doc. dr. Emilija Stojmenova Duh

Associate Professor
univ. dipl. inž. el.

+386 1 4768 145
emilija.stojmenova@fe.uni-lj.si

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Biography:
Dr. Emilija Stojmenova Duh was born in Macedonia. She moved to Maribor in 2002, when she received a scholarship from Ad Futura to study in the International Baccalaureate programme run by the II. Secondary School of Maribor. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Informatics, University of Maribor.

After graduation, she worked as a young researcher in business at Iskratel. After her PhD, she joined the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, where she is currently an Associate Professor at the Chair for Information and Communication Technologies and leads the digital innovation hub 4PDIH. 4PDIH is a partnership between the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and the Community of Municipalities of Slovenia, which raises awareness about the importance of digitisation, provides support in developing digital skills and assists decision makers in designing appropriate digitisation policies.She founded and manages the national network of creative labs FabLab Slovenia, which provides a technology-based environment for prototyping innovations and inventions and promotes the circular economy and local entrepreneurship. From February 2018 to October 2019, she was the Executive Director of the Digital Innovation Hub Slovenia. Between 2014 and 2016, she was the Head of Demola Slovenia, based in Maribor, and was part of the international Demola network, which was recognised by the OECD and the World Bank as an example of best practice for innovation policy makers.

She coordinates several national and European research and development projects on the use of new digital technologies for innovation and development of cities, villages and communities. She is working with the European Commission in several different thematic groups on digital innovation hubs and rural development. Her work focuses mainly on the areas of open innovation, co-creation, human-centred design, and digitisation for sustainable rural and urban development. She is part of an international team of researchers that has developed a methodology to measure and monitor the social, economic and environmental return on investment of digital products and services.

She was the first President of IEEE “Women in Engineering Slovenia”. She works hard to increase the number of young people, especially girls, to study engineering, who will later remain active in their sector and dare to take up leadership positions in science and engineering. As such, she was one of 50 women in ICT leadership positions selected to participate in the US State Department-funded multi-regional project #HiddenNoMore: Empowering Women in STEM fields. She was a finalist for “Engineer of the Year 2018” in Slovenia and a nominee for Slovenian Woman of the Year 2021. She is also the first Slovenian representative in the Global Young Academy and a member of the European Research Area working group in ALLEA – All European Academies. She is one of the 4 founders of OnaVe (SheKnows), an association for the promotion of women’s knowledge.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Agency for Research of the Republic of Slovenia, a member of the Expert Council of the Employment Institute of the Republic of Slovenia and a member of the Board of the international organisation Forum Synergies.