"A World Without Walls":

An International Congress on "Soft Power", Cultural Diplomacy and Interdependence

(Berlin; November 6th - 9th, 2009)

Minister Dr. Igor Lukšič

Minister of Education and Sport of Slovenia

Igor Lukšič was born on 3 December 1961 in Novo mesto. He holds a PhD in political sciences and is a professor of political science at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana. He graduated in 1986 and became a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty and later Assistant Professor. He was elected a Professor in 2003. He was the Chair of the Department of Political Science (1997-1999 and from 2007), Vice Dean (1999-2001) and Dean (2001-2003) of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Between 1995 and 2008 he was Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Teorija in praksa.  His research areas include political culture, the history of political ideas and political systems, and analysis of policies. He has written five books and published several articles in Slovene, German, English, Czech and Croatian. He has lectured at several international universities, including the Michigan State University at Kalamazoo, the University of California in Davis and the University of Genova. He has been the President of the Union of Slovenia Sports Societies at the University of Ljubljana.

Since 2005 he has been Vice-President of the Social Democrats. In September 2008 he was elected to the National Assembly and on 21 November 2008 he was elected the Minister of Education and Sport.