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The speakers of the forum are leading experts and specialists in the filed of cybersecurity and fighting cybercrime from public and private sector.

Albena Spasova

Albena Spasova is the President of the Management Board of the International Cyber Investigation Training Academy since its establishment. She is a lecturer in Information Security and European Law at the University of Science and Technologies in Lille, France, and a visiting lecturer at leading European universities;  an advisor to different governments on cyber security-related issues. A lawyer with many years of experience in the area of information security – she has worked on hundreds of cybercrime cases (protection of IPR; money laundering; combating organized crime and corruption), the losses from which are calculated in millions USD. A former Director of the Law Enforcement Relations of eBay in Europe and an advisor with the Council of Europe on the adoption and implementation of the Convention on Cybercrime.

Alisdair_GillespieAlisdair Gillespie

Alisdair Gillespie is Professor of Criminal Law and Justice at Lancaster University. Qualified as a barrister, Alisdair returned to academia and has taught at the universities of Durham, Teesside, De Montfort and now Lancaster. Alisdair’s research specialises on legal approaches to tackling child sexual exploitation, particularly where it is facilitated by Information and Communication Technologies. He has published widely in this field, including the well-received monograph Child Pornography: Law and Policy (2011, Routledge). Alisdair has been engaged as an expert consultant on issues relating to cybercrime (particularly child sexual exploitation) by the UN, G8, EU, Council of Europe and Council of the Baltic States. He was a member of the Home Secretary’s Task Force on Child Protection on the Internet and the advisory board of INHOPE, the International Association of Hotlines. He is currently a member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, an associate (‘Friend’) of the International Association of Prosecutors where is particularly involved with GPeN, the Global Prosecutors E-Crime Network.

BorisGoncharov_WebBoris Goncharov

Boris Goncharov is an information security professional and trainer with more than ten years of experience in designing, managing, securing, and supporting enterprise-level multilateral information security architectures. Throughout his career his professional efforts have been focused on Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance as well as research into technical security threats, weaknesses, vulnerabilities and countermeasures. As a security professional Boris has been leading the delivery of numerous security consulting solutions for various organizations. As a certified trainer, he provides training in Information Security Management, CISSP, CEH, BYOD and Cloud Security. Additionally, he regularly presents at many leading international conferences and seminars on different aspects of information security. Currently Boris holds Certified Chief Information Security Officer, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Certified EC-Council Instructor (CEI) certifications

Cormac Callanan

Cormac Callanan operates an independent consultancy company from Dublin, Ireland named Aconite Internet Solutions (www.aconite.eu) which provides expertise in policy development in the speciality area of international cybercrime and Internet security & safety. Qualified in Computer Science he has over 20 years working experience on international computer networks and 10 years experience in the policy area of illegal content and cybercrime activities on the Internet. He has provided training at Interpol and Europol and to law enforcement agencies around the world on the subject of emerging and developing technologies. He currently works on policy development with the Council of Europe. He is Industry Coordinator for the 2CENTRE – Cybercrime Centres of Excellence in Training, Research and Education – www.2centre.eu.
Cormac Callanan was past-president of INHOPE – the International Association of Internet Hotlines (www.inhope.org) and CEO for 5 years. During this time the network grew to 30 member hotlines in 27 countries around the world.

Dimitar Alexov

Dimitar Alexov is SD Manager, Global Support, at Merck & Co. He works on MERCK corporate projects for UK, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland and Austria and supports business operations in Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo. Dimitar Alexov is ex-military officer and expert in physical security, cyber security, business continuity and corporate operational security, GIS, communications, information systems and networks. He is member of MERCK EMEAC GS SD team, MSD-BG management team and OSAC (Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)) in Sofia – Bulgaria.

DBirovDimitar Birov

Dimitar Birov is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. Throughout the years he has been a research associate, lecturer and project manager at Sofia University, University College of Dublin ( Ireland ) , University of Orleans, France, MicrosoftCorporation, Redmond and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. He has experience as software developer, software architect, consultant and CEO. He is patent inventor – Microsoft US Patent. His primary research interests are in software engineering and software architecture, programming languages and knowledge management. He is a functional rector of IT in Sofia University.

