Boyan S. Benev

Technology & Development

SHYN develops experimental artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. The company's media technology is financed in part by Google, creating a suite of tools helping publishers increase revenues, engagement and retention. RISE is a pilot project for rural community development. Based in the village of Svezhen, one hour from Bulgaria's second city, Plovdiv, RISE is attempting to tackle economic and social issues found in many small communities.

Education

Source Institute helps bright minds across the world turn leading research into sustainable businesses. The organisation is a pioneer of peer-learning methodologies. Digital Ecosystems was Masters course co-written and delivered by Boyan as part of a Carnegie Mellon program at the Sofia University. The lecture series adapted Dr. Edward Deming’s 14 key principles to technological innovation. Boyan took part in a hundred and twenty shows for the Prince's Trust supported 'Blue Skies' program.

Publishing & Media

Two Generations discusses the path facing Bulgaria over the coming forty years. The Little Book of Business and The Little Book of Reality aim to serve as simple frameworks for readers interested in the topics of entrepreneurship and social change. In 2013, Boyan created and hosted the first talkshow dedicated to entrepreneurship and innovation for the Bulgarian National Television. Produced by Fusion Embassy the Ethnobass group Oratnitza have grown to become global ambassadors for Bulgarian folklore.

Policymaking

In an unprecedented move, during the 2018 Bulgarian presidency of the European Council, Boyan was invited to chair two EU-wide informal ministerial meetings on innovation and competitiveness. He has been a key adviser on competition policy, digital transformation and innovation. Boyan sat on the Presidential council for the John Atanasoff Award, recognising the talents of leading researchers and practitioners in the field of information and communication technologies.

Speaking & Moderation

Boyan focuses on chairing and moderating high-level policy discussions. From forums with audiences of two thousand to closed multilateral discussions. Over the last fifteen years Boyan has chaired or spoken at more than five hundred events in Europe, the US and Asia. He has worked with a broad spectrum of organisations: international institutions to political bodies, corporate to start-up and non-profits. Topics range from trade and competitiveness through innovation and education to finance and development.

Contact

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