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Two individuals who move borders in the minds and in the world

Our first guest in the year 2019 will be a pair of talented leaders from Slovenia, who perform on the global stage. A large part of the career path goes abroad; they are ambitious and passionate about what they do. Our first guest, Dominka Švarc Pipan returned to Slovenia after 12 years of work and living abroad. Recently, she is meeting new challenges as State Secretary at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Slovenia. Žiga Vavpotič is a hyper-active one among young business leaders. He looks for the challenges in the role of Chairman of the Outfit7. He lives in accordance with the principle of "Live and leave a trace".


Dominika Švarc Pipan, PhD, State Secretary, Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Slovenia.


Dr. Dominika Švarc (PhD, University of Ljubljana; LLM in Public International Law, London School of Economics) specializes in public international law in the fields of international peace and security, international humanitarian and human rights law, international criminal law, and international arbitration.

Dr. Švarc is currently Vice-President for Planning and Development at the Adriatic Council in Ljubljana; Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Institute for Security and Development Policy in Stockholm and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Previously, she was Assistant Appeals Counsel in the Office of the Prosecutor at the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals and Legal Officer at the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICTY (2014-2016). Between 2010 and 2014, she served as Associate Legal Officer at the International Court of Justice, advising H.E. Judge Julia Sebutinde and H.E. Judge Awn S. Al-Khasawneh.

Žiga Vavpotič, Chairman, Outfit7


Žiga Vavpotič is Chairman at Outfit 7, owner of Globaldreamvision ltd., co-founder of Ypsilon Institute (one of the best know youth organizations in Slovenia), social enterprise Simbioza Genesis and ABC start up accelerator and many more projects. Žiga holds a BA in Economy, a BA in Political Science (major: International Relations) and MA in Sociology (Governance of Non-profit Organization). He is also the author of My Very Own Book (available in Slovene and English), My Very Own Pocket Book and Heart Book of my Life (both only in Slovene).

He was the initiator of many projects, among which project Simbioz@ is one the most successful (awarded the European Citizen’s Prize in 2012 by the European Parliament, the National award for youth project in 2013 and nominated for the UN population award). Žiga was awarded different awards for his successful work, among them: Unesco Youth Ambassador, one of the Pioneers of the Purpose Economy 100 Europe chosen by Purpose Economy 100.

His focus in life is cooperation. His main interests beside the business world are social changes – social responsibility and social entrepreneurship, which Žiga connects with four topics: people, philanthropy, society and responsibility. He often writes, moderates, mediates and gives lectures on all of these topics. One of his saying is: “We are mesmerised by the books we read and people we meet.”


When and where?

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.,

Kristalna palača (BTC) – 2nd floor, Ameriška ulica 8, Ljubljana.

Invitation applies to 9th generation of AmCham Young ProfessionalsTM. Please confirm your attendance. If you are unable to attend the event, please send a message to young@amcham.si.

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