The project was organized by the European Solidarity Centre (Poland) and Council of the Baltic Sea States (headquarters in Sweden) and co-financed by Federal Republic of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office.
List of countries: Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America.
Ilvija Bruge is a Researcher at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs. She holds BA degree in Political Science and MA degree in International Relations from Riga Stradins University. Moreover, she holds MSc degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh. She is currently in her second year of PhD studies at Riga Stradins University. Her research experience, apart from a long-term collaboration with the institute where she has been a co-editor of several books and an author of several articles, includes work as a research analyst for a UK-based political risk advisory and as a national expert for international research projects, such as V-Dem and Scorecard. She has also worked for the European Union Structural Funds’ Department at the State Chancellery of the Republic of Latvia. Her current research interests are related to political, economic, historic, and socio-cultural developments in the post-Soviet areas, and Ukraine in particular, as well as to Russian propaganda and its impact on security of Latvia and other post-Soviet states.
Urður Gunnarsdóttir is a journalist, media expert, she has 8 years of experience in the Balkans and former Soviet Union, working mainly in post-conflict situations and during conflict, such as in Kosovo 1999. Gunnarsdottir worked for OSCE (the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe), based in Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Warsaw. Her work has been mainly focussing on press and public information for human rights, reconciliation, democracy building, disarmament and elections. During working for OSCE, she was Spokesperson in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Warsaw, and was responsible for media development and press in Kosovo. She has extensive background in journalism with 12 years experience. She covered former Soviet Union and the Balkans, including the conflict in Macedonia 2001.
Adam Reichardt is the Editor-in-Chief of New Eastern Europe. Prior to assuming the role of Editor-in-Chief, Adam served as the magazine’s Managing Editor. He previously spent eight years in public policy in Washington DC, as well as a large portion of his studies in Krakow, Poland, where he now permanently resides. Adam has an MA in Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management from the George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia USA, and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. In 2012, Adam was short-listed for the European Press Prize in the category of “editor” and in 2014 was named to the “New Europe 100” list of the region’s top innovators.
Monika Chabior is a social activist, manager of social and cultural programs and sociologist. She focuses on the development and integration of local communities with the use of various means including art/creativity and sports. Her experience includes working with the local communities of East London where she worked as a Community and Education Officer in the Children’s’ Story Centre Discover, creating the concept and co-coordinating the Social Responsibility Program of UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland, creating and implementing a national community – sports program “Nasz Orlik” and co-operating with a number of Universities and NGOs focusing on supporting local activists. Her aim is to support people who try to develop positive, creative and strong communities.
Konrad Knoch, PhD is the Head of the Historical Research Department at the European Solidarity Centre, and lecturer at the University of Gdansk. He is the author of the paper entitled The Regional Coordination Committee of NSZZ Solidarity in the Gdansk Region in 1982–1989, published in the book by A. Friszke et al. Solidarnosc podziemna 1981–1989 [Underground Solidarity 1981–1989] (2006), and the book Pisma liberalne drugiego obiegu w Polsce w latach 1979-1990 [The Liberal Underground Press in Poland in the years 1979-1990], which was awarded the best history book debut (2012).
Iwona Reichardt, PhD, is the Deputy Editor and Lead Translator for New Eastern Europe. She has been part of the editorial team since the very beginning of the magazine. She holds a PhD in political science from the Jagiellonian University (Cracow, Poland). Her previous experience includes spending one year as an intern with Foreign Policy Magazine in Washington, DC. She also worked for five years as policy researcher with the World Bank. Iwona Reichardt is also the author of a number of academic and policy papers, published in Polish and English.
Łukasz Wojtusik is a journalist, editor, publisher and reporter. He is a graduate of journalism at the Jagiellonian University /Cracow/. Wojtusik is Head of the Agora Radio Group’s Krakow newsroom (Tok FM/Złote Przeboje/Rock radio), and Author of numerous interviews broadcasted at the Tok FM radio station / “Krakowskie Przedmieście”/. Moreover, he is a Member of the Malopolska Journalists’ Award chapter house. On 2013, he was awarded the best culture journalist in Malopolska. Currently, he is a Lecturer at the Children’s University and a long-standing collaborator of New Eastern Europe magazine.
Łukasz Grajewski is a sociologist, editor of the portal Eastbook.eu and president of the Foundation Common Europe. He is a graduate of East European Studies. Since 2008, he is active in the third (NGO) sector, also he worked in public administration. Grajewski is an author of many publications on Eastern Europe in the Polish media and the book “Lessons of the German. Reflections and discussions on our Western neighbors.”
