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Day 1: Defence & Aerospace

Conference Language: English ONLY
*Please note that this is still a provisional agenda and may change at any time without notice. Please check back regularly, as new speakers and topics are being added frequently.
28 April 2015 (Tuesday)
08:30Registration & Pass Collection
09:30Keynote Address by Mr Nikolay Nenchev, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria
*Please note that depending on changes to the Minister's schedule, this may be carried out on his behalf by Dr. Dobromir Totev, Permanent Undersecretary of Defence
10:00Introduction & Opening Remarks

H.E. Minister Anu Angelov
Defense Adviser to the Prime Minister of Bulgaria
Bulgarian Interagency Council for Defense Industry and Procurement Security

RADM Georgi Fidanov
Military Security Adviser to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces
Bulgarian Presidency

Sarah Riley
Chargé d'Affaires
British Embassy, Sofia

Ioanna Peeva
Managing Director
Haldane Systems Ltd, UK

Dr. Ivo Trayanov
Epsilon Arms Ltd, Bulgaria

11:00Morning Coffee Break
11:30Panel 1 - Aerospace
  • Westernisation of Eastern European aviation – pros & cons, trends, future developments
  • Considerations with regard to aircraft modernization and upgrade projects: Expected benefits and supplier options
  • Trends in acquisition of helicopter capability

Maj. Gen. Rumen Radev
Commander of the Bulgarian Air Force

Markus Mayer
Area Sales Director Europe
RUAG Aviation, Switzerland

Col. (Ret.) David Husband, OBE
Former Vice-President Middle East

13:30Networking Lunch
14:30Panel 2 - Defence
  • Cost Estimating in Support of the US Department of Defense
  • Hybrid Warfare - Threats and Responses
  • NATO Crisis Management capability development and Crisis Management systems harmonization
  • The international arms trade industry: Bulgaria's role and potential for development

Prof. Dr. Daniel Nussbaum
Operations Research Faculty
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, USA

RADM Mitko Petev
National Defence Academy G.S. Rakovski, Sofia

Lt. Gen. Kiril Tsvetkov
Bulgarian Land Forces Association (BLFA)

Col. Vassil Roussinov
Crisis Management and Disaster Response NATO Centre of Excellence, Sofia

Dr. Ivo Trayanov
Epsilon Arms Ltd, Bulgaria

15:30Afternoon Coffee Break
16:00Panel 2 - Continued & Discussion
17:00Networking Reception
Platinum Sponsor
L-3 TRL Technology
Bulgarian Land Forces Association
Media Partners
Bulgarian National Television
Haldane Systems
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