Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun

Founder and Managing Director

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. 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.

In addition to his management duties, Christian Thorun is an advisory board member of the Association for Self-Regulation of the Information Economy (SRIW), 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.

Selected publications

  • Cerulli-Harms, A. et al. (2018). Behavioural Study on Consumers’ Engagement in the Circular Economy. Final Report. European Commission – DG JUST.
  • Thorun, C., Kettner, S. E. & Merck, J. (2018). Digital Ethics - The need for a Corporate Digital Responsibility. FES WISO Direkt.
  • Nyenhuis, M., Grundei, J. & Thorun, C. (2018): Organizational anchoring of public affairs within companies. Zeitschrift für Politikberatung (ZPB), 2–3/2016 (8), pp. 91–104.
  • Kenning, P., Thorun, C. & Meißner L. (2018). Der Markt für “gute Arbeit” – eine empirische Analyse. Wirtschaftsdienst, 98. Jg, H. 6, pp. 428–432.
  • Thorun, C. & Vetter, M. (2018). Transparente Informationsdarstellung in der Werbung für Verbraucherkredite: Herausforderungen, Ländervergleich und Handlungsempfehlungen.

Selected lectures and presentations

  • Hugo Boss-Employee event: Input about Stakeholder Engagement: Why, how and what next? (Metzingen, December 13, 2018)
  • WZB-Mercator Forum: Panel discussion about "Using Big Data to influence the behavior of citizens?" (Berlin, December 07, 2018)
  • Tagesspiegel Consumer Protection Conference: Panel discussion about "Influencing consumers – is this legitimate?" (Berlin, October 9, 2018)
  • Systain/ConPolicy Leaders’ Circle: Input about Corporate Digital Responsibility: Responsible digitalization (Berlin, September 27, 2018)
  • ING-DiBa Morning Club: Input about consumer protection as a factor for competition (Berlin, September 25, 2018)

Selected moderations

  • NRW Ministry for Labour, Health and Social Affairs: Private pensions for all (Düsseldorf, January 10, 2019)
  • Watchdog Finances: Much information – well protected? What consumer information can do in the financial market? (Berlin, December 10, 2018)
  • German Advisory Council for Consumer Affairs (SVRV): Recommendations for a fair consumer scoring (Berlin, October 31, 2018)
  • German International Cooperation: General assembly of the forum sustainable palm oil (Berlin, October 18, 2018)
  • German International Cooperation: Closed meeting of the Steering Committee of the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (Siegburg, September 05 and 06, 2018)