Board of Directors

Piet Mumm

Chair of the Board

On 5.5.2023, Piet Mumm took over the office of chairman of the German-Belarusian Society.
He was one of the first six German community service volunteers in Belarus. As a volunteer for Aktion Sühnezeichen / Friedensdienste, he worked for two years in a kindergarten in Minsk. After studying law in Regensburg and Berlin, he worked in Almaty and Zurich, among other places. Today he works as a lawyer and lives with his family in Berlin.

Fred Dorn

Deputy Chair of the Board

Fred Dorn is Vice-Chairman of the German-Belarusian Society.
He studied Protestant theology and social sciences. In the 1990s he was involved in Protestant adult education, especially in Belarus, to promote understanding and reconciliation with the peoples of the Soviet Union. Here he was involved in the realisation of various projects on the topics of forced labour, history (Minsk History Workshop) and Chernobyl aid. Personal contacts at the Minsk Forums organised by the dbg at IBB Minsk motivated him to join the society and, after many years of membership, also to assume responsibility on the board.

Peter Liesegang


Peter Liesegang is treasurer of the German-Belarusian Society.
He studied economics at the University of Heidelberg and business administration at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt an der Oder. He has been interested in Eastern Europe, especially Belarus, for many years and is involved in the civil society sector.

Iryna Kalinovich

Associate Member

Volker Jansen

Associate member

Volker Jansen is an Associate Member of the Board of the German-Belarusian Society. He studied German and Slavic studies in Berlin and Tübingen. From 1970 to 2008, he was a teacher at the Ravensburg Technical School. Since 1987, he has been active in the twinning partnerships with Brest in Belarus: school exchange, inviting dance ensembles, served as a speaker at the Weeks of German Language and Culture in Brest, and much more. In the 1990s and early 2000s, he took part in work camps organised by the association Heimstatt Tschernobyl at Lake Naroch and Lake Lepel in Belarus, and accompanied visitors there. He has two grown-up children and lives in Weingarten/Württemberg.

Aleś Čajčyc

Associate member

Aleś Čajčyc (Алесь Чайчыц) is a Board Member of the German-Belarusian Society. He is a public relations expert and writer of Belarusian and Latvian descent. Born in Moscow into a diplomatic family and raised in Germany and Austria, he holds a degree in international economics from the Financial University in Moscow and graduated from a programme on international relations at the London School of Economics. He has been a member and founder of various organisations and initiatives of the Belarusian diaspora in Russia, the United Kingdom, and Germany for more than 20 years. He was a member of the Grand Council of the World Union of Belarusians (Baćkaŭščyna) in 2017–2021 and has been a member of the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic (Rada BNR) since 2013. In 2018, he was awarded the Belarusian Democratic Republic Centenary Medal. He has been living in Bavaria with his family since 2022.