About the event

Knowledge is an essential resource and a prerequisite for the development of the societies around the world. To meet sustainable development goals and to face the challenges of the future, each country needs a culture of sharing knowledge among the various stakeholders.

The Knowledge City 2019 conference will be dedicated to the global themes of knowledge resource management, digitization and the latest technology. It will set and discuss topics for existing development strategies in our country, will show the global example of city development in terms of technological, infrastructure and business development, we will discuss specific important sectors and themes related to improving their activities.

The conference sets the ambitious goal of bringing together business, administration and institutions for an open dialogue and proposals for solutions to specific issues, as well as showing good practices from cities close to us – Ljubljana, Warsaw and more developed ones such as Vienna, for example.

The event will be held under the patronage of the Sofia Municipality.


All day conference


150-200 representatives of the business (technology, energy, infrastructure, financial institutions, banks, etc.), branch organizations, institutions, state administration, education, science, diplomats, representatives of international organizations.







14:00 - 14:10
Capital Fort

Official Opening

Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria (2012 – 2017)
Emerging Europe Alliance for Business Services, Innovations and Technology

14:10 - 14:20
Capital Fort


Yordanka Fandukova, Mayor of Sofia Municipality (invited)

14:20 - 15:00
Capital Fort

Panel 1: Discussion – Municipal strategies and digital economy

Discussion panel:

– Maria Gabriel, Commissioner “Digital Economy and Society”, EC (video message)

– Vladimir Danailov, CEO, Sofia Investment Agency
– Svetlana Lomeva, Executive Director, Sofia Investment Agency
– Tanya Hristova, Mayor, Gabrovo Municipality
– Georgi Shopov, Chairman of the Managing Board, the National Association of Construction Entrepreneurs
– Petko Georgiev, Initiator and Chairman, ICT Cluster, Burgas

Moderator: Ivan Velkov, Vice Chairman, Sofia City Council

15:30 - 16:20
Capital Fort

Panel 2: Best practices – trends in Europe


– Simeon Shtebunaev, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
– Adam Pustelnik, Director, The City of Lodz Investor Service, Poland
– Sasha Bezuhanova, Board of European Institute of Innovation and Technology
– Iglika Yordanova, CEO, Colliers Bulgaria

Moderator: Hristo Nikolov, Bloomberg TV Bulgaria

16:50 - 17:50
Capital Fort

Panel 3: Business and the management of the knowledge


“EV chagrining – the missing link between electrical mobility and smart power distribution”,
Vasil Takev, Sustainable mobility and Fast-charging infrastructure Manager, ABB

“Cyber Security in the Human Era or Human Security in the Digital Era”, Vihren Slavchev, CEO, Mnemonica

Discussion panel: Institutions and financing

– Petar Statev, Chairman, ICT Cluster
– Boyan Jekov, Coordinator, Horizon 2020 EU program
– Lazar Petrov, Director “Financial Instruments and EU Operational Programmes”, Fund of funds
– Georgi Shopov, Chairman of the Managing Board, National Association of Construction Entrepreneurs

Moderator: Hristo Nikolov, Bloomberg TV Bulgaria


Students Discount - first 20 registration are free. 50% off for every next ticket. Please, send a copy of your student’s ID at events@investor.bg to get the promo code.

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