about me
I was born in Ljubljana on the 7th of April 1979 and spent my childhood in Sempeter pri Gorici, a perfectly remote smaller city surrounded by forests and hills.
I finished my BA in International Relations at the University of Ljubljana in 2006.
I started my civil society engagement in 1999 when I joined the Young European Federalists (JEF) Slovenia. I served as its President in 2003 and was elected to the Executive Bureau of JEF Europe for the years 2003-05 and few years later to the Executive Bureau of the Union of European Federalists.
In 2003 I spent half a year in Berlin, working for DGAP – a foreign policy think-tank. Shortly afterwards, I moved to Brussels to coordinate the YES Campaign – the NGO European campaign in favour of the European Constitution – and then stayed with the European Movement International as Press and Communications officer until Summer 2007 when I joined the Slovenian Government’s Office for European Affairs in Ljubljana as European Council advisor until the end of the Slovenian EU Presidency.
In September 2008 I moved back to Brussels to work at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Enlargement. After 12 months I moved to the European Parliament as head of office to Ivo Vajgl (ALDE) where I stayed until moving across the Atlantic. Throughout the years spent in Brussels, I had gained extensive knowledge of the EU decision-making (from a variety of angles), built up a solid network and got an insight in the Brussels’ “corridors of power” (whatever that means).
Since August 2011 I’ve been living in Washington, DC, studying at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. In January 2012 I’ve started writing for the Slovenian daily Večer, mostly on issue related to the EU, but also US politics and foreign affairs more widely.
I speak Slovenian, English, Italian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish and bits of German and French.