Iztok Lesjak

Iztok Lesjak_1CEO at Technology Park Ljubljana

Iztok Lesjak, M. Sc. is an international expert in innovative SME creation, incubation and regional policy development. He obtained a M. Sc. degree in economics while his B.Sc. degree is in computer science, both from the University of Ljubljana.

From 1989 to 1992 he has been involved in marketing research results and capabilities in the Italian market as representative for the Jozef Stefan Institute and the National Institute of Chemistry. From 1993 to 1995 he worked as project manager of the project “Technology Park at the Jozef Stefan Institute”, the predecessor of the Technology Park Ljubljana Ltd company, where he was appointed as General Manager in 1996.

He has supported the design, development and implementation of the park infrastructure and value added services. He was actively involved in the evaluation process for more than a two hundred initiatives and hi-tech company proposals. He is also an international projects expert in the fields of national and regional innovation and/or technology transfer strategies and regional development. He is also a senior lecturer of business planning at the University of Nova Gorica.

He has been the initiator for the establishment of the National Association of Technology Parks, Business Incubators and Technology Centers and President of this association from 2005 to 2008. He was President of the European Division of International Association of Science Parks from 2010 to 2012.