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Stela Ouzounova

Stela Ouzounova

Stela is a results-focused professional with extensive expertise in assessing and recruiting exceptional leaders, 20 years in executive search and HR.

Her international track record of 20 years in executive search and HR demonstrates her ability to connect high-performing individuals and build enduring partnerships. Additional background in coaching gives her insight into candidates’ potential to make an impact.

Professional Focus

Stela Ouzounova has 20 years’ experience in executive search and recruitment, human resources, leadership assessment and development

International/cross-border executive search and leadership assessment in pharmaceuticals, energy, finance & banking, technology and she also develops and executes talent acquisition strategies in collaboration with Managing Partners.

Published numerous articles, papers, and research reports and gave TV and radio interviews on topics related to HR, leadership, Bulgarian labor market, and business environment; main editor and co-author of the book Wise Leaders Today

Fluent in Bulgarian and English, with good command of Russian and basic German

Business Expertise

  • Freelance Researcher/Consultant with Boyden Bulgaria
  • Leadership and business development roles with Equinox Partners coaching and development and Orfea Sonicentre
  • Partner and Executive Director with a global executive search firm, then-biggest in Bulgarian market; promoted from Head of Client Services, Bulgaria and Macedonia and Consultant/Senior Consultant; established new office in Macedonia and developed local team
  • Earlier experience as a foreign language trainer

Practice Membership

Global Industry Practices

  • Healthcare & Life Sciences

Additional Expertise

  • Human Resources
  • Financial Services
  • Banking & Capital Markets
  • Energy
  • Technology

Education & Certifications

  • MBA from the University of Lincoln, UK
  • MA in English & American Studies from the University of Sofia
  • English & American Studies at the University of Leeds, UK
  • Certified
    • Thomas International Management System behavioural analyst
    • CEB-SHL Assessment Consultant
    • Intunity Coach
  • Certified Practitioner of Suggestopedia in English language teaching

Affiliations & Awards

  • Member, Bulgarian Human Resources Management Association
  • Fellow, US-German Marshall Fund (GMF) Fellowship Programme
  • Member, GMF Selection Committee for EMEA region

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