Outsourcing - The Industry of Acronyms. Bulgaria’s businesses answer to changing landscape

3rd Annual Outsourcing Conference: Speakers Announced

SOFIA (Bulgaria), June 7, 2016 – Only two weeks away from the start of the 3rd Annual Outsourcing Conference “Outsourcing – The Industry of Acronyms. Bulgaria’s businesses answer to changing landscape.” The Bulgarian Outsourcing Association and Capital newspaper have the pleasure to announce the conference’s jury and panelists.

The landscape is changing. All businesses may thrive or wither in an effort to understand the disruptions and new business models. What will influence and transform the outsourcing industry. How IoT, As-a-Service, RPA, AI, KPO, SPO transform the businesses and the world we live in? Is there more excitement than potential for change in near future or the future is already at our doors?

One of Bulgaria’s fastest growing and dynamic industries – the outsourcing – is the carrier of innovation, new business models, unknown professions and knowledge, but are we ready? How investors, consultants and legal advisors, construction businesses and human capital seekers and developers connect the dots? Is Bulgarian economy mature enough to host an industry from the future? How can private sectors in the outsourcing ecosystem partner in bringing the future in the economy?

On June 16, at Sofia Event Center, for a third concecutive year Bulgarian Outsourcing Association (BOA) and Capital newspaper will gather the outsoursing sector leaders, CEOs, C-level and senior executives giving a stage to strategic and in-depth coverage and independent point of view of the businesses and all stakeholders.

Here are just a few of the conference speakers:

Rosen Plevneliev

President of the Republic of Bulgaria

The fourth democratically elected President of Bulgaria. He graduated a as computer engineer. He has worked as a research associate at the Institute of Microprocessor Technology; he was a founder and CEO of IRIS International LTD and managed the company operations in Germany. He started some of Bulgaria’s major international projects, including Sofia Business Park and Residential Park Sofia. As General Manager of Business Park Sofia, in 2008 he was given the Investor of the Year Award by the Bulgarian Investments Agency.

Peter Stohr

Strategic Deal Advisor, HP Enterprise Services Central & Eastern Europe

He has 33 years in IT and 21 years in multiple management positions, 20 years leading roles in IT strategic partnership business; Strategic Advisor in more than 10 comprehensive outsourcing deals. For the past 15 years Peter Stohr has been Strategic Deal Advisor HP enterprise Central & Eastern Europe, Director: Outsourcing Russia HP Enterprise Services, Director IT Outsourcing HP Central & Eastern Europe, Strategic Engagements HP EMEA, Engagement Lead IBM Strategic Outsourcing Germany/Europe, of IBM Outsourcing Business Unit in Austria and Eastern Europe and Managing Director of two joint ventures with two global players in manufacturing industry.

Paul Hart

Practice Manager & Senior Managing Consultant for a UK Relationship Alignment & Governance Practice

He has 35 years in the IT Services Industry as Business Consultant, Client Manager, Relationship Manager, Strategic Relationships Director, European Partnership Development Manager, Global Strategic Alliance Director and Senior Managing Consultant – Relationship Alignment. Paul Hart has strong sector experience in Government (Central & Local), Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical, Health, Distribution, Finance/Banking, Defence & Intelligence.

Current responsibility: Practice Manager & Senior Managing Consultant for a UK Relationship Alignment & Governance Practice.

UK National Outsourcing Association Special Interest Group member/contributing author for the ‘BS11000 standard on Collaborative Working in Business Relationships’ Lead UK committee delegate for the ISO37500 Outsourcing standard.

Sarah Burnett

Vice President (Europe), Everest Group

Sarah Burnett is a Vice President of Research at Everest Group. Based in London, Sarah serves European clients across Everest Group’s global services research areas. She also leads the company’s research on Service Delivery Automation (SDA).

As well as contributing to media, Sarah often speaks at leading client and industry events. Well known throughout the UK and the rest of Europe as a thought leader and influencer, she is active in social media as a frequent blogger and Twitter user. She's well-known throughout the UK and the rest of Europe as a thought leader and influencer.

In May 2016 Computer Weekly named Sarah one of the top 50 most influential women in the UK IT industry.

