Charting the path forward. From challenges to opportunities in 2024

Charting the path forward

From challenges to opportunities in 2024

When: January 23, 2024 | 4:00 pm
Where: Campus X Event Center, 30 Krastyo Rakovski Str., Campus X, Building 4

About the event

At the beginning of the new year, join us for an onsite discussion of what we believe will be the biggest challenges and opportunities in 2024 – navigating economic uncertainties, the strategic importance of reskilling and upskilling, and AI in practice, beyond the buzz and hysteria.

Hear first-hand from thought leaders and industry experts on how we can navigate today's and tomorrow’s complexities to forge a path to a successful future.


15:30–16:00 – Registration and Coffee

16:00–16:05 – Welcome

  • Alexandra Mechkova – CEO, Telerik Academy

16:05–16:30 – Keynote:

Success in times of paradox – challenges and opportunities in 2024 and beyond

  • Rossen Ivanov – Co-founder and Managing Partner, BlackPeak Capital

Recent years have been filled with many challenges and paradoxes. The cycles of boom and bust seem to be happening at a much faster pace. Many of the expected economic inter-relationships seem to have broken down. Looking ahead in 2024, the views on the way ahead couldn't be more divergent. While many economists still warn of a pending recession, some see the beginning of a new positive super-cycle. 

Uncover the future landscape of 2024 in the context of existing geopolitical and economic uncertainties. What will be the major challenges and opportunities in 2024 and beyond, and how are they likely to affect your business? 

16:30–17:00 – Panel discussion:

Upskilling and Reskilling – your most important strategic investment?


  • Galina Chuleva – Chief Director “People and Culture Management”, Yettel
  • Svetoslav Spasov – Executive Director, KPMG IT Service
  • Yana Papardova – Head of HR, Schwarz IT Bulgaria
  • Sinisha Djukic – General Manager, Bosch Digital Bulgaria
  • Alexandra Mechkova – CEO, Telerik Academy
  • Georgi Georgiev – Head of IT, Procredit Bank Bulgaria

Moderator: Mario Tanev – Editor, Forbes Bulgaria 

In the context of rapid digitalization, jobs and competencies are continually evolving. About half of the global workforce will require reskilling by 2025, according to the World Economic Forum. Also, according to Gartner's research, 58% of the workforce will need new skill sets to do their jobs successfully.

Why is it important for business leaders to reskill and upskill their employees? What are the most in-demand skills? What are the jobs of the future? These and more questions will be addressed by business owners and talent professionals.

17:00–17:30 – Keynote: Alexander Kitov – VP of Product, Telerik Academy

Beyond the Buzz: AI in the workplace - today and tomorrow (Telerik Academy AI Survey Results)


  • Petar Petrov – Chief AI Officer, Eleven Ventures
  • Daniel Kanchev – Product & Technology Manager, SiteGround
  • Ina Toncheva – Co-founder, The Indigitals

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a transformative force, shaping the landscape of businesses and influencing our daily lives. Today, AI stands at the forefront of technological evolution, driving unprecedented advancements in automation, data analysis, and decision-making processes. What is the practical utilization of AI by individuals and businesses currently and what is the path forward?

17:30–18:30 – Networking

The event will be held in Bulgarian.

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Rossen_IvanovRossen IvanovCo-founder and Managing Partner, BlackPeak Capital

Prior to establishing BlackPeak Capital, Rossen co-founded Entrea Capital, аnd worked at McKinsey, the EBRD, and P&G. He holds an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School and a BA degree in Economics from the American University in Bulgaria. He is a member of the BoD of BESCO and Resalta. 

Alex_KitovAlexander Kitov VP of Product, Telerik Academy

Alexander has 14+ years of experience as an entrepreneur and product manager in Bulgaria and Germany in companies such as Paysafe and ZenGo. He is a cocreator of the first coworking space in Sofia betahaus and of Perpetto - one of the early SaaS startups for personalised online shopping.

Mario_TanevMario TanevEditor, Forbes Bulgaria

Mario is a business journalist, part of the editorial team of Forbes Bulgaria for the last 3 years. He writes about the successes of the Bulgarian startup ecosystem, the main focus of his materials being fintech and AI technologies. Mario is also the responsible editor of the Forbes HR & Employer Branding Forum and Awards.  

Galina_Chuleva_2Galina Chuleva Chief Director People Management and Culture, Yettel

In her role Galina oversees teams dedicated to people and performance management, corporate culture, and organizational design to drive business success. She holds a master's degree in economics from the American University, Washington DC, USA, and is an alumna of the American University in Bulgaria. 

Svetoslav_SpasovSvetoslav Spasov Executive Director, KPMG IT Service

Svetoslav has 20+ years of experience in the IT industry, currently responsible for the strategic development of KPMG IT Service. He manages and develops a team of 500 highly qualified professionals most of them senior specialists in software development and IT consulting.

Yana_PapardovaYana Papardova HR Manager, Schwarz IT Bulgaria 

Yana is a prominent creative and innovative HR management leader at Schwarz IT Bulgaria, credited for the company's impressive results. Her biggest recognition is the "Top Employer" certification award for 2023 from the world's Top Employers Institute - recognition for the exceptional HR policies and practices of the company. 

Sinisha_DjukicSinisha DjukicGeneral Manager, Bosch Digital Bulgaria

Sinisha has been with the company for 20+ years, starting his career as a junior software engineer. Now he leads an organization of nearly 300 tech specialists with deep IoT expertise in product and solution development. Sinisha has a vast experience in product development, presales, consulting, and project delivery. He is passionate about human and organizational development, leadership, culture, and communication.

Alex_MechkovaAlexandra MechkovaCEO, Telerik Academy

Alexandra has 15+ years of experience in the technology sector. In the last 6 years, as CEO of Telerik Academy, she transformed the organization into a profitable and growing company with global aspirations, and numerous recognitions as a Leading Company and Employer. She has been recognized as a Female Leader by Forbes and as “CEO of the Year” by b2b Media Group. 

Georgi_GeorgievGeorgi GeorgievHead of IT, Procredit Bank Bulgaria

Georgi has been working at the bank since its foundation and has a solid long-term experience in the IT field. He completed his technical education at the "Angel Kanchev" University in Ruse and specialized his management skills at the ProCredit Academy in Fürth, Germany. 

Daniel_KanchevDaniel KanchevProduct Technology Manager, SiteGround

Daniel skillfully connects technical and non-technical teams to create innovative products that stand out on the international stage. With more than 15 years of experience in the company, he has been involved in all stages of growth and development that have transformed SiteGround to a global leader. 

Ina TonchevaIna TonchevaCo-founder, The Indigitals

Ina has a long history of communicating and driving tech products growth in digital environment for companies like Telerik, Progress and Chaos. Her specialties are marketing strategy, content, product and growth marketing. Ina teaches digital marketing to marketers and creatives.

Petar PetrovPetar PetrovChief AI Officer, Eleven Venture Capital

Petar comes from the startup world. He is currently the Chief AI Officer of Eleven Venture Capital, helping A portfolio of 70 startups Implement AI in every possible way to stay competitive. He studied finance and neuropsychology at the City University of New York, which sparked his interest in natural and later artificial intelligence. He’s currently writing a book exploring the societal impacts that artificial intelligence can have.