gabriela Naplatanova

Journalist

Gabriela Naplatanova has been part of the bTV team since the launch of the media and has continued to look for social cause stories. Her name is behind thousands of human interest stories and major journalistic projects on military topics. She is the author of the popular series of bTV Reporters for Kerbala. She strives to teach her students at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" and young interns in bTV to be curious and sincere, sensitive to the problems of people and persistent in their resolution.

Kirsti Narinen

Director of International Relations, Hybrid CoE

Ambassador Kirsti Narinen is a Finnish diplomat who after completing her assignment as
the Finnish Ambassador to Estonia joined the Hybrid Centre of Excellence as Director for
International relations. She has during her long MFA carrieer served in the Soviet Union
and Russia, in Estonia also in the 1990’s and in Slovenia. In addition, the home base
duties have varied from EU energy and Justice-Home-Affairs coordination to Arms control
and HR – in the founding team for creating Occupational Well being function to the MFA.
She has lawyer’s degree from University of Turku in Finland, is married and has two adult
children.

Marko Bobinac

PreSales Manager, CEE, Thales

Marko manages Thales DIS CPL PreSales team in the CEE region. He is engaged in projects that require any of their Authentication and Encryption products.
Over the years he has gained overview on the different customer architectures and what encryption options fit best in each scenario.

Alexander Mašek

Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe, Fidelis Cybersecurity

Since 2016 Alex has been leading region of CEE in Fidelis Cybersecurity, the US company focusing on manufacturing products and delivering related services in the area of NTA (network traffic analysis), ADR (Automated Detection and Response) and EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response) as well as intelligent deception.

In 1983 Alexander Mašek graduated from Chemical University in Prague, Czech Republic however he’s been fully engaged in ICT since the beginning of 1990. He was co-founder of company DATOR3, one of the oldest ICT companies in Czech where he was active as a President & CEO for 9 years, and since 1999 he was leading the East European subsidiary of the biggest pan-European Value-Added Distributor of networking products in Europe, company AZLAN (acquired by Tech Data in 2004).

Jan Rydval

Systems Engineer for central and east Europe, Fidelis Cybersecurity

Jan Rydval, Systems Engineer for central and east Europe, Fidelis Cybersecurity

 

Focused on security solutions against advanced APT attacks and designing solutions in the newly defined ADR security category as Systems Engineer for Central and Eastern Europe.

Jan Rydval graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at CTU in Prague, and since 1994 he has been working in the field of ICT, where he focuses on new technologies and solutions in the areas of mobility, security and the potential of pervasive technologies.

In the field of network communications, optimization and security, and in application development he has been working for more than 15 years as a consultant and solution architect for IBM and Sun Microsystems.

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.

Lubos Klokner

Sr. Systems Engineer, F5

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.

Petko Zhelyazov

Co-organizer "Ratio"

Petko Zhelyazov is a co-organizer of the popular science forum "Ratio". Since 2016 he's been the host and moderator of over 80 popular science events focused on a variety of scientific topics in the fields of astronomy, evolutionary biology, chemistry and physics.

Benjamin Pajot

Policy officer, Strategy, Analysis and Policy Planning Center, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Policy officer on digital and cybersecurity issues at the Strategy, Analysis and Policy Planning Center of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Benjamin Pajot holds a master’s degree in history from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon and a master’s degree in international relations from Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne university. He works especially on the issues of information manipulation, European digital sovereignty and Chinese-American technological rivalry.

Irina Nedeva

Journalist

Irina chairs the Board of Association of European Journalists-Bulgaria. Since 2018 she has been appointed Member of the Board of AEJ (International) on the issues of Disinformation and Fake news. As a senior editor, host and presenter with the National Public Radio in Bulgaria (BNR) she is one of the recognizable voices with an extensive experience in public broadcast TV and Radio journalism. She is also active in the field of producing and coordinating independent film, TV and radio projects like “Euranet Plus” and “Europe personally” for Horizon BNR program. Her documentary radio feature “Extreme Rights in Europe and migration” has been nominated for Prix Europa (Berlin). She was a Huber Humphrey Fellow (Washington DC) and Milena Jesenská Fellow (Vienna).

Giovanni Ruberto

CISSP, Senior Solutions Architect & Partner Technical Manager, Rapid7

He graduated with Honours in Telecommunications Engineering in Bologna awarded as "Top 10 Eng. Graduate of 2005" and was a Research Fellow at the University of Manchester in Wireless Networks and Statistical Models (IEEE & NEWCOM).
He then joined the High Tech & System Integration task force at Accenture as Analyst and Consultant, and was later a Team Lead and Network Security Specialist at Dell SonicWALL.
Later he joined McAfee and Intel Security as Senior Solutions Architect & Partner Product Manager for the EMEA region working with top Tier 1 Operator accounts such as BT, Sky, Telefonica/O2, Orange, EE and Dixons Carphone Warehouse, and UK Media Spokesman as Industry Security Expert.
Giovanni has always been a security enthusiast with an uncompromising passion for technology and innovation, reasons last year for joining Rapid7

Piret Pernik

Researcher, NATO CCDCOE

Piret Pernik is a researcher at the Strategy Branch, NATO CCDCOE in Tallinn. Her research areas include cyber security and cyber defence, cyber commands, influence operations through cyberspace, cyber threats emerging from new technologies, as well as cyber policies and strategies of NATO, the EU and their member states. Previously, she worked as a research fellow at the International Centre for Security and Defence and at the Estonian Academy of Social Sciences focusing on cyber security. She has served as an advisor of the National Defence Committee of the Parliament of Estonia and worked at the Ministry of Defence in defence policy planning area.  