Ferenc Kovacs

Ferenc Kovacs has been appointed as Senior CIRT Investigator of Cyber Investigation Response Team based in Budapest Hungary effective 10th October 2012. Ferenc is responsible for directing  the investigative response to all Information and Network Security incidents within the EMEA region of Citibank. Prior to his appointment Ferenc worked for IBM where he set up and organized a IT team of 20 people in the International Shared Service Centre located in Budapest. Ferenc worked at the FAO of the United Nations where he served as Information Technology Support Officer of the Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia. Ferenc led the IT support function and supervised the IT support team for the Regional Office and the Shared Service Center located in Budapest. From 2006 to 2009 Ferenc managed the Budapest team for Citi Threat Assessment Center. CTAC (predecessor of SOC) provided continuous 24/7/365 Global Information Security services supporting Citi’s all 450 000+ hosts and users. Ferenc holds a Master’s degree from the Technical University of Budapest in Electrical Engineering with special studies in Telecommunications. He currently maintains several Microsoft certifications as well as a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional).

FireEye_ George ChiorescuGeorge Chiorescu

George Chiorescu is a System Engineer at FireEye, responsible for South-Eastern Europe, where he helps organisations defend against new malware, targeted attacks and Zero-Day exploits. He is an Information Security Professional with experience in network, systems and data security, and can successfully integrate Information Security with IT and Business processes. FireEye is the leader in next generation threat protection, stopping advanced malware, zero-day, and targeted APT attacks that bypass traditional defences.

G.DimitrovGeorgi Dimitrov

Assoc. Prof. Dr. George Dimitrov is a founding partner of Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. Law Firm and head of its ICT Law & IPR Practice Group. He is a Doctor of Laws from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven,Belgium (Ph.D. 2008). Dr. Dimitrov graduated cum laude from SofiaUniversity, Faculty of Law (LL.M. 1995) and specialized at the Academy of American and International Law, Dallas, Texas (2002). Being a Chairman of the Center for Law of the Information and Communication Technologies in Bulgaria (CLICT), Dr. Dimitrov has been the head of numerous working groups that have drafted the contemporary Bulgarian ICT legislation. Since 2009 he is an expert at the Advisory Council.  In 2011 he has been appointed a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Research Directorate for Information and Communication Sciences and Technologies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Jean-Louis Monsarrat

Jean-Loius Monsarrat is Vice-President Group Coca-Cola Enterprises leading Security for the group for 5 years and working for the Coke system over 12 years. Before Coke, Jean-Louis was employed by FedEx as Security expert to build hardware and software concepts of Security at FedEx new EU HUB at Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, where transit an average of 500,000 shipment a night sorted by more than 700 employee per night.At the age of 42, Jean-Louis decided to quit the Police force in Paris, after 23 years long career in the French Police, heading at the end time the 18th district in the city of Paris. During that Police period, Jean-Louis Monsarrat has occupied various functions most of the time working at Crime Department in the city of Paris, leading criminal investigations in France and working with various international police teams mainly in the West-Indies and Africa. During that period Jean-Louis was also employed by the United Nations to run a large variety of missions sometimes at risky places such as in Cambodia, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Sierra-Leone, Iraq and ex-Yugoslavia.  Jean-Louis Monsarrat has a Master in law.

Jonathan_R.D._SageJonathan Sage

Jonathan is a member of the global technology policy team within IBM’s Governmental Programmes. He is the policy lead on cyber security and cloud computing for the EU. In this role he is responsible for relationships with European Institutions and EU member states and represents IBM in key industry associations in Brussels covering technology policy.  Jonathan has been closely involved in Framework Programme research, having coordinated IBM’s participation from 2002 – 2006. Prior to taking on this role, Jonathan was a managing consultant in the IBM’s Strategic Change consulting practice in the public sector based in Belgium. Before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers where he led the EMEA internal knowledge management team, and then IBM, Jonathan was marketing director for a UK software company which pioneered the first eCommerce applications. He also spent 6 years as Commercial Attache for the British Embassy in Vienna responsible for trade relations in the capital goods sector. During this period he held a part time post Assistant Professor at the University of Business Administration and Economics in Vienna. He was also on the faculty of the Open University Business School for its MBA course and tutor in Strategy for Austria and the Czech / Slovak Republics. He also worked earlier in his career at the United Nations in Vienna (UNIDO and IAEA) in human resources.Jonathan holds a degree in modern languages from the University of Oxford (MA) and an MBA from Henley Business School, UK.

