Since May 2016 Prof. Kunst is President of Humboldt-University Berlin. From 2011 to 2016 she was Minister of Science, Research and Cultural Affairs of Brandenburg and from 2007 to 2011 President of the University of Potsdam.
From 2005-2006 she was the Vice President of Leibniz University Hannover. Prof. Kunst studied biology an political science as well as hydraulic engineering. She holds a doctoral degree in engineering (1982) as well as a doctor of philosohphy degree (1990). During her career she worked on research projects in a number of countries including Bolivia, Peru, and Mexico. From 2010 to 2011 she was president of the German Academic Exchange Service.