Sabine Adler, journalist and author. She was foreign correspondent of Deutschlandfunk (DLF) in Russia from 1999 to 2004, followed by foreign affairs correspondent in the Berlin Parliament editorial office of DFL. From 2007 to 2011 she was Head of the Berlin office of DFL and 2011/12 Head of Press and Communications of the German Bundestag. Since September 2012 she is correspondent of the expanded coverage of Eastern Europe of DFL in Warsaw.


Antje Contius, studied in Slavic Philology and East European History in Frankfurt/M, Warsaw, Sofia, Moscow, St. Petersburg. 1993 head of division for Central Europe and the Middle East at Leipzig Trade Fair's Department for Foreign Relations , becoming its director in 1995. After 1998 scout and proof reader on Slavic literatures for publishing houses in Germany and Switzerland. In 2002 she joined the newly founded S. Fischer Stiftung. Since 2008 she has been working as the foundation's director. (Photo copyright: Ekko von Schwichow)

Susanne Frank, since 2010 Professor of East Slavic Literatures and Cultures at the Humboldt University of Berlin, 2006-2009 visiting professorships at the Universities of Erfurt, Regensburg, HU Berlin. 2004 Habilitation (University of Konstanz). She has studied Slavic Studies and History in Vienna, Konstanz, Moscow. Research interests: Russian-language literature from the 18th to the 21st century under the following aspects: Literatures in imperial and post-imperial context, canonization, symbolic construction of space; geopolitics, war and media.


Gerhard Gnauck, has studied History, Political Science and Slavic Philology in Mainz and (West) Berlin. Dr. phil. (Ph.D.) in Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin. From 1995 to 1998 he was editor (Redakteur) at "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung“ in Frankfurt. From 1999 till now Gnauck is the Warsaw correspondent for the Berlin-based daily “Die Welt”, covering also Ukraine. Contributes to "Neue Zürcher Zeitung". Publications: “Parteien und Nationalismus in Russland” (on Russia in the nineties, 1997), “Syrena auf dem Königsweg” (2004, a portrait of the city of Warsaw) and „Marcel Reich-Ranicki. Polskie lata“, a biography of Germany’s “Pope of literature”, published in Poland and in Germany (2009). Recent text: “My Ukraine. A personal memory” (2014). Translates Polish poets into German.

Walter Kaufmann, since 2009 Head of East Europe, South East Europe and Kaukaus department at Heinrich Böll Foundation Berlin. He has studied Eastern European History and Slavic Studies in Tübingen, Volgograd and Berlin, and joined Heinrich Böll Foundation in 1995. From 1995 to 2002, he was staff for Eastern Europe, and from 2002 to 2008 founder and director of the Regional Office South Caucasus in Tbilisi (Georgia). He published articles on Eastern European history, civil society in Eastern Europe and conflicts in South Caucasus.


Kateryna Mishchenko, lives and works as a writer, editor and translator for German in Kyiv. Born in Poltava, she studied German and literary studies at the Kyiv Linguistic and Hamburg University. She taught the history of literature at Kyiv Linguistic University, worked as a translator in human rights and social spheres. She was editor of the culture magazine Prostory and is co-founder of the Ukrainian publishing house “Medusa”. Recently published in German: „Dictionary of my Maidan“ (taz), „Black circle” (in: „Euromaidan. Was in der Ukraine auf dem Spiel steht“ (Suhrkamp, 2014). Coming soon: „Ukranian Night“, with photos by Miron Zownir and essays by Kateryna Mishchenko (Leipzig, Spector Books).

Carolin Savchuk from Berlin, works as a freelance trainer and consultant for cultural and project management in Eastern Europe and the CIS. She has worked over ten years for various international organizations in the field of event management. She graduated in "International Business and Cultural Studies" (with focus on Eastern Europe) from University of Passau and completed a special program on communication and behavioral training.


Constanze Stoll is a trainer and facilitator for intercultural communication, project management and change processes in the sphere of culture and social movement. She holds a diploma of the University of Hamburg, in Slavic Studies, focussing on Russian and Bohemian literature and in Eastern European history. With the practical experience of project management working five years for the NGO German-Russian Exchange (Berlin) in Russia, she began as a freelance to develop own projects in the field of social justice and cultural work in the CIS-countries. She enwidened her professional experience in training executive staff members of commercial enterprices mostly in the area of intercultural project and change management. She is a member of various training-networks and in the past few years has mainly been working with cultural managers from different countries, often in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut in Russia, Ukraine and the MENA-states (Middle East & North Africa).