GDPR, AI, and Data-Driven Legislation Conference Welcomes to Sofia Top-Notch Experts, Regulators, and Opinion Leaders

AmCham Bulgaria in partnership with Ingram Micro organizes the international

GDPR, AI and Data Driven Regulations: Multinationals’ Challenges Conference,

with the support of Microsoft,
April 19th, 2024, 09:00 – 15:30, at Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia.

There is a great line-up of confirmed speakers including Sanjib Sahoo, EVP Global Technology and Chief Digital Officer Information Technology Ingram Micro Inc., Ventsislav Karadzhov, Chairman, Commission for Personal Data Protection in Bulgaria, Jeremy Rollison, Head of EU Policy & Senior Director, European Government Affairs, Microsoft, Simona Veleva, PhD, Media Law Expert, Member, Council for Electronic Media, Bulgaria, Ronald Sarian, Global Chief Privacy Officer, Ingram Micro, Prof. of Information Privacy at USC Gould School of Law.

The conference will be hosted by Ivan Mihaylov, CEO, AmCham Bulgaria and  Karel Everaet, VP & Associate General Counsel Ingram Micro EMEA. 


Sanjib Sahoo,
Executive Vice President, Global Technology and Chief Digital Officer

Sanjib Sahoo is an award-winning Global Technology and Business Executive and the EVP, Global Technology and Chief Digital Officer of Ingram Micro, a worldwide leader in technology distribution and the brand behind today’s established and emerging technology brands.

Sanjib joined Ingram Micro in 2021. He is leading the global technology strategy and digitization of Ingram Micro, which includes the company’s digital twin Ingram Micro Xvantage. He has responsibilities for global technology, digital platforms, and digital operations, as well as the company’s product, data, engineering, and digital marketing groups.

Ventsislav Karadzhov,
Chairman, Commission for Personal Data Protection in Bulgaria

Mr. Karadzhov has been Chairman of the Bulgarian Commission for Personal Data Protection since April 2014. After two terms as Vice-Chair of the Article 29 Working Party, he was elected unanimously for Deputy Chair of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) in May 2018. Since October 2023, he has been a Member of the Executive Committee of the Global Privacy Assembly.

Mr. Karadzhov is a graduate of Sofia University’s Faculty of Law and holds a master’s degree in law, with a specialization in Public Jurisdiction.

He began his career as a legal adviser and Program Director at the Transparency International, Bulgarian chapter. He has also held various senior legal and management positions on projects concerning anti-corruption and the creation of functioning democratic institutions for the European Commission, the USAID, the OSSE, and the UN Development Program. Throughout his career Mr. Karadzhov has worked as advisor to the Minister for Internal Affairs in the field of international public security activities and anti-corruption and Chief Expert Associate to the 41st and 42nd National Assembly on matters related to the control of security services, special surveillance devices and access to data retained by public security bodies.

Mr. Karadzhov has been awarded as „Jurist of the Year” 2018.

Jeremy Rollison,
Head of EU Policy & Senior Director, European Government Affairs, Microsoft

Jeremy is the Head of EU Policy, Senior Director of European Government Affairs, in Microsoft’s Corporate, External & Legal Affairs (CELA) group. He works in Brussels, where he leads Microsoft’s EU policy team that engages across all policies that affect regulatory and legal frameworks for digital, cloud, and increasingly AI development and take-up for Microsoft’s customers in Europe. He has a background and subject matter expertise on EU data policy (data protection, IP/copyright, data sharing, law enforcement access), and he has led and managed public policy campaigns and stakeholder engagements related to AI, privacy, cybersecurity, cloud, intellectual property and copyright. Before joining Microsoft, he was part of the Government Relations team at Nokia in Brussels and was previously Director of the online services association Dot.Europe. He has almost 20 years of experience in Brussels at the company, association, and consultancy levels, engaging with EU stakeholders and regulators on issues related to the development and delivery of digital technologies and services in the Internal Market and increasingly, support for Microsoft customers’ twin transition journeys across different sectors.

Simona Veleva, Ph.D.,
Media Law Expert,
Member, Council for Electronic Media, Bulgaria

Simona Veleva is a lawyer and a PhD in the field of Constitutional law while her expertise includes freedom of expression rights, human digital rights, copyright, media law and ethics, data protection.

Simona is a Member of the Council for electronic media – the Bulgarian media regulator. She is an expert with the Digital Freedom Fund and the Centre for Freedom and Media. Simona teaches Media Law and Ethics, Human Rights in the Digital Sphere and Intellectual Property Law at the American University in Bulgaria. She contributes to the Global Freedom of Expression database at Columbia University and participates in numerous working groups, related to the transposition of the EU legislation in the field of media and media regulation in Bulgaria.

Ronald Sarian,
Global Chief Privacy Officer for Ingram Micro
Adjunct Professor of Information Privacy, USC Gould School of Law

By way of background, after spending over two decades as a “5 out of 5 AV-Preeminent” rated Los Angeles business litigator, Ron was recruited to become General Counsel for eHarmony in 2013. There, he provided strategic legal advice to the C-Suite and assured global compliance in all areas of data privacy, including GDPR.

Then he became General Counsel at OilR, an early stage blockchain stablecoin company. He concurrently joined Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, a national Top Tier law firm, where he specialized in information privacy, cybersecurity, and ADA, Title III website access law, and chaired their Digital Workplace and Data Privacy Practice Group.

Ron was invited to join the faculty at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law as an Adjunct Professor of Information Privacy Law in 2021.

He is admitted to the California, District of Columbia, and Texas Bars. 

About the conference

The focus of the conference is to discuss data protection trends in the context of a rapidly growing digital economy and the challenges faced by multinational companies.

Today, data and new technologies such as AI have become the key ingredients for innovation and rapid development of data driven business operations and the fast development of new technologies, the data driven business operations and the digitalization of the market create a correlation and intersection between the European Union General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (“GDPR”) and multiple other subject matters and legislative initiatives.

GDPR, AI, and Data-Driven Regulations: Multinationals’ Challenges

April 19th, 2024, Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia