Conventa Trend Bar
New season of live and online educational events
Conventa Trend Bar returns for another season of insightful live and online events. Together with inspiring individuals, who are driving change in the meetings industry, we will be diving head first into the sustainable transformation of events.
In partnership with Ljubljana Convention Bureau
Join our knowledge roadshow
Conventa Trend Bars are the best place to learn and connect with meetings industry professionals. Sometimes without even leaving your office chair. If you are looking for a way to turn around your business practices and start organising smarter, greener, and more responsible events, join one of the in-person or free online events. They will equip you with new knowledge and give you a fresh perspective on the state of the meetings industry. They are also the perfect opportunity to find out more about the host destinations.
Speakers on the Latest Events
Gorazd CadCEO of Toleranca Marketing
Gorazd is a seasoned meeting planner who has dedicated 25 years of his life to the meetings and event industry. He is the founder and director of the marketing and event agency Toleranca Marketing. Ever since 2006, he has been organising events under the family company together with his wife Natalija. Their most recognisable project is Conventa, which has been successfully connecting the regional meetings industry since 2007. Gorazd’s role in the company is marketing and development.
Ivaylo KozhuharovMarketing & Business Development Consultant
Ivaylo Kozhuharov is hospitality professional with 15+ years of managerial experience, driven to boost company profitability through innovative techniques. In the past, he held the positions of Мanaging Director of domestic hotel chain, General Manager of leisure and business hotels - both part of international hotel and resort brands. Ivaylo is currently providing Business Development & Operations Management, People Management, empowering hospitality ecosystems with intelligent hospitality solutions for his partners in the CEE Region.
Teodora JilkovaManaging Director at the Bulgarian Convention Bureau
Teodora is a results-oriented business development professional renowned for forging international partnerships and driving collaborative projects across diverse regions such as the Balkans, Black Sea Basin, Western Europe, Russia, and UAE. With 15 years of experience in the United Kingdom across real estate, tourism, and events for B2B and B2C audiences. As of December 2019, she holds the esteemed position of Executive Director at the Bulgarian Convention Bureau.
Kaloyan TodorovCEO of SEG
Kaloyan Todorov is a Serial Entrepreneur in the Event Industry. He is a successful Business Founder and more than 50 000 Events worldwide have passed through his hands. Head and co-owner of SEG GROUP, the largest group of companies for event logistic services in Bulgaria, and one of the largest in the CEE Region with offices in Sofia & Vienna. Graduated the UNWE in Sofia with a Marketing degree. A Board Member of Bulgarian Convention Bureau and one of the main founders of the modern event design in Bulgaria, with extensive international experience.
Simona ConstantinescuPresident of FIHR and CEO of Ana Hotels
Simona is CEO of ANA Hotels and President of FIHR - Hotels Industry Federation in Romania. With over 26 years of experience in Finance and Hospitality, she excels in Business Planning, Crises Management, Investment Banking, Wealth Management, and Capital Markets. Holding an EMBA from the University of Washington and a Postgraduate Diploma in Board Directorship and Governance from Henley Business School, Simona values continuous education, upskilling, and networking to adapt to today's business environment.
Codruta PopescuManaging Director at Go Travel SunMedair Group
Codruta brings over 20 years of diverse experience in corporate travel management, consulting, and driving business development, all fueled by an unwavering passion for the corporate traveler experience. With a strong commitment to continuous learning, she holds a dual degree in Economics and Psychology but also expanded her knowledge through post-university courses at esteemed institutions like the Maastricht School of Management Romania and the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.
Didem KurtulusSales Director at JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel
With over 25 years in the hospitality industry, Didem has amassed a wealth of professional expertise in leading renowned hotels and prestigious brands. She entered the world of Marriott International in 2019, when she joined the team of Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler. Driven by her aspirations to broaden her horizons internationally, Didem successfully realized this objective by transferring to the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel as the Director of Sales and Marketing, commencing in July 2022.
Milos DimitrijevicDirector, Miross
From 2009 to 2011, Milos studied at the University of Belgrade, earning a master's degree in Organizational Sciences and Information Technology. His earlier education focused on Economics, Accounting, Auditing, Finance, and Insurance from 2004 to 2008. However, his true calling is Miross, where he has spent 25 years in the event industry and international procurement. He garnered recognition as one of the 100 most influential people in the global event industry by EVENTEX in 2022.
Adriana AngelovaCluster director of Business Development, Grand Hotel Millenium Sofia
Adriana Angelova, oversees the management of NIKMI Hotels, including the Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia, Grand Hotel Sofia, and Kings' Valley Medical & SPA Hotel in Kazanlak. With over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Adriana has honed her expertise through her tenure with Hilton chain and Hilton University, gaining leadership and management competencies. She further developed her skills collaborating with esteemed international and local leaders and team members.
Emilija SljukaBanquet Sales Manager, Metropol Palace Hotel, Belgrade
Emilija is an experienced event manager with a passion for creating memorable and successful events. Born and raised in a small town, she always had an interest in organizing and planning activities from a young age. After completing her education in tourism management and master studies in project management, she started her career as an event sales coordinator at Metropol Palace hotel. Over the years, she successfully managed numerous events, including corporate conferences, trade shows, weddings and fashion events.
Darja ButiganProject Manager at Serbia Convention Bureau
With over ten years of experience in tourism sector and extensive international experience Darja Butigan joined Serbia Convention Bureau in March 2023 at the position of Project and association meetings manager. Holding an EMBA in International Management and Economics of the Faculty of economics, University of Belgrade, and HEC business school Paris, Darja strives for continuous learning and upskilling needed for the transformative change of business environment.
Previous Conventa Bars
Each Trend Bar was dedicated to a different facet of Conventa's sustainable transformation and hosted a new expert.
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What is Conventa Trend Bar?
Conventa Trend Bar is a knowledge roadshow that has been travelling across citites of New Europe. Each Trend Bar is hosted by a different destination, providing its own special flare, hospitality and speakers.
The Conventa Trend Bar project has become an important support pillar of the Conventa brand. It started its life as a knowledge roadshow that traveled across citites of New Europe. Each Trend Bar was hosted by a different destination, providing its own special flare, hospitality and speakers. When the pandemic brought traveling to a halt, the sharing of knowledge was moved to an online format. Nevertheless, one thing stayed the same. The desire to connect creative, open-minded individuals, share knowledge and help form new friendships.
Re-watch some amazing sessions and lectures that took place at previous Conventa Trend Bars.