Maya Doneva

Secretary General of the European Association of Social Services Providers for People with Disabilities (EASPD)

Maya Doneva is the Secretary General of EASPD - The European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities. Maya's professional biography consists of many puzzle pieces - being a trainer, international consultant, and lecturer on the topics of human rights, community-centered social provision, social innovation, youth empowerment, and active citizenship. Maya is the founder of one of the first social enterprises in Bulgaria - The Social Teahouse Network- supporting young people who grew up in social state care institutions with long-term mentorship and their first employment experience. Between 2017 and 2021 Maya was the executive director of one of the biggest social service organizations in the Balkans- Karin Dom, where she was leading the team of professionals directly working with children and developing pilot initiatives on family-mediated intervention and early childhood intervention. During her work in the social sector in Bulgaria, she has worked directly with stakeholders on local, national, and international levels focusing on the topic of equality and diversity. Her career path has brought her to different corners of the world- from collaborating with university professors in Gaza, working side by side with EU officials in Brussels, facilitating workshops on human rights and gender equality in Qatar, and supporting young girls in institutions in Ukraine during the war. Since the beginning of Autumn'21 Maya has had the responsibility to lead EASPD and work with the membership of social organizations in more than 47 countries.