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Dr. Plamen Russev Mariya Gabriel Lilyana Pavlova Spriha Srivastava Dr. Plamen Russev Mariya Gabriel Lilyana Pavlova Spriha Srivastava

Dr. Plamen Russev

Executive Chairman Webit Foundation

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Dr. Plamen Russev is the initiator and focal connector of one of the world’s largest impact networks and curator of the global Webit community, reaching out to over 800,000 digerati, policy makers, innovators and media. His success stories include creating the global Webit brand from scratch, supporting founders and brands in establishing and growing a successful marketing strategy, creating meaningful relations with potential partners, customers and media. Plamen supports causes which impact the achievement of the UN’ SDGs.

He is an investor, philanthropist and serial entrepreneur and proven success record in developing business ventures in multicultural and challenging business environments.

Plamen Russev is B.Sc in Marketing and Management, M.Sc in Electronic Education/Mathematics and Physics, and Ph.D in Healthcare Management.

Plamen Russev has been appointed Goodwill Ambassador for Digital Affairs of his home country – Republic of Bulgaria and a member of European Commission’ BOF.

Dr. Russev’ work and impact have been recognised and awarded by governments, associations and NGOs along with 2 honorary doctorates from Universities in Europe and South America. Plamen Russev is featured in hundreds of international and local media including The Economist, Bloomberg, CNBCe, Forbes, Venture Beat, CNN to name a few.

Dr. Russev is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Webit Foundation and host of Webit Virtual. He is happily married to the most wonderful girl in the world and father of 2 boys.

Mariya Gabriel

Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth European Commission

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Mariya Ivanova Gabriel is a Bulgarian politician and a member of the GERB party. She is the current for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth and ex European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. Previously, she was a Member of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2017. There, she served as Vice-President of the European People’s Party (EPP) group, Vice-President of EPP Women and head of the Bulgarian EPP delegation.

Lilyana Pavlova

Vice-President and Member of the Management Committee European Investment Bank

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Mrs Lilyana Pavlova is currently Vice-President of the European Investment Bank responsible for IT and data governance; Cohesion; Transport; Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) related to Cohesion and External Lending Mandate (ELM); Advisory, Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions (JASPERS) and European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH); Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas (JESSICA); Relations with the Vienna Initiative; Strategy for the Danube region.

Before that Mrs Pavlova has been a Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria. In the period May 2017 – December 2018 Mrs Pavlova was Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2018. Lilyana Pavlova was Minister of Regional Development and Public Works for two mandates (2014 - January 2017 and 2011 – 2013) and a Deputy Minister in the same Ministry (2009 – 2011). She has a long experience in the field of management of European funds and projects since 1997. In the period 2002 – 2009 she was Head of Department at Ministry of Finance, National Fund Directorate (Financial Management, Control and Certification of the Structural and Cohesion Funds of the European Union and pre-accession funds and programs).

Lilyana Pavlova has a PhD in Economics, a Master’s degree in Public Administration and European Integration and a bachelor degree in International Economic Relations. 

She is fluent in English and Russian.

Spriha Srivastava

Executive Editor Business Insider

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Spriha Srivastava is the Executive Editor of Business Insider, leading the London newsroom, overseeing tech, markets, finance and retail coverage.

Prior to joining Business Insider, Spriha was the Deputy Digital News Editor for CNBC International in London. She helped manage a team of reporters for CNBC.com and regularly wrote and edited market-moving, fast-paced business news stories.

In the past, Spriha has worked at the Financial Times' Money Management magazine covering personal finance, where she won an award for her work. Prior to that, she was at Thomson Reuters where she was one of the moderators for Global Markets Forum, a 24x7 live forum for traders and market professionals. In her free time, Spriha loves to travel around the world. She also regularly moderates and speaks at a number of events.

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Previous Episode
Live on 10 Jun 15:00 GMT

Founders Games Investors Demo Day

World's Best Startup Pitching on Webit Virtual Stage Startup? Apply Now!

Dr. Plamen Russev Tomas Martunas Stephanie Nour Prince Stéphanie Hospital Ben Narasin Winnoz Technology React4life Cardiomo Dr. Plamen Russev Tomas Martunas Stephanie Nour Prince Stéphanie Hospital Ben Narasin Winnoz Technology React4life Cardiomo

Dr. Plamen Russev

Executive Chairman Webit Foundation

PlamenRussev

Dr. Plamen Russev is the initiator and focal connector of one of the world’s largest impact networks and curator of the global Webit community, reaching out to over 800,000 digerati, policy makers, innovators and media. His success stories include creating the global Webit brand from scratch, supporting founders and brands in establishing and growing a successful marketing strategy, creating meaningful relations with potential partners, customers and media. Plamen supports causes which impact the achievement of the UN’ SDGs.

He is an investor, philanthropist and serial entrepreneur and proven success record in developing business ventures in multicultural and challenging business environments.

Plamen Russev is B.Sc in Marketing and Management, M.Sc in Electronic Education/Mathematics and Physics, and Ph.D in Healthcare Management.