Christian Giebner

System Engineer, Tufin

Christian Giebner is working for Tufin Techologies as a Pre-Sales Engineer since 2018.
He has a wide knowledge on Networking and Security Technologies he has gained during his 25 years professional career in various of companies and markets.
Deep knowledge and hands-on experience is always appreciated by the customers who threat him as a Trusted Advisor.

Marcin Paciorkowski

Regional Sales Engineer,
CyberArk Software

Marcin Paciorkowski is a privileged access security expert. With over 12 years of experience in systems engineering and information security, during which he consulted to some of the largest companies in Europe in verity of industries: Financial services, Healthcare, Military, Retail and more, and covered comprehensive projects for infrastructure, networks, systems and applications security. Marcin hold a B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Military University of Technology, Poland.

Jakub Jiricek

Systems Engineer – CORTEX, Eastern Europe, Palo Alto Networks

Tomek Pietrzyk

Manager Systems Engineering EEUR, Palo Alto Networks

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.
Mariyana Nikolova has served at various expert positions with the Ministry for the State Administration and Administrative Reform. She has worked in leadership positions, including as a Director of Directorate “Legal and Regulatory Affairs” at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. She has worked at the State Agency for metrology and technical supervision at the Ministry of Economy. She served as Head of Unit “Contractual and Legal Protection” at the “National Electrical Company” SMLLC.
Since May 2017 she is chief of staff of the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Demographic Policy. Lecturer at the Public Administration Institute at the Council of Ministers.

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.

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.

Iravan Hira

 

Rada Popova is a lawyer with a broad practice in international law and an expert focus on the legal regulation of satellite technologies, new space applications, defence and cyber law.
Rada obtained her degree in law (mag. iur) in 2013 from the University of Vienna, Austria and is currently working as a senior research fellow and lecturer at the University of Cologne, Germany where she is also writing her doctoral thesis. Rada has published numerous journal articles and book chapters and has been invited as a speaker and lecturer in various fora and universities.
As an expert, she has been involved in numerous international projects at the cross-section between technology and legal regulation. 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

GABRIELLA CSEH, FACEBOOK
Head of Public Policy for CEE
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. Prior to joining Facebook, she was the executive director of Hungarian Public Service Radio for four years and the external relations director for PanTel telecommunications Ltd for seven years. Gabriella has also served as a diplomat and a civil servant.

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. But to what extent we are held as hostages to our genetics and are there ways to change and control it, are questions which answers we are still searching? As a scientist and a specialist in Molecular Biology, Genetics and Epigenetics, Milena believes that we are living in interesting times where miracles happen. In the field of Biomedicine, we are now very clearly distinguishing between the time “before” and “after” the project “The Human Genome” which aimed at deciphering the whole genetic information of humans. The time “after” the “Human Genome” project not only marks the beginning of the new millennium, but also highlights the beginning of a turning point in the treatment of human diseases. Modern Medicine is beginning to adapt to the handwriting of our genes and is taking into account the specificity of our own DNA. As a zealous communicator of science, Milena strives to present trends in modern science in accessible and interesting language. She deeply believes that knowledge must be disseminated in order to be reachable by people. Only then does elitist science become meaningful. Milena also promotes science by maintaining a blog: epigenetics4u.blogspot.bg, in which interesting topics in the field of Genetics and Epigenetics are reported and discussed.

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.
Prior to SailPoint Ben was the Platform Account Director at Oracle responsible for all Oracle Database & associated technologies into Oracle’s Key Accounts. He has also managed Software development teams as well as led small boutique Security consultancies.
Ben has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Middle East & America both through his work responsibilities and with his family. He has spoken at numerous events on matters such as Security, Identity Governance and various related privacy issues.
Married to Jo, Ben has 6 children and lives in the UK. He is a qualified Rugby Coach and Federation Rugby Referee, an avid reader of all types of literature, a volunteer for City Angels as well as and an active member of the local community.

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 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. But to what extent we are held as hostages to our genetics and are there ways to change and control it, are questions which answers we are still searching? As a scientist and a specialist in Molecular Biology, Genetics and Epigenetics, Milena believes that we are living in interesting times where miracles happen. In the field of Biomedicine, we are now very clearly distinguishing between the time “before” and “after” the project “The Human Genome” which aimed at deciphering the whole genetic information of humans. The time “after” the “Human Genome” project not only marks the beginning of the new millennium, but also highlights the beginning of a turning point in the treatment of human diseases. Modern Medicine is beginning to adapt to the handwriting of our genes and is taking into account the specificity of our own DNA. As a zealous communicator of science, Milena strives to present trends in modern science in accessible and interesting language. She deeply believes that knowledge must be disseminated in order to be reachable by people. Only then does elitist science become meaningful. Milena also promotes science by maintaining a blog: epigenetics4u.blogspot.bg, in which interesting topics in the field of Genetics and Epigenetics are reported and discussed.

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.
Prior to SailPoint Ben was the Platform Account Director at Oracle responsible for all Oracle Database & associated technologies into Oracle’s Key Accounts. He has also managed Software development teams as well as led small boutique Security consultancies.
Ben has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Middle East & America both through his work responsibilities and with his family. He has spoken at numerous events on matters such as Security, Identity Governance and various related privacy issues.
Married to Jo, Ben has 6 children and lives in the UK. He is a qualified Rugby Coach and Federation Rugby Referee, an avid reader of all types of literature, a volunteer for City Angels as well as and an active member of the local community.