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LET'S MAKE IT WORK

 DEFENCE & HLS CONFERENCE

DECEMBER   18th | BALKAN HOTEL, BULGARIA

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After a few years of political instability – Bulgaria has finally formed a new Government.
The mounting tensions in Europe have led to a significant investment in various defense programs by
Bulgaria and the expansion of Nato deployments and European stabilization and peacekeeping activities
have further fuelled defence investment.
Bulgaria is set for a substantial increase in its defence budget over the next 5 years.
The Bulgaria defence budget is worth $1.4 billion in 2023 and is expected to achieve a CAGR of more
than 5% during 2024-2028.
Much of Bulgaria’s fleet requires substantial modernization and updating due to years of low spending
levels. Since readiness levels are now very low and platforms are reaching the end of their life span,
Bulgaria is forced to modernize platforms across all domains. Furthermore, the war in Ukraine has
influenced all of Europe’s defence outlook, and Bulgaria’s position on the Black Sea and in the Balkans is
particularly vulnerable. It is currently following a trend in NATO to revise force structure and review its
capability and procurement efforts.

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Israel

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Bulgaria 

PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE

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Prof. Todor Tagarev

Minister of Defence
BULGARIA

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General (ret.) Giora Eiland

IMPROVATE Advisory Board Member
ISRAEL

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Former President
BULGARIA
IMPROVATE

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Irina Nevzlin

Founder & Chair
IMPROVATE
ISRAEL

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Ronit Hasin Hochman

Founder & CEO
IMPROVATE
ISRAEL

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H.E. ​Yosi Levi Sfari

Ambassador of Israel in Sofia

ISRAEL

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Iavor Mateev

Commander | Major General
Joint Special Operations Command
BULGARIA

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PhD Vlado Buchkovski

Former Prime Minister
NORTH MACEDONIA
IMPROVATE

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Mitko Uzunov

M.ISMI
CSMP
BULGARIA

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Hristo Hristov

CEO
Eviden
BULGARIA

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Constantin Popov

Ret. Commander
The Bulgarian Air Force
BULGARIA

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Rear Admiral (Ret.) Nikolay I. Nikolov, Ph.D

Chairman, Governing Board
'Hemus-95' Foundation
BULGARIA

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Andrey Mihailov

Atlantic Club expert
Atlantic Club of Bulgaria BULGARIA

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Nikolay Jordanov

Managing director
Kontrax JSC
BULGARIA

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 Ivaylo Filipov

CEO
Information Services Jsc
BULGARIA

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Miroslav Blagoev Gospodinov

Former adviser, Office of Deputy Prime Minister for Public Order and Security
Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria
BULGARIA

Prof. Dr. Ilin Savov, PhD, ScD

Academy of the Ministry of Interior
BULGARIA

Eng. Dobromir Donchev

CEO
NGO
BULGARIA

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Ivaylo JORDANOV

Managing Director
Kontrax JSC
BULGARIA

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Alexander Zhekov

Svetlin Iliev

Managing Director
Escom Bulgaria
BULGARIA

Member of the Board of Directors
Directors of the European Cybersecurity Organization
BULGARIA

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Tzachi Gabay

Planning and control director
Aeronautics
ISRAEL

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Eliran Fadida

Sales and Marketing Director
Steadicopter
ISRAEL

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Emil Blumer

General Manager
MAGAL Security System S.R.L.
ISRAEL

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Eran Gabay

VP, Head of Euro-Asia Business Unit
MAGAL Security System S.R.L.
ISRAEL

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Asher Wallach B.G  (Ret.)

Business Development and Marketing, HLS
Elta Systems LTD.
ISRAEL

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Ivo Barzov

Key Account Manager, Aviation Business Development
Burgas Airport
BULGARIA

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Jacob Kaplan

Dr. Yolian Ivanov

Vice President Sales & Marketing
Accub
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ISRAEL

Executive Director - Southern Europe
The Collins Group
BULGARIA

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Andrey Mihailov

Atlantic Club expert
Atlantic Club of Bulgaria BULGARIA

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Col (Ret) Vilis Tzourov

Chairman of the Board 
Atlantic Club of Bulgaria BULGARIA

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Arial Lerman

CEO
BAUOTECH LTD

ISRAEL

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Hadar Halili

VP Sales
Allot
ISRAEL

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Dikla Sasson

Marketing & BD Director
Aeronautics
ISRAEL

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Chagai Levy, Ph.D

VP of Systems Engineering & Project Management
Accubeat

ISRAEL

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Yaniv Tamir

Business Development
BAUOTECH LTD

ISRAEL

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H.E Donika Hoxha

Ambassador of the Republic of Albania in Sofia
ALBANIA

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H.E. Ms. Brândușa Ioana Predescu

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to the Republic of Bulgaria
ROMANIA

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Ilan Nachman

CTO
G-Max Security
ISRAEL

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Conference Schedule December 18th,2023

  • 08:30-09:00 - Gathering and mingling at the Balkan Hotel Sofia Bulgaria Coffee & Snacks. 

  • 09:00 Welcome by Mrs. Ronit Hasin Hochman, Co-founder and CEO at IMPROVATE.

  • 09:05 Mrs. Irina Nevzlin, founder and chair at IMPROVATE.

  • 09:10 H.E. ​Yosi Levi Sfari Ambassador of Israel in Sofia.

  • 09:20 President Rosen Plevniliev, former president of Bulgaria and IMPROVATE Advisory Board.

  • 09:35 ELTA Presentation by Asher Wallach B.G (ret) -Business Development and Marketing, HLS Directorate

  • 09:45 Allot Presentation by Hadar Halili  - VP.

  • 09:55 Prof. Todor Tagarev, Minister of Defense, Bulgaria. 

  • 10:10 Aeronautics  Presentation by Tzachi Gabay Planning and control director

  • 10:20 Magal Presentation by Emil Blumer General Manager MAGAL Security System S.R.L.

  • 10:30 Smart Shooter Presentation by Roy Ben Haim - Director of Business Development

  • 10:40 General (ret.) Giora Eiland- Bulgaria overview

  • 11:00 Steadicopter  Presentation by Eliran Fadida - Sales and Marketing Director

  • 11:10 BAUOTECH LTD    Presentation by Yaniv Tamir - Director of Business Development

  • 11:20 G-Max Security  Presentation by  Ilan Nachman – CTO 

  • 11:30  Coffee Break

  • 12:00 One on One meetings

  • 14:30 Lunch at the hotel restaurant

  • 15:30- 17:30 One on One meetings

ABOUT IMPROVATE

IMPROVATE is a platform that makes technology and innovation accessible to countries around the world. Launched in September 2020, IMPROVATE operates out of London and Tel Aviv and serves as a platform to connect technology and innovation companies to leaders, decision-makers, companies and investors.

IMPROVATE Board members and partners: former world chess champion Garry Kasparov | President Rosen Plevneliev - former President of Bulgaria | Prof. Zeev Rotstein- Medical systems expert, IDF Major Gen. (Ret.) Amos Gilad | Yigal Unna -Director General of the Israel National Cyber Directorate

(2018-2022) | Victor Ponta - Former Prime Minister of Romania | Yves Leterme - Former Prime Minister of Belgium | Prof. Vlado Buckkovski – Former Prime Minister of North Macedonia.

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