Management board

Dr. eng. Boriana Manolova – Chairperson

CEO of Siemens Bulgaria

Dr. eng. Boriana Manolova is the CEO of Siemens for Bulgaria, world leader in the electrification, automation and digitalization. Her professional career path begins in the Employment Agency under the Ministry of Labor. Soon after she is appointed Regional director of the Foreign Investment Agency seated in Ruse. Between 1998 and 2007 she manages successfully the Bulgarian business of Atlas Copco Lifton, part of the Swedish group Atlas Copco – leader in solution for mining, energy and construction industries.

Boriana Manolova has a Master degree in Corporate Finance from the Business Academy in Svishtov, a Master degree in Micro-electronics and Doctor degree in Energy management in the industry from the Ruse University.

She is the Chairperson of the Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria, deputy-chairperson of the Management board of the Confederation of the Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria as well as a member of the Management Board of Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum.
In 2014 Dr. Manolova was elected Mrs. Economy by the respected Economy magazine.

Eng. Vanya Kaneva-Minkova

Director of “Human Resources and Administration” in VP Brands International

Eng. Vanya Kaneva-Minkova holds a Master degree in Industrial Automation and a Master of Business Administration. A member of CIPD, UK. Over the past six years Vanya Kaneva held the position of Director “Human Resources” in CEZ Bulgaria. Before that she was deputy. CEO and director of “Human Resources” in Overgas Inc. She has over 30 years of experience in vocational education and training,human capital development, selection, evaluation and personnel management in companies and associations in the industrial services and energy utilities sectors. In the period from May till October 2016 Vanya was the Executive Director of CWBB.

Gergana Ivanova

Founder and partner at The Smarts Advertising Agency, as well as in the other three companies in the communications group: IQMedia Media Agency, PR Agency Paragraph 42, and producer of studio Shoot!.

Gergana Ivanova has more than 20 years experience in the Bulgarian communication industry. Her career starts at the early stages of advertising and she develops to a managerial post in a large international agency. In 2008, together with her colleague Rado Bimbalov, they start The Smarts, an independent creative agency that is now among the market leaders. Over many years of experience, Gergana has worked for a number of major Bulgarian and foreign advertisers and their brands, including British Airways, Unilever, Hoffmann La Roche, Unicredit Bulbank, Mtel, Electrolux, Ariana, IKEA, Nestlé, Degus, Dimitar Madzharov, Sugar Factory, Sopharma , Billa and many others. The The Smarts Group supports free of charge a number of causes in three main areas – the protection of children with disabilities, the fight against smoking and the development of performing arts in Bulgaria.

In 2017, The Smarts launch the official start of Practice, a training and inspiration program in the communications field. From 2018 Practice is open to external audiences and is successfully established as a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas in the communications industry.

Darina Stoyanova


Darina Stoyanova is CEO of PRESTIGE since 2014. The company is one of the biggest food producers in Bulgaria and the market leader in all categories in which it operates – biscuits, wafers and mini cakes – with the brands Trayana, Mirage, Roden Krai, Hyper, Troy, Spoko, Naya, Muesli, Prestige and Wellness. Before her appointment at PRESTIGE Darina worked for the multinational company Henkel for more than 14 years, and for the last 9 years she was President of Henkel Bulgaria and General Manager of Henkel Laundry & Home Care business responsible for several countries in the Balkan region – Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Albania.

Darina is a founding member and а member of the Board of the Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria. She is also a founding member and а member of the Board of Food & Drink Bulgaria Association.

Zoya Paunova

CEO of Astra Zeneca Bulgaria

Zoya Paunova is the CEO of Astra Zeneca Bulgaria. She has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. She has a Masters degree in Pharmaceutics from the Medical Academy of Sofia, with a specialization on Organization and Optimization of the Pharmaceutical Work. She also studied Business in INSEAD, France and did specializations in the UK, the US and Switzerland. She is actively popularizing corporate social responsibility. She is the deputy chairwoman of the Bulgarian Forum of Business Leaders.

Irena Tsakova

Authorization and Legal Activities Director, Dundee Precious Metals Chelopech EAD and Dundee Precious Metals Krumovgrad EAD

Irena Tsakova is a Master in Engineering Chemistry and Environmental Monitoring, Control and Health. She began her professional development at the Environmental Protection Department in Kremikovtzi and continued to build on her experience in the mining and processing industry at Chelopech Mine from 1999.

