Dr. Christian Kirchsteiger is currently responsible within the European Commission's Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT) for the strategy development of EU policies for smart infrastructures, including energy and transport.
He holds a PhD in Physics and was, before joining the European Commission in 1996, working in industry and research in South Africa, Japan and Germany in the areas of nuclear safety and energy systems modeling. From 1996-2002 he was employed at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispra/Italy, dealing with chemical and nuclear safety assessment in support of European Commission policy services. From 2002-2006, he was Head of Sector on comparative safety and economical assessment of different energy technologies and infrastructures (renewables, fossil, nuclear) at the EU Joint Research Centre in Petten/Netherlands. From 2007-2017, he worked for the European Commission’s Directorate-General on Energy in Luxembourg and was responsible for nuclear development and nuclear security policies.