Christian Spahr, Director Media Program SEE at Konrad Adenauer Foundation
Christian Spahr is Director of the Media Program South East Europe of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) based in Sofia, since 2012. His focus of work is supporting quality journalism and modern political communication. He is co-founder and board member of the South East Europe Public Sector Communication Association (SEECOM) and co-host of the South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF).
Christian was press spokesperson of BITKOM, the association of the German Internet economy, from 2006 to 2012. There he was responsible for the PR of the digital high-tech sector in regard to media and internet policies.
From 2003 to 2006 Christian was a business editor with Sächsische Zeitung, a high-circulation German regional newspaper. He had previously received journalistic training at Sächsische Zeitung and as a grantee of the KAS School of Journalism.
During his studies in Dresden (M.A. in linguistics and communication), Christian worked for a regional public radio. He wrote his Master’s dissertation on internet policies in French-speaking Canada, for which he received an award.
Christian has participated as a speaker or presenter at: South East Europe Media Forum, SEECOM Conference, Club of Venice meetings, CeBIT (Hanover), Kommunikationskongress (Berlin), and German-Russian Autumn Talks (Berlin).
Christian has participated as a speaker or presenter at media and communication conferences in Germany, Austria, France, Italy, the Benelux and Baltic states, South East Europe, Ukraine and Singapore.