Sustainable Development Goals in a national context

MAKING GLOBAL GOALS LOCAL BUSINESS are local events, organized jointly by the UNGC headquarter and local networks.

The aim is to bring together business leaders, sustainability professionals, officials, impact-driven entrepreneurs, NGO leaders, and the United Nations to catalyze collective action and accelerate progress built on the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In this two-day conference we will present the human dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals and the role of business as an engine for their achievement. Permanent leadership is impactful and business is the force for good.


During the first day of the conference, we will look for answers:

  • Why it is important to talk about the Sustainable Development Goals? Is this conversation happening?

  • What is the role of business and the media in its implementation?

  • Do the Sustainable Development Goals have a human dimension?

The second day of the conference is dedicated to uniting business for a Better Bulgaria:

  • What are the new challenges for business?

  • How does the pandemic make the question of innovations even more relevant?

  • How to have a good economy without robbing the wealth of the Earth?

  • Is a balance between the image of an investment hospitable country and green and climate policies possible?

Our Speakers

Sanda Ojiambo, Executive Director of the UNGC

Ms. Ojiambo served as Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact at Safaricom PLC in Kenya since 2010 and as Senior Manager of the Safaricom and MPESA Foundations from 2008 until 2010, during which time she led the implementation of several public-private partnership initiatives between Safaricom and United Nations entities.

Ms. Ojiambo holds a Master of Arts in public policy from the University of Minnesota in the United States, and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and international development from McGill University, Canada.

Ognian Trajanov, Chairman of the Bulgarian Network

Chairman of The National network of the UN Global Compact.

CEO, Founder and owner of TechnoLogica EAD

Graduated and post-graduated from the Sofia Technical University. Working experience as a scientific researcher in Interprogramma Institute in the area of Artificial Intelligence. Attended many technical and managerial trainings at IBM and at Oracle Corporation.

Honored with the first of its kind award for “Contribution to the Development of Information and Communication Technologies” at the “Mister Economy 2012” competition, once it was established. Member of the National Innovation Council under the Ministry of Economy and Energy.

Honorary Consul of the Republic of Philippines in Bulgaria.

Dan Thomas, Communications & Strategic Events

In his role as Chief of Communications, Dan Thomas leads corporate communications, media relations and strategic events. During his time at the UN Global Compact, Mr. Thomas has led the creation of a new communications strategy designed to engage a broader coalition of partners in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Prior to joining the UN Global Compact, Mr. Thomas led communication and external relations for the Presidents of the 70th and 71st Sessions of the United Nations General Assembly.

A former journalist with Reuters and BBC Television News, Mr. Thomas joined UNICEF as a multimedia producer in 2000. In 2008, he left the UN system to join GAVI, a public-private global health partnership — eventually becoming Acting Director of Communications.

Mr. Thomas holds a holds a Bachelor of Science (Economics) with honours from the University College in Cardiff.

Daniela Peeva, Chairperson of the Managing board of ABIRD

Chairperson of the professional organization of the Investor Relations Directors in Bulgaria - ABIRD

In 1998 Daniela graduated with a Master degree from the Law Faculty of Sofia University and for more than 20 years now she has been working in the field of regulation of the capital market in Bulgaria, aimed at raising the information disclosure standards, applying the principles of good corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.

For 19 years Daniela has been an Investor Relations manager. For 16 years now she has had the honor to be the Chairperson of the ABIRD.

Daniela is a Member of the Bulgarian National Corporate Governance Committee, member of the Advisory Board to the Chairperson of the Bulgarian FSC.

Sylvia Kostova, Head of Corporate Communications & Marketing Division at Postbank

Sylvia Kostova has over 15 years of professional experience in the field of corporate communications, marketing and media. She has been Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing at Postbank for the last 8 years. Prior to that, for more than 10 years she held managerial positions in a leading Bulgarian marketing and communication agency. Sylvia Kostova has also experience in a FMCG company, state administration and media. With her team at Postbank she received more than 25 awards for marketing and communications, including 5 EFFIE awards.

