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Date: December 5, 2018
Venue: Hotel Marinela 5*, Sofia, Bulgaria

Sky Forum Topic: Digital Revolution in Aviation

Language: English
***Available tickets for Sky Forum are limited***
Your registration will be confirmed on December 3, 2018 by e-mail from APG Bulgaria.

Emilie Biggerstaff – Director of APG Distribution Systems (APG DS) is a graduate of the American University in Paris where she studied Business and Finance. Employed by APG DS since 2005, she became the Director of the company in 2010. In addition, she is the Executive Product Director of APG Network’s distribution products ABCS, AACS and NDC Platform. In 2016, she also became the Director of APG Airlines.

Jordan Karamalakov – Branch Manager of International Air Transport Association (IATA) office in Bulgaria (2000 – 2012). Jordan has worked in the field of airline industry since 1979. He used to be Market manager in Balkan Airlines and representative in Copenhagen. In 2000 Jordan established an IATA branch in Bulgaria. He used to be Chairman of Board of Directors of Bulgaria Air. Since 2012 Jordan has been a Regional Manager of IATA for Central Asia.

Tony Hemsley – Senior Principal – Product Marketing in Sabre. Tony’s 35 year career has been entirely dedicated to travel and travel technology. With an initial background in airline reservations, ticketing and distribution with British Midland, Tony moved from customer of, to provider of, travel technology solutions with the Speedwing airline hosting business and subsequently a variety of product marketing and product management responsibilities for each of the 3 major GDS companies. Tony joined Sabre in 2006 and currently leads the NDC Product Marketing function for Sabre Travel Network. Working closely with customers and colleagues across the globe Tony is part of the Sabre Beyond NDC team driving success in retailing, distribution and fulfillment.

Arian Shkaki – Business Development at Lufthansa Group. Holding a Master’s Degree in English Philology from the University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ochridski” and trying different jobs as a student, Arian ended up working in one of the biggest travel agencies in Sofia, Bulgaria in the early 1994. With more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry – starting as a travel consultant, shifting over into the world of airlines and gradually moving through various positions – Arian is now responsible for the business development and business strategy of Lufthansa Group in Bulgaria, Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo. Since 2015 Arian became closely involved in the Lufthansa Group distribution strategy, the direct connect channels and NDC. He is also the acting APJC chairman for Bulgaria. Amongst his many other interests outside the travel and airline industry are photography, music, travel and wine.

Alexander Bogoyavlenski – Leading consultant in digital and corporate communications with more than 20 years of experience in media, public relations, information technologies and aviation. Currently is Managing Partner at digital agency Trinitix LLC and member of Hewlett-Packard’s Global Digital Marketing Council. Until 2009 he is Manager Strategic Outsourcing Communication for EMEA at HP. Formerly part of President Petar Stoyanov’s communication team and journalist at BNR, BBC Worldwide and Radio Free Europe. Master in International Relations in Sofia and London. Graduated Airline Management Masterclass in 2012, author and host of Airshow – the only broadcast program dedicated to aviation in Bulgaria, produced by Bulgaria ON AIR.

Donyo Markov – Managing Director of Esky. Donyo has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Master’s degree in ” Management of Tourism” at New Bulgarian University. His first steps in the tourism industry are doing as a consultant in the leading international TravelStoreMaker – travel software company. In a short time he became a sales manager, and later headed the company’s affiliate department. In 2008, Donyo met with the founder of the young Polish online travel agency eSky, whose plans for expansion started in Bulgaria. So Donyo becomes managing director of the first foreign branch of eSky, which is currently operating on more than 30 markets on three continents. In 2015, Donyo took over the leadership of the Turkish branch of the company, and from this year he is also responsible for the markets of Serbia, Greece, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ognian Blagoev – President and Owner of APG Bulgaria. He has more than 25 years professional experience in aviation industry. Ognian gas worked in various positions in the Commercial Department of Balkan Airlines and used be a commercial representative in Kuwait and Qatar. Since 2001 Ognian is Executive Director of APG Bulgaria, exclusive member for Bulgaria of APG Network. APG Bulgaria represents 16 foreign airlines in BSP Bulgaria.

Verginia Lazarova, PhD – Managing Director of APG Bulgaria. In 2014 Verginia in parallel graduated her Master degrees in Financial Management and International Tourism. In May 2017 she finished her PhD in Economics and Management (Tourism) with dissertation “Role of Global Airline for the Tourism Industry”. Verginia is part of APG Bulgaria’s team for the last 11 years and took various jobs – sales and marketing activities, event management, and etc. In 2018, Verginia was honoured to be the Managing Director of the company.

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