Simona Kustec, born on 19 June 1976, was a full professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences in the Department of Political Science, Chair of Policy Analysis and Public Administration. In the 2019/20 academic year, she also lectured at the Venice International University. She taught subjects on policy analysis, human rights policy and global governance. Simona Kustec is also a researcher with a rich and diverse body of work. She is the author of over 400 scholarly works on a wide range of issues, published by leading Slovenian and international academic publishers.
She has been involved in several research project groups in Slovenia and abroad. The common thread of her research is the study of elections and electoral behaviour, democracy and various public policies, including sports policy. She is an established name in numerous professional scientific networks and associations and a respected member of the academic and research community.
In the 2014–2018 term, she was head of the Party of the Modern Centre Deputy Group (SMC). In addition to leading the largest deputy group (political party) in the history of the Slovenian Parliament, she also coordinated the work between coalition members in the National Assembly.
Throughout the 2014–2018 period, she was Vice-President of the SMC and a member of the party's executive committee. During preparations for the European Parliament elections, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) invited her to participate in the expert group drafting the programme document for the 2019 elections.