Ms Valentina Varbanova


Management School

Doctoral Researcher

Programme Management Officer

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Ms Valentina Varbanova
Management School
Sheffield University Management School
Conduit Road
S10 1FL

Valentina has a vivid and dynamic personality and is a solid professional whose career has so far been devoted to programme management. She has solid educational background in the areas of business administration, international trade and tourism. During her educational and professional trajectory, she has demonstrated strong interest in and contribution to the international development agenda and the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

She has a diverse professional background ranging from private sector, work with NGOs and non-profit organizations, government institutions and international organizations, both in developed and developing countries, which has given her a solid basis for her future professional development and contribution. Her educational background of two Master degrees and two Bachelor degrees from the French, Spanish and Bulgarian educational systems, combined with her multi-language skills (English, French, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Bulgarian, some German and Portuguese) along with her strategic planning and organizational outlook, makes her stand out as a prominent and reliable candidate for any function she will perform in future.

Valentina is a PhD candidate in Management (Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility) at the Sheffield University Management School. I am a part-time distance learning PhD student.


International M.B.A. specialized in “Internationalization of the Spanish Company”

MBA specialized in International Trade

Bachelor degree in Economic and Social Administration, specialization in Administration and Management of Business Establishments

Bachelor degree in Business Administration, specialization in Management of the Tourist Company

Research interests

I am interested in researching in small business responsibility and its effects on SME internationalization. I am also interested in business ethics, global value chains and SME upgrading.


Acceptance of paper at the International Association for Business and Society Conference (IABS), 4-7 June 2020, and grant from Sheffield University Management School (SUMS) to cover my participation expenses (up to £980).

Award from Sheffield University Research Support Grant (£2,000) to conduct my fieldwork in south India, January-March 2019.

Acceptance of paper at the UK Academy of International Business (AIB) Doctoral Consortium, 6-8 April 2017, and grant from SUMS to cover my participation expenses (up to £700).

Award of 5-years SUMS Scholarship (2015) to undertake doctoral research in SUMS (£ 25,000) and a research training support grant of £1,500.

Professional activities and memberships

Currently employed at the International Atomic Energy Agency