Johannes von Thadden Keynote Speaker

  • German public affairs expert and ex-politician
  • Chief Executive Officer, Christian Democratic Union party (2004-07)
  • Head of Political Affairs, EADS Astrium (2007-present)

Biography

Dr. Johannes von Thadden is a leading German public affairs expert and former politician, currently serving as Head of Political Affairs at EADS Astrium, a pan-European company providing civil and military space services.

He is a former federal Chief Executive Officer of the Christian Democratic Union party (CDU), where he was responsible for the party’s campaigns at the state, national and European level from 2004 to 2007. This included the national election in 2005, when the CDU came back to power after almost a decade.

Prior to this position, he was head of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where he had also served in the past as head of the office of the President and assistant to the Chief Executive. From 2003 to 2004 he was Deputy Secretary General of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

Johannes is currently co-chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation and has been in the past a member of the advisory board at numerous organisations and companies. He has lived in the US, where he was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Washington in the early ’80s, and holds a doctorate in political science and economics from the University of Saarland.

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Videos of Johannes von Thadden

On the future of the aerospace industry (2012; in German)
On the future of the aerospace industry (2012; in German)

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