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Alexandra Borchardt

Director of Strategic Development,
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University

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Alexandra Borchardt is Director of Strategic Development at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Prior to this she was managing editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), Germany’s leading quality daily, where she is still a contributing writer.

At SZ she held several functions in the politics and business sections. She was also founding editor of Süddeutsche’s ‘Plan W’, an award winning quarterly magazine for women and business. In her reporting she has focused on democracy and the internet and the future of work. She teaches 'Leadership and Strategy in the 21st Century' at TU Munich and gives lectures and talks on digitisation and the media. In 2015 she published The Internet between Dictatorship and Anarchy: Ten Assertions about Democracy in the Digital World (Das Internet zwischen Diktatur und Anarchie: Zehn Thesen zur Demokratisierung der digitalen Welt (Süddeutsche Zeitung Edition Streitschrift)). Before joining SZ she worked in several functions for Financial Times Deutschland and Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

Alexandra holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Tulane University, New Orleans (1994), and in 2013 completed a Programme for Management Development at IESE Business School, Barcelona. She lives in Oxford and outside of Munich with her husband and two children.