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Tadej Rupel

Organisation: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AND EUROPEAN AFFAIRS, SLOVENIA

Position: Ambassador, National Coordinator for External Aspects of Digitalization, AI & Cyber Security

Ambassador Tadej Rupel is currently holding the position of Slovenian National Coordination for External Aspects of Digitalization, Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security. Prior to that, he served as an Ambassador of Slovenia to the Court of St James’s (United Kingdom) (8/2014 – 8/2020) and as a non-residential Ambassador to Ireland. During the same period, he was also an accredited Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the International Maritime Organization.

He graduated from Int. Economics at the University of Ljubljana in 1995 and started his work in the private sector and academia. After joining the Slovenian Foreign Service in 2002, he was part of the group negotiating Slovenia’s NATO membership. His first posting abroad was in Tel Aviv, followed by 4 years in Washington DC as a Political Counsellor (2004-2008). Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to the UK, he was Director-General for Bilateral Relations and European Affairs at Slovenian MFA (2012-14) and Head of the Department for Africa, the Middle East, Asia (2009-12).