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'New Curricula for e-Leadership'

20th May 2014

at New Bulgarian University, res. quarter Ovcha Kupel, 21 Montevideo Street, Sofia


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Dr. George Sharkov, Director,  European Software Institute CEE

8:45 – 9:30


09:30 – 10:30

Key-note speeches

  • Welcome: Prof. Antony Slavinsky, Chair of the BoT, New Bulgarian University

  • Greeting on behalf of  Rosen Plevneliev,  President of the Republic of Bulgaria

  • Welcome: Gergana Passy, Digital Championof Bulgaria

  • André Richier, European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry 

  • Dr. Paul Nielsen, CEO, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University


10:30 – 11:10

What is e-Leadership about? Why is it important?

  • Nils Fonstad, INSEAD (France)

ICT trends and their implications for e-leadership skills

  • Gabriella Cattaneo, Associate Vice President, IDC Europe, Milan (Italy)


11:10 – 11:40

Coffee break

11:40 – 12:30

The European e-leadership education ecosystem

  • Werner B. Korte, Director, empirica GmbH, Bonn (Germany)                                 pdf icon  Download [1,02 MB]

Demand for e-leadership and learning outcomes

  • Paul Costelloe, Director Executive Education, EuroCIO                                pdf icon  Download [1,06 MB]

Plenary discussion

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 – 14:15

Towards a European e-leadership curriculum profile and quality labels

  • Lex Hendriks, Business Knowledge Consultant, EXIN, Utrecht (The Netherlands)

  • Dr. Valentina Ivanova, New Bulgarian University pdf icon  Download [1,1 MB]

  • Dr. George Sharkov, ESI CEE


14:15 – 15:00

Industry demand for e-leadership skills in industry

  • Dr. Richard Soley, Chairman and CEO, Object Management Group (OMG)

  • Neli Yolovska, CIO Magazine

  • Hristo Hristov, CEO, Netinfо

StartItSmart Preaccelerator pitches:

  • Playmore 

  • Medprofile 

  • Dextrophobia Rooms 

  • Videonauts

  • Qart Code


15:00 – 15:50

Panel discussion: New Curricula for e-leadership skills


ICT and SME associations, policy makers, and education representatives

  • George Brashnarov, Chairman - Bulgarian Association of Software Companies

  • Orlin Kuzov, Ministry of Education and Science

  • Peter Ivanov, Chairman - Bulgarian Association of Information Technologies 

  • Peter Statev, Chairman Bulgarian ICT Cluster


15:50 – 16:00




10 year ESI CEE anniversary reception hosted by ESI CEE


Further information

Local organiser and secretariat:

European Software Institute – Center Eastern Europe
Business Park Sofia, bldg. 11B, floor 1
Sofia, Bulgaria
Tel. +359 2 489 97 40
Email: via(at)esicenter(dot)bg

Event Secretariat

for all European Regional Cluster Events on ‘New Curricula for e-Leadership’:


Empirica GmbH

Oxfordstr. 2, 53111 Bonn, Germany

Tel.: +49 228 98530-0



This initiative was launched by the European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry in January 2013