Dr. Aleksandra Kanjou Mrčela
Prof. dr. Aleksandra Kanjuo Mrčela is a professor of economic sociology and sociology of work and head of the Centre for Organisational and Human Resources Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana, co-founder and member of the expert council of the Institute for Economic Democracy, president of the steering committee of the Council for Doctoral Studies of the European Association of Universities, editor of Social Politics: International Journal for Studies in Gender, State and Society. Her research work covers the areas of gender, work, power and platform economics.
Dr. Rado Bohinc
Prof. dr. Rado Bohinc is a professor of economic, labor and European law at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences. As a scientific adviser at the FDV and ZRS, he researches the law of corporations and institutions as well as public and corporate governance and social responsibility. In the 1980s, he held the position of vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in 1988 he was a member of ZIS and Minister of Economy, in 1992-95 he was Minister of Science and Technology, and from 2000 to 2004 Minister of the Interior. In the years from 2007 to 2011, he was the rector of the University of Primorska and for 1 year each the president of the Rector’s Conference of Slovenia and the Rector’s Conference of the Alps-Adriatic Region. Until 2017, he was the dean of the Faculty of Law, and now he is the head of the ZRS Institute of Law.
Dr. Polona Domadenik Muren
Prof. dr. Polona Domadenik Muren is a full professor in the field of economics at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana and the academic director of the master’s program Management and Organization (IMB implementation). In the past, she served as vice-president of the ARRS board of directors, vice-dean for economic affairs (2013-2017) and vice-dean for research work and doctoral studies (2007-2009). In 2007, she received the UL Award for young colleagues for outstanding achievements in teaching and research. In the period 2009-2010, she was a Fulbright scholar at the University of California, Davis. Over the past 20 years, she has published several articles in prestigious scientific journals, was the co-author and co-editor of several scientific monographs and led a series of research projects funded by ARRS, the PHARE program and the European Commission.
Dr. Mirko Pečarič
Prof. dr. Mirko Pečarič is a full professor in the field of administrative law and public administration law. He is habilitated at the Faculty of Law, and he teaches and works as a dean at the Faculty of Administration of the University of Ljubljana. In 2006, he received his doctorate in the field of influence of civil servants and disclosure of irregularities in public administration. He has passed the state law exam, and studied at the Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna. His research is in the field of public administration system, public services and administrative law. Among other things, he deals with forms of influence of authorities on the behavior of state and public administration bodies and citizens, better participation of the people in the management of authorities, collective wisdom and the development of new forms of legal norms.
Dr. Božo Repe
Prof. dr. Božo Repe is a full professor of modern history at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. In 1999-2000, he was the head of the Department of History. From 2009 to 2022, he headed the Slovenian History program group. He also led several Slovenian research projects (currently the Rapala border: a quarter of a century of existence and a century of heritage and memory) and was a collaborator in several foreign projects. His research area is modern Slovenian, South Slavic and Central European history, history of tourism, social history and history of everyday life. He also deals with issues of teaching in schools both in Slovenia and in Southeast Europe and is the author of several textbooks. For the book With a Gun and a Book: The National Liberation Struggle of the Slovenian Nation 1941-1945 (Ljubljana 2015) he won the award of the Association of Historical Societies of Slovenia for research work in historiography.
Dr. Matjaž Koman
Prof. dr. Matjaž Koman is employed at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana. He received his doctorate from the University of Michigan. In his research, he mainly deals with the study of the behavior of companies and their productivity, as well as with the labor market. He participated in several domestic and international projects and is the author and co-author of several articles, monographs and other works.
Jože Smole is an expert in the field of social partnership and employer organizations. In 1990, he was elected as a member of the National Assembly in the first multi-party parliamentary elections. In 1997, he became State Secretary for Small Businesses at the Ministry of Small Business and Tourism. In 2000, he was employed at the Chamber of Commerce of Slovenia. From 2003 to 2007, he was the head of the GZS negotiating group for social dialogue. In January 2008, he was appointed general secretary of the Association of Employers of Slovenia (ZDS). He holds the position of general secretary of ZDS for the third term. He was the chairman of the Economic and Social Council (ESS), in 2013 he was elected president of the Assembly of the Institute for Health Insurance of Slovenia (ZZZS). In 2015, he was appointed to the European Economic and Social Council as a representative of Slovenian employers. In 2017, he chaired the ESS again, and was also elected as a representative of employers in the State Council of the Republic of Slovenia, the Assembly of the ZZZS Institute and the Council of the Institute for Pension and Disability Insurance of Slovenia.
Sonja Lokar, sociologist, left social democrat, international activist for gender equality. She worked as a Marxist political analyst 1975-1986, organized the renovation of the ZKS (1986-1990), headed the Committee for Work, Social Affairs and Family in the first multi-party parliament of Slovenia (1990-1992), founded and led the ŽF SD for ten years (1990-2000) , actively participates in the development of the independent progressive peace and women’s movement in Slovenia from 1989 until today, currently the president of the Women’s Lobby of Slovenia. In the international arena, executive director of the CEE Network for Gender Issues (1998-2017) and chairman of the Gender Task Force of the Stability Pact (1999-2009). In 2012, she also headed the European Women’s Lobby.
Nataša Kovač, university graduate in political science, served as secretary general of the Office of the President of the Republic from 2012 to 2022, during the two terms of office of the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor. In the period from 2008 to 2011, she was the state secretary in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, in charge of cooperation and coordination between the government and the National Assembly and parliamentary groups of the government coalition. Before that, she was the international secretary of the Social Democrats for many years, and during Slovenia’s efforts to join the European and Euro-Atlantic connections, she actively participated in establishing contacts with social democratic parties, movements and foundations and their European associations.
M.Sc. Helena Kamnar, graduated from the Faculty of Economics, and received her master’s degree in social policy from the Faculty of Social Sciences. She is an expert on social security systems, the provision of public services, the functioning of state administration and public finances. In addition to several professional articles in the field of public finance and social policy, she also wrote the book Public Institutions between the State and the Market and co-authored the book Fiscal Rules. She started her career as a teacher of professional subjects, later she worked in economics in health care. This was followed by a longer period of dealing with social policy and an even longer period with public finances. She was employed in various state bodies and was therefore mostly involved in the design of various systems. She was also vice-rector for economic and financial affairs of the University of Ljubljana for one term.
Dr. Anja Kopač
Dr. Anja Kopač received her doctorate in the field of welfare state reform and, after ten years of research and teaching at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, entered politics, initially as state secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (2008-2012). and then as minister responsible for work, family, social affairs and equal opportunities (2013-2018). In the period 2018-2020, she was the state secretary in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, responsible for the field of social affairs. In the last period, she worked in the economy.