The Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria elected three new members of the MB

  • The General Assembly re-elected Dr. Eng. Boryana Manolova for a new 3-year term as a Chairwoman of the Council

  • Gergana Ivanova, Irena Tsakova and Miglena Uzunova-Tsekova joined the MB

  • A new working group will  foster communication and interaction between the Council’  members

Three new members of Management Board of Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria was elected during the General Assembly of the organization.

Gergana Ivanova – Founder and Partner at the Smarts Advertising Agency and PR agency Paragraph 42, Irena Tsakova – Authorization and Legal Activities Director, Dundee Precious Metals Chelopech EAD and Dundee Precious Metals Krumovgrad EAD and Miglena Ouzunova-Tsekova – Senior Human Resources Director of A1 Bulgaria were elected and welcomed as new members form the participants of the meeting which took place on June 17th in Sofia.

Four current members of the Management Board of the Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria  – Tsvetanka Mincheva – Head of Global Banking Services Division and member of the Management Board of UniCredit Bulbank, Darina Stoyanova – General Manager of Prestige 96 AD, Eng. Vanya Kaneva-Minkova – Director of “Human Resources and Administration” in VP Brands International  and Zoya Paunova – CEO of Astra Zeneca Bulgaria were re-elected for a second term.
Three of current members – Lidiya Shuleva – Managing Partner of Business Intellect, Milena Dragijska – CEO of Lidl Bulgaria and Maya Peycheva-Takeva – Country HR Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise are continuing their term.

The General Assembly expressed a high opinion of the work dedicated to the development of the Council’s programs and initiatives in 2018 such as the National Internship Program Staying in Bulgaria, Leadership Academy Succeed in Bulgaria, monthly meetings with politicians and key opinion leaders as well as afterwork events. The report for the Council’s  activities was made by its Executive  Director Maria Mavrudieva. She also emphasized on the priorities and further projects among which are validation and upgrade of the current projects as well as new ones.

The participants in the General Assembly decided to set up a new working group in addition to two existing ones focused on Communication and HR. The new group’ main goal will be to encourage and foster the networking between Council’s members in order to facilitate sharing of good practices and collaboration.

Who are the newly elected members of the Management Board of Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria:


Gergana IvanovaGergana 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.


Irena TsakovaIrena 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.


Miglena Ouzounova - Tsekova_2

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.



The Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria is a non-governmental organization in favour of society. Its members are top managers and representatives of companies and organizations in Bulgaria. Among the objectives of the Council are the popularization of good practices and programs that encourage the professional career development of the women in the small and middle-sized business and their development in management positions; the development and establishment of professional values in the civil society, education, science, culture, technology and the support of the young specialists and talents so that they can realize their potential in Bulgaria and to help young people from disadvantaged social upbringing in their education.

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