Kristina Vaneva.

Employee Engagement | Internal Communications expert. Inspiring & promoting happiness-I got it from my grandma.


About me/my studies/role. Having studied the art of communications, and International Relations at the University of Malta, and subsequently reading for my MBA in Telecoms, I am fully equipped in my role as Director of Employee Engagement and Communications at Atlantis, The Palm, where I lead the team that is behind employee engagement and retention as well as social, physical and mental wellbeing. I am the mastermind behind numerous colleague happiness events and rewards and recognition initiatives and am extremely passionate about connecting with people on a deeper level. I hold a second Master in Applied Positive Psychology with New Buckinghamshire University. 

Mantra. I am on a mission to create hope and positivity and to encourage happiness at the workplace and in people’s personal lives. 

Growth. Growing up in Libya, I adopted many examples from my maternal grandmother who, in the 80s and 90s was accidentally in charge of employee wellbeing in a large Bulgarian oil company. Little did I know that I would follow in these footsteps two decades later! I am passionate about employee wellness and this is demonstrated through the hundreds of activities I organize annually; events ranging from sports, community building activities, environmental and CSR related matters, to internal communications, rewards and recognition programs and colleague engagement metrics. The results of which- speak for themselves! 81% engagement and less than 18% annual employee turnover as well as winning the title of top employer for Atlantis, Dubai. I am an active member of the Atlantis Green Committee, which is the resort sustainability program. 

Experience. In my twelve years experience at Atlantis Dubai, I have successfully managed the Employee Engagement Department, part of the HR Division and have received several personal as well as team industry awards including:
1. HR Person of the Year ( Hotelier Middle East Awards 2013)
2. Manager of the Year (Atlantis Legend Awards 2016)
3. CSR Employee Engagement of the Year (Daman Corporate Health Awards 2016)
4. Atlantis Hotel Team of the Year ( Hotelier Middle East Awards 2014)
5. Best Rewards and Recognition Program “Atlantis Legend Awards” (IAAPA 2014)

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