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11.11.2020 | Sofia

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Imagine us twenty years from now, discussing our lives over a cup of tasty cappuccino. What does the world look like? Are we still the dominant species? Did we manage to design our business reality to keep humans’ thriving in the center? Which decisions will define the future and who will take them – humans or AI?

What will be the next level of interaction human-to-human, human-to-business, and in the whole society? We explore the future of human intelligence and we talk openly about inclusion in the globalization era. We discuss the alienation of human beings, the trust and transparency in the public contract and we ask ourselves what is the impact we would like to leave in this world. See the summit panels:


h. i summit aims to inspire a dialogue about consciously shaping the future of humanity and be happy with the answers to those questions. We believe that putting humans’ needs, rights and unique abilities in focus is the key to building sustainable businesses and communities in today’s turbulent environment.

We bring together philosophers, forward business thinkers, humble leaders, innovative artists, policymakers, executives, and entrepreneurs. Join us to discuss today’s ethical aspects of business and help us make sense of the global processes and design the next business context.

The future is h.umane!


Shaakun Khanna

Head of Human Capital Management for Asia-Pacific at ORACLE
Shaakun Khanna is a highly sought-after Business & HR Transformation expert in Asia and serves as the Head of Human Capital Management Applications Strategy, Asia Pacific, at Oracle Corporation. He also the co-founder of Consentus Advisory and a Master Coach with the International Centre for Contemporary Consciousness.

Over the last 20 years Shaakun has been a transformation advisor to many Fortune 500 and industry leading companies. During this period Shaakun has been the CEO of Right Management, Head of IBM Smarter Workforce and the leader of Employee Engagement & Leadership Development Practice for Gallup Consulting. Shaakun has helped many organizations transform their Business Strategy, Digital Footprint, Employer Branding, Talent Management, Organization Design & Development, Employee Experience, Leadership Development and Succession Planning, etc.

Shaakun carries the rich experience of managing businesses for global organizations in various leadership roles. An Accredited executive coach, Shaakun is also a Master Facilitator of the ‘Consciousness Based Leadership’ with the International Centre for Contemporary Consciousness.

He is a published author and regularly speaks at leading Industry and Social events.

Nevena Taneva

HR Manager at SAP
Nevena Taneva is the HR Manager of the development center of SAP in Bulgaria as of April 2017. She is responsible for the HR Business Partner function and the implementation of the SAP global strategy for people development. Nevena has more than 15 years of overall HR experience, 4 of which as Manager of the HR Business Partners Team United Bulgarian Bank and 8 as Senior Consultant at AIMS Human Capital Bulgaria. She has a Master’s degree in Psychology from Sofia University. Nevena is passionate about Diversity&Inclusion values and works actively towards promoting their importance in the Bulgarian professional environment and has been recently awarded as Ambassador of Change of Social Future Foundation.

Geoffrey West

Geoffrey West is a British theoretical physicist, former president and distinguished professor of the Santa Fe Institute. Among his current interests is the extension of these ideas to understand quantitatively the structure and dynamics of social organizations, such as cities and corporations, including the relationships between economies of scale, growth, innovation and wealth creation and their implications for long-term survivability and sustainability.In 2006 he was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” and his work selected as one of the breakthrough ideas of 2007 by the Harvard Business Review.He is the author of several books, a visiting Professor of Mathematics at Imperial College, London, and an associate fellow of the Said Business School at Oxford University.
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Sumon Bhaumik

Professor of Finance at UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
Sumon Bhaumik received his undergraduate education at Presidency College, Calcutta, and his masters and doctoral degrees in Economics from the University of Southern California. He currently holds a Chair in Finance at the management school of the University of Sheffield. He is the Research Development Director for the finance research area of the Accounting and Financial Management division of the management school. He is also an elected member of the university’s Senate, and a member of the Senate’s Research & Innovation Committee. Outside of the university, he is a Research Fellow of IZA – Institute of Labor Economics, Bonn and a Fellow of the Global Labor Organization. He is also a member of the peer-review college of ESRC, and a member of the Editorial Review Boards of Journal of World Business and Journal of International Business Studies.

