Christian Schaich has been the Administrative Director at ZOiS since 1 October 2016, where he is responsible for all matters relating to the administration and finances. After training as a bookseller in Cologne, he studied law in Passau, Odesa (Ukraine) and Berlin (Humboldt University) from 1992 to 1998. In 1998 he took the first state law examination. From 1999 to 2002 he wrote his doctoral thesis on the subject of Russian administrative law under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Alexander Blankenagel at the Humboldt University in Berlin. From 2000 to 2002, he was Assistant Lecturer for Public Law and Russian Law, working with Prof. Dr. Alexander Blankenagel. From 2001–2003 he held a traineeship at the Court of Appeal, which he completed in 2003 with the second state law examination. From 2004–2016 he was an Advisor and later Director for the Central and Eastern European region at the German Research Foundation (DFG). This included a period as head of the Moscow office of the German Research Foundation from 2005 to 2008. From 2011–2015 he also worked as a Lecturer in Administrative and Constitutional Law at the Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (including in Central Asia).