Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun

Founder and Managing Director

Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun
Founder and Managing Director

Tel: +49 (0)30 2359116-11
Fax: +49 (0)30 2359116-99

Christian Thorun is the founder and managing director of ConPolicy. He is a recognized expert in consumer policy and he advises the German Government, German State Ministries and the European Commission on consumer issues.

In addition to his management duties, he is an advisory board member of the Association for Self-Regulation of the Information Economy (SRIW), he is one of three spokesperson of the platform for consumer issues at the Center for Digitalization Bavaria (ZD.B), he is a member of the independent investment committee of ÖKOWORLD 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. He is also a member of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection's (BMUV) network of consumer research.

Before founding the institute, he was active at the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband eV) in Berlin. Furthermore, from 2013 to 2018 he worked as a Professor of Political Science, International Relations and Public Affairs at the Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin.

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.

Selected publications

  • Lell, O. & Thorun, C. (2022). Jahresabrechnungen von Wohnungseigentümergemeinschaften. Studie im Auftrag des DIN Verbraucherrats.
  • Diels, J., Münsch, M. & Thorun, C. (2022). Jugend und Konsum II: Beteiligungsformate für nachhaltigen Konsum. Umweltbundesamt, Texte | 79/2022.
  • Binder, F. et al. (2022). Putting users in the loop: How user research can guide AI development for a consumer-oriented self-service portal. In: Rauterberg, M. (ed) Culture and Computing. HCII 2022. Vol 13324, Springer.
  • Michaelsen et al. (2022): The impact of influencers on advertising and consumer protection in the Single Market. Study requested by the IMCO committee. European Parliament.
  • Cerulli-Harms, A., Thorun, C. (2021): Expert opinion on PSD2 implementation in Germany – Project on account information and payment initiation services. Expert opinion on behalf of Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband e.V.

Selected lectures and presentations

  • Conference of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Consumer Protection: Keynote: Data Power, Digital Asymmetry, Digital Vulnerability (Vienna, November 25, 2022)
  • Conference of the Advisory Council for Consumer Affairs (SVRV): Personalized consumer information: Presentation of the final results of our behavioral experiments (Virtual, September 21, 2021)
  • BMJV-Conference: Consumer-enabling technologies in the context of the online conference 'Consumer protection in the digital age' (Virtual, September 14, 2021)
  • Federal Environment Agency: Countering the throwaway culture: (In)convenient truths and who is actually responsible (Virtual, June 15, 2021)
  • Hoffmann Global Institute for Business & Society: Contribution to a panel discussion on the rise of the conscious consumer (Virtual, June 15, 2021)

Selected moderations

  • Sustainable Palm Oil Forum: Sustainable Palm Oil Forum General Assembly (Hybrid, May 12, 2022)
  • Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chain Initiative: INA Lunchbreak: Due Diligence Fund (Virtual, May 06, 2022)
  • German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa: General Assembly: Human rights due diligence in the cocoa sector: Working together for better living conditions for cocoa farmers (Hybrid, May 03, 2022)
  • Federal Ministry of Justice: Corporate Digital Responsibility: Digital evidence – The 'missing link' for digital processes (Virtual, April 06, 2022)
  • Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chain Initiative: INA Lunchbreak: Digital traceability (Virtual, April 01, 2022)