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Galia Bozhanova
Team leader, Key expert, consultant and project manager at BIA , Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Bilingual(English, Russian),Project management,Education, VET,Industrial relations, strategic development adviser on EU, National,local level with 13 years of experience.Excellent knowledge of EU VET cooperation and initiatives, LLL concept.Public sector consultant, capacity building,strategic and operational management,organizational development,processes,procedures, services, HRD,TNA,training pr
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
Professional Experience:
June 2010 - December 2011, Team leader and Key expert 1 “Strategic VET management adviser”
in the project “Comprehensive strengthening of the capacities of the Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult education” in Croatia - 1.168.000 Euro; Budget line: IPA 2007-2009, Europeaid/127476/D/SER/HR, Contract: IPA, Capacity building of the national Agency for VET and Adult education in Croatia on two levels - institutional (strategic, functional, organizational and service level, including internal quality assurance mechanisms, and performance level – development of job-related skills, training of agency’s staff for acquiring of general management and soft skills and operational/hard skills on departmental level. Preparation of the Agency in accession period to the EU as a National focal point for transfer of EU common VET/AE initiatives to Croatian national VET/AE practice;
1998 - 2010, Director VET center at Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA) and Head of VET department at BIA, numerous team leader positions, project management, representative of Employers in social dialogue in education, VET, LLL, Labour market policies and measures for employment. Strategic management of the VET centre, networking in 19 regions with specific work on matching the VET offer to the labour market needs and adaptation of VET organizational and institutional framework to the EU requirements and standards. Involved in the activities related to structural reform of the labour market, tripartite cooperation and regulation of labour relations. In charge of development and management of Human Resources, preparation of methodology and management of VET services for adults and students, elaboration of standards on the educational offer aimed at VET quality assurance, improvement of training curricula, setting up standards in examination and students credits, and certification of VET outcomes. Full representative of the Bulgarian Employers in the following National VET and Industrial policy decision making bodies where presents the Employers standpoint in tripartite negotiations of VET and industrial policies and measures on the national, regional and local level, and elaboration and adoption of national VET and Labour market strategies and programming documents:
• National Agency for Vocational Education and Training at the Council of Ministers;
• National Council for Vocational Training at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy;
• Working Group 2 “Free movement of people” at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy;
• Working Group 16 “Education, mutual recognition of professional qualifications, youth, science and research” at the Ministry of Education and Science;
• Observation Committee of Operational Programme “HRD” under ESF;
• Council to the executive director of Employment services.
2007 - 2010: Full member of: ACVT (Advisory committee on Vocational training at the DG Employment and Culture, European Commission) within the
M.Sc. in Management of European Programmes and Projects, specialty “Management of EU projects”: General education: Euro integration, EU Institutions, EU policies and external aid, EU partnership programmes, pre-accession programmes and Structural funds, business planning, organizational behavior, diplomatic and business protocol
Vocational: Project designing – PHARE, SAPARD,IPA, EU structural aid, evaluation of projects, International projects’ management.Seventh degree - ISCED – 97;
M.Sc. in “Effective manager” - General education: Economics, marketing, corporative finance, human resources
Vocational: effective communications, organizational behavior, organizational culture, selection, appraisal and recruitment of personnel, HR development, management of changes, management of conflicts, crisis management. Open University UK and New Bulgarian University – HAIs, (jointly accredited programme, distance learning). Post graduation after master degree, accredited programme of the EU, professional diploma “Effective manager”;
M.Sc. in Economics
Specialty: “Economics and organization of trade” - General education: market conjuncture, marketing, economical analysis, statistics, finance and credit, management of economy, mathematics, mathematical programming, economics, sociology, international tourism
Vocational: Economics and organization of trade, trade statistics, trade legislation, economical – mathematical models in trade, Graduation work: “Effectiveness of the transport in Trade”. High Economic University – Sofia, Bulgaria, HAI. Seventh degree according to ISCED - 97.
“Development and Management of Human Resources”
Managerial qualification in Tokyo, Japan in specialty “HRDM”, working with personnel, systems for assessment and motivation of personnel, corporative finance, practice in Japanese companies – ITOCHU (Foreign trade head office), JR (railway company operating the Shinkansen) and TOSHIBA – the head office in Tokyo, directorate “Management of personnel”. General education: Macroeconomics;
Vocational: Human Resource Development and Management, Personnel Management, Financial Management, Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Appraisal and Motivation Systems, Wage System in Japanese companies.Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, HAI. Post graduation, additional qualification;
Organization and management of Franchise activities - licensed franchise manager for Bulgaria. General education: Economics, marketing, logistics, business management
Vocational: Franchising, business planning of franchise schemes, franchised businesses, financing of franchise. University for National and World Business – post graduation school, HAI. Post graduation, additional qualification;
Secondary education, humanitarian profile, Russian language. Russian language Gymnasium - Plovdiv, Bulgaria, secondary humanitarian education institution. Third degree according to ISCED - 97;
Access for working with classified information. Classified information,
Affiliations and Achievements:
Elaboration and adoption of VET legislation – VET act, Employment act, numerous regulations related to the industrial relations; Co-author of the National classification of occupations and jobs based on the ICSO-88 (08); Adoption of national educational standards for VET qualifications and elaboration of list of professions based on the ISCED-97; Adoption of licence procedure for licensing of VET providers and institutions for Adult education, Elaboration and Adoption of National strategy for continuous training, National strategy for LLL, National Operational programme “HRD” – elaboration of the programme, elaboration of operations and measures and linking the employment initiatives to the other OPs – Competitiveness and Administrative capacity, observation and assessment of impact, development of projects financed by the OPHRD; Interinstitutional agreement between Employers and Ministry of education for co-operation in the field of VET and Action plan; National qualifications framework, validation of competencies acquired from non-formal and informal learning; Methodology for assessment of training offers to the Employment services, etc.;
Development of investment business plans, restructuring strategies and projects for grants financed under EU programmes in the field of VET and human resources development for increasing adaptability and employability of workforce; Provision of training and consultation to public and private actors on designing and evolution of projects on improvement of VET as well as development of regional and sectoral labour market; Operating QMS (Quality management system) at the BIA’s VET Centre; Since 2002 - a Team leader of numerous projects, including Investment in HRs project - investment in new technological cycle and supply of new equipment, opening of new work places, providing VET training to the company staff and unemployed individuals related to the new jobs, extension of productive capacity , creation of new production units and deployment of new staff after training, and development of Strategies for HRD;
Co-author of the National classification of occupations in Bulgaria (2006) in line with the ISCO-88 and ISCED-97;
2004 - at present, Association of Licensed VET Centres in Bulgaria, Secretary General/ Member of the Governing Board- quality assurance policy and development of the VET Centres capacities – development of curricula on modular approach, development and implementation of methodology for adult training and providing training for adult trainers, facilitating the VET providers for introduction of QMS, ISO-9000:2000 (2008) certification and self-assessment procedures; Elaboration of methodology and introduction of tools for validation and certification of working experience and knowledge gained in non-formal and informal forms of learning;
2000, Execution of Survey on the social partner’s co-operation regarding the framing and implementation of vocational training and continuing vocational training (CVT). Co-authored the survey “Social Partners’ Role in VET”;
1988-1997, Prodexim Ltd, Expert/Senior expert/Executive director, foreign trade operations, general management, management of finances, HRs, joint companies in Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, Middle east, numerous missions in Poland, Ukraine,Serbia,Jordan,all ex-soviet republics, Economical analysis – appraisals. Business programming, contracts, assessment of investments, documentary bank operations, working with personnel – assessment. Control and motivation, PR and media relations.

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