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Damjan Bergant

Damjan Bergant was born on 3 October 1969 in Maribor. He graduated in International Relations from the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, in 1995.

His career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia started in 1995 at the Personnel Service. In 1996 and 1997, he held a position at the Division for Multilateral Affairs. From 1997 to 1999, he headed the Office of the State Secretary for Multilateral Affairs. He served at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia to the OSCE in Vienna from 1999 to 2003. After his return to Slovenia in 2004, he served at the Office of the State Secretary for Multilateral Affairs and as Deputy Head of the Task Force for the Slovenian Chairmanship of the OSCE. He also headed the OSCE Division until 2006.

From 2006 to 2009, he was Head of the OSCE and Council of Europe Section. During this time, he was also a member of the independent international team on the development of the Armenian National Security Strategy. In 2008, he chaired the Working Party on the OSCE and the Council of Europe (COSCE). In 2009, he headed the Task Force for the Slovenian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

From 2010 to 2014, he served as Ambassador – Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and as a Member of the Governing Board of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB). In 2014, he became Director of ITF – Enhancing Human Security, which he successfully led until his appointment as Secretary-General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2017.

He speaks English, German, French, Croatian and Serbian.

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