Hans_GrauxHans Graux

Hans Graux graduated in Law in 2002, and obtained a complementary degree in IT in 2003 (both at K.U.Leuven, Cum Laude). He then joined the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and Information Technology, where he did fundamental research on a number of IT law related issues, with a specific focus on electronic identity management. In May 2005 he became a lawyer at the bar of Brussels, and participated in a number of international ICT policy studies, primarily for the European Commission. In July 2007, he co-founded the IT law firm time.lex. His expertise lies in the collection of legal and administrative information in cross border studies, in the analysis of legal frameworks and policy choices, and in formulating policy recommendations to eliminate barriers to the correct functioning of the internal market. His recent work for the European Commission has focused on eSignatures, electronic identity management, data protection, cybercrime and cloud computing. Furthermore, he is a member of the ICT Committee of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), and Member of the ICT Committee of the Order of Flemish Bars.

Iva Koleva

Iva Koleva is the co-founder and CEO of ClearCode Ltd. since 2008. Her responsibilities include software architecture, design and development. Research, adoption and application of secure coding practices have been her main activity, since previous positions as a software architect and lead developer. She has 9 years of experience in the field of computer security, including private consulting, publishing, building and integration of custom cybersecurity solutions. Iva plays a key role in building the CSIRT Management System for CERT Bulgaria. She participated as a key technical expert in the first Bulgarian computer assisted exercise on cybersecurity for the state administration “CYBERWINTER 2011”. Iva is a member of the Bulgarian Modeling and Simulation Association – BULSIM.

Ivaylo_StoyanovIvaylo Stoyanov

Ivaylo Stoyanov graduated from University of National and World Economy in Sofia. He entered the technology world in 1997 and since then he has occupied different technology and sales positions in Express Consult, PolyComp and Microsoft Bulgaria. In Microsoft Bulgaria he started as Territory Sales Executive focusing on Microsoft business technologies and services.
In 2010 he was appointed Technology Services Sales Executive at Hewlett-Packard Bulgaria and became member of HP system integration unit. He was responsible for providing integrated solutions for business. Since August 2012 he occupies the position Technology Services and Cloud Solutions Manager and he is responsible for development of technology services, cloud products and services and their positioning on Bulgarian market.

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Markko KÜNNAPU is a Chair of the Convention Committee on Cybercrime (T-CY), which is supervising the implementation of the Convention on Cybercrime. He graduated from the Law Faculty of Tartu University in 2001. After that he worked in Tallinn Police Prefecture as criminal investigator and in Legal Department of the Ministry of Interior as a lawyer. Since 2005 he is working in the Criminal Policy Department of the Ministry of Justice of Estonia dealing among other things with drafting several legislative proposals, including amendments concerning cybercrime and identity theft.

Nayden_NedelchevNaiden Nedelchev
Naiden Nedelchev is an expert in the area of IT services management in bank and telecom sectors. His professional experience includes over 17 years at different positions and working groups and international projects for security assessment, design and solutions implementation to protect corporate information resources. He was also involved in projects to develop SOX, ISO 9001, ISO 20000 and ISO 27001 management systems and controls, and in the process of examination and diagnosis IT systems operating in complex and large-scale corporate and enterprise IT infrastructures.
In engagements regarding Risk services, Naiden participated in and led projects to develop and implement plans for Information Security, Compliance and Business Continuity Management in the banking and telecommunications sectors.
Naiden has a PhD in the field of “Organization and management of non-productive sectors” defended at VAC, a master’s degree in Informatics from the Sofia University, a master’s degree in National Security and Defense from the Military Academy G.S.Rakovski. He has a number of prestigious certifications in the management of IT like CGEIT, CISM, ITIL, CEH, Security +, Master Computer Industry Knowledge Analyst and others. He is a member of local chapter of the Association of audit and control systems – ISACA.

