Elizabeth J.Linder

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Elizabeth J.Linder
Executive Director
Beautiful Destinations

Elizabeth launched her career at Google, splitting her time between the iconic Googleplex in Mountain View, California, and YouTube’s original headquarters in San Bruno. In 2008, Facebook recruited Elizabeth to join its small but growing international communications team. At the time, the company had no policy or communications representative outside of the United States.

In 2011, she moved to London to found and build Facebook’s Politics &Government division for the Europe, Middle East & Africa region. Often referred to as Facebook’s “first secretary of state”, Elizabeth advised heads of state, royal households, government officials, politicians, diplomats, think tanks, journalists, and civil society leaders across more than forty countries.

By the time she left Facebook in 2016 after spending eight years as a public spokeswoman for the company, she had been at Facebook longer than 99.2% of employees.

Elizabeth is a Senior Consulting Fellow at Chatham House and a regular commentator for the BBC, Sky, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal. A California native and Princeton graduate, she holds an Exceptional Talent Visa for the tech sector granted by the British Government.

Christopher Rodrigues, CBE

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Christopher Rodrigues, CBE
Port of London Authority

Christopher Rodrigues became Chairman of the Port of London Authority in January 2016 and the Chairman of Openwork in January 2014.

Christopher was Chairman of the British Council from 2016 – 2019; Chairman of the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association from 2013 – 2019; Chairman of VisitBritain from 2007 – 2017; Chairman of International Personal Finance and Windsor Leadership from 2007 – 2015; Chairman of The Almeida Theatre from 2008 – 2016, and in July 2016 stepped down as a Council member and Trustee of the National Trust. He was on the Executive Committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council from 2007 – 2016.

Christopher is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Harvard Business School. He rowed for Cambridge in the 1970 and 1971 Boat Races, is a past-Chairman of Leander Club and is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta.

He was made Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey in 2009 and a Visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management in 2010. He was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University of Surrey (DUniv) in April 2013. In May 2018 he became an Ambassador for the World Travel and Tourism Council, and in January 2019 the Development Committee Chairman at University College School, Hampstead.

Jayanth Kolla

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Jayanth Kolla
Founder & Partner
Convergence Catalyst

Jayanth brings over Seventeen years of experience in Technology, Product Marketing, Research and Strategy Consulting in the Telecom, Internet and Emerging Technologies (AI/ML, Blockchain & IoT) domains. He is an advisor to the world’s leading technology firms, young & fast growing startups and the investor community, and has held various roles with Telecom Carriers, Device Manufacturers and Management Consulting firms in the past.

Currently, as a Partner with Convergence Catalyst, Jayanth leverages his hands-on experience and domain expertise to advise various companies to align themselves with the ever-changing technology and market trends, and evolve as leaders in the Digital Convergence space. He mentors a number of progressive and fast growing technology startups on Product & Service Offerings, Business Planning, Go-To-Market Strategies and Fund Raising. Jayanth is also an advisor to various PE & VC firms, Institutional Investors, Hedge Funds and FIIs on private equity transactions and public equity positions.

Jayanth is an Advisory Board member of India’s first and only Artificial Intelligence (AI)- based asset fund, Core team member of a global AI think tank, Advisor for a North- American AI platform company, a European Blockchain products company, Advisor and Mentor for Deep Tech companies of NASSCOM 10,000 Startups, Evangelist of leading 3rd generation Blockchains, and Founding member of “India IoT Forum”.

Jayanth is an oft-quoted industry leader whose viewpoints and analyst notes are regularly published in leading business publications including Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg and Financial Times, keynote speaker at various industry thought-leadership conclaves, and is also an empaneled judge for Mint’s Digital Innovation Awards, 2019 and MIT’s ‘Emerging Technologies Young Innovators’ (EmTech) Awards’, 2017. He’s also a columnist on technology industry trends for Forbes, APAC CIO Outlook, Moneycontrol and Mint magazines and business publications.

