About Me

“Irina is easily the most valuable content creator on sourcing.”

– Hung Lee, Recruiting Brainfood

“Irina’s ideas and techniques are dazzling. I truly regard her as a search genius.”

– Paul Myers, BBC

Irina Shamaeva is a recognized leader in Sourcing, Social Recruiting, and Internet Research. Lately, her content has been gaining popularity in OSINT circles.

She is Partner and Chief Sourcer at Brain Gain Recruiting, an executive search firm that eventually expanded into research and training.

Irina takes on Sourcing /Name Generation/Internet Research projects across numerous industries and geographies – which she loves doing!

She shares her discoveries, techniques, and strategies on her blog Boolean Strings, conference, and online presentations. She is Founder and Trainer at People Sourcing Certification Program, which has become the program of choice for recruiters worldwide. Tens of thousands of professionals have attended Irina’s webinars on Search Engines, LinkedIn, Social Recruiting, Internet Research, and productivity tools.

Irina is a frequent speaker at international conferences. She will deliver three presentations at Sourcing Summit Virtual on July 6-9, 2020. She co-organized the first Online Sourcing Learning Day in May 2020, which drew 234 attendees from 24 countries.

Irina’s most recent venture is SocialList.io, an online research tool for assembling highly targeted lists of professionals from public social network profiles. The tool is based on Custom (Programmable) Search Engines APIs.

Irina has coauthored three books together with David Galley:

Irina’s and David’s new book about Custom Search Engines has been accepted for publication at Francis and Taylor, an established UK-based publishing house.

Before Brain Gain Recruiting, People Sourcing Certification Program, and SocialList.io, Irina held software engineering and management leadership positions at biotech and high technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Irina holds a Master of Science Degree in Mathematics with Honors from Moscow University.

To learn more about Irina, check out her LinkedIn Profile, and follow her on Twitter.