Sofia holds a BSc degree in Business Management from Surrey University and a CIPD accredited Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Westminster in UK, specialising in organisational change, reward management and English employment law. She also undertook training courses in Libyan and Maltese Employment Law. Sofia started her professional experience in 2006, by joining the recruitment team of HR House, the first, and at that time the only, Recruitment and Human Resources (HR) Consultancy Agency in Libya. During this time, Sofia participated in the organisational restructure of Coca Cola, Libya. She also assisted the Director with generating a comprehensive compensation and benefits report on the Libyan market equipping her with valuable planning and HR skills and also with knowledge of statistical analysis, budgeting and job analysis.
Sofia next became the first HR Manager of the leading fashion retailer in Libya, United Fashions, covering all aspects of administrative and operational HR, with the launch of 5 major Brands while also finalising the recruitment and staffing of 7 shops between Tripoli and Benghazi. She successfully recruited and trained 230 employees within the first 1.5 years of employment helping the company expand from 35 employees to 265 by 2010. In 2011 Sofia moved to the UK to obtain her Master’s degree spending 4 years in London. While there she held a recruitment consultant role with ‘Everest Marketing’, a cosmetics and skin care company, and also acted as their Sales Trainer on proactive selling for an 8 month period increasing their revenue by 30% through her newly trained recruits within 3 months of appointment. Following the consultancy project she joined the luxury shoe designer brand Gianmarco Lorenzi as their Commercial and HR Manager developing operational and commercial knowledge and assisting with company set up and brand awareness.
In 2014 Sofia joined OHL as Head of HR and her role covers manpower planning, employee relations, organisation structure, recruitment, training and development.