FICAC DIRECTOR

Biography

Dr. Marko Smole is the Founder and Director of the AC Investment company, which he has been running for over 20 years. The company deals with stock market investment as well as investment and development of real estate in Southeast Europe. In the past years he has acted as a consultant, member and president of numerous business groups, associations, companies and supervisory boards in the region of central and SE Europe.

Marko Smole holds a Doctorate from the Graduate School of Management and European Studies in the area of development of economic consular diplomacy. He completed his Masters degree at same faculty, focusing his thesis on the EU developmental assistance through structural funds and prior to that his Bachlors degree at the Business College of Ljubljana in economic studies.

In his active social life Mr. Smole was elected member of Governers Council of Slovenia’s Lions club 129 district as well as awarded President and Founder of the Lions club.

Since 1996 he has actively represented The Republic of Seychelles in the Republic of Slovenia as an Honorary Consul. He also acts as President of Slovenian – Seychelles Friendship comitee.

In 2008 he became the Dean of the Honorary Consular Corps of the Republic of Slovenia for two mandates. Between 2005 and 2011 Dr. Smole also held the function of the Vice President of European Federation of Consular Corps.

Dr. Smole held the position of the Regional Chairman for CE and SE Europe for FICAC – World Federation of Consuls for two mandates. In 2015 he was elected Director of FICAC World Federation of Consuls. For his consular achievements he was decorated with a FICAC Medal of Honour and title of Past President Emeritus of Slovenian Consular corps.

He is the author of a book addressing the new dimensions and possibilities of NON CAREER Consular Diplomacy, issued by Faculty of Social Science in Ljubljana.. He also authored numerous articles in prominent Slovenian magazines and newspapers and he acts as guest lecturer at Faculty of Social Science of University of Ljubljana.

In his private life he is an adventure mountain cyclist, an enthusiastic skiier, philanthropist, loves cooking good food and wine, and produces high-end craft beer. He lives in Slovenia with his spouse Katja Gersak and lovely two sons.