Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun
Founder and Managing Director
Tel: +49 (0) 30 / 259369-01
Fax: +49 (0) 30 / 259369-09
Christian Thorun is the founder and managing director of ConPolicy. He is a recognized expert in consumer policy, a member of the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection's (BMJV) network of consumer research, among other organizations, and he advises the European Commission on consumer issues.
Before founding the institute, he was active at the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband eV) in Berlin. Here he was responsible for economic and competition policy issues, data protection and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Additionally, he was co-chair of the Working Group on Information Society as part of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) and led the global consumer organizations on social responsibility in the context of the international standardization project ISO 26000.
Christian Thorun studied and received his doctorate at Oxford University in the Department of International Relations. He has received several awards for his achievements. In 2001, he received a Cecil Rhodes scholarship for his studies at Oxford. He was also awarded scholarships for several years from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the Russian Federation and the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center.
In addition to his management duties, Christian Thorun works as a Professor of Political Science, International Relations and Public Affairs at the Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin. Additionally, he is an advisory board member of the Association for Self-Regulation of the Information Economy (SRIW) and he is an associate member of the Think Tank 30 - a network of young people under the umbrella of the German Society of the Club of Rome.