robinson_neilNeil Robinson

Neil Robinson is a research leader at RAND Europe, working in such areas as European cybersecurity policy, cyber defence capabilities, and the broader socioeconomic implications of the Information Society. Robinson is presently leading a study for the European Defence Agency (EDA) taking stock of European military cyber defence capabilities. In 2012, he worked on a study for the European Commission into the feasibility of a European Cybercrime Centre (ECC), which informed the Commission decision to establish the ECC at Europol. In 2011 he worked on a project investigating the security, privacy, and trust implications of cloud computing and has also undertaken work into identity theft, cyberinsurance markets, and computer and network misuse. Robinson has also worked extensively on projects for the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) in the domains of information sharing and exchange between Computer Emergency Response Teams and other stakeholders. Nationally, Robinson has advised a number of European government organisations. Robinson received his B.A. in war studies and history from King’s College London and his M.Sc. in information systems and technology from City University London.

N.PenevNikolay Penev

Nikolay Penev is in the IT sector more than 20 years. He has been a hardware engineer, sales consultant, product manager, system administrator, IT manager, ISO auditor and project manager before he started to teach and consult in IT. Nikolay Penev graduated IT from Technical University of Sofia and he took part in lot of specialized courses on technologies and management. He was certified as MCSE in 1999, as HP/Compaq ASE/Master ASE in 1999/2000 and MCT in 2000. He was among the first who the MCLC (Microsoft Certified Learning Consultant) certificate. In 2003 he took part in Microsoft TechEd’s European conference as proctor.

Sn_N_StoqnovNikolay Stoyanov

Lt. Col. Nikolay Stoyanov, Assos. Prof. Phd is Head of scientific department “Data Protection” at the Institute of Defence. He has more than 10 years experience in design, building and development of different security systems at the Ministry of Defence and Bulgarian Army. Nikolay took part in numerous trainings and specialization in the field of security and defense. He participated in national, European and NATO information security and cyber defense projects. He has been awarded for his achievements many times.  Stoyanov is the first local trainer at NATO Cyber Coalition Exercise Training. He is an author of more than 80 publications in magazines and speaker at scientific conferences. He is one of the authors of two books, used as manual at several universities, and author of more than 15 research studies related to information security and cyber defense.

Niki_TomovNikolay Tomov

Nikolay Tomov is Chairman of the Management Committee at the Bulgarian Modeling and Simulation Association – BULSIM. He is Member of the Management Board of the Cluster “Aerospace Technologies, Research and Applications”. His previous positions include CEO in NATO Center of Excellence in Operational Analyses at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, as well CTO in Joint Training Simulation and Analyses Center for Civil Security – BAS. Nikolay has long-standing experience in planning and conducting computer assisted exercises for crises management and civil security. During the last years Nikolay holds different managing positions in international and local companies. In the period 2005 – 2006 he represents Bulgaria in NATO Modeling&Simulation Group – 049 and is invited participant in NATO Industrial Advisory Group – SG98. Nikolay Tomov is the Project Director of the first Bulgarian Computer Assisted Exercise on Cybersecurity for the state administration “CYBERWINTER 2011”. Nikolay holds Master Degree in Physics and Astronomy.

PeterBoyvalenkovPetar Boyvalenkov, Professor, Sc.D

Professor Boyvalenkov has a Master’s degree in Mathematicsand specialization in Algebra from the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. He defended Phd on “Range of Packing in Euclidean Space” in 1993 and Sc. D. on “Range of Linear Programming for Spherical Codes and Design” in 2004. Petar has been associate member of the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgarian Academy of Science since 1993 and professor in Higher Attestation Commission, Sofia University since 2010. Professor Boyvalenkov focuses his professional interests in insulation coding, codes, polynomial metric space and cryptography. Author and co-author of more than 50 scientific articles, more than 30 of which are published in specialized international scientific magazines, and more than 30 reports at international scientific conferences.

