Evgenia is the founder and first Executive Director of Teach for Bulgaria since the establishment of the Organization in 2010 until 2019. Before that she was a business consultant in the international McKinsey & Company advising leading corporations and organizations in different sectors, from Technology and Pharmacy to Industrial Electronics and not-for-profit activities. Getting involved in Teach for Bulgaria gave her a unique opportunity to contribute to Bulgaria’s sustainable development by working for long-term improvements to the national education system.
During her student years Evgenia established the Step for Bulgaria Foundation, providing training in independent living skills and vocational skills education for children deprived of parental care. Her efforts attracted funding and many volunteers to the foundation’s training programs during the four years since its establishment. Since 2007 Step for Bulgaria’s programs have contributed to the development of more than 150 children deprived of parental care, with the participation of more than 80 volunteers from different countries.
In 2018, Evgenia was awarded Evrika Foundation’s Young Manager of the Year Award at their annual award ceremony, thus becoming the very first manager of a non-governmental organization to earn this recognition. Evgenia Peeva-Kirova was also Woman of the Year in the Society Category in 2012 and has been recognized in a number of other prestigious rankings, including: Forbes Bulgaria’s 30 under 30 Selection (2013), Darik Radio’s 40 under 40 Project (2014) and a variety of rankings of the most influential women in Bulgaria. She is currently a Member of American College of Sofia’s Board of Trustees.
Evgenia Peeva-Kirova graduated from Harvard with a degree in economics, political studies, and sociology. Her thesis explores the factors leading to successful reforms in university education in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989. She also has a master’s degree in education management from Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv.