BalREc – Investments and Real Estate Market conference 2017
8 November, 2017, Sofia Event Center
8:30 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 9:10 Official opening: Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor, Sofia Municipality 
9:10 - 9:30 Keynote: "Policy, economy and investments - Bulgaria on the global map"
Rosen Plevneliev
, President of the Republic of Bulgaria 2012 - 2017
9:30 – 10:30 Panel 1: Investment Environment 2017
- What are the economic, financial, social and urban development factors defining the current and future market state of the real estate sector in Bulgaria? 
- What is the positioning of the Bulgarian market on the European map of capital flows? Where are the investment opportunities and who is targeted?
- Urban planning aspect: Real estate projects as a natural part of urban fabric – new models for interaction between local governments and real estate investments. Mixed use projects as a catalyst for modernization and development of urban areas.
Nicolay Stoinev, Deputy Chairman of Sofia Municipality Council, Chairman of the Standing Commission on Economics and Property
Erden Bilginer, Member of the Board of Directors, Garanti Koza Bulgaria
Rossitza Stoykova, Advisory senior manager, PwC
Michaela Lashova, Executive Director, Forton
Georgi Kirov, Director of investment advisory services, Colliers International 
Moderator: Yuri Katanov, Executive director, Landmark
10:30 – 10:50 COFFEE BREAK
10:50 – 12:30 Panel 2: Residential Buildings
- Residential market 2017: Supply, demand, prices, forecasts.
- Factors for strong demand: easy access to financing, record low interest rates for mortgage. GDP growth, increasing incomes. How long will it last?
- Residential buildings construction goes at high speed - the number of building permissions are increasing again. What is the ability of market absorption (per year)?
- From individual projects to zone planning - what is the best living environment for outdoor and indoor?
- What is on in the luxury segment - new concepts.
- What are the key factors for the future development of the residential market?
10:50 –  11:40 Part 1.
Dipl. Eng. Plamen Andreev, CEO, Planex Invest
Dimitar Savov, Executive Director, BLD
Martin Dragoev, Sales and investment manager, Galaxy Investment Group
Dipl. Eng. Veselin Kanin, CEO, Green Life City Home
Lyuba Atanasova, CEO, Imoteka
11:40 – 12:30 Part 2.
Georgi Ranchev, CEO, Residential Park Sofia
Yavuz Selek, Member of the Board of Directors, Garanti Koza Bulgaria
Vesela Ilieva, Managing partner, Unique Estates
Svoboda Kodjamanova, Manager residential services, Colliers International
Tihomir Kazakov, CEO, Stephen George International
Moderator: Hristo Nikolov, Real estate and investments editor, The City Media Group 
12:30 – 13:30 LUNCH
13:30 – 14:30 Panel 3: Retail Space Market
- What is the mall retail space market agenda in an environment of growing consumption, expansion of key tenants and a few new large-scale projects in the pipeline?
Trends in the commercial mix - what attracts the modern user? Where is the traditional retailer in the dynamically developing process of digitalization (e-commerce)?
- Dealmakers: Record volume of investment transactions. How will be managed the assets whose ownership changed lately? Restructuring models: Where the new owners see potential for development of established retail outlets?
- Supermarkets + Big Box: Dynamic development in the fight for market share
Dr. Koksal Akoglu, Member of the Board of Directors, Garanti Koza Bulgaria
Zorana Burlic, CEO, Delta Real Estate
Boryana Peneva, Manager Retail Services, Colliers International
Nina Nikolova, CEO, Mall Markovo Tepe
Ivan Gramatikov, Manager Retail Services, Forton
Biser Intchovsky, Board Director Central Services and Member of the operating Board, Lidl Bulgaria
Stefan Kossev, CEO, Regent's Property advisors
Moderator: Georgi Dimitrov, Director - Advisory Services and Valuations at MBL|CBRE
14:30 – 15:30 Panel 4: Offices  
- Dynamics in demand, stable and growing rental levels - are there challenges facing the industry in the current market environment?
- New (at least) 400 000 sq. m of office space by 2020: What are the risks of market overheating? How can we maintain the sustainable market environment and the balance between supply and demand?
- What happens outside Sofia - which are the locations with potential for growth, when can we expect investment activity growth in Plovdiv, Burgas, Varna, Rousse and other locations?
Adina Welsh, CEO, Expo 2000 Office Park
David Davidov, Managing partner, Garitage Park
Stanimira Pashova, Head of office space, Forton 
Todor Kavrakov, CPM, property manager, Trade Center Europe
Tanya Koseva-Boshova, Chairman of the Managing Board of ACBO
Stanimir Nikolov, Chairman of Bulgarian Outsourcing Association, Managing Director, EPAM Systems Bulgaria
Moderator: Verka Petkova, Business Development Director, Colliers International
15:30 – 16:30 Panel 5: Hotels - Urban and Holiday
- Market environment - what is the potential of the urban hotels in terms of volume and profile of tourists/business travellers and can we expect last year's growth to continue?
- What are the factors behind summer tourism growth in recent years? How to transform this trend into sustainable growth?
- Construction activity: Which indicators create an appetite for new hotel projects? What are your preferences of markets, locations, concepts? Internationally branded versus independent operations?
- New generation of users, new business models - what are the key features of the successful city and holiday hotel on the Bulgarian market?
Lachezar Todorov, Executive Director, Terra Tour Service, Hyatt Regency - Sofia
Emeline Sýkora-Wintrebert, Development Manager, AccorHotels South-Eastern Europe, Czech Republic, Slovakia
Elena Koseva, Executive Director, St. St. Constantine and Elena
Ventsislav Tanchev, Owner, TA Suntours and hotel mOdus
Roumen Draganov, Director, Institute for Analyses and Assessments in Tourism
Moderator: Deyan Todorov, Senior Consultant, Forton

* The program is preliminary and it is a subject of change

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