Sylvia Kostova is a member of the Management Board of Bulgarian Association of Advertisers and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bulgarian PR Society; jury member of EFFIE awards in Bulgaria and BAAwards. Sylvia Kostova is also a lecturer in corporate and marketing communications at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski“ and University of National and World Economy.

Steve Kenzie, Co-Chair of the Global Compact Network Council & Executive Director of UK GC Network

Steve has managed the Secretariat of the UN Global Compact Network UK since 2008. He also Chairs the UN Global Compact’s Global Network Council and sits on the UN Global Compact Board.

He was previously a Programme Director at the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) leading projects across a wide range of responsible business issue areas. Prior to joining IBLF, Steve was the founder and Managing Director of a successful retail sports equipment business in Canada.

He has a B.Comm from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in Business & Environment from Imperial College London.

Antonio Hautle, Executive Director, Global Compact Network Switzerland (GCNS)

Antonio Hautle is since 2015 the Executive Director of Global Compact Network Switzerland & Liechtenstein, the local Network of UN Global Compact.

Prior to this position, he was the director of Fastenopfer from 2001 until 2013 and the director of the Social Department of the State of Lucerne from 2013 until 2015. Hautle has a background in Philosophy, Business Ethics and Catholic Theology from Elève titulaire, Ecole Biblique et Archéologique Française Jérusalem, Master Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Rome and holds a Master in Business Administration from the HEC University of Geneva.

Dimitar Shoumarov, Member of the Management Board, Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Postbank

Dimitar Shoumarov joins Postbank’s team in July 2012 as an Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the financial institution.

Prior to his appointment at Postbank he worked at the United Bulgarian Bank for 16 years, where he was promoted from Head of the Financial Control Directorate to Chief Financial Officer of UBB. As CFO of UBB for the last 4 years Mr. Shoumarov has been in charge of the Bank’s overall financial management, as well as the management and coordination of business planning and budgeting process.

Before entering the banking sector, Mr. Shumarov worked at the Budget Policy Department in the Ministry of Finance, where he participated in the development of the conceptual macroeconomic framework for the consolidated state budget. He also specialized at the Macroeconomic Projects and Development Department of the State Planning Committee in the Ministry of Economy and Planning. He spent there 6 years, participating in the development of numerous projects among which input-output balance, planned balance of the capital investments, planning the structure and the dynamics of the aggregate social product and the national revenue, and many more.

Currently Mr. Shoumarov is a Member of the Directors of Bulgaria’s CFO Club.

Sasho Donchev - Founder of Overgas

Together with some colleagues, he established Overgas Ltd. in June 1991. In 1992, he founded Overgas Inc. AD and was elected Deputy Chairman of the Management Board and Executive Director of the company.

Under his guidance, the Project for Gasification of Bulgarian Cities was developed and implemented.

He is the author of more than 30 scientific and practical papers and engineering studies, published in Bulgaria, Russia, USA, Germany, Austria, Syria and Libya.

Sasho Donchev is the Chairman of the Bulgarian Association of Natural Gas (BAPG). In February 2011, he was elected the Chairman of the Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA) and in 2014 he was re-elected for the second term.

He represents the Bulgarian gas sector in the International Gas Union Board. He was awarded the Honorary Member title, the Gold Sign World Movement Eco Forum for Sustainable Development and in 2010 established the UN Global Compact Network Bulgaria.

Dimitar Tsotsorkov, Chairperson of the Supervisory Board of Assarel-Medet JSC

Dimitar Tsotsorkov has been Chairperson of the Supervisory Board of Assarel-Medet JSC since November 20, 2017.

He was born in 1975 in Panagyurishte and graduated from a Language High School in Pazardzhik. He acquired two Bachelor degrees respectively in Economics and Finance and Computer Science from Richmond American University and a Master degree in Information Management and Finance from Westminster University in London.

