Rosen Plevneliev is the Honorary Chairman of the Emerging Europe Alliance for Business Services, Innovation and Technology
Mr Plevneliev is the fourth democratically elected Bulgarian President. Before entering politics in 2009, Mr Plevneliev was an entrepreneur, real estate and construction project manager, CEO and co-founder of various real estate and construction companies. Mr Plevneliev was elected President of the Republic of Bulgaria at the presidential elections held in November 2011 in competition with 17 candidates. He stood behind the active civil society, organised civil debates and started the initiative “Dialogue with the Citizens”.He supported the direct democracy and is the first Bulgarian President who initiated national referendum.
Plevneliev initiated the National Development Programme Bulgaria 2020 and the Bulgaria 2030 debate. He set long-term national priorities such as innovations, e-government, e-voting, ambitious modernisation programme, connectivity, vocational education system, long-term public planning, energy efficiency, liberalisation and diversification. He established and is the patron of the first innovation ecosystem and the first hi-tech park in Bulgaria and on the Balkans – Sofia Tech Park.
Mr Plevneliev is patron of hi-tech industries such as Information and Communication Technologies, outsourcing and automotive. During his term of office more than 90,000 new jobs were created in hi-tech industries.