The idea about JAMBA was born more than 3 years ago when Iva and Joana met in the non-government sector while working with people with hearing impairment. While communicating actively with people with diverse abilities they acknowledged the problem associated with the job market inclusion as one of the biggest challenges for the people with disabilities as well as the solution to this problem as a prerequisite for the increase of the economic welfare of the people and the increase in actively working Bulgarians. The entire experience and work in this field have showed them how much exceptional are the people with diverse abilities (that’s how Joana and Iva call the people with disabilities), how much potential they have and that the biggest challenges to their integration are the equal opportunity access to quality education, adapted professional training and inclusion in the job market, which are essential for every person. All of this let to the idea for the creation of JAMBA, whose mission is in first place to support the HEROES in their attainment of key skills and competencies in different professional fields through trainings and internships. As a next step the organization helps with their inclusion in the job market and even in their career advancement.
Iva Tsolova is co-founder and managing director of JAMBA Bulgaria and brings this know-how also to Austria. She is also an expert for small businesses and enterprises with several years of experience for business development.
Dr. Selin Öner
Funding & Organisational Strategy
Dr. Selin Öner-Kula is responsible for Funding and Organisational Strategy. She carries 15 years of experience in leading positions in Corporate Finance and Equity Research, coordinating investment and fundraising decisions. She also pursued a doctorate study in Communication with a specialization in online platform economics (peer-to-peer sharing & crowdfunding platforms) and trust-formation. She is an Independent Expert for the European Commission Accelerator Program, and also a Guest Researcher at WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business (Institute of Organization Studies). Her experience will be beneficial for both coordinating our research & innovation process, and forming the business model and strategy.
IT & Software
Joachim Tecklenburg has a graduate degree in medical technology. After working for many years as a programmer for desktop applications, he now works as a freelancer in the IT services sector and as a Web developer for Impact Hub Vienna. At JAMBA Joachim is responsible for website and IT issues. Before he started to work as a programmer he was working in the management of a “Dinner in the Dark Restaurant” where half of the staff were half of the employees were people with diversibilities – So he was able to gain knowledge about how to integrate people with different needs and strengths into a team. He is specialized in the creation of websites (WordPress), online marketing and search engine optimization, but also in productivity and collaboration software. He has a strong interest in how accessiblity can not only improve the lives of people with special needs, but also for all of us. He is striving to use his IT knowledge work on computer aided solutions to expand our potential to interact with the world.
Marketing & Communications
Laura Dumas Kozub
Diversity & Inclusion
Laura Dumas Kozub, MSc PHR – Passionate diversity and inclusion advocate that believes in building diverse, equitable and inclusive organizations that are better for everyone. Diversity and inclusion has been a thread throughout her personal and professional life. She has a background in human resource development, extensive international experience with multicultural teams and has managed all aspects of the HR function from recruiting, to training, to expatriate management.