Sofia, Bulgaria is the place where Boryana Dineva was born and raised on May 26, 1983. Her family emigrated to Germany in 1989 after the fall of Communism, where they spent a few months in a refugee camp. Besides Austria, they also lived in Russia.

Boryana was able to speak five languages, all with an accent, including her native tongue, after learning English.

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She and her younger brother, Stoyan, graduated from the College of San Mateo in Silicon Valley’s Silicon Valley in 2008. Boryana graduated from Berkeley with a degree in economics thanks to scholarships from the San Mateo Rotary Club and other awards. Before joining Tesla in 2011, she worked as an account manager for Brocade, a software company.

Afterwards, she worked for the Wikimedia Foundation as vice president of talent and culture for a year and a half before returning to Tesla for another two years. For her philanthropy, she went back to school, where she was able to learn more about the field. A master’s degree in management science and engineering and a master’s degree in management science and engineering were both awarded to her by Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2019.

When Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, a Stanford philanthropy guru, taught Ms. Straubel in her philanthropy and justice and women and leadership courses at Stanford, she emphasised the importance of giving back to the community. In the beginning, Ms. Straubel was a student and then a mentor.

In the words of Ms. Arrillaga-Andreessen, “her critical thinking skills were at the highest level.” When it comes to philanthropy, Boryana is an example of someone who has taken the theory and knowledge that she was taught in the classroom and used them to make a real difference in the lives of those she cares about.


A professor of management science and engineering at Stanford’s School of Engineering, Pamela Hinds, says Boryana wanted to help people who had leadership potential but needed a little extra help to get there. “She was full of life—passionate, caring, and tenacious.”