Ambassador Irena Sodin took up her duties as Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the OECD on 13 February 2017.
Ms. Sodin holds a degree in Economics from the University of Ljubljana; she took part in the Executive Development Programme of the World Bank at Harvard University in 1999 as well as the International Visitor Leadership Programme at the US State Department in 2003.
In 1983, Ms. Sodinjoined Ljubljanska banka, the largest Slovenian bank, as a member of the Export Credit Department promoting Slovenian exporters chiefly in the Western markets. In 1996, Ms. Sodin joined the Ministry of Finance where she held a number of high-ranking positions: from 1997 to 2001, she was Senior Adviser and Undersecretary of State at the Office of the Minister and the International Department; from 2001 to 2005, Ms. Sodin was Head of the International Department, from 2001 to 2005, she was a member of the Administrative Council of the CEB, then Vice-Chairperson and Chair of the Board of the Centre of Excellence in Finance.
From 2005 to 2014, Ms. Sodin joined the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development as an Adviser and Alternate Director in the Constituency Office of Belgium, Luxembourg and Slovenia.
From 2014 until her appointment as Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the OECD, she was State Secretary at the Ministry of Finance and member of the Economic and Financial Committee for Slovenia at the EU.
Ambassador Sodin is married to Mr. Vladimir Sodin.