Plamen Russev

Serial Entrepreneur, Investor, Philanthropist


  • B.Sc from Varna University of Economics
    in Marketing and Management.
  • M.Sc from Sofia University in Mathematics
    and Informatics, e-Education.
  • Doctorate in Medical University of Varna – Ph.D thesis
    Digital Solutions for Managing Health and Social Challenges.


  • Goodwill Ambassador of
    Bulgaria for Digital Affairs.
  • Founder and Executive Chairman of Webit.Foundation and the Global Webit Series. Webit stands for a one of the largest global communities of digerati, academic, policy and enterprise leaders, investors and founders from over 100 countries. Webit also hosts events (5 annually in Sofia, Istanbul, Dubai, Singapore and New Delhi) attended by several thousand to 15 000 business people, academia leaders and policy makers from all around the world.
  • Member of European Commission's
    EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum.
  • Founder and Executive Chairman of Blockchain Governance Forum. The EU founded, (BGF) is a non-for-profit organization which brings together various stakeholder groups (investors, blockchain experts, policy makers, academia and civil society) in discussions on public policy issues relating to the Blockchain.
  • Board member of
    Endeavor Bulgaria.
  • Serial Entrepreneur with proven success record in developing business ventures in multicultural and challenging business environments.
  • Investor in tech companies with special interests and experience in Impact Investments in Healthcare, AI, IoT and as well as in eSports, VR and Real Estates.
  • Sitting on the board of a number of companies in different locations around the world.
  • Member of a number of international academic, IT, marketing and non-profit organizations and trade associations.
  • Experienced consultant on the emerging markets digital agenda, e-governance and IT with more than 20 years experience.
  • Activist on empowering women in business and politics and first adopter and ambassador of the EU Commissioner Gabriel initiative #NoWomanNoPanel


  • „Sofia – Digital Capital of the New Markets“ is a brainchild of Plamen Russev. The Project is positioning Sofia as a digital and tech hub for the CEE region and beyond. The project is endorsed by the President of Bulgaria, H.E Rossen Plevneliev, the Mayor of Sofia, Mrs. H.E. Yordanka Fandakova and the city council of Sofia. See the coverage by the global business bible Forbes.
  • Author of „10 predictions for the next ten years“.
  • Author of the book „Power to the People“ (bestseller in Bulgaria).
  • Author of industry reports.
  • Author of the "New Doctrine for Intelligence Specialisation of the countries from the CEE region".


  • Top 100 New Europe Innovators - Awarded by Financial Times, Google, Respublica and Vishegrad Fund among the 100 New Europe Innovators
  • Nominated among the 3 top blockchain
    investors for 2018 by CCForum
  • Doctor Honoris Causa of „Chernorizetz Hrabar“ University. Plamen Russev was given the honorary degree of "Doctor Honoris Causa" by the University for for boosting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Bulgaria and building links between Academia and Industry. The honorary title was also given for his commitment to support the implementation of new and innovative forms of education, providing huge amount of knowledge for the new economy and the forth industrial revolution and growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Bulgaria as well as for his commitment for establishing Bulgaria as a Digital and Tech hub for CEE.
  • Doctor Honoris Causa of UDABOL (Universidad De Aquino Bolivia) - one of South America's largest universities.
  • Special Awards for overall commitment to the
    development of the digital economy of Bulgaria by BWA.
  • Award by the Government
    of New Zealand.
  • A number of international Digital Industry awards.
  • Best Selling Author - business literature for the book Power to the People.


  • Working as partner of governments and their initiatives in Bulgaria, Turkey, Dubai, Singapore and India for boosting entrepreneurial ecosystems, innovation, technology transfer; building links between academia and industry; attracting investors, entrepreneurs and enterprise to the selected locations
  • Plamen Russev is given an official mandate by the Minister of Economy to connect the Ministry with leading global enterprises and exploring the opportunity to attract them to explore and establish business ventures in the country.
  • Plamen Russev has been a board member of the Consultative Committee
    to the Ministry of IT and Telecommunications of Bulgaria.


  • Plamen Russev is featured in hundreds of international and local media and blogs including Bloomberg, CNBCe, Forbes, Venture Beat, The Economist, World Economic Forum, Xinhua,, BBC, CNN Turk, Bulgarian National TV, Nova TV, bTV and was on the cover of .BG Innovator Magazine and Economy Magazine. Below are some of the cover stories. View more


  • Happily married to the most wonderful girl in the world (Aniela Russeva) and father of 2 boys (Simon and Yoann).

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    Others about Plamen Russev

    Anthony Psacharopoulos

    “Plamen is a natural leader with a strong vision for the development of the Internet industry across the CEE region.”

    Anthony Psacharopoulos, Senior Vice President, comScore, Inc.

    Diego Semprún de Castellane

    “Plamen is a top performer in Education & Promotion of Internet in Eastern Europe. He is a person of choice if you plan to introduce yourself or your company to the emerging markets"

    Diego Semprún de Castellane, Managing Director, EMEA Emerging Markets, Nielsen Online

    Andy Chen

    “A charismatic leader and visionary evangelist in the digital industry, Plamen has created not only a great conference but more importantly a community of business and thought-leaders in the EMEA region to collectively accelerate the growth of digital and innovation.”

    Andy Chen, Vice President of Digital Sales and Media, MTV Europe / Viacom Brand Solutions International

    Tom Bowman

    “Plamen has become a focal point for the rapidly growing Central and Eastern European digital industry. Through activities such as the excellent Webit Congress, and because of his energy, collaborative approach and vision, he is both speeding the growth of this sector and bringing valuable international awareness and interest. I am honoured to know him.”

    Tom Bowman, VP Strategy and Operations, BBC Worldwide

    Steffen Ehrhardt

    “Plamen is an impressive pioneer/evangelist for the online industry in Region. He is a very important driver of the industry in the region with a very strong vision and a focus on doing businesses on scale which is especially important in a region that consists of a lot of countries.”

    Steffen Ehrhardt, Project Manager & Product Specialist Emerging Markets, Google

    Rossen Plevneliev

    Plamen Russev is one of the pioneers and he works for the sake of Bulgaria to help the country build its reputation in the digiatl and tech fields. His vision for the digital future of Bulgaria is also mine!

    Rossen Plevneliev, President of Republic of Bulgaria

    Alain Heureux

    “A trully professional energizer for the Digital Industry in the entire Region”

    Alain Heureux, President, IAB Europe and Belgium

    Power to the people - the new marketing

    Power to the people - the new marketing

    The best selling book "Power to the People - the new marketing" is a guide to creating online identity and engaging in conversation. It reveals a step-by-step process of successfully using social media for business.

    In the first part @Plamen Russev explains the social media phenomenon. The second part provides precise guidelines to creating both a personal profile and a brand page. Althouh we all know how to do that, if you read the book you'll understand why some are more successful than others. The third part is dedicated to a comprehensive plan for creating a social media marketing strategy. The forth and last part of the book provides proven tools and solutions of successful online reputation management.

    "Power to the people - the new marketing" is published by e-Academy - the EU-certified educational institution for professional online business and digital marketing education.