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Renata Markova, MBA

Renata Markova, MBA is Business Operation Manager at Topaz Investment Advisors, a privately held company in Redwood City, California.

Renata is from Bulgaria, where she earned her Master’s degree in Literature and Communications at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in 1990. She later continued her education at San Jose State University, where she earned her MBA in Accounting and Finance in 2002. In 2010, Renata finished the Advanced Project Management program at Stanford University.

Renata started her career as Radio Journalist and Executive Producer at Bulgarian National Radio while she was still at University. She later moved to London, where she worked as Business Development Manager at Hobart Thomson for 3 years when she moved again, now to the United States in Palo Alto, California.

She worked as Marketing Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise for the next 5 years and continued to gain her experience working at many financial and tech companies. Her positions included Business Operations Manager at Scalent Systems bought by Dell, Executive Assistant to CAO at Oracle, Senior Executive Assistant at Intellectual Ventures, Executive Assistant to CEO at Singularity University, Finance and HR Consultant at the cybersecurity company Station X, Manager Business Operations at the aging changing pharmaceutical company Retrotope, and Accounting & Financial Consultant at Early Growth Financial Services, where they focus on helping startups through their early development.

Renata describes herself as a dreamer, curious generalist, a concerned citizen, intellectual, world traveler, and of course wine sipper.

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