Dr. Carsten Brosda, hitherto senate representative for media, is to become the new State Councillor for Culture, Media and Digital Affairs on March 1, 2016. He will also be responsible for media and digital affairs as state councillor in the Senate Chancellery. Brosda succeeds Dr. Horst-Michael Pelikahn, who is retiring as state councillor. The Mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz, said: “I thank Horst-Michael Pelikahn for his years of commitment to the city. His work has been justly recognized. I wish Carsten Brosda lots of success with his new tasks.”
Communications expert in SPD party executive
Dr. Carsten Brosda was born in Gelsenkirchen in 1974. He underwent journalistic training at the Westdeutschen Allgemeinen Zeitung in Essen and later studied journalism and politics at the University of Dortmund. Then, he completed his doctoral thesis on “discursive journalism” at the university’s Faculty of Cultural Studies. Brosda has years of experience in administration and politics. From 2005-2009, he was Division Head and from 2008 to 2011 Deputy Manager of the Management and Policy Planning Staff in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. He was Manager of the Department of Communcation in the SPD party executive from 2010 to 2011 in Berlin, before taking over the newly created media office in the Hamburg State Chancellery in June 2011.
Pelikahn, a lawyer, has worked in Hamburg’s provincial administration since 1982. He was Department Head in the Construction and Finance Authority and in the Construction Authority, and Director of the Senate in the State Ministry for Urban Development and the Environment for 12 years. From 2012 to 2015, Pelikahn was state councillor in the Hamburg Ministry of Science and Research and state councillor in the Cultural Authority from 2014.
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