Slavko Šolar is a Mineral Resource Geologist who worked as an exploration geologist (1984-1991) and then moved on to the position of Head of Unit of the Economic Geology Department from 1991-1997 at the Geological Survey of Slovenia. There afterwards he became a consultant/adviser for the Slovenian government and industry on minerals, resources management and sustainability and was coordinator of the Mining Public Service until 2012. From 2012 to 2016, he was a seconded national expert to the European Commission, DG GROWTH, Unit C2 “Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials”. Afterwards he served as a Senior Scientific Officer at DG Joint Research Centre (JRC) in the Land Resources Unit.