1 Jan 15 - present
Consultant, Space & Security
Space-SI, Centre for Excellence in Space Sciences and Technologies
- Consultancy on emerging EU Space and Security programmes, with special focus on Copernicus and Space Situational Awareness
1 Jan 10- 31 Dec 14
European Union Satellite Centre, Torrejón de Ardoz (Spain)
- management of an international organisation supporting EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) by providing Geospatial Information products and services based on satellite imagery, leading over hundred staff from twenty-one countries
- engagement with EU SatCen key stakeholders, the twenty-eight EU Member States, through the EU SatCen Administrative Board, leading negotiations to approve operational activities and key documents such as the annual work programme and the annual budget
- work with the EU SatCen Board; the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, and national Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence to satisfy end-user requirements
- management and introduction of new space and security programmes, such as Copernicus and Space Situational Awareness, and their operationalization.
- support to the missions of international organisations in the field: United Nations Department for Peacekeeping Operations, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, IAEA
1 Jun 06-31 Dec 09
European Union Satellite Centre, Torrejón de Ardoz (Spain)
- planning, management and implementation of the operational chain of production of GEOINT (geospatial information) products with space-based assets
- management of a security system for handling sensitive information and quality control
- outreach to EU CFSP operations and missions; support to international organisations
1 Aug 02-1 Jun 06
Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in the Kingdom of Spain, Madrid (Spain)
- Slovenian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain, with non-residential accreditation to the Principality of Andorra and the Republic of Cuba
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
1 Jan 11-31 Dec 11
Cycle des Hautes Études Européenes, Promotion Soares
L'École Nationale d'Administration, Paris/Strasbourg (France)
- governance of EU institutions, development and implementation of EU policies
- inter-institutional negotiation and cooperation
1 Aug 01-31 Aug 01
Program for Senior Executives in International Security
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge (United States)
- management of international organisations, policy formulation and implementation
- budgetary and administrative processes for international organisations
1 Sep 93-1 Jun 95
Master in Science in Foreign Service with distinction
Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, Washington DC (United States)
- international relations and diplomacy, crisis management and response
- analysis and forecasting in international affairs
1 Sep 90-1 Jun 93
Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs magna cum laude
The American University of Paris / L'Université Américaine de Paris, Paris (France)
- international relations, international economic relations, media and foreign policy
1 Sep 91-1 Feb 92
Certificate for Visiting Scholars in Middle Eastern Studies
The American University of Cairo, Cairo (Egypt)
1 Sep 89-1 Jun 90
Undergraduate study - Dean's List of Best Students
University of Ljubljana, Faculty for Political Science, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
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