Franc Matjaž Zupančič is an international economist with over 30 years of experience in management and project management, international cooperation and international development projects. After completing formal education, Zupančič worked as a sports worker and teacher in the Pirniče Primary School and the Fructal Basketball Club between 1974 and 1980. Basketball was the fil rouge in the following years spent in the Netherlands where Zupančič pursued career in business. Since 1980 he worked as an associate in an expedition company, a programmer, an information analyst (Van Leeuwen Buizen B.V.); he was engaged in the development of a contract development system (Heineken BV) and building of an IT system for central administration of movement and storage of merchandise (Philips NV); he headed the education department and gave lectures on informatics (Volmac) and actively participated in putting in place a new system for determining pension rights (Bureau voor Duitse Zaken). Also, Mr Zupančič delivered project and programme management (KPN N.V., Essent N.V.), was adviser to director (Stichting de Zuidwester) and business manager (Atos Origin). After his return to Slovenia in 2007, he acted as the CEO in the firm C5 d.o.o. managing development projects and providing advice in the areas of project management and international cooperation. Prior to being appointed State Secretary, Mr Zupančič worked as a partner in the Dutch company ZuGg BV where he contributed to international development projects in urban and rural regions throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and South America thanks to his extensive knowledge and experience.
Mr Zupančič is also the former president and ambassador of the Slovenian Dutch Business Platform and was the president of the Slovenian branch of the international organisation Beyond Leadership.
Mr Zupančič has served in the role of State Secretary in the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy since 20 November 2014.