I was born in Ljubljana in 1979 and spent my childhood in Šempeter pri Gorici, a perfectly remote small town surrounded by forests and hills (somewhat ideal for mountain biking, but more on this later). When I hit 19, I moved to Ljubljana to study International Relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana.
I got involved with civil society in 1999 by joining the Young European Federalists (JEF) Slovenia. I served as the organisation’s President in 2003 and was elected to the Executive Bureau of its European platform (JEF Europe) for the years 2003-05. It was a lot of fun and the most intense learning experience of my life.
In 2003, I moved to Berlin for half a year, to work for DGAP – a foreign policy think-tank. After returning to Slovenia for a short period, I headed to Brussels in autumn 2004 to coordinate the YES Campaign – the NGO European campaign in favour of the European Constitution – and then stayed on with the European Movement International as Press and Communications officer. In the summer of 2007, I moved back to Ljubljana to join the Slovenian Government’s Office for European Affairs as an Advisor on European Council meetings until the end of the Slovenian EU Presidency.
In September 2008, I returned to Brussels to work at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Enlargement. A year later, I jumped to the European Parliament to head the of office of Ivo Vajgl (ALDE) where I dealt with foreign policy and the EU’s response to the financial crisis. In summer 2011, I decided it was time to leave Brussels and take an “intellectual” break.
So I crossed the Atlantic and went back to academia. The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University was kind enough to grant me a Global Leaders Fellowship so I could read books in peace. I completed my MA degree in the summer of 2013 and have since joined the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia department where I work mostly on the Bank’s programmes in Western Balkans and Central Asia.
Between 2012 and 2015 I was writing more or less regularly for the Slovenian daily Večer, mostly on issues related to the EU, but also on US politics and foreign affairs more widely. All other articles and media appearances are included on the pages of this blog, but my favorite piece (in English) is this one.