Basil Kerski is a director of the European Solidarity Centre. A Polish-German manager of culture, political scientist and essayist of Polish-Iraqi descent. He worked as the international politics expert at the Aspen Institute in Berlin, the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations and the Bundestag. He was a lecturer of political science and modern history. Since 1998 he is an editor-in-chief of the Polish-German Magazine DIALOG”. Kerski is author and editor of many publications about history, culture and politics translated into German and Ukrainian.
Patrycja Medowska is a deputy director of the European Solidarity Centre, head of Civic Culture Department. She holds MA in German from University of Warsaw. Journalist, culture manager and translator. She has worked as a journalist for several Polish media, such as Nasza TV, Radio dla Ciebie S.A. and Polskie Radio S.A. She has also worked for a Konrad Adenauer Foundation as a PR specialist. In European Solidarity Centre since 2008.
Anna Fedas is a coordinator of Solidarity Academy since 2013. She works as a Civic Education Specialist in a Civic Projects Department at the European Solidarity Centre. Besides, she is a manager of civic, social and cultural projects. She is also a trainer, facilitator and PhD student of Wrocław University. Her previous experience includes working for both nongovernmental and governmental organizations in Polish and foreign projects in the field of social inclusion, social and civic development of local communities, civic awareness, human rights and multicultural dialogue. One of her biggest projects was the Polish Social Responsibility Program of POLAND UKRAINE UEFA EURO 2012. Supporting civic and social initiatives never makes her tired.
Kacper Dziekan is a coordinator of Solidarity Academy since 2013. He works as a European Projects Specialist in a Civic Projects Department at European Solidarity Centre. He is also a PhD student at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. Dziekan holds BA and MA in history and BA in Eastern Studies from the abovementioned University. He is also a graduate of a European Academy of Diplomats, Moscow School of Civic Education and a former student of Irkutsk State University, Russia. Kacper Dziekan worked as a Project Coordinator and Youth Worker for several government organizations and NGOs. Moreover he is Involved in educational, cultural, social, history and civic projects, especially regarding post soviet countries.
Aleksandra Musielak is a financial coordinator of Solidarity Academy. She is a manager of international cultural and educational projects. In her second life, she works as a child psychologist, educator and trainer. All her passions are connected with culture, psychology, children and education. Her previous experience includes working for both nongovernmental and governmental organizations in the field of culture and education. One of her biggest project was the National Cultural Programme of the Polish Presidency of EU Council in 2011. Currently in the Solidarity Academy she tries to keep her finger on the pulse of the project budget and all financial issues.
Dobrosława Korczyńska-Partyka is a coordinator of Solidarity Academy since 2013. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Gdansk. Her academic interests are related to urban studies, memory studies, post-dependence studies and innovation pedagogy. She is a certified academic tutor. Dobrosława has experience in coordinating many international cultural and educational projects. She currently works as a researcher at the University of Gdansk and as a Polish language teacher in the Center for Youth Co-operation and Mobility in Gdynia.
Mirosława Jackowicz-Korczyńska is a coordinator of Solidarity Academy. Currently she is a PhD student at the University of Gdańsk. Her academic interests are related to Polish identity, postcolonial studies and Siberia in XIX century. Member of the Laboratory of Studies on Russia in Polish literature and culture in XIX-XX centuries. In recent years Mirosława participated in several international cultural and educational projects. She was a tutor at the Akademia Przyszłości. Currently works as a Polish language teacher for foreign volunteers of PSOUU in Gdańsk.
TUTORS/ PROJECT COORDINATORS
Ksenia Omelchenko is a media manager, producer, journalist, PR-adviser, co-founder in Zanoza production and PhD student in Saint-Petersburg State University. Soon After her graduation from the law faculty of Kiev National Economic University, she started to study journalism in Saint-Petersburg State University. She has participated in many international workshops, trainings, conferences and events including The Economic Forum of Young Leaders, training on international relations organized by Gorchakov Fund (Russia). She studied local management as a postgraduate course, and she is a Graduate of the Solidarity Academy 2015.
Bartosz Rief works as a Social Projects Specialist in a Civic Projects Department at the European Solidarity Centre. For several years he has worked and cooperated with several NGOs as a coordinator, trainer and social specialist. He was coordinator of the Act Locally Grant Program and created the Grant Program for Youth, which supported youth initiatives in Tczew (Poland). He is a founder of the Alternative Cultural Centre “Zebra” – a place where several cultural events for local community (especially dedicated for youth) were organized. He is a graduate of School for Trainers and PAFF Leaders Program. He is interested in functioning of grassroots cultural and social centers.
Magdalena Fryze-Seroka works as a Cultural Project Specialist in a Civic Project Department at the European Solidarity Centre. She holds BA and MA in history of art at The University of Warsaw. Engaged in many activities as a cultural animator, activist, producer or engaged viewer. Worked in Berlin on Biennale of contemporary art, spend one year in Bolonia on Erasmus Program. One of her bigger project is “In Between? looking for local histories in European borderlands” study visit for young Europeans and intergenerational project in Warsaw. Interested in site specific projects in public space.
Maciej Zaniewicz is a journalist and Student of Eastern Studies at Warsaw University. He is an Editor at Eastbook.eu portal and Editor in Chief of the Polish version of Belarus Votes – a blog about presidential elections in Belarus. He graduated from International Relations and Russian Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. During his studies he was an active member of the Russian Studies Students’ Association of the Jagiellonian University, where he organized many international projects and conferences. He spent a year in Russia, where he was teaching Polish language in a Polish Club, also as correspondent of Eastbook.eu he reports on events in Russia. He is the author of weekly Russian press overviews and specializes in Russian mass media.
Mārtiņš Legzdiņš works as a Project Assistant for the fields of culture, youth cooperation and higher education at the Permanent International Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS). Previously he has been assigned as a Core Team Intern Assistant at the CBSS Secretariat and as an Intern at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia. Mārtiņš holds a BA in history and MA in Diplomacy – both obtained at the University of Latvia. Additionally he has studied as an internaltion exchange student at Maria Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland.
Ievgen Voropai is an independent marketing manager, media manager and blogger. Mr. Voropai has master degree in Journalism and postgraduate diploma in Media Management. He is confessed content marketing nerd, fervent agile marketing evangelist.
Arsenii Vesnin is a radio reporter and presenter for the national radio station Echo of Moscow as well as for the city station Echo of Petersburg. Besides covering daily news, reporting live and conducting interviews with political and cultural figures, he is also in charge of several live broadcasts., Arsenii is a graduate of History from the State University of St. Petersburg. For his Master thesis, he specialized on the History of Western Europe.
NEW MEDIA PERSON
Ary Khoshnaw is the Vice Marketing Manager at Iraqi Kurdistan’s biggest shopping center, Family Mall. He holds a bachelor degree in Business Management. He is fluent in Kurdish, English, and Arabic. Mr. Khoshnaw is an active journalist with contributions to several Iraqi and international news agencies such as Rudaw Media Network and Washington Post. He is the founder of IraqFixer which provides logistics and support for international journalists covering conflict zones and refugee crisis in Iraq.
Marita Gasteiger is a graduate student of Interdisciplinary Eastern European Studies at Vienna University, originally from northern Italy. After several study visits in Minsk (Belarus’) and Moscow, she is currently doing an abroad semester at Vilnius University. Gasteiger is a Freelancer for newspapers, online news platforms and radio, blogging about eastern Europe, politically active in the Austrian Students’ Union (ÖH) for several years. Her main interests are feminism, gender equality, Eastern Europe , Education and Politics.
Ekaterina Tikhonova is a Masters Student of the European Union — Russia Studies at the University of Tartu, Estonia. Her research focuses on studying Russian media and refugee crisis. She holds a BA degree in journalism and MA degree in sociology from the Tomsk State University, Russia. Over a span of six years she has been working as a journalist and info-graphic artist for different local medias in Russia.
Svitlana Ovcharova is a journalist at Radio Poland (Russian section). She holds MA in Journalism at the University of Warsaw and MA in Media Communication at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. The processes of migration and border area issues are the topics of the most interest for her. She is currently studying postgraduate at the Centre for East European Studies at the Warsaw University. She co-worked with Eastbook.eu. She is passionate about traveling, in the last few months she visited Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, where she managed to observe social atmosphere and the proceedings of recent State Duma Elections. Svitlana is convinced that the borders exist only in our minds.
Hubert Gregorski is a student of Inter-area Individual Studies on Humanistic and Social Studies at the University of Warsaw focusing on Law, International Relations and Iranian Studies. He also studied in Ukraine, at Moscow State Institute of International Relations in Russia and in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (as a participant of Indonesian Art and Cultural Scholarship 2016). He has participated in numerous international initiatives and started cooperation with eastbook.eu. His researches focus mostly on post-soviet countries, legal pluralism in North Caucasus and Indonesia. Passionate about traveling, foreign languages, literature and sport.
