former Prime Minister, Republic of Slovenia
Alenka Bratušek was elected Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia on 27 February 2013, becoming the first woman at the top of the executive branch of power in the history of independent Slovenia. In April 2014, she also took over the Ministry of Health. She started her career in a small textile company. In 1995, she took up employment with the Ministry of the Economy, where she participated in the setting up of the small business promotion network. In 1999, she moved to Ministry of Finance and was appointed head of Department for Agriculture, Economy and Government Offices. From 2004- 2011 she was head of Budget Directorate, responsible for the national budget, financing of local communities and drawing of European funds. In 2005 and 2006 she was a member of the working group entitled "Harmonization and Coordination of the State’s Development Planning". Between 2007 and 2008, she played an active role in the preparations for the Slovenian EU Council presidency. At the end of May 2014 she founded her own political party, the Alliance of Alenka Bratušek and regained a place in the National Assembly at the parliamentary elections on 13 July 2014. Alenka Bratušek started her political career in 2011, when she was elected to the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia. As a deputy, she chaired the parliamentary Commission for Public Finance Control and was a member of the Committee on Finance and Monetary Policy, and the Committee on Justice, Public Administration and Local Self-Government. Alenka Bratušek was born on 31 March 1970 in Celje. She graduated from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology and obtained a Master's degree in management of non-profit organisations from the Faculty of Social Sciences in 2006. She lives in Kranj with her partner and is proud mother of two children.