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THE HEAD OF THE MINISTRY

Minister

Zdravko Počivalšek has a degree in Agricultural Engineering. He headed Terme Olimia for the last 15 years. He won the Chamber of Commerce and Industry award in 2004 and was declared Manager of the Year 2010.
Zdravko Počivalšek, born in 1957, gained his first managerial experience in 1985-1986 as a member of a business group that reformed the operation of the Šmarje pri Jelšah Agricultural Combine. He was the manager of Šmarje pri Jelšah Agricultural Cooperative until 1994 and then the manager of the Mlekarne Celeia dairy company. In 1999, he took over the top managerial position at Atomske toplice spa resort, which was transformed into the Terme Olimia trademark under his leadership. He held that position until his appointment as minister.
In 2005, he received an award from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia for outstanding economic and entrepreneurial achievements in 2004, and in 2010 he was declared Manager of the Year 2010 for outstanding achievements of long-term significance in the economy. On 4 December 2014, the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia appointed him Minister of Economic Development and Technology.

State Secretary

Aleš Cantarutti, born on 15 August 1972, has a degree in Sociology - Human Resource Management and Development. After completing his internship at Javor Pivka, d.d., he worked for Formitas BBDO advertising agency as a key account manager. From January 2000 to June 2006 he worked as a sales and marketing manager at Javor Pivka, d. d., and as a sales manager in Moscow in 2005. From June 2006 to June 2007, he was the manager of Fabrika plus, s. p., which provided market communications and strategic marketing services. He also lectured in Business Communication and Management at the Postojna Higher Vocational College. In 2008, he took employment at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia as head of the international relations department, and was made the director of the Centre for International Relations at the Chamber in 2009.
The Government of the Republic of Slovenia appointed him a state secretary at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology on 18 December 2014.

State Secretary

Eva Štravs Podlogar, born 18 August 1962, holds a university degree in economics. Since May 2015, she has been employed at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, where she previously held the post of Director-General of the Tourism and Internationalisation Directorate.

 

In her capacity as Director-General of the Tourism and Internationalisation Directorate, she was responsible for preparing strategic development orientations and legislation in the areas of tourism, internationalisation and foreign direct investments, promoting competitiveness, promoting the Slovenian economy abroad, and improving the conditions for the operation of Slovenian companies in international markets, the last being delivered as part of activities in the area of trade policy. She was the president of the Institute Council of the Slovenian Tourist Board and the SPIRIT Slovenia public agency and the president of the Commission for the Promotion of International Trade with SID Bank. She has represented the positions of Slovenia as a full member of the Trade Policy Committee of the Council of the European Union and has actively participated in a number of international meetings, closely cooperated with the implementing institutions of the Ministry and coordinated measures falling within the remit of the Directorate with a number of stakeholders at both the regional and entrepreneurial levels.  

 

Previously, she was, for almost 15 years, the director of Turizem Bled, Tourism Promotion Institute, where she was responsible for the institute’s management and the strategic development of Bled as an extremely important Slovenian tourist destination. In this position, she headed the Regional Destination Organisation of Gorenjska from 2011 to 2015.  During her time working in the economy, she also gained experience as the Assistant Director of Elan Commerce.

 

On 15 September 2016, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia appointed her as State Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology.