SME Challenges and GDPR – Lecturers

Dr. Albena Kuyumdzhieva is a Programme Manager at the Research Ethics and Integrity Sector, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission. Her work is focused on ethics of new technologies and on ensuring ethics compliance of personal data processing as part of the Horizon 2020 Ethics Review Process.  In this capacity, Albena has been involved in the elaboration of policy guidelines and recommendations related to data ethics in research context. Before joining the European Commission, Albena has provided advisory services to 16 governments in the Eastern European Neighbourhood Policy Region, the Balkans, Central Asia and West Africa. Albena holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and master degrees in Law and Finances.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anton Gerunov is an expert in data analytics and AI, personal data protection, risk management and business modeling. He has over 10 years of experience in the private and public sector. Anton has worked as an international business consultant and project manager for global multinationals. He has served as an advisor in the Council of Ministers and was heading project planning and implementation of the national e-Government initiatives. Additionally, he has been involved in the preparation of new legislation such as the Electronic Governance Act, the Electronic Identification Act and the Access to Public Information Act. Anton has also served as head of the National Open Data Initiative for the period 2014-2017. He holds a Ph.D. degree and is currently an Associate Professor of Risk Management at Sofia University. Anton Gerunov is the author of over 30 articles in international and national peer-reviewed journals, three monographs, and has presented at number of conferences on the topics modeling, privacy, and analytics. At the moment he is the Chief Operations Officer at LogSentinel, a blockchain-based innovative IT company and the Chairman of the Institute for Data Ethics and Analytics.

Anton Puliyski is the founder, CEO and Community Manager of Drone ARENA. He is a lawyer with 10 years of experience in innovation and computer security. In recent years, he has been involved in the development of drone society in Bulgaria. His main ambition is to help smoothly integrate drones into society in technological and legal terms. His efforts are backed by the fact that he is both a lawyer and a drone pilot. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Unmanned Aerial Systems Association, and founder and chairman of the first drone club in Bulgaria – Drone Extreme.

Dace Luters-Thümmel is the Secretary General of the European Women Lawyers Association (EWLA). She has proven cross-cultural competence combined with profound international work experience in European business and politics. She is a multilingual Attorney-at-law and EU consultant with more than 15 years of European wide cross-border experiences gained over the years consulting, representing or defending companies’ interests in contract negotiations, litigation, application and enforcement of EU law, corporate law, contract law or of IT law as Attorney-at-law or in-house lawyer. She has intensive experience with various European jurisdictions in Eastern Europe while having accompanied and enabled Latvia, Malta, Romania and Croatia to successfully join the EU in her capacity as Team Leader (Head of EU Project on site) and Key Senior Legal EU Adviser (Head of Legal). Besides, she has been consulting Albania, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey to put their association agreements with the EU into practice.

Dobri Mitrev is the Secretary General of the Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA) since 2018. On December 5, 2018 he was elected a member of the BIA Management Board. He is a graduate in law. Dobri Mitrev has many years of administrative experience. He has been a chairman of the Municipal Council of Pernik for several terms. He has been with the BIA team since 2010.

Hristo Konstantinov is a Managing Director of “APIS Europe” JSC who is responsible for the legal information products of the company and the participation in international projects. He graduated in Law at the Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”. From 1998 to 2004 he headed the team of lawyers-editors of APIS. In 2004 he was appointed as a deputy managing director, and from February 2018 as a managing director of the company. Over the years, he has coordinated and led the participation of APIS experts in several international projects funded by the EU: EuL-Invest (2005-2006), Caselex (2009), EUCases (2013-2015), ECLI-BG (2017-2018).

Irina Yaneva is a Manager in the Legal Department of EY Bulgaria with many years of experience in the field of commercial, contractual and administrative law and alternative dispute resolution. Irina has acted as a procedural representative of international and Bulgarian companies, banking institutions and public authorities and companies in civil and administrative matters and arbitration litigation. Irina takes an active part in lecturing at seminars, round tables and other events on various legal topics.

Luigi Carrozzi (CGEIT, CRISC, Auditor L.A. ISMS, ISMS Senior Manager), degree in Statistics and Operational Research, Officer at the General Secretary Office of the Garante per la protezione dei dati personali – the Italian Data Protection Authority, has over 30 years of experience in ICT management at national and international level in primary private and public sector organizations (Telecom Italia, Italian Ministry of Health, ENISA – the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity, the Italian Anti-Corruption Authority) supporting the development of Governance, Risk management and Data Protection compliance organizational capabilities.

Luigi Montuori is the Head of the “EU and International matters” Service of the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali). After qualifying for the Bar, he joined the civil service first with the Ministry of the Treasury and then with the Ministry of Finance. After moving to the Italian Data Protection Authority, he has been the head of the Legal Matters Department (Communications and IT Networks) since 2004 and acted as Secretary to the Board of Commissioners since 2007. He was appointed deputy to the Secretary General in 2010/2012. Since January 2016 is Head of Service for EU and International Matters. He holds a master’s degree based on a scholarship by the National Institute for Foreign Trade and specialized in Legal Interpretation and Computer Science at Rome’s La Sapienza University. He held courses at Rome’s La Sapienza University (computer law and legal drafting techniques) and at RomaTre University (Master interuniversitario di II livello in Data Protection Officer e Privacy Expert). He has authored many scientific papers in particular concerning privacy and contract law in the public sector.

Luis de Salvador Carrasco – for more than twenty-five years he has developed his professional career in the field of information technology at the National Institute of Aerospace Technology where, among other functions, has worked as CISO and DPO. For the last twelve years has devoted his career in the Spanish DPA where he has performed the following functions: inspection area coordinator, CISO, head of the Informatics, currently working at the Unit of Technological Assessment and Analysis Unit created in 2015.

Ventsislav Karadjov is Deputy Chair of the European Data Protection Board. He has been Chairman of the Bulgarian Commission for Personal Data Protection since April 2014. After two terms as Vice-Chair of the Article 29 Working Party, he was elected unanimously for Deputy Chair of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) in May 2018. Mr Karadjov is a graduate of Sofia University’s Faculty of Law and holds a Master’s degree in Law, with specialization in Public Jurisdiction. He began his career as a legal adviser and programme director at the Transparency International, Bulgarian chapter. He has also held various senior legal and management positions on projects concerning anti-corruption and the creation of functioning democratic institutions for international institutions such as the European Commission, the US Agency for International Development, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the UN Development Programme. Throughout his career Mr Karadjov has worked as advisor to the Minister for Internal Affairs in the field of international public security activities and anti-corruption and Chief Expert Associate to the 41st and 42nd National Assembly on matters related to the control of security services, special surveillance devices and access to data retained by public security bodies. Until his election as CPDP Chairman, Ventsislav Karadjov was a member of the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Bulgaria. Mr Karadjov has been awarded as „Jurist of the Year” 2018.

Vladislav Slavov is a chairperson of Central Council of the The Union of Bulgarian Jurists since 1998. Between 1991 and 1996, he was prosecutor and Deputy Prosecutor General. He was a President of the Supreme Administrative Court (1996-2003) and a constitutional judge (2003-2012). Mr. Slavov is one of the founders of the Association “Legal Initiative for Training and Development”, Varna and a member of the Managing Board of the Association. For his professional and social activities, he was awarded the “Stara Planina” Order of the first degree.

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