OECD Global Forum: Building Trust and Reinforcing Democracy


Sanja Ajanović Hovnik

Ministry of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia

Minister of Public Administration


Sanja Ajanović Hovnik graduated with a degree in optimising work processes in public administration from the Faculty of Administration, where she also obtained a master's degree and is currently a doctoral candidate in the economics of national labour and social policies. Since 2008, she has been working in a public sector. She was the secretary of a deputy group at the National Assembly from 2015 to 2018. In 2018, she became Secretary-General at the Advocate of the Principle of Equality. In 2019, she assumed the position of Deputy Director at the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy and was responsible for the development and European territorial cooperation. In 2020 and 2021 she performed several management functions at the Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Agricultural Markets and Rural Development. In her more than a decade-long career in public administration, she has gained a deep understanding of the functioning of public systems and processes, developed high-level competences in managing (human and financial) resources, and strengthened her skills in teamwork, cooperation and the integration of key stakeholders, and conducting dialogue with the key stakeholders with a view to achieving the best possible results, while taking into account the reality of individuals and social groups with different personal circumstances and starting points.

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