Christian is a manager, activist, author, lecturer, and curator. Before he fully joined Google in May 2018 he helped to set up the Digital News Innovation Fund stimulating innovation and demonstrating new thinking in the European digital news ecosystem. In 2017, he finished his doctoral thesis at the Centre for Digital Cultures affiliated to Leuphana University. The entirety of the thesis creation process was designed to be as transparent and open as possible. Christian’s aim is to shape the digital civil society and open up knowledge. He is blogging at postdigital.me.
Managing a team of Strategic Partner Managers in Central Europe - responsible for launching news products and steering relationships with partners, work closely with Google Product, Engineering, Legal and Sales teams on new product initiatives. Led the first launch globally of Google News Showcase in Germany and supported the implementation of it's complex strategy.
Managing Google's line of news products and services in Germany, Austria Switzerland and the Noridcs. Building long-lasting relationships with partners, work closely with Google Product, Engineering, Legal and Sales teams on new product initiatives. Leading the launch of Subscribe with Google in Europe as Google Product Champion and ensuring EMEA to be the Region with highest product implementation rate globally by 2019.
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. Teaching Digital Media Production and facilitation of the Research Colloquium.
The Digital News Initiative (DNI) was a partnership between Google and publishers in Europe to support high-quality journalism through technology and innovation with €150m. As a Operations & Assessment Manager I was responsible to setup and ensure operations of the Google DNI Innovation Fund which awarded more than €140m to 662 projects in 30 European countries over 3 years.
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. I was leading the Digital Learning Environments Initiative at the Hybrid Publishing Lab.
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. As Program Manager I was responsible to run the ePublishing Program at DPA.
Digital division of the leading German weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT. As Audience & Business Development Manager I was responsible to increase the website traffic to all of ZEIT ONLINE's websites via various digital marketing methods and developing a business development strategy focused on financial gain on top of the existing ads business.
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.
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.