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I am Christian Heise

an Activist

a Lecturer

an Author

a Manager

a Curator

a Speaker

a Scientist

a Googler

an Evangelist


What I'm all about.

Christian is a manager, activist, author, lecturer and curator. As the Operations Manager of the Google Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund in Europe he is currently working on stimulating innovation in the digital news ecosystem and demonstrating new thinking in the practice of digital journalism. Besides that, he is just about to finish his doctoral thesis about open science at the Centre for Digital Cultures af­fi­lia­ted to Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty Lüne­burg. As a Chairman of the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany and Member of Board of, he likes to create digital things and open up knowledge and networks. This is his personal portfolio, you find his blog (in German) at

  • Full Name Christian Heise
  • Birthday April 20, 1983
  • Residence Germany
  • Email
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Business Intelligence
Business Development


Yes. I've been around.

  • Google, Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund Operations Manager

    2015 - Present

    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.

  • Leuphana University & Hamburg Media School, Lecturer

    2014 - Present

    The degree program is internationally oriented. Classes in the digital media major are held in English. The program 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.

  • Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Research Associate

    2012 - 2015

    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.

  • DPA, Progam Manager ePublishing

    2012 - 2012

  • DIE ZEIT / ZEIT ONLINE, Audience and Business Development Manager

    2008 - 2012


I'm not lazy.

  • Leuphana University Lüneburg, Doctoral candidate

    2012 - 2017

    The doctoral thesis with the title „From Open Access to Open Science: About the transition of digital cultures relating to scientific communication“ is an explorative study of the concepts of Open Access and Open Science in the context of digitization and the differentiation between different scientific disciplines. The aim of this work is the presentation, analysis and negotiation of the assumptions concerning the establishment as well as the implementation of open digital scientific knowledge processes. Read more here.

  • University of Potsdam, Diploma in Political Science

    2005 - 2008

  • University of Greifswald, Undergraduate in Political Science

    2003 - 2005


Get in touch.

  • LocationOderberger Straße 37 10435 Germany
  • Mobile+49 171 1430774