dr. Robert Šumi

Chief Commissioner

Dr Robert Šumi, born in Jesenice in 1974, holds a PhD in Business Ethics – Integrity and Personnel Management. He received his PhD in 2013 from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana with the PhD thesis The Impact of Integrity on the Service Style of Management in a Profit and Non-Profit Organization. Previously, he received his MA at the Faculty of Social Sciences and graduated from the Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security and the College of Police and Security of the University of Maribor.

Between 1993 and his appointment as Chief Commissioner of the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption on 1st April 2020, he was employed by the Police. He started his career at the Police Directorate Kranj as a police officer, advancing to posts of detective and police inspector. From 2007, he was employed at the General Police Directorate; among his other tasks, he led a working group for the strengthening of the integrity of police officers at the level of the entire Slovene police force between 2008 and 2010.

Upon the establishment of the Police Integrity and Ethics Committee as an advisory body to the Director General of the Police in 2011, Dr Šumi served as its chairman. Between 2014 and 2020, he led the newly established Centre for Research and Social Skills, which operates within the Police Academy. Its remit includes organisational and personality integrity, ethics, psychological assistance and support, ethical leadership, professionalism, fostering good mutual relations, and conflict management.

In 2019, he became an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security of the University of Maribor. He conducted trainings for civil servants in the fields of integrity, prevention of corruption, conflict of interest, and other unethical practices in performing public tasks for the Ministry of Public Administration. For a decade, he has also been active as an international expert in various European institutions (Council of Europe, GRECO, CEPOL, Frontex, DCAF, OSCE, and Taiex).

Dr Šumi's areas of expertise with long-term experience include planning, organising, managing, and implementing activities in the fields of personal and organizational integrity, the prevention of corruption and other forms of unethical behaviour in the domestic and international environments, managing at various organizational levels, detecting and investigating criminal offences, and performing supervisory activities.