Till Hahndorf

Co-founder & Board Member of BW Business Bridge and Director of Sourceconomy GmbH

Economist by education, technology entrepreneur by experience and international cooperation architect by credo. Till Hahndorf is Director of Sourceconomy GmbH, handling software development projects involving German clients and foreign vendors. He is a leader of bwcon‘s „Special Interest Group Globalisierung“, cofounder and board member of BW Business Bridge, evaluating and supporting foreign companies for the German IT market.

Former consultant with Accenture and board member of a US/Asian software company (Allgeier Group). Accredited business coach on digital technology and entrepreneurship, member of bwcon Management Coaching Group.

Adrian Quayle

Managing Partner, Avasant Europe and Member of the UK NOA Advisory Council

Adrian is the Managing Partner of Avasant Europe. He is an experienced Sourcing and IT business Management Consultant working with a wide range of clients and service providers globally across all areas of the Sourcing Lifecycle. This has included a number of engagements conducting sourcing strategies and supporting the management of complex IS/IT functions.

In October 2015 Adrian was inducted into the IAOP Leadership Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is unique in that it recognizes individuals not only for their contributions to the management practice and industry of outsourcing, but also just as importantly for their contributions to society at-large through outsourcing. He is also lead co-chair for the IAOP’s UK & Ireland Chapter.

Adrian was Chair of the ISO Committee on Outsourcing (PC/259). This committee drawn from a wide range of countries and organisations has recently published the International Standard ISO 37500 which sets out good industry practice intended for use by outsourcing customers, providers and advisers world-wide.

Adrian is a member of the UK NOA Advisory Council. He represented the outsourcing industry on the Committee which drafted the British Standard on Collaborative Business Relationships (BS11000). Prior to this, as Vice-President Gartner Consulting, Strategic Sourcing EMEA Adrian Quayle led and delivered client engagements throughout EMEA and worldwide.

Anurag Srivastav

Practice Director, Everest Group

Anurag is a Practice Director with Everest Group and has rich experience in leading projects across topics such as location optimization, benchmarking (cost, talent), captives/global in-house centres (GICs), and industry-specific sourcing trends. Anurag advises buyers, GICs, service providers, and country associations / investment promotion agencies.

He also leads Everest Group’s Locations InsiderTM subscription and the MAP MatrixTM offering.

He has over 10 years of professional experience, across consulting and research. Anurag’s experience on locations optimization and benchmarking topics ranges across verticals (banking, financial services, retail, energy, professional services), functions (IT, business process, contact center, engineering/R&D), and regions (North and South America, Europe, Asia Pacific.

Stanimira Pashova

Head of Office Space, Forton

With more than 17 years experience at mainly managing positions at large Bulgarian and International companies, Stanimira joined Forton after 6 years at Zabar Management - a group of Israeli corporate and private investors. Among her major clients are Mobiltel, Unicredit Bulbank, Credit Agricole Bulgaria, BNP Paribas Personal Finance, Abbott Products, CMS Reich Rohrwig Hainz, Investor.Bg, Paraflow, Obecto, Platinum Brands.

Martin Dragoev

Investment Manager, Galaxy Investment Group

Galaxy Investment Group is a leading real estate investment company focused on Bulgaria. The company actively manages diversified portfolio of real estate assets in all major segments – hotels, residential and holiday complexes, office buildings, retail and industrial. Martin Dragoev joined the Galaxy Investment Group team in 2013 as an Investment Manager. He has held the position of Director Investment and Sales of Galaxy Investment Group since November 2015, responsible for identifying opportunities, structuring, executing and exiting investments.

Darina Peneva

Managing Director, Stanton Chase in Bulgaria

Darina Peneva has more than 20 years of professional experience in the recruiting and executive search industry. She has extensive experience in HR consulting, selection, competence assessment and trainings as well as in identification and development of personality and leadership potential. In the beginning of 2006 she took the challenge to start up the business of Stanton Chase in Bulgaria and during the years she has been actively involved in the expansion of the business as well as in building up and developing the local team.

Darina Peneva has substantial experience in executive search projects in different sectors, including FMCG, Life Science &Health Care, Technology and Outsourcing.