Boyan S. Benev

Artificial Intelligence

SHYN develops experimental artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. The company's aim is to create practical implementations of layered technologies. SHYN has delivered projects in industries including media, finance and retail. The Sofia-based team is focused on delivering business-valuable solutions over tech gimmicks. The company's media technology is financed in part by Google, creating a suite of tools helping publishers increase revenues, engagement and retention.

Community Development

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. The model built and piloted in Svezhen involves close work with the local population, municipal leadership and the creation of sustainable micro businesses. The aim, over time, is to build on the experience gained at the pilot site, applying the model to other communities in Bulgaria and beyond.

Cultural Industry

Over the last eight years, the Ethnobass group Oratnitza have grown to become global ambassadors for Bulgarian folklore. Aptly produced by Fusion Embassy, Oratnitza are helping to drive the resurgent interest in the modern interpretation of traditional music. The group conduct regular European and global tours as well as frequent concerts in Bulgaria itself. Through its work, the label has pioneered innovative business and creative models focused on increasing artist revenue and overall sustainability.

Media & Publishing

Two Generations discusses the path facing Bulgaria over the coming forty years. In 2013, Boyan created and hosted the first talkshow dedicated to entrepreneurship and innovation for the Bulgarian National Television. The award-winning format featured more than two hundred and fifty guests over forty hours of live television. 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.

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.


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