Dr. Christian Heise

Manager, Author, Activist & Lecturer


Location

Hamburg, Germany

Phone

+49 171 143 0774

Intro

Christian is a manager, activist, author, lecturer and curator. Before he became News Product Partnerships Lead (DACH/Benelux/Nordics) at Google in May 2018 he helped to setup the Digital News Innovation Fund  stimulating innovation and demonstrating new thinking in the european digital news ecosystem. In 2017 he finished a doctoral thesis which entire creation process was designed to be as transparent and open as possible at the Centre for Digital Cultures affiliated to Leuphana University. He likes to shape the digital civil society and open up knowledge and networks.

Experience

2018 – present

Google

News Product Partnerships Lead (DACH/Benelux/Nordics)

Hamburg

Google's line of products and services to clients never stops growing. Partner Managers build long-lasting relationships with partners, work closely with Google Product, Engineering, Legal and Sales teams on new product initiatives and key strategic relationships.

2013 – Present

Leuphana University & Hamburg Media School

Lecturer

Hamburg/Lüneburg

The digital media Bachelor’s program at Leuphana University focuses on the latest discussions about digital media, and combines a theoretical engagement in media studies and history with a hands-on introduction to the foundations of programming and the creative application of digital media. It is internationally oriented and classes are held in English.

2015 – 2018

Digital News Innovation Fund (Google)

Operations Manager & Internal Assessor (Europe)

Hamburg/Paris/London

The Digital News Initiative (DNI) is a partnership between Google and publishers in Europe to support high-quality journalism through technology and innovation. The Google DNI Innovation Fund is supporting and stimulating innovation in the european digital news ecosystem with €150m.

2012 – 2015

Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University Lüneburg

Research Associate

Lüneburg

The Centre for Digital Cultures (CDC), affiliated to Leuphana University of Lüneburg, scrutinises the digital shift through research in disciplines such as media, cultural and social studies, through knowledge creation and transfer, as well as through experimental and interventionist media practices. It sets up a network and an experimental space, where partners from industry, academic research, and civil society not only talk and think with each other, but also cooperate and develop new concepts, formats, applications, and interventions.

2012 – 2012

German Press Agency (dpa-infocom GmbH)

Progam Manager ePublishing

Hamburg

dpa-infocom GmbH is a subdivision of dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH - the leading national news agency in Germany and one of the major news organisations in the world. The division is supporting the development of multimedia news products for the web, mobile portals and print purposes.

2008 – 2012

ZEIT ONLINE (DIE ZEIT)

Audience & Business Development Manager

Hamburg/Berlin

Digital division of the leading German weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT.

Other Activities


Author & Speaker

  • Press publications e.g. Süddeutsche Zeitung, ZEIT ONLINE
  • Scientific publications e.g. From Open Access to Open Science, Handbook CoScience
  • Speaker at public events e.g. re:publica (2012; 2014; 2015; 2017), Science 2.0 Conference, German Science Summit 2016, German Data Summit 2017

  • Expert in Committees & Commissions

  • Expert to federal parliamentary hearings (e.g. digital agenda, open data & digital aid to refugees)
  • Expert to local parliamentary committees (e.g. modernizing administration)

  • Voluntary Board Member

  • Open Knowledge Foundation Germany: Non-profit network of people passionate about opening up knowledge, civic tech and media literacy
  • Förderverein Freie Netzwerke (freifunk.net): Biggest european non-profit initiative for free wireless networks
  • Education

    2012 – 2017

    Doctor of Philosophy

    Leuphana University Lüneburg

    Lüneburg

    Doctoral thesis with the title „From Open Access to Open Science: About the transition of digital cultures relating to scientific communication“. The Thesis was an explorative study of the concepts of Open Access and Open Science in the context of digitization of scientific communication and the differentiation between different scientific disciplines. This was the first thesis ever written live on the internet and all materials were published under an open licence. Read more here.

    2003 – 2008

    Diploma in Political Science

    University of Potsdam/University of Greifswald

    Potsdam/Berlin/Greifswald

    The Diploma thesis was about the use of information and communication technologies to support participation in processes involved in government and governance. It was a theoretical approach eleborate if and how enabling citizens to connect with one another and with their elected representatives can broaden and deepen political participation.