Curriculum Vitae of Thomas Drozda

Portrait Thomas Drozda © vbw

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Thomas Drozda was sworn in as Federal Minister by President Heinz Fischer on 18th May 2016. He took office as Federal Minister for Arts and Culture, Constitution and Media on 25 May 2016.

Born in 1965, Mr. Drozda earned a degree in business administration and economics from the University of Linz. After completing his studies, he worked as a general manager at "Trotzdem", the publishing house of the Austrian Socialist Youth organisation in Vienna; shortly thereafter, he worked in the Economic Studies Division at the Austrian central bank (Österreichische Nationalbank).

In 1993, Mr. Drozda became an economic policy advisor in Federal Chancellor Franz Vranitzky’s cabinet, where he was responsible for budgetary, fiscal, social, youth and family affairs; from 1996 onward, Mr. Drozda’s remit was expanded to include the field of arts and culture. From 1997 to 1998, he continued his career as an economic and cultural policy advisor to Federal Chancellor Viktor Klima.

Mr. Drozda went on to serve as the business manager at Vienna’s Burgtheater from 1998 to 2008, and from 2007 to 2014 he was also a member of the Board of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) Foundation. In 2008, he became the Chief Executive Officer at Vereinigte Bühnen Wien, which operates three prominent theatre venues in Vienna.