Mira M. Fricke is a German journalist and student. She holds a BA degree in journalism. Over the last six years she has worked for several major newspapers in Germany and Switzerland as well as for the Public Service Broadcasting Station in Munich, Bayerischer Rundfunk – one of the nine broadcasting stations of ARD. In 2016 she graduated from the Centre of Polish Language and Culture at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków. She is currently studying her master studies at The Humboldt-University Berlin and working freelance for the German Press Agency, dpa. In her work Mira covers a wide variety of topics from social sciences and education to health and medicine.
Monta Gagane is a new culture and art journalist and movie director from Latvia. She just has graduated master studies in movie directing and producing in Latvian Academy of Culture. She also holds a bachelor degree in philosophy in University of Latvia. Monta has worked as video director in Latvian life style TV show Košākai dzīvei (eng. For a more vibrant life), season 1, directed two short movies, makes videos in digital content agency Juno and is a freelance writer and culture journalist in websites Arterritory.com, Satori.lv and “Veto Magazine”. At the moment Monta is studying analogue photography and collects ideas for her first full-length fiction movie.
Volha Damarad is a Belarusian-born lawyer with human rights background and expert specialized in public policy, democracy and civil society development in Eastern Europe. After graduating BB.L in International law (Belarusian State University, 2011), LL.M in human rights (Riga Graduate School of Law, 2012) and professional one-year courses on European Integration (Estonian School of Diplomacy, 2013) and foreign affairs (Collegium Civitas, 2014), she worked for the International Republican Institute. Volha completed a number of intensive modules on political science and law issues at the Charles University, Lund University, European University Viadrina, College of Europe, Oslo University, and others. Volha was awarded prestigious scholarships and fellowships from Open Society Institute, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Krzysztof Skubiszewski Foundation, and German Academic Exchange Service. Currently Volha is affiliated to the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies.
Dagmara Moskwa is a PhD student in the Eastern Institute at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She holds a degree in History and International Relations. Her research focuses mainly on memory studies and historical policy of the contemporary Russia. She cooperates with the Russian Anthropological Institute of the Russian State Humanistic University in Moscow, also she is an editor of the academic journal „Kavkaz-Przeszłość-Teraźniejszość-Przyszłość” and „Forum Wschodnie. Rocznik interdyscyplinarny”. She has published articles in Poland and Ukraine and worked as an assistant at the Witold Pilecki State School of Higher Education in Oświęcim. She worked as a journalist in Portal Spraw Zagranicznych, and currently works as a copywriter (content marketing).
Jyri Tuominen is a Finnish journalism student from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki. Also studied one semester in Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Lima, Peru. Tuominen writes for Tuima.fi -web magazine. Areas of interest include politics, economics, Latin America and international news in general.
Helen Wright is a freelance journalist based in Tartu, Estonia. She has worked for newspapers in Estonia, England and Mongolia. Currently she is studying for an MA in Baltic Sea Region Studies at the University of Tartu. She has written for BBC News website, Eurasianet.org, Deep Baltic, Estonian World and the Baltic Times.
Elín Margrét Böðvarsdóttir is a journalist at mbl.is, the largest news and information website in Iceland, and editor of The Student Newspaper at the University of Iceland. She studies Political Science at the same institution and did a year abroad at Sciences Po – Paris, where she was has worked with The Paris Globalist, a student magazine on international affairs. Elín is an activist in the Icelandic Student-interest Movement and writes columns for Rómur, an online platform for young liberals. In her work, Elín deals with domestic and foreign politics/affairs and general news reporting.
George Makarenko is a Russian journalist writing about foreign affairs at the RBC news agency, one of the largest independent media outlets in Russia. He is dealing mostly with the current European, American and Middle Eastern policy. George holds a specialist degree in history at Lomonosov Moscow State University. His research focused on the German revanchist narrative between the world wars. He studied in Germany for half a year and participated in several seminars for the Russian press abroad.
Koen Verhelst is a Dutch journalist based in Riga. From the Latvian capital he covers the Nordics and Baltics for media outlets in both The Netherlands and Belgium. The best thing about that is his freedom to travel around the region as much as possible. His topics range from defense and energy to migration and startups. Many years ago he studied journalism and the thing that he remembers most from this time is a 4 month reporting trip through nearly all former Soviet Union republics. Aside from that he enjoys riding bikes, photographing airplanes and being an all-round nerd.
