LEADERSHIP

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Mr. Dejan Židan, M.Sc.

Mr. Dejan Židan was born on 16 October 1967 in Maribor. After completing the primary school in Rače in 1982 he enrolled in the School for animal husbandry and veterinary technicians, which he attended for two years in Maribor and later in Kamnik.

 

He enrolled in the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Ljubljana in 1986 and graduated in December 1992.

 

At the Reproduction Department of the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Centre for the Pomurje region in Murska Sobota he completed his traineeship. In September 1994, he passed the state examination at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food. For a short period after completing the traineeship he was employed at Agromerkur – poultrymeat production, in the establishment’s own veterinary clinic, and later at the Nabergoj veterinary engineering.

 

In August 1995, he started working at the Animal Health Centre of Slovenia (AHCS), Reproduction Department of the regional unit in Murska Sobota. He enrolled in postgraduate study in the autumn of 1996, which he successfully completed in December 1999. Additionally to performing his duties at the Reproduction Department, he became in 2000 the coordinator and later the head of the AHCS regional unit in Murska Sobota.

 

After the reorganisation of the veterinary service he was in charge of the regional unit of the National Veterinary Institute of the Veterinary Faculty in Murska Sobota, while continuing to professionally work on porcine health and reproduction. During this period, new facilities of the National Veterinary Institute in Murska Sobota were built. Within the scope of the Centre for Continuing Education of the Veterinary Faculty he was responsible for the coordination of the education of breeders and non-veterinary staff. Up until June 2003, he also edited the magazine “Reja prašičev” (Pig farming).

 

As a board member of the firm KG Rakičan d.d. – from May 2003 – and as the president of the management board of the Panvita Group, KG Rakičan d.d. – from January 2007 – he contributed to the development of an agri-food chain in Slovenia encompassing arable farming, feed production, pig and poultry rearing, slaughter and food processing industry as well as production of “green” energy.

 

As external associate of the Veterinary Faculty in Ljubljana he was elected as professional adviser for porcine health and reproduction at the end of 2003. In May 2007, he was re-appointed as a member of the animal husbandry council at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food. In June 2007, the senate of the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Maribor awarded him the title visiting expert of the Faculty of Agriculture.

 

On May 5, 2010 he was appointed as the Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Food for a year. On national  elections 2011 he was elected as a member of the National Assembly and chaired the Committee for Agriculture, Forestry, Food and the Environment in the National Assembly.

 

On March 20, 2013 he has been re-appointed as the Minister for Agriculture and the Environment and is since September 18, 2014 the Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Food. He is also Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovenian Government.

 

State Secretary Ms. Tanja Strniša, M.Sc.

Tanja Strniša was born on 21 November 1962 in Novo mesto. She attended primary school in Dolenjske Toplice and secondary school in Novo mesto. In 1986, she graduated in agronomy from the Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, where she also obtained her master's degree in agricultural entrepreneurship in 1995.  

 

She first worked as a technologist and adviser on fruit-growing in Krka-Novo mesto Agricultural Cooperative, and continued her career in agriculture as a specialist in agricultural economics at Novo mesto Department of Ljubljana Agricultural Institute.

In 2001, she took up employment with the Government Office for European Affairs, first as an adviser on the coordination of Slovenia's preparations for EU accession in the areas of agriculture and fisheries, and later as the head of the project group for coordination of preparations and holding the EU Council Presidency, and the coordinator for the European Council and the General Affairs Council.   

 

From September 2008 to July 2009, she worked at the Slovenian Embassy in Prague where, among other tasks, she also advised the Presidency Secretariat in the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic on its EU Council Presidency.

 

In the second half of 2004, she headed the Office of Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Food. Before becoming Deputy Director-General for Agriculture at the Ministry for Agriculture and the Environment, she was State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food from May 2010 to February 2012. In March 2013, Ms Tanja Strniša was again appointed State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia.

 

She is fluent in English and has a passive knowledge of French and Croatian. She is married and has two children.

 

 

State Secretary Mr. Miha Marenče

Miha Marenče was born on 2 April 1974 in Ljubljana. He attended Kranj Grammar School before going on to study at the Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, where he obtained a university degree in forestry in 2000.

 

In the same year he started working for Ljubljana Regional Unit of the Slovenian Forest Service as Head of the Forest Wildlife and Hunting Unit. In 2003, he became manager of one of the first projects of the EU-LIFE programme in Slovenia entitled Conservation of Large Carnivores in Slovenia – Phase I. The project was successfully completed in 2005. He continued his career at the Central Unit of the Slovenian Forest Service as Deputy Head of the Forest Wildlife and Hunting Department responsible for developmental tasks in the field of forestry and wild fauna. He helped with project applications and was engaged in numerous Slovenian and international projects as manager or expert. As member of several national commissions, he was involved in drafting regulations on forestry. He participated actively in various conferences and seminars organised in Slovenia and abroad, and authored or co-authored many professional articles.