Vasil Takev

Local Business Manager Motion & Robotics and Discrete Automation at ABB BULGARIA
Vasil Takev is an electrical engineer with more than 20 years of progressive experience across a broad range of sales management and engineering functions, in diverse market segments, focused on the benefits that technology can bring to people. Because of the vast number of failures and mistakes done, he can combine vision, creativity, and business acumen with management and leadership qualities to reach many reasonable and some unreasonable targets. During those 20 years, his responsibilities spanned from sales management to business models generation, swirling around things like turnaround strategies, business processes improvement and demotivated people recovery. To do that, on top of my knowledge in electrification and electrical power supply, he has to learn many things about robotics and discrete manufacturing automation; industrial motion and powertrain systems; electrical vehicles charging infrastructure; digitization for predictive maintenance, and process optimization. Happily married, with two amazing kids, avid runner, skier, and SCUBA diver, engaged in a lifetime assignment for protecting nature.

Galin Stoev

Theatre Director at National Theater of Toulouse
Galin Stoev graduated in theater directing at VITIZ in the class of Krikor Azaryan. Since 1992 he has worked as an actor and director in Bulgaria, England, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, Belgium, Argentina, and France. Apart from being a director, Stoev also participates with roles on the stage and in the cinema. He holds awards for high creative achievements and contribution to the development of the Bulgarian-Russian cultural relations. In 2019 he was awarded the Knight of the Order of Art and Literature of France. Currently, he is the director of the National Theater of Toulouse, France.

Tim Kurth

Tim Kurth is the executive director of Aurubis Bulgaria and president of the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce. He began his career at Unilever and Numico. He joined Norddeutsche Afinerie (now Aurubis) in 2006, where he was Vice President of Corporate Logistics and led the Group’s innovation group, before taking up his current position in Bulgaria in 2014. He was born in Bremen and graduated from University of Applied Sciences in Friedberg, Germany.
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Dimitar Kostov

Site Lead at Integrated Systems BU at VMWARE
Dimitar started in IT in 1993 while at the Sofia University. Since then he helped grow startups, did business development across Europe, built product teams at SAP and VMware. His passion is growing people and organizations. Believes that we are people before all, everyone must be treated with respect and everyone brings something new to the team. As a Director at VMware and a site lead for Cloud Foundation in Bulgaria, he is starting new products and builds self-sustained organizations. Believes that technologies will make the world a better place and us become better people.


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9:00 – 10:00

Registration & Morning Snacks

10:00 -10:15


  • 10:0010:15 Karina Karagaeva and Nina Vladimirova – Founders of Human Business Studio 


  • 10:15 – 10:45 Shaakun Khanna, ORACLE – Re-inventing humans / Keynote
    Moderator: Olga Mineva, Organizational Psychologist
  • 10:45 – 11:30 Panel Discussion: Critical and Systems Thinking, AI vs. HI, Collective Intelligence vs. Exponential Growth

Panelists: Natalia Blagoeva, WomenH2H, Vasil Takev, ABB Bulgaria, Tim Kurth AURUBIS Bulgaria, Ivan Vladimirov, Deyan Mihaylov
Moderator: Lora Kroumova, Journalist


  • 11:30 – 12:00 Sasha Bezuhanova, MOVE BG – Innovations through Communities / Keynote
    Moderator: Radoslav Bimbalov, THE SMARTS 
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Bernard Dewamme, Mentally Fit Institute – The power of Individual & Collective Energy/Storm Time is a Growth Time / Keynote
    Moderator: Radoslav Bimbalov, THE SMARTS

Coffee Break

12:30 – 12:50


  • 12:50-13:10
    Dimitar Kostov, VMware – Transperent Organizations / Keynote  

Moderator: Nina Vladimirova

Group Interaction
  • 13:10-13:30 KISS THE FROG NOW
    Moderator: Mihail Stefanov, advisor, trainer, speaker


13:30 – 14:30



Attend the summit online

115 BGN / 59 EUR

  • Access to the bi-lingual live streaming (BG/ENG)
  • Buy 1 ticket and get 1 ticket FREE
  • Group Discount (3 + tickets) 10% off the regular price (contact our team for more info)​
  • Access to video record (available for 7 days after the summit)

All prices in EUR are based on the fixed exchange rates of BNB.


Attend the summit on site


  • Group Discount (3 + tickets)
    10% off the regular price (contact our team for more info)
  • Full summit access at Inter Expo Center

All prices in EUR are based on the fixed exchange rates of BNB.


Full summit access + Cocktail Party


  • Attend the summit on site or watch the live streaming (*choose on the next step)
  • Access to video record (available 30 days after the summit)
  • Access to VIP cocktail after the summit with lecturers and panelists
All prices in EUR are based on the fixed exchange rates of BNB.




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