Irena has been honing her professional skills and growing in the hierarchy of the Canadian Dundee Precious Metals, which through its Bulgarian companies develops the Chelopech underground mine and the Ada Tepe deposits in Krumovgrad.

With her experience as an ecologist, Health, Safety and Public Relations Team Leader and Operations Director Irena knows the management and organizational process in depth. Excellent communication skills, sensitivity to the balance between the interests of various stakeholders and the focus on the achievement of goals provide her with an advantage in solving the complex cases in the implementation of company’s project in Krumovgrad – the first mine for the past 40 years.

Irena is selected as one of the most inspiring women in the world’s mining industry for 2015. In her work she seeks and creates opportunities for women to be engaged in a relatively unpopular for women field, such as the mining industry.

Lidiya Shuleva

Managing Partner Business Intellect 

Lidiya Shuleva is the Managing Partner Business Intellect The company offers professional services and products, which facilitate our clients to increase considerably the return on their investments in the spheres of investment support, public affairs services and acquisitions advisory.

Maya Peycheva-Takeva

Country HR Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Maya Peycheva-Takeva has more than twelve of progressive HR experience in several industries. She has started her career with an internship in the public sector and after a short moved to the FMCG industry joining the HR team of Nestle. In 2008 she continued her career at British American Tobacco developing through several HR roles while supporting the company through organizational transformations and holding as a last the role HR Manager for Bulgaria.

Miglena Ouzunova-Tsekova

Senior Human Resources Director and member of the Leadership team of A1 Bulgaria

Miglena Uzunova-Tsekova has been in the human resources field for 20 years and the last 12 years she has been in charge of the overall management of people in the telecommunication company, while from several months the company’s administration has been assigned under her leadership.

In March she was elected Chairman of the Managing Board of the Bulgarian People Management Association.

Miglena has a Master’s degree in English philology from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski ” with specialization “Mass Communications” and holds an MBA degree from Erasmus University, the Netherlands. She has specialized in “Strategic Human Resource Management” at Cornell University in New York, and has recently completed a coaching program at Columbia Business School, also in New York.

Milena Dragijska

CEO of Lidl Bulgaria

Milena Dragiyska has been managing Lidl Bulgaria since 2007, when the chain started on the Bulgarian market. Her career in Lidl Germany began as a regional sales manager for the Stuttgart and Karlsruhe regions, then she continued her professional development at the headquarters of Lidl, where she was responsible for various international projects for Lidl International.

She is a member of the Management Board of the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Maya joined Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HP at that time) in 2015 and after changing local and regional positions she has taken on the role of Country HR Manager of Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Bulgaria as of February 2018 responsible for both legal entities of the company in country – the Sales organization and the HPE Global Delivery Bulgaria Center. As a Host Manager, Maya is also overseeing the EMEA HR Hub located in Sofia, which delivers complex and diverse HR activities for EMEA and worldwide.

Teodora Petkova

CEO and Chairman of the Management board of UniCredit Bulbank

From May 2019 Teodora Petkova is CEO and Chairman of the Management board of UniCredit Bulbank. In September 2016 she became a member of the Management Board and Chief Risk Officer at Unicredit Bulbank in Sofia. She is the Chairing head of the Credit Council of Unicredit Bulbank, of the Provisioning and Restructuring Committee, and a member of the Credit Committee. She started her career in the Bank as a credit analyst in 2002 and became senior manager of the corporate credit team in 2007, leading the post-merger integration and implementation of the best practices in credit underwriting operations for the three local banks that were merged into UniCredit Bulbank. In the period 2009-2015, Teodora was Head of the Credit Risk Department of the Bank. Then she gained cross-divisional business experience as Head of International Center in the Corporate and Investment Banking Division, managing the relationship with the international and multinational corporates, having Bulgarian establishments. She is part of the Supervisory Board of UniCredit Consumer Financing EAD and UniCredit Leasing EAD has years of experience as part of the Board of Directors of UniCredit Factoring EAD. She is member of the Executive Board of the Association of Banks in Bulgaria (ABB) and she is in the Board of Directors of BORICA – Bank Services. Teodora Pеtkova holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from the University of National and World Economy in Bulgaria. She also has a Global Executive MBA from Carlson Business School of the University of Minnesota and from the Vienna University of Economics and Business.