He has worked as a sales and marketing agent in London Electricity and shipping manager in Glencore UK Ltd., London. Mr. Tsotsorkov has been working in Assarel-Medet JSC since 2001 first as a sales and hedging expert and then as a department manager and Corporate Development director.

Member of the Supervisory Board of Assarel-Medet JSC since 2014 and its Chairperson from 2015 to November 20, 2017. Executive Director of the subsidiary, Assarel-Investment Sole Proprietor JSC.

Krassimir Nenov, Executive Director of ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3

Krassimir Nenov has been the Executive Director of ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 since March 2017.

He joined Maritsa East 3 in 2003 as a part of the management team with responsibility for the commercial activities until 2013. In 2014 and 2015 Krassimir Nenov worked as power plant director and head of gas generation of Enel Russia with a responsibility for a fleet of three gas fired power plants. In 2016 he worked as Commercial Director and Deputy CEO of ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3.

Krassimir Nenov holds a M.B.A. degree from Cornell University, USA, M.B.A. from Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium, and B.A. in Economics from University of Arkansas, USA.

Peter Roebben, Chairman of the Country Team of KBC Group for Bulgaria, Country Manager of KBC Group for Bulgaria, Chairman of the Management Board of UBB, CEO of UBB

Peter Roebben started his career in 1992 as an account officer Corporate Banking for Kredietbank (now KBC) in London. From 1994 untill 1998 he was Director of the Iberia Representative Office in Madrid. After one year in Brussels as account manager for the group’s Multinationals Division, he became General Manager Corporate Banking in the Paris branch in 1999. From 2005 untill 2010 he was Executive Director Corporate Banking at CSOB Bank in the Czech Republic.

Between 2010 and 2017 he served as Senior Managing Director and member of the Executive Committee of K&H Bank & Insurance Hungary. Later in 2017 he becomes Senior General Manager Group Credit Risk at KBC Group’s Head Office in Brussels. In 2019, Peter Roebben was appointed Chief Executive Officer of KBC Bank in Ireland, which he held until his current appointment as Country Manager of KBC Group in Bulgaria, Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of UBB.

Peter Roebben has graduated from the University of Leuven, Belgium with a master degree in law. Later he has obtained an MBA from Vlerick Business School, Belgium.

He is fluent in Dutch, French, English, Spanish and German.


Day I - Wednesday, 13 October

14:00 – 16:00

The Human Dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Ten Principles of the Global Compact and the Role of Business

key note speaker:

Dan Thomas, Chief, Communications & Strategic Events, UN Global Compact

Ognian Trajanov, Chairman of Global Compact Network Bulgaria


Sylvia Kostova, Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing Division, Postbank

Daniela Peeva, Chairperson of the Managing board of ABIRD


Moderator: Eduard Tsvetanov, Bulgarian PR Association

Day II - Thursday, 14 October

14:00 - 14:45

Official Opening: Uniting Business for a Better Bulgaria

Moderator: Konstantin Vulkov


Sanda Ojiambo, CEO of the UNGC

Ognian Trajanov, Chairman of the Bulgarian Network

Steve Kenzie, Co-Chair of the Global Compact Network Council & Executive Director of UK GC Network, Key-Note Speaker with focus on international views with relevance on local issues.

