© Tobias Koch

Executive Director

ELNET Deutschland e.V.


Carsten Ovens is the Executive Director of the European Leadership Network (ELNET) Germany, an independent non-profit organization devoted to strengthening relations between Israel and Germany on the basis of shared democratic interests and values.

Carsten has also served as a Member of the Hamburg State Parliament since 2015. With almost two decades of experience in politics, he is now the CDU Hamburg spokesperson for Science Policy and Digital Business Affairs with a strong focus on innovation and startup initiatives. Before entering the Hamburg State Parliament, Carsten worked in the field of business development and management consulting throughout Europe, as a lecturer on marketing and communications at several leading universities, and as a researcher on social media communication effects on politics and society for many years.

Carsten studied Business Administration at the University of Hamburg and holds an additional master’s degree in International Business from Macquarie University, Sydney.