Agenda 2015

Financial Forum Innovations

Sofia, June 16 (Tuesday) 2015

Sofia Hotel Balkan, „Sredets“ hall

9.00 Registration

9:30 Opening Forum

Panel 1: Innovate in the financial business – incentives, regulation, challenges, present and vision for the future?

Moderator: Valentin Panayotov, Chairman of the Association Bank of the Year

9:40 to 10:00 „Regional cyber-security in the financial sector: Challenges and Solutions“

Dr. Fernando Montes-Negret, Director of Vienna Center for Financial Sector Advisory Services, The World Bank, Doctor Honoris Cauza of VUZF University

10:00 to 11:30 „The future of banking intermediation”

Peter Andronov, Country Manager of KBC group for Bulgaria, Chairman of the MB of CIBANK, CEO of CIBANK, Chairman of the Managing Board of the Association of Banks in Bulgaria


Levon Hampartzoumian, CEO and Chairman of UniCredit Bulbank

Petya Dimitrova, CEO and Chairman of Postbank

Iravan Hira, General Manager, Hewlett-Packard Bulgaria


Sophie Bertin, Head Corporate Development, SIXGroup, Switzerland

Topic:“Bank Innovations”

11:30 to 11:45 Coffee break

Panel 2: Technological Innovation – an inevitable part of the complete overhaul of the financial business

Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Evgeni Evgeniev, VUZF

11:45 to 12:05 „Israeli high-tech eco-system: The Way to Success“

Karin Mayer Rubinstein, CEO, Israel Advanced Technology Industries (IATI)

12:05 to 13:00 Stoilka Arsova, Director of „National card scheme“, BORIKA – BANKSERVICE

Topic: „National card BCard – factor for the development of the card transactions market”


Vanya Manova, Manager, MasterCard Bulgaria

Topic: „Innovation in the card business“


Vince Power, Head of „Banking“ and Erald Ghoos, Head of „Risk and Settlements“, SKRILL

Topic: „Payments Trends, What Apps and what will win“

13:00 to 13:30 Lunch

Panel 3: Move quickly or die slowly. Is there alternative of the innovation in the financial sector?

Moderator: Dr. Radostin Vazov, VUZF

13.30 – 13.50 „Big data and feature preferences in banking services“

Prof. Dr.Sci Nikolay Vitanov, Institute of Mechanics, BAS

13:50 to 15:00 Christof De Mil, CEO and member of MB of CIBANK

Topic:„The role of design thinking“


Tsvetanka Mintcheva, member of the Managing Board and Chief „Retail Banking“, UniCredit Bulbank

Topic: „Innovation in the customers’ benefit“


Boyan Stefanov, Head of „Corporate Banking“, member of the Managing Board of DSK Bank

Topic:“Improving corporate sales by creating a new model of corporate banking at DSK Bank”

15:00 to 15:15 Coffee break

15:15 to 16:30 Sophie Bertin, Head Corporate Development, SIXGroup, Switzerland

Topic: „Innovation in SIXGroup“


Rumen Radushev, Head of „Individual Banking“, Postbank

Topic: „Digital innovation in Postbank“


Ani Angelova, CEO, Raiffeisenbank (Bulgaria)

Topic: „New perspectives in banking services through social networks“

16:30 Closing remarks