Representatives of the the University of Ljubljana, research group from Faculty of Social Sciences

Prof. Aleksandra Kanjuo Mrčela

Project leader

Prof. Rado Bohinc

Researcher, responsible for research on gender equality and for policy recommendations

Assoc. prof. Andrej Rus

Researcher, responsible for research on gender equality in economic decision making

Dr. Helena Kovačič

Researcher, responsible for policy recommendations for improvement of gender equality in economic decision making

Dr. Barbara Lužar

Researcher, responsible for improvement of gender equality in economic decision-making at organizational level

MSc. Jasna Mikić

Researcher, contact person for information and communication activities


Advisory panel (consisting of members from business community, representatives of the Department of equal opportunities at the responsible Ministry, academics and representatives of the Career Center UL) is a venue that will allow involvement of diverse stakeholders (apart of two Slovenian partners that are representatives from the business environment) in both developing research instruments and practical solutions taking into account their experiences and views; involvement of researchers from other areas in the Advisory panel will also allow for covering cross-sectional issues (similar principles of gender equality in political and economic decision-making and promoting work-life balance).


Representatives of Advisory panel:

  • prof. dr. Nevenka Černigoj Sadar, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana
  • prof. dr. Milica Antić Gaber, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
  • prof. dr. Janez Stare, Dean of the Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana
  • MSc. Irena Prijović, Secretary General of the Slovenian Directors' Association 
  • Maja Dizdarević, Head of Career Counseling at the University of Ljubljana
  • Rada Sibila, Assistant of Secretary General of the Slovenian Directors' Association
  • dr. Milena Fornazarič, Director of Arista Plus, business counselling

Project’s sponsor – We asked one of the highest governmental officials and political personalities in the country to act as the Project’s Sponsor, dr. Anja Kopač Mrak, Minister of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. We think that sponsorship will add to public visibility of the project aims and activities and improve feasibility of achieving general and specific aims of the project.



University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences
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Phone: +386 1 5805 256


The Manager's Association of Slovenia

The Manager's Association of Slovenia was founded in May 1989. Their duties involve assisting members of Association and representing them in asserting their professional rights and interests, monitoring new developments in company management and transfering knowledge to members in accordance with regulations, co-operating with professional institutions, dealing with management training and other methods of development in the profession, exchanging experience between members, exchanging experience with managers from other parts of the world, etc. They are fulfilling their duties by bestowing awards and by organizing conferences and meetings, which are important for the advancement of the profession and the enrichment of their members.


The Association will collaborate on this project within the work of its Section of Women Managers. Until September 2015 Section will also be involved in a project on another project on improvement of the position of women in management – (Include.All) that envisaged implementation of six recommendations for improvement of the gender equality in management (setting a target of number of women in companies management teams, training programs for women, career mentoring for women, women sponsorship, practice of having at least one woman out of three candidates for each managerial position, performance management principle).

Representatives: :

  • Sonja Šmuc – Executive Director of the Manager’s Association of Slovenia
  • Mojca Podržaj – Responsible for communication between the Project Coordinator and the Manager’s Association of Slovenia

Contribution of the Manager's Association of Slovenia to the project:

  • - Participating in research work in consultative role and providing contacts of men and women in managers.
  • - Participating in two study visits to Norway aimed at transfer of good Norwegian practices on reducing gender equality gaps to Slovenia.
  • - Participating in the preparation of the training materials on gender equality at the organizational level.
  • - Participating in preparation of the final project event in September 2016 and other events that present upgrading and continuation of the project Include.All.
  • - Actively communicating about results of the research results and use of it in the future activities of the Women Managers Section of the Association of Managers.


Slovenian Human Resource Association

Slovenian Human Resource Association is an organization that connects 14 branches for Human Resource - 13 regional and one student. It currently operates with more than 700 individual members. Their goal is a contribution to a professional and ethical development of society and economy by uniting HR professionals, who want to improve their profession. Main activities of Slovenian Human Resource Association include meetings on a regional level (presenting actual HR topics to members in HR clubs), round tables and academic discussions on legal changes (actual open topics like ethics, values, talent management and motivation), work in project teams with business partners, creating partnerships with other HR associations. They are co-organising the most important HR event in Slovenia, the SLOVENIAN HR CONGRESS in cooperation with their partners. For more than twenty years they have been also co-organising and hosting (every third year) an international meeting of HR managers, Alpe Adria.


Contribution to the project will build upon existing activities and on-going work of the Association. Association’s Standards of HR Expertise (2013) highlight principles of diversity management and inclusive management as important for HR managers and experts.


  • Rok Zupančič – Leading expert and president of the Slovenian HR Association
  • dr. Boris Dular – Vice-president of the Slovenian HR Association
  • Barbara Luckmann Jagodič – Member of the Slovenian HR Association
  • Nejc Jaka Sekula  – Board member of the Slovenian HR Association
  • Vanda Pečjak – Member of a Supervisory Board of the Slovenian HR Association

Contribution of the Slovenian Human Resource Association to the project:

  • - Actively participating in communication and dissemination of project results in HR community and in companies. It will take part in surveys and cooperate in developing projects outputs.
  • - Contributing to exposing and presenting the best practices in gender equality at the company level, to development of solutions and initiatives, for improvement of gender equality in economic decision-making process, as well as to dissemination of new acquired knowledge and best practices. Project will also enable collaboration of students and young professionals from HR field.


BI Norwegian Business School (Department of Communication and Culture)

BI Norwegian Business School is a private, independent, specialised university institution with a total of six study locations in Norway. BI Norwegian Business School is one of Europe’s largest business schools with around 20.000 students and 340 permanent  faculty.  BI is the largest supplier of economic and administrative competence and skills in Norway with more than 200.000 graduates since 1983. The major role in EQPOWEREC project has the Department of communication and culture, which combines humanist and social science perspectives and places communication for leaders, public relations, arts management, and intercultural communication at the centre of its cross-disciplinary research and teaching.


BI Norwegian Business School will have an utmost important role in developing the project and executing the key project outputs. The participants at BI are leading international experts on this topic.


  • Prof. dr. Morten Huse – Leading researcher and contact person for BI Norwegian Business School (also Professor and Research Chair of Management and Governance at University of Witten/Herdecke). Will follow the project in all phases. A particular contribution in meetings and consulting in Slovenia.
  • Prof. dr. Cathrine Seierstad Lecturer in International Human Resource Management at the Queen Mary University, London (also  holds a visiting position at the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany). She will have a main contribution in interviews in Norway and Slovenia in the publication process.
  • Prof. dr. Gillian Warner Søderholm  Department Chair of Department of Communication and Culture at BI Norwegian Business School. Core contributor in hosting activities in Norway and in the analyses and publication processes.
  • Silje Engeseth – Head of administration

Contribution of the BI Norwegian Business School to the project:

  • - They will act as advisors about the Norwegian setting, introduce the Slovenian team to the Norwegian society, politics/politicians and businesses/business leaders and board members. They will also support the Slovenian team in conducting interviews with core actors in Norway. The project will highly lean on the experiences and data collection the Norwegian team has conducted in Norway and in other countries.
  • - They will actively be involved in meetings with businesses, politicians and other core actors in Slovenia in order to adapt the lessons from Norway and other countries to the Slovenian reality. The Norwegian team will in Slovenia use and institutional actor centred scientific approaches to be able to explore consequences of potential directions of public policy programs to increase the number of women on corporate boards and in leadership positions.
  • - They will actively be co-authors with the Slovenian team of scientific and popular presentations of the results from the project. The results of the program will not only be disseminated in Slovenia and Norway, but lessons from the project will also be used to inform the international community.