Professors and mentors in Slovenia

Tit Albreht

Assistant Professor at Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana


Tit Albrecht is an expert researcher for health services and health systems at the National Institute of Public Health. He completed a specialization in social medicine and then successfully completed his Master's Degree in Public Health in Rotterdam and a doctoral study on the topic of transition in the Slovenian Healthcare at the University of Amsterdam. He is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Medicine in Ljubljana at the Department of Public Health and acts as a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Public Health Association and Vice President of the Health Services Research Section of the same organization. Since 2006, he has been actively involved in the development of policies in the field of comprehensive cancer treatment in the European Union, firstly under the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and then the coordinator of joint actions in the field of cancer control policies in the European Union.

Boštjan Antončič

Professor of Entrepreneurship at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana


Boštjan Antončič is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana. His main research interests include corporate entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial networks, entrepreneurial personality and international entrepreneurship. He has authored or co-authored seventeen books (fourteen of them in the area of entrepreneurship) and various scientific research articles. His papers were published in academic journals such as the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Industrial Management and Data Systems, Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Journal of Enterprising Culture, Managing Global Transitions, Journal of Management Development, and Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development. In addition to research and teaching, he is involved in entrepreneurship and sport (world champion in the sailing class Soling in 2008).

Tadej Battelino

Professor at Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana


Tadej Battelino completed his medical degree at the University of Ljubljana in 1990. He completed a Masters degree, and later a PhD focusing on glucose metabolism in neonatal endotoxic shock in 1996. He completed his clinical fellowship at Loyola University of Chicago, USA, and his postdoctoral fellowship at INSERM, Paris, France. Professor Battelino is currently Consultant and Head of Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology, UMC Ljubljana, Head, Chair of Paediatrics, and Professor of Paediatrics at Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana. He is PI on several research projects in the field of pediatric endocrinology and metabolism and was awarded the Slovene national award for research in 2014, and Gold medal for research at the University of Ljubljana in 2017. Professor Battelino is on the editorial boards for the journals Paediatric Diabetes, Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism and was Editor for the European Journal of Endocrinology from 2009 to 2015. He has authored or co-authored over 200 manuscripts in international peer-reviewed journals and participated in chapters to several books. Professor Battelino is a member of numerous professional associations including the American Diabetes Association, European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes, for which he served as President for the 35th Annual Congress. He served on the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) council and is the co-organizer of twelve annual meetings of the ATTD (Advanced Technologies and Treatment of Diabetes). Professor Battelino is a regular member of the Slovene Medical Academy and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Barbara Fortuna

Principal at the ERUDIO grammar school


Barbara Fortuna is an English and Slovene teacher. She has been part of Slovenian school system for more than 20 years. She started teaching in a public grammar school and continued her teaching in a private school, ERUDIO grammar school. She was also the principal there till 2010. Then she started her own business training company specialised in coaching, leadership, and sales communication skills. After having been a business coach for ten years she returned to being the principal at ERUDIO grammar school in 2019. Coaching skills help her lead teachers, students and other colleagues successfully. Her most important values are respect, mutual understanding, knowledge and sincerity.

Vita Godec

Doctor of Chemistry, Lenis Farmacevtika


Vita Godec received her BSc in Biochemistry and her PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She continued her research at the postdoctoral level as a 2012 UNESCO-L’Oréal International Fellow at the University of Warwick, UK, by studying antimicrobial substances which affect the assembly of bacterial cell walls, which resulted in several published scientific papers. After a brief stint as an R&D researcher in Lek, a Sandoz company, she received her MBA from IEDC-Bled School of Management and began working as a Business Development Manager at Lenis farmacevtika, a Slovenian pharma wholesaler specializing in imports of niche and unlicensed medicines, where she focuses on the digitalization in business process management while still being active in the Slovenian popular science scene.

Marko Grobelnik

Jozef Stefan Institute


Marko Grobelnik is an expert in the areas of analysis of large amounts of complex data with the purpose to extract useful knowledge. In particular, the areas of expertise comprise: Data Mining, Text Mining, Information Extraction, Link Analysis, and Data Visualization as well as more integrative areas such as Semantic Web, Knowledge Management and Artificial Intelligence. Apart from research on theoretical aspects of data analysis techniques he has considerable experience in the field of practical applications and development of business solutions based on the innovative technologies. His main achievements are from the field of Text-Mining (analysis of large amounts of textual data), having leading role on scientific and applicative projects funded by European Commission, having projects with industries such as Microsoft Research, British Telecom, New York Times, Siemens, and organizing several international events on the related topics.

