WVPU Alumna Gergana Manolova Forges Varied Career Path
January 19, 2023
Over the course of her career, Webster Vienna alumna Gergana Manolova has combined educational experience with adept skills and personal passions to chart a unique professional path.
In 2016, Manolova graduated with double honors from Webster Vienna Private University (WVPU) with a bachelor's degree in Management and Media Communications. She currently works in the energy sector as a sustainability manager at the Bulgarian company M-Gas and serves as head of the communications working group at the nonprofit Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria (CWBB).
“I remember the moment clearly when I realized while at Webster Vienna that I am passionate about media communications," Manolova said. "Originally, I took Introduction to Mass Communication as an elective, though the course quickly became the foundation for my second major.
"During my time at Webster Vienna I met lifelong friends, and one of my favorite memories in Vienna is meeting some of them on our very first day at uni.”
Manolova joined M-Gas in June 2022 after working for UniCredit Bulbank as a project manager. While at the bank, the alumna served as a millennial board member and environmental, social and governance (ESG) champion. In her current M-Gas position, responsibilities include all things sustainability-related: identifying initiatives; monitoring of regulatory issues; providing administrative support for related projects; and communicating and promoting corporate social responsibility best practices.
Manolova is also a co-founder of a restaurant in Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia, and uses her business knowledge to support her family’s Bulgarian wine production company. She honed her diverse skillset during her time studying in WVPU’s Palais Wenkheim.
“WVPU students, you may not realize this today, but what you are learning now in the classroom will help your career on a daily basis in the future," she said. "The friends you are making at Webster Vienna will be next to you when you need them, even if you are not in touch on a daily basis after graduation. Take advantage of the many opportunities that Webster Vienna offers, such as the possibility to study abroad for a semester in one of the many campuses around the world."
Manolova is actively involved with CWBB, a nonprofit that shares best practices and programs to encourage the professional development of women and supports their ascent to managerial positions. This year, the council celebrates its 10 year anniversary, and Manolova has been involved for the majority of its history. She will serve as a lecturer for CWBB and Sofia University’s Academy for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.
The WVPU alumna received her master’s degree in Strategic Marketing at Imperial College Business School, is currently a PhD Candidate at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, and shares her expertise on sustainability as a freelance writer for esgnews.bg.