Ms Valentina Varbanova

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Qualifications: MBA in International Trade from the Paris Graduate School of Management, France;
Bachelor degree In Social and Economic Administration from Paris II - Pantheon Assas, France;
Bachelor degree in Management of the Tourist Business, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria.

I am a Bulgarian national who has been living for the past 14 years abroad. I have a keen interest in expanding my horizons through learning opportunities and getting to know new cultures and languages. I have lived (for study or work) in France, Spain, Panama and Austria and thanks to my knowledge a number of languages, I have made lots of friends worldwide. I am very excited about the opportunity to be a PhD research student at the Sheffield University Management School.


Marian V Jones, Peter Rodgers

Thesis Title

Capturing the gains in Global Value Chains: how to foster sustainable business linkages.

Scope of Research (aims and objectives)

The research aims to demonstrate how through knowledge transfer multinational enterprises (MNEs) and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) can establish sustainable business linkages in developing countries and economies in transition, with a specific focus on ASEAN countries. The overall aim would be to demonstrate how through improved corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices and better SME-MNE linkages the capabilities and global competitiveness of SMEs will be improved, which can have increased employment opportunities as a direct impact.

Recent Publications

The UNIDO Approach to Sustainable Supplier Development: Promoting CSR for SMEs in a Global Supply Chain Context, Technical Paper, UNIDO, 2013, link:

Article on Sustainable Supplier Development Programme and event "Small Farmers - Big Business" organized during the European Development Days in Brussels, October 2012; Link

Article in the UN Business Focal Points Newsletter on partnering with private sector for sustainable food supplies, November, 2011:

Coordination of booklet following a conference organized by ACUNS on the relation between UN organizations, Academia and NGOs. I have also contributed with an article. Link: