Associate Professor
  • B.Sc. University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2001)
  • M.Sc. and Ph.D. University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2008)

Nataša Slak Valek is an Associate Professor in the department of Management. She studied Sport Sciences at the University of Ljubljana (BSc, 2001), and continued to a Master study in Business. Following the criteria, after concluded all Master courses her GPA allowed her of being promoted directly to a doctoral (PhD) study in Business at the University of Ljubljana (2008). She has delivered her lectures at the graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Ljubljana, University of Maribor (both Slovenia), I-Shou University in Taiwan R.O.C. and now at Zayed University in the UAE. She also worked for ten years at the National Tourism Office in Slovenia (Slovenian Tourist Board) first as a Professional researcher, and later as a Marketing Manager.

Her most recent publications appear in international peer reviewed academic journals such as Journal of Destination Marketing and Management, Event Management, Tourism Management Perspectives, Journal of Tourism and Cultural Changes and Journal of International Consumer Marketing.

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Teaching Areas

Management, Business Leadership

Research and Professional Activities

Tourism Management, Destination Marketing, Sustainability, Gentrification

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