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Author: Tamino Petelinšek
born 31 March 1970
holds a master of science degree in the field of management of non-profit organisations
In 1994 she graduated from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering at the University of Ljubljana, and in 2006 she obtained her master’s degree at the Faculty of Social Sciences in the field of management of non-profit organisations. After working briefly in a small textile company, in 1995 she took employment at the Ministry of the Economy and collaborated in setting up a network for promoting small business. From 1999 to 2011 she worked at the Ministry of Finance. She was the Director General of the Budget Directorate at the Ministry of Finance from 2006. She was responsible for the national budget, the financing of local communities and drawing European funds. In 2007 and 2008 she collaborated in the preparations for Slovenia’s presidency of the European Union, and she headed the budget sub-group.
In the early National Assembly elections of 2011 she was elected as a deputy, and in 2013 she was the first woman in the history of Slovenia to be appointed prime minister. She took charge of the Government at what was until that time the most difficult period for independent Slovenia. After a split in the party, she stepped down as prime minister in 2014, founded her own party and in the early National Assembly elections of 2014 she was again elected as a deputy. The party she has headed since its founding continued to be a parliamentary party in the National Assembly following the early elections of 2018.