Marina Klemenčič

Assistant Professor at Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana


Marina Klemenčič received her Ph.D. in biochemistry in 2013 at the University of Ljubljana under the supervision of prof. dr. Brigita Lenarčič. From 2016 to 2018 she was a post-doctoral fellow at Umeå University, Sweden, in the laboratory of dr. Christiane Funk. After returning to the University of Ljubljana, she became an assistant professor. Her research focuses on structural and functional characterization of algal proteases, enzymes of key importance in maintaining life and executing death in these organisms. She is an active member of the Association of Slovenes educated abroad and is one of the founding members of the Cutting Edge society, introducing scientific concepts for students and young researchers.

Joze Korelc

Professor in Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana


Prof. Jože Korelc graduated from the University of Ljubljana and finished his PhD at the Darmstadt University of Technology. His research examines an interdisciplinary approach to computational mechanics as synthesis of classical numerical methods and symbolic-algebraic systems. He has published numerous articles on finite element technology for solid and contact problems, material modeling, sensitivity analysis, automatic code generation and the use of symbolic methods in engineering. Prof. Korelc is a primal developer of the software systems AceGen and AceFEM for on-demand numerical code generation and finite element analysis. He has organized four conferences as a president of Slovenian Society of Mechanics and published a book by Springer.

Gregor Kosec

Director for Research & Development at Acies Bio Ltd.


Gregor Kosec received his BSc. degree in chemistry at the University of Ljubljana in 2001. He continued his PhD studies in a collaborative project between the Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana and San Martin university in Buenos Aires, focusing on new protease families as potential virulence factors in parasitic diseases. In 2008, he joined Acies Bio, a Slovenian start-up, focused on microbial biotechnology. At Acies he is passionately exploring the diversity of microbial strains, biosynthetic pathways and enzymes and oversees numerous R&D-projects of the company, aiming to create a healthy and sustainable bio-based future. He is a strong believer in curiosity, science and entrepreneurial spirit as main drivers of personal and social development.

Franc Kosem

Slovenska Filharmonija


Franc Kosem is a virtuoso on a trumpet. He studied at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, where he completed his specialist studies with Professor Anton Grčar, then went to postgraduate studies at the Karlsruhe University of Music and Professor Reinhold Friedrich. All this time, he further perfected himself with many master trumpets. He is now a soloist, chamber or orchestra musician, a regular guest at home and abroad; at the MIO2012 Academy he teaches and promotes an orchestral play, but he regularly participates in the Triple Choir ensemble of the Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra, the Triumvirate Triumvirate Trio and the Mozart Orchestra in Bologna.

Jernej Markelj

Principal at AaJM+


Jernej Markelj is an Architect and a Researcher in the field of a Sustainable Built Environment. Since 2017 he is leading his Architectural atelier AaJM+, where they strive for design solutions that are attuned with the surrounding environment and not only minimize their environmental impact but also work restoratively. After finishing his Master Studies, Jernej was working three years in an international architecture office of Boris Podrecca in Vienna on various small and big scale projects in the region. He then pursued his Doctoral Study at the University of Ljubljana where he focused on the topic of building sustainability assessment. He gained additional expertise on advanced façade systems (Course FACE) at the Eurac Research Institute in Bolzano. He is a Building Energy Advisor in national ENSVET network and a correspondent for HIŠE Magazine. Many of his Design Proposals in co-authorship with others were awarded on open Architectural Competitions.

Damijan Miklavčič

Professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana


Damijan Miklavčič was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 1963. He received his PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of Ljubljana in 1993. He is currently a tenured Professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana. His current research interests include electroporation-based treatments and therapies, including cancer treatment by means of electrochemotherapy, cardiac tissue ablation by irreversible electroporation/pulsed field ablation, and gene transfer for gene therapy and DNA vaccination. His research involves biological experimentation, numerical modelling of biological processes, and hardware development.

