Alenka Bratušek

Prime Minister, Republic of Slovenia
Alenka Bratušek was born on 31 March 1970. Following her graduation from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology, she obtained a Master's degree in management of non-profit organisations from the Faculty of Social Sciences in 2006. She first worked for a small textile company, and in 1995, she took up employment with the Ministry of the Economy, where she participated setting up the small business promotion network. She moved to the Ministry of Finance in 1999, becoming head of its Budget Directorate in 2004. She was responsible for the national budget, financing of local communities, and drawing of European funds. In 2007 and 2008, she played an active role in the preparations for the Slovenian EU Council presidency. In the early election in 2011, she was elected to the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia on the List of Zoran Jankovic – Positive 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. On 17 January 2013, at the meeting of the party Council, she was unanimously elected President of Positive Slovenia. On 27 February 2013, she was elected Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia with the support of 55 deputy votes. She thus became the first woman at the top of the executive branch of power in the history of independent Slovenia.