Previous Companies: Analysys Mason, Nokia, Motorola Kyocera, Tata Teleservices.

Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

The Bulgarian Black Sea Coast covers the entire eastern border of Bulgaria stretching from Romania in the north to Turkey in the south, along 378 km of coastline. The beaches occupy approximately 130 km of the 378 km long coast. The region is an important center of tourism during the summer season (May-October), drawing millions of foreign and local tourists alike and constituting one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations

Situated next to one of Bulgaria’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites- the city of Nessebar, Sunny Beach is the fastest developing Bulgarian resort. In 2018, the resort welcomed more than 5 million tourists. It is situated between the two largest cities and main seaports on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast – Burgas and Varna. The two cities’ international airports, Burgas Airport and Varna Airport, are the main hubs servicing the resort and the region.

Burgas Airport serves the Southeast of Bulgaria, situated between the city center of Burgas and Sunny Beach Resort. The airport services 75 airlines and provides links to 141 destinations. In 2018, Burgas Airport broke a record as it welcomed 3 million passengers, registering an increase of 10% compared to 2017.

Varna is one of the biggest tourist destinations, a starting point for all resorts in the northern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, an important business centre, and headquarters of the Bulgarian Navy and merchant marine. Varna Airport serves more than 63 airlines and flights to more than 102 destinations and in 2018 welcomed more than 2 million passengers.

Helena Resort, The biggest five-star complex

Helena Resort Hotel complex is situated on a vast area of 55 000 m², artistically situated in the northern green part of Sunny Beach and the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.

The complex provides excellent conditions for family holiday and business tourism. An appealing choice during the summer for adventure with friends, business, corporate events or wedding celebrations. On the territory of Helena Resort our guests will enjoy their connection with nature in a relaxing setting of chic and comfort.

The elegant luxury is elevated to a higher level, marked by the freedom of spirit – works and objects of art embedded unobtrusively in the gorgeous architecture and predisposing atmosphere. We have created an art space that brings mood in the spirit of art and past epochs. More than 1,200 paintings and sculptures of famous Bulgarian artists, sights of unique architecture, forming the authentic style of the whole complex, are located on the territory of Helena Resort.

RIU Helios Hotel

The Hotel Riu Helios Paradise, right on the beach, off the coast of the Black Sea, is an ideal choice for all those looking for a holiday that combines entertainment and relaxation.

Its services and facilities include a freshwater pool with Jacuzzi, a children’s pool and an indoor pool. They all have free hammocks and towels. There is also a free gym and (paid) spa, sauna, hairdresser and beauty and massage salons.

This exclusive All Inclusive service lets you enjoy the main restaurant which offers a buffet with hot and cold meals, prepared at that moment and with fresh ingredients. Or you can book a table at one of the theme restaurants choosing from Italian, Asian and Bulgarian cuisines for dinner. At the Hotel Riu Helios Paradise, families, friends and couples have entertaining programmes for both adults and children. In addition to games and sports, RiuFit activities offering exercise classes and RiuArt study enhancing participants’ sense of creativity are available. And at night, you can enjoy live music and entertainment without leaving the accommodation facilities.

Vasil Georgiev Velev

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Vasil Georgiev Velev
Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association (AICB)

Vasil Georgiev Velev (born April 1, 1959) is the Executive Director of Stara Planina Hold Plc and Chairman of the Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association (AICB). In 2008 he graduated from the University of Economics in Varna, specializing in “Corporate Development and Management”.

He was elected member of the Board of the International Congress of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, member of the National Commission on Corporate Governance, member of the Board of Trustees of Varna University of Economics, member of the Steering Committee of the Silver Fund, member of the National Strategic Reference Framework The Partnership Agreement), member of the National Economic Council, vice-president of the Economic and Social Council, deputy chairman of the National Council for Tripartite Cooperation, etc. Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Evrika Foundation.

Currently, he is the rotating Chairman of the International Coordination Council of Employers’ Organizations (ICSOR).