Dr Thomas Girst graduated from Liverpool High School (New York State) and Rotenbuehl High School in Saarbruecken, Germany. He lived in New York between 1995 and 2003, at first on a DAAD academic scholarship. After working at a gallery starting in 1998, in 2000 he became research manager of the Art Science Research. During that time he also was the cultural correspondent for the German daily “Die Tageszeitung.” Since 2003 he is the Head of Cultural Engagement at the BMW Group, Munich. In 2016 he was honored with the "European Cultural Manager of the Year" award.
Girst was a founding editor and publisher of “Die Aussenseite des Elementes” (1992-2003), an international anthology of prose, poetry, illustration and art. As a curator, he organized numerous exhibitions, including “Alive and Kicking: the Collages of Charles Henri Ford” at the Scene Gallery in New York as well as “Marcel Duchamp in Munich 1912” at the Lenbachhaus in Munich. Girst teaches at the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, as well as at the Academy of Applied Sciences in Zurich. Between 2005-2009 he was a member of the Board for Arts Sponsorship within the Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy at the Federation of German Industries, and since 2010 he sits on their panel for literature. He is a member of the Board of Spielmotor e.V. as well as for the Association of the Architecture Museum, Munich. Since 2012, Girst is cultural representative for the Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory. Since 2015, he is a member of the Council of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich and a member of the board of trustees of the Friends of Haus der Kunst, Munich. In 2016 he was appointed member of the advisory board for Sky Arts. In 2017, he joined The Indian Biennale Effects and Ecosystems Advisory Board and in 2018 the advisory panel of the Museum of Art and Photography in Bangalore.