Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food
Dr. Aleksandra Pivec was born in 26 March 1972 in Ptuj. In 1999 she graduated from the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology of the University of Ljubljana, where she later obtained her PhD degree in chemical engineering, writing her thesis on the subject of the optimisation of wine fermentation processes.
She began her career as a professional research assistant at the Faculty for Chemistry and Chemical Technology in Ljubljana and at the Scientific Research Centre Bistra Ptuj.
During her 17 years at the Scientific Research Centre Bistra Ptuj she was involved in the design, management and coordination of national and international development, as well as research and application projects. As the director of the institution (from 2011 to 2017) she focused on its management and planning, along with the preparation and implementation of activities aimed at fostering local and regional development of the statistic region Spodnje Podravje. She further strove to create synergies between research and education communities (faculties, institutes, R&D institutions) and business entities for the effective transfer of knowledge into the economy.
Pivec was actively involved in the outlining of development strategies in various fields for a number of local and regional stakeholders, the preparation and management of scientific and research projects, the drafting of publications, as well as the acquisition of EU funds. Due to her large number of completed projects, she has an in-depth knowledge of the functioning of the EU institutions and the drawing on the EU funds.
As a consultant for technology transfer she has been working in the field of business consulting, implementation and technology transfer from the scientific and research institutions into the private sector. She has given numerous lectures on regional development, development of new products and drawing on EU funds, as well as on the successful preparation of projects and project management.
In September 2016 she joined the Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Slovenians Abroad, where she held the position of state secretary from September 2017 to September 2018. She was responsible for developing and supporting synergies between the interests and activities of Slovenians abroad and their homeland in the areas of culture, education, economy, youth activities, and EU cooperation.
On 13 September 2018 the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia appointed her as the Minister of agriculture, forestry and food.