Kai Kottenstede is part of a network of young German and Chinese leaders from all sectors who come together to engage in intensive dialogue and to undergo further professional and intercultural training. The Zukunftsbrücke – Chinese-German Young Professional Campus takes place in alternate years in China and Germany.
Kai Kottenstede has worked as China Coordinator and Senior Consultant in the field of food technology at the Sino-German communication consultancy Storymaker. His professional and academic expertise lie in the areas of food safety regulation, risk communication and public affairs. From 2012 until mid of 2015 Kai was based in Shanghai, where he conducted research on EU-China collaboration in the area of food safety regulation as part of his PhD studies in political science at the University of Tübingen. In summer 2015, he was a visiting scholar at Fudan University in Shanghai. Over the past years, Kai has been invited as a food safety regulation expert and consultant by government institutions from China, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and the European Commission. He has written a guide to food risk communication for the German Gesellschaft für international Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and contributed a chapter about Germany’s food safety regulation to a training book for the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). He also is a food safety columnist for the Chinese weekly magazine Oriental Outlook. Prior to moving to China, Kai was head of unit at the Department of Risk Communication of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and head of unit at the Berlin office of KetchumPleon. He holds degrees from Nottingham Trent University and the University of Münster.