This year the United Kingdom is hosting the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow. As the impacts on our environment are devastating, many believe this would be the world’s last best chance to get runaway climate change under control.

Ahead of the Summit and building up on the success of our joint event Business is GREAT from 2020, The British Bulgarian Business Association and the British Embassy Sofia are pleased to announce our unique hybrid conference – Green Business is GREAT which will take place from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Thursday, 11 November at Sofia Hotel Balkan.

When: 11 November, Thursday

Time: 2pm – 7pm

Duration: Half-day conference

Venue: Sredetz Ballroom, Sofia Hotel Balkan / Live on YouTube

Language: English

The event will focus on GREEN projects, policies, initiatives or products by British companies, as well as Bulgarian companies with a significant GREEN impact. The discussion will have a special focus on sustainability throughout all sectors of the economy, as well as on public-private partnership and cooperation with local and state authorities.



14:00 – 14:30

Welcome notes

Ivelina Peneva, Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Economy

H.E. Ambassador Rob Dixon

Keynote speech

David Hatcher, Global Energy and Resources Sector Lead Partner, Baringa  

14:30 – 15:00

PANEL 1:    Green Business in the City - Buildings, Infrastructure and Transport

Moderator: Julian Mihov, Business Development Director, SEE, PwC

Tania Kosseva-Boshova, Chairman, Association of Commercial Building Owners

Stefan Spasov, Executive Director, Eldrive

Vessela Valtcheva-McGee, Chair of Board, Bulgarian Green Building Council

15:00 – 15:30

PANEL 2:    Sustainable Consumption, Retail and Manufacturing

Moderator: Julian Mihov, Business Development Director, SEE, PwC

Veneta Petkova, Manager, The Body Shop

Zvezdelina Lacheva, Sales, Marketing and Innovations Manager, DS Smith

Helen Cox, Global Environmental Reporting Lead, Lush

Eva Vucheva, CEO, Impakt_ID  

15:30 – 16:00

Networking Coffee Break

16:00 – 16:30 

PANEL 3:    Focus on Energy

Moderator: Kostadin Sirleshtov, Managing Partner, Cameron McKenna

Stoyan Turlakov, Solarpro

Elena Lalova, Manager, Baringa Partners

Douglas Blackwell, Business Development Officer, Crowd House Energy 

16:30 – 17:00

PANEL 4:    Green Financing

Moderator: Kostadin Sirleshtov, Managing Partner, Cameron McKenna

Tanya Karageorgieva, Head of  Project Financing, Unicredit Bulbank

Michèle Dée, Business Origination, Regional Head Europe, Africa & South Asia, UKEF

Katerina Kraeva, Partner, Wolf Theiss

17:00 – 17:30

PANEL 5:    Race to Zero

Moderator: Tim Buisseret, Country Director, Department for International Trade

Video presentation by Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, UK Secretary of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Dejan Lakovski, Cluster Country Director, Astra Zeneca Balkans

Hristina Peycheva, Corporate Communications Manager, BMW Group Bulgaria

Nevena Nikolova, Nevena Couture

Orlin Radev, Founder, CEO, Ampeco

17:30 – 19:00

Closing Remarks and Reception

In view of the current situation, this will be a hybrid event with both live and online audience.

Attendance is free of charge but requires registration.

Please note that due to COVID restrictions places in the ballroom will be limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.

BBBA would like to assure you that all necessary anti-epidemic measures will be in place for the event.

PLEASE READ: Measures for Attendance of BBBA Events.

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