Barbara Osredkar


Barbara Osredkar currently works at TRUD Travel Agency, managing the Tromostovje Apartments and developing the incoming tourism department. Barbara completed high school for tourism and continued on to graduate from Vocational school for Tourism and Hospitality. She has worked in restaurants, at 4-star hotels as a receptionist and housekeeping manager, and has worked for one year at a travel agency before coming to TRUD. Barbara’s passion is hiking and climbing. She loves to travel and is in love with Slovenia, making tourism her calling.

Tanja Pajk

Assistant Professor at Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana


Tanja Pajk Žontar is an assistant professor at the University of Ljubljana Biotechnical Faculty. She is also the leader of the Human Nutrition Group within the Department of Food Science and Technology. Her collegiate studies have all been completed at the University of Ljubljana as well as her Doctoral Dissertation on the efficiency of various nutrients on reduction for oxidative stress in pigs as a model for humans. In between her time as a student and working at the University, she worked within the Slovene Consumer's Association for many years. As her work as a professor continues, she finds time to enjoy the outdoors through walks through nature gardening or swimming. One topic she is currently interested in is nutrition for the elderly and researching the best choices for this demographic

Theresa Plut

Assistant Professor at the Academy of Music, University of Ljubljana


Soprano Theresa Plut has performed under the baton of renowned conductors such as John Fiore, Alexander Joel, Nicholas Milton, Emmanuel Villaume. As a member of the soloist ensemble of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf she gave her debut as Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Magic Flute, followed by the roles of Walter (La Wally), Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Casilda (The Gondoliers), Serpetta (La finta giardiniera), Gretel (Hänsel and Gretel), Olympia (The Tales of Hoffmann). She has performed in various European opera houses and concert halls with numerous orchestras and ensembles, and has collaborated with celebrated directors, including Christof Loy and Philipp Harnoncourt. Theresa performed alongside Anna Netrebko on the European tour of Tchaikovsky’s opera Iolanta, which was later recorded and released on Deutsche Grammophon. In addition to her opera and concert activities, Theresa Plut has established herself as an outstanding interpreter of art song. At solo recitals in Slovenia and abroad, she dedicates herself to promoting the heritage of Slovenian art song. Theresa has served as a visiting professor at Vancouver’s University of British Columbia and has received an honorary professorship from the Central National University of Beijing. She is employed as an assistant professor at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, University of Ljubljana and regularly conducts seminars in Slovenia and abroad. Theresa was born to Slovenian parents in Vancouver, Canada.

David Sipoš

Founder of Studio Siposh


David Sipoš is a producer and founder of Studio Siposh. Studio Siposh is a creative team of filmmakers passionate about stories the modern world needs. From the legacy, we inherited from our ancestors we want to share the wisdom and help spread the message with the power of film. We preserve, develop, and spread the culture and intellectual heritage of Slovenia through film, seeking answers to the challenges of today. His recent notable films include fantasy film “Kresnik: The Lore of Fire” - the first Slovenian film funded on Kickstarter and several biographical documentaries about important figures from Slovenian history. His latest film "Beyond Home" talks about forgotten Slovenian writer and a protagonist's desire for a better future.

Vojko Strahovnik

Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, and Research Fellow at the Faculty of Theology, University of Ljubljana


Vojko Strahovnik is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, and Research Fellow at the Faculty of Theology, University of Ljubljana. His main research focus is the structure and phenomenology of normativity. This theme crosscuts a number of philosophical fields (ethics, epistemology, philosophy of science, aesthetics) as well as other scientific areas, in particular, cognitive science, AI, law, and psychology. The impact of his work ranges from new and important theoretical insights into the nature of normativity (the role of moral principles in the formation of moral judgments, the authority of the normative domain, epistemic agency and epistemic virtuousness) to considerations related to practical dimensions of our lives (e.g. the role of guilt and moral shame in reconciliation processes, the importance of intellectual and ethical virtues in dialogue and education, global justice, animal ethics).

Andraz Tori

Co-founder of Zemanta


While in high school Andraz won two bronze medals at the International Olympiad in Informatics (1998,1999). Andraz received his undergraduate education in Computer Science and Informatics at the University of Ljubljana. In 2000 he co-founded Cyberpipe, now a leading Slovenian multimedia centre, working on a cross section of technology, art and society. From 2001 to 2007, he was a core developer of the Cinelerra open source video editing solution. Andraz is research and development lead for Zemanta. He is interested in media, IP rights logic and Internet ethics.