14:45 -15:45

Session I: SDG Ambition & Action – Sustainable Development Goals in a national context


Antonio Hautle, Executive Director of Global Compact Network Switzerland & Liechtenstein

Darina Georgieva, Director of Bulgarian Network


Dimitar Shoumarov, Member of the Management Board, Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Postbank

Sasho Donchev, CEO, Overgas

Ana Gheorghiu, Public Affairs, Science & Sustainability Lead, România/Bulgaria/Moldova, Bayer

15:45 -16:00

Networking break


Session II: Innovation and Sustainability for a green future


Mr. Dimiter Tsotsorkov, Chairperson of the Supervisory Board of Asarel - Medet JSC, Global Compact Network Bulgaria Board Member, Asarel-Medet (confirmed)

Mr. Peter Roebben, CEO of UBB, Country Manager of KBC Group in Bulgaria

Mr. Krasimir Nenov, ContourGlobal Maritsa Iztok 3


Closing Plenary: Moving Forward Together

Ognian Trajanov, Chairman of the Bulgarian Network


Formal Celebration of the 10 year anniversary of Network Bulgaria

Our partners

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Why participate?

  • Brand Awareness – event space and speaking opportunities enable sponsors to tell their sustainability story to a global audience of high level decision makers in the sustainability and business space.

  • Networking – there is no shortage of high value peers worth connecting with. We build in ample time to enable you to connect with the peers of yours in attendance.

  • Thought Leadership – position your business at the center of a pressing industry issue, we can support you getting in front of an audience discussing the topics that matter most to you.

  • Lead Generation – participants have an enhanced ability to engage with attending decision makers who dictate the direction of their sustainability approach through concrete business actions.

How to participate?

Register for the Event

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Attending In Person

By choosing live attendance you will get access to:

All panels and presentations

Informal networking during the event coffee breaks

Attending Virtually

Participants can choose to attend MGGLB-Bulgaria in a virtual capacity. By joining us virtually you will get access to:

Discounted ticket prices.

All plenary sessions.

Audience Q&A with speakers via the conference app Zoom.

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Sponsorship: Golden, Silver or Media Discussion:
Take thе opportunity to promote your brand in the communication campaign before, during and after event to a community related to sustainable development efforts, potential business partners and stakeholders.

Тo discuss support options, please, contact us.

Media Accreditation

MGGLB-Bulgaria will implement a COVID-Safe plan that aligns with public health advice at the time of the event.

Attending In Person

In the event that the Government restrictions do not allow face-to-face events to take place due to COVID-19, MGGLB-Bulgaria will be held entirely in a virtual format. All delegates who originally purchased face-to-face tickets will be provided with a refund for the difference in the ticket price.

Attending Virtually

Participants can choose to attend MGGLB-Australia in a virtual capacity. By joining us virtually you will get access to:

  • Discounted ticket prices.

  • All plenary sessions.

  • Audience Q&A with speakers via the conference app Zoom.

COVID-19 Safe Plan

The Global Compact Network Bulgaria takes the health and safety of speakers, participants, and attendees of MGGLB-Bulgaria seriously. The following mechanisms will be implemented to ensure a safe event for all:

  • Venue capacity will align with government standards.

  • Attendees who are unwell or showing symptoms of COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to stay home and contact us for virtual login information.

  • Contact surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected at regular intervals.

  • Hand sanitizer will be provided in accordance with government guidelines.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions. We look forward to hosting a safe and enjoyable event for all.

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Global Compact Network Bulgaria

The Bulgarian Network of the UN Global Compact, which operates as part of the global network and was officially launched on May 6, 2011 by H.E. Ban Ki-moon – Secretary General of the UN, is an association of companies and NGOs in which we all believe that:

  • man’s mission is to be useful;

  • free labor is creativity;

  • only creating for others, you can create yourself, and

  • this is the way you can be a role model to your children.

The Network in Bulgaria is a platform for the responsible business in Bulgaria and for the short time of its existence – we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary – it has built itself a recognizable image and developed collective projects with public importance, which have a positive impact on the sustainability of business and society. We have created a unique work approach and a tradition on uniting capacity in order to achieve a new level of Corporate Social Responsibility.

The Network does not simply promote adherence to the values of the Global Compact but rather uses its Ten Principles as a tool which can creatively address the needs of the society and stir a change in the citizens’ culture. We believe that responsible business is the main driving force for the development of the society.

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