Board of Directors

Dr. Hanna Stähle

Chair of the Board

Dr. Hanna Stähle is Chair of the Board of the German-Belarusian Society. Born in Belarus, she studied in Minsk, Passau and Moscow. In 2018, she completed her doctoral studies in Slavic cultural studies at the University of Passau (summa cum laude), supported by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”. In 2021, her book “Mediatization of Orthodoxy: Russian Church in the Digital Era” was published by the British-American publisher Routledge. She is currently Head of Foresight and Innovation at Philea – Philanthropy Europe Association. Previously, she worked as an Aide to the Secretary General of the Association of German Foundations and was in charge of strategic and international projects in Berlin. Hanna Stähle speaks nine languages. She lives with her husband and son in Brussels.

Dr. Christian F. Trippe

Deputy Chair of the Board

Dr. Christian F. Trippe is Deputy Chair of the Board. He has worked for Deutsche Welle in various positions since 1993, now he is the Head of the Eastern Europe editorial offices. In early 1999, he became head of the DW studio in Moscow, from 2002 he was head of the capital city studio in Berlin, from 2007 to 2014 he was studio head in Brussels, then in 2016-2017 he served as Ukraine correspondent and was based in Kiev.  He studied history, politics and English in Cologne, interrupted by a one-year of study in Vienna; his dissertation deals with the Weimar Republic. Trippe is married and has two grown-up sons.

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.

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.

Piet Mumm

Associate member

Piet Mumm is an Associate Member of the Board 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.