The Speakers

In a series of visionary speeches and presentations 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.

Rossen Jeliazkov

Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications

Rossen Jeliazkov was born on 5 April 1968.
He has been awarded a Master’s Degree in Law from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.

In the period 1994-1995 he was consecutively a Counselor, a Senior Counselor and later a Secretary and a Deputy Mayor at the Sredetz district of the Sofia Municipality. Since 1995 he has been an attorney in Civil and Commercial Law, Member of Sofia Bar Association. He was a Deputy Mayor for “Law enforcement and Control” of the Lozenetz district of the Sofia Municipality (1998-1999).

From 2003 until July 2009 he was a Secretary of the Sofia Municipality.

In the period 2011-2013 he was a Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Public Administration and a representative of the Republic of Bulgaria to the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht, the Netherlands.  

From 2009 to 2013 he was a Secretary General of the Council of Ministers, and in the period 2014-2016 he was an Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Administration and e-Government issues.

He managed and participated in the preparation of a number of conceptual and strategic documents and programmes in the field of e-government, local government and local administration, as well as public-private partnerships. He was a representative of Bulgaria to the annual meetings of the Open Government Partnership Initiative (2011, 2015). He coordinated the Bulgarian contribution to the initiatives related to the European policies on implementation of the European Programme for Global Monitoring for Environment and Security.

He participated in the strategic planning and policy making in the field of public administration and e-government. As of 30 September 2016 by Decision of the Council of Ministers he was appointed Chairman of the State e-Government Agency.

By Decision of the Council of Ministers of 20 December 2017 he was appointed Chairman of the Communications Regulation Commission. The Decision entered into force as of 15 January 2018.
Elected Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications on September 20, 2018 by the 44-thNational Assembly.

Baiba Braže

Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO

Ambassador Baiba Braže was appointed Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy in May 2020. She 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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Krasimir Kotsev

CEO, SoCyber

Krasimir Kotzev is a founder of the SoCyber company which provides solutions in the cyber security field. His experience comes from his work in Hewlett-Packard, where he has started as system administrator of Linux/Unix servers. After few year he's transferred to the Network Security department working on many client's cases. Throughout the years, Mr. Kotzev was working in many companies in the field of MFA (Multi Factor Authentication) solutions, penetration testing etc. Mr. Kotzev is Cisco CCNA, Checkpoint CCSA, HP Tipping Point Expert (IPS) certified expert and has a diploma of Cybersecurity in the University of Maryland. In the last years he is mostly devoted to the ethical hacking field, due to the increased threats and risks in the internet.

Liisa Past

Chief National Cyber Risk Officer, National Security and Defence Coordination Unit at Government Office, Republic of Estonia

Liisa Past (MA) is the outgoing Chief National Cyber Risk Officer for the Estonian Government Office. She is the former Chief Research Officer at the Cyber Security Branch of the Estonian Information System Authority, where she designed, led and carried out analysis related to cyber security, including risk, threat and impact assessments. Liisa spent 2018-2019 as a Next Generation Leader at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at the Arizona State University focusing on cyber security of the technologies underlying democracies and elections. She has been a driving force behind the Estonian comprehensive risk assessment of elections and the Compendium on Cyber Security of Election Technology, published under the auspices of the Cooperation Group of the EU Network and Information Security Directive. 

Jan Tietze

Director Security Strategy, EMEA, SentinelOne

Before joining Sentinel One in 2020, Jan Tietze served in senior technical and management roles ranging from engineering to CIO and CTO roles for global IT and consultancy organizations. With a strong background in enterprise IT and an early career in senior field engineering roles in Microsoft and other security and consulting organizations, Jan understands real world risk, challenges and solutions and has been a trusted advisor to his clients for many years.

Alexander Stamenov

Country Manager - CLICO Bulgaria

Jakub Turowski

Head of Public Policy for Poland, Baltics, Romania and Bulgaria, Facebook

Radoslav Rizov

Director High Value Projects, Telelink Business Services

Jenny Boneva

Vice President of ISACA Sofia and Chapter Lead of SheLeadsTech initiative in Bulgaria

Specialised in Information Security, IT audit and control, Data protection and compliance

Svetlin Lazarov

Head of Cyber Intelligence and Digital Forensics Bulgarian Cybercrime Unit General Directorate Combating Organized Crime - Ministry of Interior

Chief Inspector Svetlin Lazarov is the head and founder of the Digital Analysis and Cyber ​​Intelligence Sector in the Cybercrime Department at the General Directorate for Combating Organized Crime.
He has been dealing with computer systems for 21 years and has been specializing in the investigation of cybercrime for 10 years. He has worked on numerous cases
cyber incidents and has participated in international investigation teams at Europol,
Interpol, FBI and Secret Service.
He has passed many specializations in the field of computers crime, computer evidence and international cooperation. He is certified by the International Association of Computer Investigators specialists - IACIS, the European Cybercrime Center at Europol - EC3 EUROPOL, the EU Law Enforcement Training Agency - CEPOL, International Academy of Law Enforcement - ILEA, National Criminal
Agency of Great Britain - NCA, German Federal Criminal Service - BKA and
US Department of Homeland Security - HSI. He specializes online investigations at UCD University in Dublin, Ireland. He teaches in the specialties "Cyber ​​threats and cyber crises" and "Computer" criminology ”of bachelors and masters in several Bulgarian universities. He was a representative of the Ministry of Interior in the working group for the creation of the Law on cybersecurity.
Participates in the expert group for the development of the new national strategy for cybersecurity. He is a member of the interdepartmental operational group for action in case of incidents with significant impact on network and information security in Bulgaria, and the European Cybercrime Task Force at Europol. It is also a 24/7 contact point for attacks against information systems
at national and European level.

