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LEADERSHIP

Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning

Jure Leben 

22 April 1981 
Master of Science, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Oxford Brookes University

Jure Leben received his BSc in environmental assessment and protection in the United States, after which he completed specialist environmental studies at Oxford Brookes University while working for the TRL transport institute in London, where he was responsible for assessing transport systems and their impact on the environment. His dissertation examined the links between national development indicators and the number of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies introduced. While working at TRL, he received a scholarship from the European Marie Curie fund. This year, Mr Leben completed a Master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire. 

In 2008 he became head of the Centre for Renewable Energy and Environmental Protection in Pivka, before going on to the Slovenian government’s Climate Change Office, where he was responsible for developing energy and new green technology policies and for managing European projects. In 2012 he joined the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment, where he was in charge of introducing the ECO label and eco innovations, headed the working group for green public procurement, and acted as deputy head of the working group for green tax reform. In 2016 he became state secretary at the Ministry of Infrastructure responsible for managing the country’s largest state infrastructure project, the construction of a second railway track.