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ESG & Friends is held by Bulgaria’s so far unique ESG media platform – ESGnews.bg. Our mission is to bring the ESG community together – decision-makers from businesses, education and institutional sectors.

Hands-on: visionary ideas put to practice

Our primary focus at ESGnews.bg is to support and highlight companies’ eff­orts to adopt new technologies and implement sustainable business strategies. These e­fforts include reducing harmful emissions, minimizing operational environmental footprints, ensuring fair compensation, and maintaining responsible and transparent management.

Keen to embark on this path? Then welcome to the ESG conference with the motto Re-position. Re-think. Re-grow.

The purpose of the forum is to introduce participants to inspiring examples of transformation towards a cleaner planet and a fair and transparent business environment. This would be an event dedicated to exchanging experience and ideas in an informal setting during face-to-face meetings.

Wayne Visser

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Prof. Dr Wayne Visser is one of the world’s ten most influential ESG experts.

Indira Kartallozi

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Co-Director at Kaleidoscope Futures and founder of Sustainability Leadership Kosova

Darinka-Georgieva

Darinka Georgieva

SPEAKER

Darinka Georgieva is the Еxecutive Director of the Bulgarian Network of UNGC

Dimitar Tsotsorkov

SPEAKER

Dimitar Tsotsorkov is the Chairman of the Bulgarian Network of the UN Global Compact and of the Supervisory Board of „Asarel-Medet" AD.

Milena Angelova

SPEAKER

Dr Milena Angelova has been serving as Secretary-General of the Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association since 2002 and as SGI Europe Vice-President since 2011.

Evgeniya Kyuchukova-Troanska

SPEAKER

Evgeniya has 20 years of professional experience in the fields of financial and non-financial reporting, financial consulting, corporate governance compliance assessment and auditing.

Marina Stefanova

SPEAKER & MODERATOR

Marina Stefanova is an associate professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in Sofia university ”St. Kliment Ohridski”.

Milena Dragiiska

SPEAKER

Milena Dragiiska has been managing Lidl Bulgaria since 2007, when the chain began preparing to enter the Bulgarian market.

 Tzvetanka Mintcheva

SPEAKER

Tzvetanka Mintcheva has a degree in economics and an MBA in international business from MIB School of Management in Italy.

Denislav Borisov

MODERATOR

Denislav Borisov is a journalist with extensive experience and a marketing specialist at denkstatt

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Atanas Georgiev

MODERATOR

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Atanas Georgiev is the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Sofia University, Head of Department “Industrial Economics and Management” and Director of the master’s programs “Energy Markets and Services” and “Nuclear Technologies, Management, and Innovations.

Mihaela Kalaydzhieva

Michaela Kalaidjieva

SPEAKER

Mihaela Kalaidjieva is Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Yettel Bulgaria. Leading the teams responsible for legal, privacy, and regulatory affairs, she also plays a crucial role in building sustainable relationships with the government, regulators, and other key stakeholders.

Kamelia Slaveykova

SPEAKER

Kamelia Slaveykova is a Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shell Bulgaria. Her professional career is mostly linked to Shell.

Elvin Guri

SPEAKER

Mr. Elvin Guri is a well-known entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. Currently CEO of Invenio Partners, manager of Invenio Capital funds, investing growth and buyout capital in lower and mid-market industrial companies in SouthEast Europe.

Karsten Aust

SPEAKER

Karsten Aust is a political scientist by training. He is an expert in international and European affairs, experienced in developing and managing complex international cooperation projects.

Demian Pintos

SPEAKER

Demian Pintos is the general manager of Philip Morris Bulgaria since March 1, 2023. He joined the local affiliate from Philip Morris International's headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Iliana Pavlova

SPEAKER

Iliana Pavlova has worked at the Clean Industry Office with BIA since 1996. She holds a higher education diploma in Economics and underwent numerous training schemes in environmental management, occupational health and safety, environmental legislation etc.

Pavel Lisev

SPEAKER

Pavel Lisev is Executive director and Member of the Management Board of the Fund of Funds. He is a highly experienced professional in developing equity research reports and building valuation models related to the structuring and management of mid-sized and large corporate finance projects and private equity investments.

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Schedule

ESG & Friends 27 Feb 2024
09:00 - 09:30

Registration

Hilton Hotel Sofia


Registration

10:00 - 10:30

Keynote lecture

Thriving: Breakthrough Business Strategies to Regenerate Nature, Society and the Economy

11:00 - 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 - 11:45

Main Lecture: Embracing the EU Green Deal:Prospects for the Balkans

11:45 - 12:00

ESG – insights from Norway (best practices)

12:00 - 12:20

Discussion Panel: ESG as a driver of business transformations

12:40 - 13:10

A public conversation in front of the audience with Prof. Visser and Prof. Marina Stefanova

13:10 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 - 16:30

Afternoon panel (Workshop with Prof. Wayne Visser and Indira Kartallozi)

Thriving in Practice: Systems Thinking and Integrated Value” (The workshop will be interactive, with group exercises and participant discussion)
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16:30 - 17:30

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