Plamen Russev has been appointed Goodwill Ambassador for Digital Affairs of his home country – Republic of Bulgaria and a member of European Commission’ BOF.

Dr. Russev’ work and impact have been recognised and awarded by governments, associations and NGOs along with 2 honorary doctorates from Universities in Europe and South America. Plamen Russev is featured in hundreds of international and local media including The Economist, Bloomberg, CNBCe, Forbes, Venture Beat, CNN to name a few.

Dr. Russev is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Webit Foundation and host of Webit Virtual. He is happily married to the most wonderful girl in the world and father of 2 boys.

Tomas Martunas

Founding Partner Iron Wolf Capital

Tomas is Founding Partner of Iron Wolf Capital Early Stage VC in Baltics and invests visionary people who are ready to develop BOLD Startups. As Angel Tomas invested early of few BOLD startups, including Dancerbus (EV bus made from composite material), Aichom (Solution for Alzheimer), Ooniq (P2P community based self-insurance).

He was CEO for leading mobile app development company Appcamp, board member of Pigu Group biggest e-commerce in Baltics with >100m EUR Sales, Foodout Group ant few more interesting startups.

Before entrepreneur and investor journey Tomas spent 12 years in banking leading various departments. Teams under Tomas’ management achieved corporate lending of a ~9 Bil. EUR portfolio running through the cycle and implemented other cost saving and value creating projects.

Numerous awards won: Brave Investment of the Year 2015 (Ministry of Economics), the European Enterprise Promotion Award and The Best Entrepreneurship Spirit Initiative in Europe 2014 (European Commission), CSR Initiative of the Year 2014 (Swedish Business Awards), Most Successful Young High-tech Company in Lithuania 2013 (Knowledge Economy Forum), supported by the President of Lithuania.

Finally Tomas has 2 Master degrees inLaw and Finance, Black belt 2nd Dan Karate Shotokan and last but not least is happy husband and father of 5 wonderful kids.

Stephanie Nour Prince

Partner, Network and Operations Nuwa Capital

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Stephanie Nour is a Partner at Nuwa Capital, leading on network engagements and operations. Most recently Wamda’s Director of Communications and Outreach, working on outreach and partnerships with multiple stakeholders in the MENA startup ecosystem. At Wamda, she focused on building the brand and community since joining in 2012, and led projects such as the MIT Media Lab workshop Dubai, the American University of Beirut’s Reboot Beirut Hackathon, and the Crown Prince Court’s Minds on a Mission Design Thinking workshop. She has a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Creative Writing from the American University of Beirut. Previously, she worked on both the product and community fronts of converged communication media startup Telephone.com.

Stéphanie Hospital

CEO and Founder OneRagtime

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Stéphanie Hospital is the CEO and Founder of OneRagtime, the disruptive venture fund which backs early-stage start-ups in Europe in their full journey to success. Operating as a “fund-as-a-platform”, OneRagtime is the next generation of venture capital funds thanks to its the technology, its international community of over 500 qualified investors and corporates as well as its hybrid fund & crowd equity model. OneRagtime invests tickets from 1 to 4 m€ and has 20 companies in its portfolio such as onoff, +Simple, Make.org, JellySmack to name a few.

Before launching OneRagtime, Stéphanie was at the head of the Orange Digital Business Unit where she led the acquisition of Dailymotion, among others, and major partnerships with key internet players (Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, Twitter, Microsoft…). Stephanie graduated from Grenoble Ecole de Management.

Stéphanie was recently selected as part of the 50 most inspiring women in tech in Europe 2019 and as one of the “40 Femmes Forbes”, a list paying a tribute to the 40 most influential French women.

Ben Narasin

Venture Partner New Enterprise Associates (NEA)

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Ben Narasin is a prolific entrepreneur and early-stage investor with three decades of company-building expertise. His portfolio comprises of key early successes in fintech, digital marketplaces, mobile and connected devices. His seed investments include Dropcam, Lending Club, TellApart, Kabbage and Zenefits. Before NEA, Narasin most recently served as a General Partner at Canvas Ventures, and was previously with TriplePoint Capital, where he oversaw the firm’s seed funding investment activities. He founded several consumer companies before launching his investing career, including Fashionmall.com which led to a successful IPO. He holds a B.A. in Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College.

Winnoz Technology

Winnoz Technology is a groundbreaking biotech company committed to improving the future of healthcare systems across the globe. Our brand-new point-of-care screening technologies invigorate rapid health testing both inside the hospital and at home, helping to prevent future disease outbreaks and pandemics. Winnoz was founded in 2014, Taiwan

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React4life

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React4life has developed Multi In Vitro Organ (MIVO), an innovative fluidic bioreactor emulating portions of the human body, to improve the effectiveness of pharmaceutical tests, discover innovative therapeutic approaches, and reduce animal testing. MIVO allows to host and cultivate 3D human tissues under fluid dynamic conditions resembling the real human environment. In this way, it is possible to resemble cell migration and flow (for the study of tumor metastasis onset and the immune-therapies testing) and the diffusion of molecules (for drug testing and ADME assays). Beyond that, the React4life portfolio currently includes two in vitro 3D tumor models (i.e. breast cancer model, neuroblastoma model), whose validation is completed with international scientific papers. React4Life was founded in 2016, Italy.

