Thorsten joined the Royal College of Art after a career break. He previously held various roles at Nestlé, including leading their Regional UK, Ireland and Scandinavian IP team, acting as the IP Champion in the market and raising awareness of IP matters in the organisation and best practice. His responsibilities included ensuring relevant IP was protected, enforced and maintained. Thorsten worked across multiple jurisdictions as part of Nestlé's global IP network and managed and resolved IP conflicts and licensing arrangements. He was a member of various business and functional leadership teams in the UK, including the Confectionery business, Group Marketing, the Digital Board and the Legal function, and a frequent speaker at external events. Thorsten holds a LLB (Hons) Law degree from Queen Mary, University of London and is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney.