Christoph Thun-Hohenstein

Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Austria

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Ambassador Christoph Thun-Hohenstein (born 1960) is Director General for International Cultural Relations at the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria. After studying law, political science, and history of art at the University of Vienna, Thun-Hohenstein worked for the Austrian Foreign Ministry and held posts in Abidjan, Geneva, and Bonn. He was Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York from 1999 to 2007. From 2007 to 2011, he served as Managing Director of departure, the Creative Agency of the City of Vienna. From 2011 to 2021, Thun-Hohenstein was General Director and Artistic Director of the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna. He initiated the Vienna Biennale for Change, which he directed from 2014 until 2022. Most recently, he initiated the Vienna Climate Biennale, which will take place for the first time in 2024.