Tjasa Ficko is a city councillor on the Zoran Jankovic List and a Deputy Mayor of Ljubljana since 2010. Her fields of work are culture, tourism, international relations, corporate communication, health, social security and development projects. She is a member of the Commission for Mandate Questions, Elections and Appointments and the Commission for International Relations. Among her responsibilities is strengthening international recognisability and the reputation of the city brand. She promotes the city vision, activities and achievements at many events at home and abroad, and shares good practices in numerous renowned international conferences. In 2013 she was in charge of the City Organising Committee of the European Basketball Championship, and then of the candidacy and the implementation of the European Green Capital 2016 project, which successfully put Ljubljana on the European map as a city committed to following the green vision while actively carrying out projects for improving the quality of life. Born in Murska Sobota, she attended school there until graduation, afterwards she successfully concluded her bachelor?s studies in communication science at the Faculty of Social Sciences and the master?s programme in management at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana. She fulfilled part of her study obligations at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. Her career began in the Public Relations Office of the Mercator Business System, and when Zoran Jankovic won the local elections in 2006 she was entrusted with the leadership of the Section for Public Relations in the Mayor?s Cabinet and the coordination of communication officers within the big city family. She is a Cervantes Institute graduate, certified director in the Slovenian Directors? Association and a member of the Development Council of the Faculty for Social Sciences, member of the Policy Committee of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions and Ljubljana?s representative in the Executive Committee of the largest network of European cities Eurocities.In addition to family and friends she devotes her free time to sports, music and books.
Initiator & Co-founder, Positive Business Lab
Dijana finds meaning in cultivating human connections, inspiring others to bring out their true best, while being motivated to associate kind-awareness with universal human collaboration. From a governmental role to co-founding a startup, she applied her skills in innovation, creativity and kindness to create the world?s first international senior exchange. She became an organizational development enthusiast during her ESADE Master program and continued her journey at the Organizational Development program at Columbia University with the motivation to make working environments more human and companies more positively purposeful.Positive Business Lab is inspiring organizations and individuals to find their genuine positive purpose, bringing awareness to each change agent?s role in our world. Moreover, it is exploring and experimenting with ways to connect purposeful people in order to build authentic businesses.
Lucia Lucka Klansek
Entrepreneur, Business Developer, Investor, Philanthropist
Lucia Lucka Klansek is a successful, inspiring entrepreneur, innovative thinker, investor, philanthropist, a pioneering spirit whose drive paved the way for many global achievements ? she has founded, built and managed several successful companies. In 2008 she envisioned and established SLOVENIA 4 YOU FOUNDATION, with mission to inspire and open the possibilities for personal and business growth, within the fields of start-up and innovation, business development, women leadership and education. Her educational background includes undergraduate degree in Economics and Masters degree from the University of Ljubljana, MBA at IEDC Bled, Slovenia, Owner President Management (OPM31) program at Harvard Business School, Fundraising at New York University, Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford University, alongside with Tony Robinson?s exclusive program and CTI Co-Active Leadership program. Through her own story, Lucia Lu?ka provides inspiration and tools to help you grow your capabilities in order to your life and business to thrive. Most importantly, she is a very proud mother of two, Niko and Nina.
Minister for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion
Alenka Smerkolj leads Slovenia's government efforts to define and implement Slovenia's long-term vision and development strategy. She was appointed as the Minister for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion on 19 November 2014. Before that she was a State Secretary at the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy. Alenka Smerkolj has over 25 years of work experience in the field of international business and financial markets. For year she worked at the Nova Ljubljanska banka d.d. (NLB) where she held several positions, amo them also the position of the director responsible for financial markets.Throughout the years she has gained valuable experience with NLB liquidity management, she headed the communication with the Bank of Slovenia and the Treasury of the Ministry of Finance regarding NLB Group liquidity management. Moreover, she was responsible for balance sheet management, trade in financial instruments, investment banking and securities custody. She was responsible for relations with the key NLB international banking partners and was also in charge of supervision and coordination regarding the issuance of NLB debt instruments. Alenka Smerkolj was in charge of promoting the sales of capital market instruments of the Slovenian companies. She was a member of the Treasury Board at the Bank Association of Slovenia. She participated in various expert groups and gave lectures worldwide.
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