Peter Peshev

Peter Peshev is the co-founder and CTO of ClearCode Ltd. since 2008. He is an expert with more than 10 years of experience in building software – software architecture, design and development. His work in the field of computer security includes consulting, penetration testing, lecturing and building custom cybersecurity solutions. Peter plays a key role in building enterprise applications for both the private sector and the government institutions. He is a key figure in building the CSIRT Management System for CERT Bulgaria. Peter was a key technical expert in the first Bulgarian computer assisted exercise on cybersecurity for the state administration “CYBERWINTER 2011”. Peter is a member of the Bulgarian Modeling and Simulation Association – BULSIM.

Robert Kosla

Robert Kosla is Microsoft’s regional manager responsible for Public Safety, National Security and Defense across Central and Eastern Europe working with national, NATO and EU information security bodies, law enforcement agencies and military structures. Before joining Microsoft in July 2008, Robert served over 19 years in Polish Armed Forces and the Polish Government agencies responsible for Information assurance. Retired as Lieutenant Colonel from the Information Assurance Department (DBTI) of the National Internal Security Agency (ABW) in Poland, where he has held the position of Deputy Director since 1998. He was a national representative to NATO Information Security Sub-Committee, he took part in NATO Cyber Defense Workshops and he was an active member of EU Council Security Committee (INFOSEC).

Sylvan_ravinetSylvan Ravinet 

Sylvan Ravinet is Managing Director of Résistante Risk Solutions. Based in Lille (France), the practice offers entreprise risk assessments, consulting and training to major accounts as well as SMEs in Europe. With a MSc in IT and MA in risk management, as well as having obtained several international designations (eg. CPP, PSP, CBCI, CISSP, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, ISO 22301 Lead Auditor) Sylvan developed an integrated view of security and risk management, from top management to site operations, with sectors from energy to food. Having started his career in Finland in 1999, always eager to share experiences, he introduced several professional certifications in France and gave speeches in universities, trainings and conferences in Europe. A past Chairman of the ASIS International chapter 242 (France), he is a Member of the ASIS Europe sub-committee on Security Convergence and Entreprise Security Risk Management (ESRM) since its launch in January 2011. Alumni from seminars of the French Institute of Higher Defence Studies (IHEDN), he is a reserve officer of the French Marine and served the National Secretariat for Defence and Security (SGDSN).

V.GrancharovVasil Grancharov

Vasil Grancharov is Director of Information and Communication Systems Directorate within the Executive Agency “Electronic Communication Networks and Information Systems”. A part of the Directorate is the Government Computer Emergency Response Team. He has extensive experience in the use of ICT in emergency situations. He deals with information security issues since 2006. He was a national contact point for relations with the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), in the period 2006-2009. From 2009, he is a member of the Management board of ENISA. Since 2008, he is the national representative of Bulgaria in NATO on cyberdefence issues. Since 2009, he is the national contact person of the initiative IMPACT – International Multi-Lateral Partnership against Cyber Treats of the International Telecommunication Union.

Yavor Kolev

Yavor Kolev is head of Cybercrime unit within the State Agency National Security. He has been head of “Transboarder Organized Crime” within GDCOC and head of  Computer Crime, Intellectual Property and Gambling Sector of the General Directorate “Counter Organized Crime”. He is also the head of the 24/7 National Contact Point since its establishment. He has a 15-year experience in counteracting crime. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Cyber Investigation Training Academy, the Council for the Protection of IPR with the Ministry of Culture, the Public Council for Combating Illegal and Harmful Content on the Internet, etc. He has attended numerous specialization courses in the field of cybercrime, computer-based evidence and international cooperation. He is the recipient of a number of distinctions and awards.
Yavor Kolev has developed methodologies for investigating crimes against IPR in the area of telecommunications and software piracy, and for the investigation and prosecution of cybercime perpetrators.

Zdravko_StoychevZdravko Stoychev

Zdravko joined Alpha Bank Bulgaria branch as Information Security Officer (CISO) in January 2011. He  is responsible for ensuring information security compliance with the strategy of the group, with policies and   current legislation. Zdravko is involved in ensuring the proper execution of GAP assessment and remediation plans, rising of user awareness and personnel training, and assuring that all security requirements have been defined and met for all business activities. In addition, he is responsible for definition of the staff`s Information Security responsibilities within the bank. Currently Zdravko is a holder of CISM (information security manager) and CRISC (risk and information systems control) recognitions by ISACA, both in good standing.