Matea Avbelj Valentan has led the Ljubljana Castle Public Institute since its foundation in 2011. Prior to that, she led the cabinet of the Mayor of the Municipality of Ljubljana for five years. She graduated at the Faculty of Administration of the University of Ljubljana with the topic of Slovenia and Ljubljana as a tourist destination. Under her leadership, the Ljubljana Castle has became the leading tourist attraction in the country and an important cultural centre of the capital. As the director of a municipal public institute she is a ctively involved in the work and life of the Municipality of Ljubljana.