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Elena Avanez

Practice Leader

Elena thrives on relationships and connections. She loves connecting with people, connecting people to their dream jobs and developing long lasting relationships with both her clients and candidates. Elena is driven to make positive and meaningful impacts on people’s lives to ensure their work embodies their purpose and their passions. At Meritos, Elena combines this passion with more than 17 years Human Resource (HR) and recruitment experience to consult, deliver and provide support across all areas of HR, recruitment and change in both a strategic and operational capacity.

Elena has worked across a wide range of industries to deliver organisation-wide transformation and redesign projects, run high volume, specialist recruitment and selection projects, as well as developed tailored HR strategies, roadmaps and best-practice frameworks. Her recruitment efforts are consistently grounded within her passion and expertise in workforce planning, organisational design and values alignment, which combined with the right people yields powerful results.

Elena is an ‘ideas’ person and values work that combines strategic thinking with creativity to openly explore possibilities and find new and better ways of working. She also strongly believes in purpose and meaning in work and strives to achieve this for her clients, candidates and herself.

Elena holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney, is a Leadership Coach certified through ICF and possesses professional accreditations in a number of areas, including competency framework design, job evaluation, team development and change management. Her love of lifelong learning means she is also studying to become a yoga teacher and meditation instructor. She is a self-confessed personal development and psychology geek and also enjoys doing anything creative in her downtime.

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