THE HEAD OF THE MINISTRY
Minister of Economic Development and Technology
Stanko Stepišnik, MSc, born on 5 June 1956 in Šmiklavž, graduated in mechanical engineering and received a master's degree in business sciences. He graduated in 1978 at the then Technical College of the University of Maribor and passed the pedagogical-andragogical exam at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana in 1984. He gained his master's degree in management planning and organisation in 1996 at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Maribor.
Immediately upon completing his studies, Stepišnik began his career by working for the enterprise Emo as a technologist heading the technology department, and was promoted to head of engineering. In 1981 he obtained a project designer certificate at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia and continued his career in the enterprise ITC Celje, where has was offered the position of lead project designer. In 1984 Stepišnik resumed his career in EMO – Orodjarna, d. o. o. in Celje to become director of the enterprise. He remained in that position until 2012, all the while actively engaged in pedagogical activities.
Mr Stepišnik was elected to the National Assembly as a deputy at the Pozitivna Slovenija list in snap elections taking place in December 2011. He performed the vice-president duties in the Committee on the Economy, was a member of the Commission for Public Finance Control and of the Committee on Finance and Monetary Policy, and was also the deputy member in the Commission of Inquiry for Determining Abuses in the Slovenian Banking System.
Stanko Stepišnik, MSC is an advocate of long-term and smart measures which will improve the economic and social conditions in the country. He firmly believes competitiveness should be promoted and enhanced and advocates high quality level of products and services as well as of innovation. Stepišnik believes that economic and social breakthrough will take place through continuous investments in research and development, education and training, acquisition of skills and experience and through smart investments building on added value.
The National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia appointed Stanko Stepišnik Minister of Economic Development and Technology on 20 March 2013.
Andreja Kert is a university graduate holding a law degree who passed the state lawyers' examination. Ms Kert gained invaluable work experience by building career in the economy, central public administration and general government sector as well as at the University of Ljubljana. For the past 13 years, Ms Kert assumed several managerial positions working as Head of the State Aid Control Division at the former Ministry of Economic Relations and Development, Head of the Legal Service at the Ministry of Finance, Director of the Succession Fund of the Republic of Slovenia, Director-General of the Public Property Directorate at the Ministry of Finance and Secretary-General of the University of Ljubljana. Ms Kert was actively engaged in the establishment of the national system of state aid control in terms of its set-up and content and formulated systemic solution proposals to managing capital assets of the state.
The Government of the Republic of Slovenia appointed Andreja Kert as State Secretary at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology on 11 June 2013.