Ruben Dieleman is a Dutch graduate student currently pursuing an MSc degree in International Administration and Global Governance at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Previously, he was involved in the Varieties of Democracy Institute Research Project. As a journalist, he has published in the Huffington Post and on other online platforms. Currently, he serves as chief editor of the Greater Europe Think Tank, an initiative that promotes academic discussion across the European and Eurasian regions on political and cultural topics. Ruben’s interests and experiences range from democracy and media research to radio programme presenting, from dystopic literature to polling station supervising.
Dorian Jędrasiewicz is a master student in the Institute of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He is the second president in German-studies University Circle. Jędrasiewicz is an active participant of journalistic and educational projects in Poland, Germany and Belgium. This year he also took part in the project organized by Deutscher Bundestag. His interests revolve around Viennese School of Psychoanalysis, culture and social aspects in German-speaking area in Europe (especially in Austria), as also around European integration. Passionate about photojournalism.
Andri Yrkill Valsson holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Iceland, partly taken at Metropolitan University in Prague. Part of his thesis was focused on the Baltic States and their status within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO. He has also attended a course at Vilnius University, Lithuania, on the changes in the security environment after the annexation of Crimea and the impact on small states in Europe. He is a sports journalist for Morgunbladid and mbl.is in Iceland, and is also a freelance writer for the European Handball Federation, EHF.
Pavel Artyukh is a student of journalism. He loves the stories from the communist era.
Piotr Grdeń is a photographer, filmmaker, rock musician. Long-time employee of Galeria EL Art Centre in Elbląg. Grdeń worked at the Łaźnia Centre of Contemporary Art in Gdańsk. Currently works at the Gdańsk City Gallery. Over the past few years he has authored several film projects, including documentaries, films covering jazz concerts and activities of renowned Polish artists. Grdeń is author of the feature-length documentary 50 years of Galeria EL Art Centre. He has also documented Karina Dzieweczyńska’s Awakening project, which also features several short videos, e.g. Audiomurale (2012), Ego (2014), Order/Sound Composition for a Teutonic Castle and 22 Performers (2015), as well as full-feature films – Parasite’s ARK (2013), Justyna Koeke’s Princesses and Saints (2014).
Iris Kempe is a German specialist in international affairs, East-West relations, Eastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine and Moldova. She is a Senior Adviser for culture and education with the Council of the Baltic Sea States, the national director of Oxfam Russia, an international organization fighting against poverty and the director of the Caucasus Analytical Digest. She has published in numerous publications.
Stephan Stein, Phd is a director of a Kaliningrad Office of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. He has been involved in German-Russian cooperation for the big part of his life. He holds M.A. from Berlin Technical University and PhD from MNEPU Academy in Moscow.
Ambassador Maira Mora is the Director General of the Permanent International Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. With more than twenty years of diplomatic and foreign policy experience, Ambassador Mora is working with the 11 Member States of the Council of the Baltic Sea States alongside the European Union. Previous to joining the CBSS, Ambassador Mora was the Head of the EU Delegation in Belarus. As the representative of the EU, she coordinated and pursued EU policies in all areas, promoting EU principles and values, ensuring EU visibility and developing cooperation projects. Within the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs she has held the position of Ambassador at Large, Head of the Policy Planning Unit, as well as having been Ambassador to Belarus, to Lithuania and the Deputy Head of the Latvian Delegation to the OSCE in Vienna. Ambassador Maira Mora holds a degree from the University of Latvia, Department of Foreign Languages, and has been educated at the Swiss International Relations University, Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and the International Security Studies College in Germany. Her expertise is linked to security policy, development and economic cooperation, as well as neighbourhood policy. Alongside her native Latvian, Maira Mora is fluent in English, Russian, French, German, and has knowledge of Italian, Belarusian and Lithuanian.
Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska is an editor with New Eastern Europe. She is a graduate of MA double degree program in International Relations from the University of Kent and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. She spent 2015 reporting from Eastern Europe and Central Asia as a freelance journalist and photographer. Her articles and pictures have been published in a variety of media outlets including New Eastern Europe, the Guardian, the Moscow Times, EurasiaNet, Open Democracy and the Middle East Eye. She is also a co-editor of the book Ukraine and Russia: People, Politics, Propaganda and Perspectives (E-International Relations, 2015) and she is currently working on an edited collection on migration processes during the Ukraine crisis.
Bastian Sendhardt has been working with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) in Warsaw since October 2011, where he is mainly concerned with European integration, cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region as well as European Neighbourhood Policy. Before joining the FES, he studied political science and philosophy in Erlangen, Bielefeld and Cracow. Currently he is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the Bundeswehr University Munich. He gained professional experience as a research assistant at the Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki, where he also is an associate member of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies. In addition to German, he is fluent in English and Polish.