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Lucia Kleštincová

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Lucia Kleštincová
BornJuly 18, 1985
Bratislava, Slovakia
🏳️ Nationality
🎓 Alma materUniversity of Economics in Bratislava, London School of Economics and Political Science
💼 Occupation
Policy advisor to the European Commission on internal market of the European Union

Lucia Kleštincová is an expert in European policies and tech-driven innovation, an official of the European Commission, a manager in private sector and public administration, a civic society activist and a blogger. She stands for promoting feminine leadership and values-driven transformation of our political and business context.

In the 2019 European Parliament elections, she is a candidate to become a Member of the European Parliament for the coalition Progresívne Slovensko – SPOLU, občianska demokracia.[1]

Childhood and studies[edit]

During her university studies, Lucia gathered practical experience in public administration, diplomacy and business, for example at the Department of Protocol and International Relations of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, Human Rights Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic, or at the Consulate of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in London. In the market-entry strategy consulting company Weastra, Lucia was involved in providing strategic advisory to companies whose intention was to establish themselves in the central European markets. She left her subsequent job at the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Bratislava to accept an offer for further studies. In the academic year 2009/2010 she studied at the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science, where she graduated in MSc. public management and governance.

Lucia is committed to continuous learning and personal development through all kinds of formal education programs and coaching. In 2016 she graduated from the IT Business Agility at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. She has participated in several project management and leadership courses. In particular, she is dedicated to promoting feminine leadership, mindfulness and soft skills as a key to elevating the consciousness of our organisations and transforming the functioning of the public sector at all levels.


In 2013, Lucia passed a highly competitive selection process to become a policy officer in the European institutions. Since then, she has served at the European Commission (Directorate-General for the Internal Market, Industry, Enterprise and SMEs) as an adviser for policies aimed to promote competitiveness of the EU’s industry. She focuses on policies advancing the digital single market, innovative capabilities of the EU’s businesses, digitisation of the EU’s public administrations and education. As examples, she was in charge of developing digitisation and professionalisation policies at the unit in charge of policies for tourism sector and at the unit for digitisation of the EU’s public procurement. During the presidency of the Slovak Republic in the Council of the EU, she was seconded to the Representation of the Slovak Republic to the European institutions in order to support the Slovak team working on proposals concerning the electronization of public administration. Following the Brexit referendum, her role of policy assistant for competitiveness policies was extended to include coordination of preparations for the UK's departure from the EU's internal market. Lucia has also been involved in many bottom-up projects aiming to modernise functioning of the European Commission itself. For example, she led an 11-member strategic working group on talent management, contributed to shaping ideas in the debate on Future of Europe, and managed a group of experts of Member States dedicated to the use of big data and artificial intelligence in the policy making process. She has also set up several groups for promoting the personal and professional growth of women, including the Club of Slovak Women in the European Commission.[2]

Political activities[edit]

Lucia is a candidate for a Member of the European Parliament for the coalition Progresívne Slovensko – SPOLU, občianska demokracia.[3]

Projects and lecturing[edit]

We link universities with the labour market: Lucia has been a founder and a manager of the project under the auspices of the Institute of Economic Policy, n.o. [6] The purpose of the project is to draw the attention of the general and professional public to the need to monitor graduate employability as one of the main inputs ensuring effective resource allocation in education sector.[4][5][6] Lucia also managed a nation-wide media campaign, which featured several famous Slovak personalities (eg. Michal Truban,[7] Michal Meško,[8]Matúš Vallo[9]). It provided hundreds of thousands of Slovak students with unique information about labour market trends and future of work requirements.

Teacher 2020: Lucia is a co-founder of the Teacher 2020 initiative, aiming to improve the teacher status, including teachers' financial income, to increase the popularity of the teaching profession and to provide top quality teachers for pupils and students across Slovakia.[10][11]

You too in IT: Lucia is an ambassador of the initiative for women interested in working in the IT sector.[12] In addition to several one-day events, the initiative also works with other important projects to support women in IT. For example, the Mini Tech MBA for Women program[13] aims to boost women's career in IT and show that women belong to IT.

Honors and Awards[edit]

2008 Rector of the University of Economics in Bratislava Award for the Best Student[14]


  1. Azet.sk. "Progresívne Slovensko a Spolu: Kandidáti do eurovolieb 2019". aktuality.sk (in slovenčina). Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  2. "Lucia Kleštincová: "Máme akútny nedostatok ženských líderiek v mnohých oblastiach"". Akčné ženy (in slovenčina). 2019-03-27. Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  3. "Predstavili sme ďalších kandidátov do EP". progresivne.sk (in slovenčina). 2019-01-28. Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  4. "IHP". www.ihp.sk. Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  5. "We link universities with the labour market" (PDF).
  6. "Hospodárske listy 2/2012" (PDF).
  7. nemajnasalame (2013-03-02), Nemaj na saláme (Do Give A Sh*t!) - Michal Truban, retrieved 2019-04-28
  8. nemajnasalame (2011-10-20), Nemaj na saláme - Michal Meško, retrieved 2019-04-28
  9. nemajnasalame (2011-10-20), Nemaj na saláme - Matúš Vallo, retrieved 2019-04-28
  10. "Povolanie učiteľa je jedno z najmenej atraktívnych | eduworld.sk". eduworld.sk (in slovenčina). Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  11. Ucitel2020 (2013-05-29), Verejná diskusia Učiteľ 2020 - Lucia Kleštincová, retrieved 2019-04-28
  12. "Lucia Kleštincová | Aj Ty v IT". Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  13. "Prvý vzdelávací program pre ženy o IT". Mini Tech MBA for Women (in slovenčina). Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  14. "Report on the activities of the Faculty of International Relations of the University of Economics in Bratislava 2008" (PDF).

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