started his collaboration with Claudia Tomassini in the late 1990s. Together, they have worked on PR and related issues for numerous films at most of the big international festivals. Their collaboration continues to this day, in parallel with his other professional assignments.
In addition to his PR work, Carsten is currently the Director of the Daniel Barenboim Stiftung, a Berlin-based foundation that supports several music- and education-related projects with a focus on Israel and Palestine. The foundation also manages the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra created in 1999 by Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said as a platform for young musicians from Israel, Palestine and several Arab countries to promote coexistence and intercultural dialogue. The orchestra is a regular guest at the most prestigious venues and festivals such as Carnegie Hall, Salzburg, Bayreuth, or the BBC Proms in London. His tasks include strategic communication for the foundation.
From 2004 to 2009, Carsten was the Executive Director of the Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation, a nonprofit organization that operates the Watermill Center on the East End of Long Island, an interdisciplinary international laboratory for performance. The Foundation with offices in New York also manages the vast collection of art works collected by its founder, Robert Wilson, and the archives documenting his work and collaborators. He also was the Managing Director of RW Works, Ltd, the entity organizing Wilson’s creative work. As such, he was in charge of PR for all related activities, placing major articles in international media such as The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Corriere della Sera, Neue Zürcher Zeitung or Vanity Fair, to name only a few. He remains a trustee of the Robert Wilson Stiftung.
From 1999 to 2004, Carsten worked for the international management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, specializing in public sector, media, and telecommunication clients. He advised many cultural institutions from film festivals and museums to opera houses and orchestras. Thematically, his focus lay on post merger management for multinational companies and internal and external corporate communications.
Carsten studied philosophy and English and German Literatures in Munich, Berlin, and Philadelphia. After a short stint at the United Nations in New York, he returned to academia, receiving a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Humboldt University in Berlin in 1998 where he taught until 1999.
He regularly lectures on art administration at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. In addition to his academic publications, he has written articles on a wide range of topics, including winning strategies for print publishers, Italian movies of the 1990s, and the influence of modes of presentation on the way we think. He has been a member of many panels or juries, e.g. at the literature festival steirischer herbst, Austria, or the Hamptons International Film Festival, USA.