THE HEAD OF THE MINISTRY
Metod Dragonja was born on 22 August 1954 in Ljubljana. In 1978 he graduated from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana and began his professional career at the pharmaceutical company Lek, first acting as a the head of finances, from 1988 onwards acting as the Director-General and from 1999 onwards acting as the President of the Board of Management. In the period from 27 February 1997 and 20 April 1999 he acted as the Minister of Economic Affairs under the 4th Government of the Republic of Slovenia.
He later returned to the company Lek, which was taken over by the company Novartis. He acted as the President of the Board of Management until March 2005 when he took over the management of the Novartis generic division Sandoz in Russia. From 2008 to February 2014 he acted as the Director of the representative office of the Slovenian bank Nova ljubljanska banka in Russia. He also acted as the Chairman of the Slovene-Russian business club in Moscow.
On 24th of February 2014 the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia appointed Metod Dragonja as the Minister of Economic Development and Technology.