Norbert Kurilla was appointed as a State Secretary of the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak republic on March 31, 2016. In his role, he is responsible for numerous  Environmental and Climate Policies including international and EU affaires. He is also a vice-chair of the OECD Green Action task Force.

He started his career at the Ministry of Environment as EU affaires coordinator. During
2007 – 2014 served at the Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the European Union in Brussels as environmental diplomat.  Upon his return to Slovakia in 2014 he took an active part in preparation of the Slovak Presidency in the Council of the European Union and became Director General of the Environmental Policy Directorate at the Ministry of Environment.

Norbert Kurilla has a bachelor degree in Commerce from the University of Economics in Bratislava. He obtained the M. A. degree in International Relations, with a thesis The role of South Korea in south-east Asian area and evolution of Slovak-Korean relations. He is a Ph.D. holder from the Faculty of International Relations at the University of Economics in Bratislava, majoring in international economic relations (2007). During his academic and professional years he underwent several studies, exchanges and trainings abroad e.g. Sejong University in South Korea, Gent University in Belgium, UNEP in Kenya, Clingendael Institute in the Netherlands or European Institute of Public Administration in Belgium.