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Andrej Bertoncelj, Ph.D.

T: +386 1 369 6600
E: andrej.bertoncelj(at)


Andrej Bertoncelj holds a Ph.D. in Finance.


He was appointed to the position Minister of Finance in September 2018. Previously, he was a member of the Management Board of the Slovenian Sovereign Holding, responsible for the management, restructuring and financial governance of state capital assets.


He is an internationally seasoned financial expert, with a professional career spanning 25 years, including 18 years of business executive experience in upper management positions and several years working in New York City. Key positions held include, President of Lek USA, Inc., Vice President of Finance at Lek d. d. and Director of Foreign Units and Corporate Governance Advisor to the President of the Management Board at Kemofarmacija d. d.


He held the position of Professor of Management at the University of Primorska from 2009 until 2018, during which he authored an extensive bibliography spanning 10 books and more than 40 scientific papers published in international journals. He attended management training and research programs at Harvard University and Cambridge University.


He is fluent in both English and German.

State secretary

Natalija Kovač Jereb

State Secretary

T: +386 1 369 6620

E: natalija.kovac-jereb(at)  


Natalija Kovač Jereb, born on 13. 10. 1967, is a graduate in economics. She comes from Idrija and has one adult son. She worked at the Financial Administration of the Republic of Slovenia as a Senior Financial Inspector. In recent years, she was mostly working in the field of tax base assessment, asset declaration and taxation of unexplained sources. She participated in financial investigation procedures under the Confiscation of Proceeds Act.


After completing her studies she worked in the companies Mercator, d.d., Idrija and Kompas Hertz, d. o. o., while in 1992 she took up employment with the Municipality of Idrija. On 28. 10. 1992, after completing internship, she passed the professional examination on finance and tax activities at the Ministry of Justice and Public Administration, with the special part focusing on public revenue administration. From 1996 she worked as a tax inspector. In 1999 she passed a special tax inspector professional examination at the Ministry of Finance. She is qualified to conduct and make decisions in minor offence proceedings for education level VII. In addition to the above, she regularly attended training courses organised by the Administration Academy, the Faculty of Economics – CISEF, the Chamber of Accountants, Financials and Auditors of Slovenia, as well as other training courses in the field of taxation of natural and legal persons. In September 2018 she was appointed as the State Secretary at the Ministry of the Interior. In October 2018 she was appointed as the State Secretary at the Ministry of Finance.

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Metod Dragonja

T: +386 1 369 6670
E: metod.dragonja(at)


Method Dragonja is a university graduate economist. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana in 1978 and immediately after completing his studies, he started working in Lek d. d. Later, he led this pharmaceutical company for more than 15 years as General Director and CEO. During his leadership Lek became one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in Central and Eastern Europe, highly internationalized with a strong regional presence. Between 2005 and 2007 he led Lek's Representative Office in Moscow and was the Director for the sale of generic medicines for the Russian Federation for the generic division of Novartis. In the period from 2008 to the end of 2013, he was the director of the Nova Ljubljanska Banka branch in Moscow.

In 1996-1999 he was the Minister of Economic Affairs and from February 2014 to September 2014, he was the Minister of Economic Development and Technology. From September 2014 to July 2016, he was the State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, responsible for the area of state-owned enterprises and The Bank Assets Management Company. The key project during this period was the Strategy for managing capital investments of the Republic of Slovenia, which was prepared under his leadership and adopted in July 2015 in the National Assembly. He watched over the implementation of the adopted strategy in cooperation with the Slovenian Sovereign Holding. From October 2016 to July 2018, he worked in 2-TDK, first as an advisor to the Director and then as General Director. In September 2018 he has been appointed as State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance.

State secretary

Saša Jazbec
T: +386 1 369 6471
E: sasa.jazbec(at)


Saša Jazbec graduated at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, in 1996. Four years later she acquired masters degree at the same faculty. In the past she was working at the Ljubljana Stock Exchange, Bank of Slovenia, where she was inter alia head of risk management and a member of the working group for introducing the new currency, euro, and the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Slovenia.


In November 2013 she was appointed as Director-General for budget. From April 2017 to September 2018 she was a State Secretary for budget and public accounting.


On September 21, 2018 she has been reappointed to that function.



State secretary

Alojz Stana, MBA
T: 01 369 6606
E: Alojz.Stana(at)