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Cardiomo

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Cardiomo is an AI-based continuous Remote Patient Monitoring solution that monitors patient vitals (such as ECG, BPM, respiration rate, temperature, body position), analyzes the data and predicts critical events in real-time as well as provide additional relevant information to patient, family members and healthcare professionals. Cardiomo solution enables home-based monitoring that can reduce infection risks for patients, communities and providers and help seniors, patients with CVD and related diseases to stay at home to avoid unnecessary visits to hospitals. Cardiomo was founded in 2016, Italy.

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Previous Episode
Live on 09 Jun 15:00 GMT

The Leading Media Forum

Dr. Plamen Russev Spriha Srivastava Hugo Lowell Helaine Olen Dearbhla Gavin Dr. Plamen Russev Spriha Srivastava Hugo Lowell Helaine Olen Dearbhla Gavin

Dr. Plamen Russev

Executive Chairman Webit Foundation

PlamenRussev

Dr. Plamen Russev is the initiator and focal connector of one of the world’s largest impact networks and curator of the global Webit community, reaching out to over 800,000 digerati, policy makers, innovators and media. His success stories include creating the global Webit brand from scratch, supporting founders and brands in establishing and growing a successful marketing strategy, creating meaningful relations with potential partners, customers and media. Plamen supports causes which impact the achievement of the UN’ SDGs.

He is an investor, philanthropist and serial entrepreneur and proven success record in developing business ventures in multicultural and challenging business environments.

Plamen Russev is B.Sc in Marketing and Management, M.Sc in Electronic Education/Mathematics and Physics, and Ph.D in Healthcare Management.

Plamen Russev has been appointed Goodwill Ambassador for Digital Affairs of his home country – Republic of Bulgaria and a member of European Commission’ BOF.

Dr. Russev’ work and impact have been recognised and awarded by governments, associations and NGOs along with 2 honorary doctorates from Universities in Europe and South America. Plamen Russev is featured in hundreds of international and local media including The Economist, Bloomberg, CNBCe, Forbes, Venture Beat, CNN to name a few.

Dr. Russev is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Webit Foundation and host of Webit Virtual. He is happily married to the most wonderful girl in the world and father of 2 boys.

Spriha Srivastava

Executive Editor Business Insider

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Spriha Srivastava is the Executive Editor of Business Insider, leading the London newsroom, overseeing tech, markets, finance and retail coverage.

Prior to joining Business Insider, Spriha was the Deputy Digital News Editor for CNBC International in London. She helped manage a team of reporters for CNBC.com and regularly wrote and edited market-moving, fast-paced business news stories.

In the past, Spriha has worked at the Financial Times' Money Management magazine covering personal finance, where she won an award for her work. Prior to that, she was at Thomson Reuters where she was one of the moderators for Global Markets Forum, a 24x7 live forum for traders and market professionals. In her free time, Spriha loves to travel around the world. She also regularly moderates and speaks at a number of events.

Hugo Lowell

Reporter The Telegraph & The Independent

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Hugo Lowell is a Reporter at The Telegraph and The Independent, covering Congress and US national politics. Lowell started his career as a sports reporter in 2017 for the ” i newspaper” and was shortlisted for Young Sports Writer of the Year at the 2017 British Sports Journalism Awards. Lowell started covering national politics in the United States in 2019. He has written for The Independent and The Telegraph about news surrounding the Mueller report and the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump.

Helaine Olen

Opinion Writer The Washington Post

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Helaine Olen is an opinion writer for the Washington Post's opinion section and the senior managing editor for Public Seminar at The New School. An expert on money and society with a deep understanding of public policy, she writes, speaks and consults on issues including politics, Social Security, retirement, healthcare, student loans and women’s financial issues. She's the author of 'Pound Foolish: Exposing The Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry” and co-author of 'The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to be So Complicated.' Helaine has appeared on The Daily Show, Frontline, C-Span, the BBC, MSNBC, All Things Considered, Marketplace and more to share her commentary on political and economic issues.

Dearbhla Gavin

Reporter and Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio 4, BBC Business online BBC

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Dearbhla Gavin is a reporter and broadcast journalist across BBC Radio 4 and BBC Business online.

Before that, she worked at Bloomberg and The Business Post in Ireland and started her career as an intern at Financial Times in London. She covered technology at The Business Post and lived through Dublin becoming the Silicon Valley of Europe and the socio economic impact that continues to have. She also spent a year working in Geneva covering events at the UN, which gave her a working knowledge of social impact in practice and concepts that are changing our world, like growing populations, the internet of things, climate change and sustainability.

She is hugely interested in how Government, businesses and citizens will work together to face these challenges.

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