Martin Malinov

Cybersecurity expert, SoCyber

Martin is a cyber security expert at SoCyber. He  is interested mainly in ensuring compliance with cybersecurity standards and regulations. He is also passionate about penetration testing, social engineering campaigns, incident response, ensuring business continuity, risk assessments and monitoring of the security controls.

Magda Jianu

Channel Business Manager - Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Palo Alto Networks

With almost 15 years in the IT business world, Magda has accumulated extensive experience working for large IT vendors, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft and now Palo Alto Networks. Today, she is focusing on implementing the company's strategy in Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Slovakia. 
The cybersecurity environment has fascinating particularities and trends, moving at an incredibly fast pace, with fierce competition and with a strategic role in defence. For the past 12 months, Magda has studied the industry trends and challenges, the way the cybersecurity vendors respond to the increasingly sophisticated threats and the way companies around the globe choose to react. 

Juliyan Lesev

Chief Technology Innovation Officer, Lirex

Juliyan has over 20 years of experience in enterprise system engineering with focus on the
practical implementation of the new and emerging IT technologies. He alsos helps business
and IT to understand each other. He is enriching IT teams by giving them the ability to
respond to the business requirements, as well to the requirements to business, and thus
providing the enablement of meeting business objectives. Some of Juliyan’s specialties
include SDDC, resilience, Network, Compute, SAN, Linux, Solaris, Storage and more.

Ivaylo Konev

Manager Corporate Sector, Lirex

Ivaylo has over 15 years of experience in IT sector. More than 12 years he was Sales and
then Business Development Manager in IT hardware distribution in BG and International
companies, 1 year in e-Commerce and 3+ years in a software industry as a Technical Pre-
sales and Product manager. The combination of engineering education from Sofia Technical
University and all the years of experience in IT related sales, his close relations with suppliers
and partners, and knowledge of the local market give him confidence in defining and offering
solutions and services with any level of complexity.

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).

Luis Miguel Girao

Founder, Artshare

Luis Miguel Girao founder of Artshare, the NATO Art Expert, is a researcher generating support for EU and Transatlantic policy making in the field of the crossings of art, science and technology. He is a transdisciplinary artist developing applications of technology as tools for artistic expression focusing at the moment on bioelectromagnetism. As Doctor of Philosophy in Artistic Modulation of Consciousness by Bioelectromagnetic Stimulation, he is a member of the Planetary Collegium and of the Centre for Sociology and Music Studies of Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the New University of Lisbon, Portugal. He is visiting lecturer at the School of Arts of the Catholic University of Oporto, Portugal, where he teaches Management of Cultural and Creatives Industries. In 2007, he was awarded the Bolsa Ernesto de Sousa prize, Lisbon-NYC. He collaborated with several artists and scientists and his work has been presented worldwide. He was coordinator of ICT ART CONNECT 2013 and of ICTARTCONECT.study for the European Commission. These activities gave origin to the DG CONNECT's initiative STARTS - Science, Technology and the Arts in which he is extremely involved in. He and his colleagues at Artshare were actively contributing as partners of the VERTIGO, CREATE-IoT and BRAINHACK EC funded projects.  He supported NATO in the design of the NATO Arts Framework. He recently did a study for the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) of the European Parliament entitled “Historical analysis of artistic activities and their relationship with the development of technology”. He manages the STARTS Towards Sustainability (S2S), a STARTS Regional Centres pilot project of the European Parliament.

Nick Merrill

Director, Daylight Security Research Lab

Nick Merrill directs the Daylight Lab at the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity. His work is built on a simple observation: that security is difficult to practice in part because it's difficult to understand. His lab's work shifts the way people understand and identify the harms of technology—and expands the populations able to do so. By generating novel tools, practices, and representations, we make “security” specific and actionable to those who need it. Nick has published over a dozen articles in peer-reviewed venues such as ACM CHI, DIS and CSCW.

Boyan Yanchev

Chief Technology Officer at Lirex BS

With more than 25 years in the IT world Boyan Yanchev has gained a lot of experience working with the major IT Vendors and customers from various segments - from Government and Defense organizations to midsize and large Enterprises. Boyan Yanchev has participated in more than 100 projects and has managed services for NATO, EUROPOL, Bulgarian Government, Banks, Retail, Manufacturing, Chemical and Pharm organizationHe is strong ambassador and implementer of Information Security and Personal Data protection standards for the last 12 years. Currently, Boyan Yanchev is Chief Technology Officer at Lirex BS, a Managed IT and Security Services company, part of Lirex group, and is certified as CISA, MCSE, MCSA, CCSA, ITIL, GPDR, CobiT, Implementer and Auditor for ISO9001, 20000 and 27001.