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Minister without portfolio responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion

Dr. Iztok Purič


Born on 9 April 1954


Lives in Kranj


Doctor of Organisational Sciences


Iztok Purič graduated from the College of Organisational Sciences (today, the Faculty of Organisational Sciences) in 1985 in Kranj, where he also completed his Master’s degree in 1996. In his work, Purič discovered that the business operations of companies and other organisations are becoming increasingly more complicated in the new, changed conditions of a turbulent and unpredictable environment. To make Slovenian companies more competitive was challenging for managements, and particularly stimulated the search for new ways of integrating and motivating staff to attain higher business efficiency. These were the reasons that led Purič to doctoral studies, which he completed in 2003 with a doctoral dissertation entitled Udeležba pri dobičku podjetja kot oblika industrijske demokracije (Participation in company profits as a form of industrial democracy).

Purič has been primarily involved in adult education, the management and guidance of HR tasks in companies, and planning, organising, managing and supervising the course of work processes. He was the director of the HR departments in the companies Žito (1986–1988) and Exoterm (1988–1998), and was later employed at the State Protocol Services of the Republic of Slovenia (Javni gospodarski zavod Protokolarne storitve Republike Slovenije) at Brdo pri Kranju. He was initially head of the technical sector (1998–2000), and later its director for 12 years, also at the time of the exceptionally challenging project of Slovenia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

In addition to his professional duties, his ongoing education has been closely linked to research activities. His personal bibliography includes over 50 works, including three original scientific articles, expert articles, scientific contributions published at conferences, reports and studies.


He was appointed Minister without portfolio responsible for development, strategic projects and cohesion on 19 December 2018 by the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia.


State Secretary

Dr. Nevenka Ribič


Born on 13 October 1962

Doctor of Business Sciences, Faculty of Commercial and Business Sciences, Celje


Dr Nevenka Ribič was born in Celje and lives in Breg pri Polzeli. She went to Polzela Primary School and received secondary education in Celje. Dr Ribič completed an economics programme at the University of Maribor, School of Economics and Business in 1981, and graduated in economics at the Celje School of Economics in 2006. Dr Ribič received a Master’s degree in Business Sciences at the Faculty of Commercial and Business Sciences in Celje in 2009 and earned a Doctor’s degree in 2015. 

Dr. Nevenka Ribič is a manager with over 20 years’ experience working as a board member of the Garant Polzela public limited company, and has had a longstanding career in heading accounting and finance departments. She worked as director of finance and accounting departments in Tehnopolis Group’s members - Tehnopolis d.o.o., Celje, Regional Development Agency Celje d.o.o., and Rits d.o.o., Celje. From 2017 until her appointment as State Secretary, Dr Ribič worked at Municipality Polzela as the chief financial officer responsible for budget planning and drawing up of municipality annual financial statements.

Dr Ribič is a certified member of the Slovenian Directors’ Association, she has been appointed lay judge at the Celje Higher Court and has written a number of articles on accounting and finance. One of her renowned articles discusses professional ethics of accountants and its application in practice (magazine Revizor 5/11).

Dr Ribič was a member of the task force working on the revision of the Code of professional ethics for certified public accountants at the Slovenian Institute of Auditors, and worked as assistant at the Faculty of Business Studies in Ljubljana giving lectures on investment, accounting and finance. Dr Ribič was also a lecturer at the College of Accounting and Finance in Ljubljana.  

Dr Nevenka Ribič was appointed State Secretary at the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy on 14 September 2018 by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia.