A graduate of the Ljubljana Faculty of Economics and a long-time employee of Zavarovalnica Generali, since 2014 the President of the Management Board of one of the largest international insurance companies.
Why did you decide to accept the role of Ambassador of the Women’s EHF EURO 2022?
I consider the invitation to join the distinguished colleagues, the ambassadors of the championship, a great honor. It offered me an opportunity to reflect on how and to what extent I can contribute to raising the profile of women’s sports and empowering women in society in general. I decided to accept the embassy after careful consideration and personal conviction, because for many years in the business world, together with my team, I have been trying to overcome any differences that could be based on the differences of the individual. I am very proud that in Generali, the concern for gender equality is placed at the top of the priorities that we follow as a group in our work in an international environment in more than 50 countries.
Why is it worth fighting for a greater role of women in society?
These efforts are fundamental to modern society, in which the abilities of individuals must be at the forefront more than ever. So those characteristics of people that are not related to gender or religious, ethical, racial orientation and therefore define them. Crossing the boundaries of thinking about the fairer and stronger gender seems to me to be particularly important because I take the view that differences between us enrich us above all. However, it is crucial that we are all aware of this, especially those who direct social and technological progress with their decisions. In conclusion, I believe that real gender equality will be the one that will enable a more harmonious functioning of the entire social ecosystem, in which there will be room to listen to quieter voices that have not been heard but convey equally strong messages.
How important is the concept of sustainable development in your everyday life?
Nowadays, it is already very popular and fashionable, if I may say so myself. I am afraid that many times the seriousness of his importance fades at the expense of his popularity. That is why I put actions that demonstrate sustainable functioning in the first place. For me, both at home and in the business field, sustainable orientation has had its weight for several years in weighing plans on how and in what way to carry out a certain project. I am glad that I have successfully transferred my way of thinking to my family and our actions, small and large. Such as the fact that we have been using the power of solar energy with collectors for more than 30 years. In the Generali Group and also in Generali in Slovenia, we have put sustainability first in the new strategic cycle that has just begun. We have done a lot in this area in the past year. I am thinking here of actual investments in small and medium-sized enterprises for a fair transition to sustainable business, the transformation of our products towards sustainability, and, above all, the abandonment of some of our activities that were not in line with the principles of sustainable business. Above all, I put the development of sustainable relations first in both private and business life.
What do you think are the main parallels between sports and business?
There are many of them, as my co-workers are my winning team every day! In both sports and business, we are focused on our goal. It is known what result we want to achieve. But the best results never come alone. They require hard work. As with sports, motivation is also key in business. So why is it so important to achieve the goal together? Our answer is always that we want to change society for the better.
What is your attitude towards sports and especially handball?
I have fond memories of our childhood athletes when we gathered in front of TV screens to cheer for them. I especially remember the legendary matches of our skiers, basketball players, and handball players. Sporting successes mean important moments of networking and creating a team spirit, as they spread optimism in society. I am proud that with the wide sponsorship support of various sports we can help in our own way to create conditions for the training of our athletes and achieve their results. The Slovenian handball team has been achieving its success for a long time, also with the help of our insurance company.
Which of the ambassadors do you know best and which do you appreciate?
I appreciate all my colleagues who, like me, have the same honor so that we can spread the importance of equality in achieving sporting success. Namely, all ambassadors are already recognized for important efforts, achievements, or progress they achieve in their fields of activity. I have already had the opportunity to work with many, so I know them personally, and I can say that this collaboration has always been very good. However, I am looking forward to meeting others personally on this occasion.
Where will Slovenia place at the EHF Euro 2022?
I believe in their combativeness and ability. They will certainly be given additional momentum by the local, numerous Slovenian fans, so of course, I bet on the highest, first place!