Studied theology in Naumburg and Berlin from 1971 to 1978. After Vicariate and Evangelical Parish in Vipperow / Müritz, from 1988 to 1990 he was head of the Ecumenical Meeting and Education Center in Niederndodeleben near Magdeburg. He had been performing oppositional political work in the GDR since the 1970s. In 1989 he founded the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the GDR with Martin Gutzeit, was its representative at the Central Round Table and became its Foreign Minister in 1990 after the first free elections in the GDR. From 1990 to 2009 he was a member of the German Bundestag for the SPD. He holds numerous honorary positions in foundations and organisations, including co-chair of the foundation board of the foundation for German-Polish cooperation and chairman of the foundation board of the foundation to process the SED dictatorship. From 2013 to 2016 he was president of the Volksbund Deutsche Wargräberfürsorge e.V.
Political scientist, received a diploma in International Relations in Belarus and a Master's degree in European Studies and Intercultural Communication in Germany. She is editor in chief of the Belarus-Analysen (Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen); from 2015 till 2019 was project manager at the dbg. Many years of working experience for foundations and NGOs from Germany and Eastern Europe in the areas of capacity building within civil society, human rights and election observation, integration and youth policy, education and professional exchange and German-Belarusian cooperation. Her main focus and professional interests lie in external democracy promotion/assistance and the transformation of political culture in the post-Soviet space.
Historian and project manager, many years of activity in youth and adult education with a focus on political education, empowerment of women, critical analysis of history and football fan culture in open society. In the years 2008-2010 work in the Minsk Forum coordination office and in the Minsk history workshop. Since October 2012 working and residing in Berlin, working there with DRA e.V., DGO e.V., n-ost e.V .; Co-founder of dAch gGmbH.
Social scientist and economist. Bachelor Social Sciences at Bielefeld University (2010-2015) and Master Eastern European Studies with the focus on Economics at Free University of Berlin (2016-2019). Study-related stays in St. Petersburg, Russia (2012/2017), and Odesa, Ukraine (2018). Member of the German-Belarusian Society since 2016. Interested in the economic and social transformation of post-soviet states. Lives and works self-employed in Dilijan, Armenia.
Master's degree in business administration in Berlin, studies of cultural and European sciences in Frankfurt (Oder), St. Petersburg and Krakow. Since March 2016 managing director of the International Centre for Education and Exchange “Johannes Rau” (IBB Minsk). Previously head of the media academy at IBB Minsk and project manager at the International Association for Education and Exchange (IBB Dortmund).
Dr. Kristiane Janeke
Historian and slavist. Freelance exhibition curator, consultant and cultural mediator since 2008, mainly in Germany, Russia and Belarus. Her clients are the German Historical Museum, the Military History Museum of the Federal Armed Forces in Dresden, the Swiss National Museum, the International Association for Education and Exchange (IBB) in Dortmund. Before that she worked for the Baden State Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and was director of the German-Russian Museum in Berlin-Karlshorst. 2010-2013 work and residency in Minsk/Belarus, there cooperation with the Goethe-Institut, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), the Museum of the Great Patriotic War and the National Historical Museum. Currently advisor to the History Workshop in Minsk. More information at: www.tradicia.info.