Prof. Dr. Rainer Lindner
Manager and historian of Eastern Europe, since January 1st, 2016 CEO Central and Eastern Europe/Middle East and Africa, Schaeffler Group. Between 2008 and 2016, Lindner was chairperson of the managing board of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations. From 1994 to 1998 and from 2005 to 2008 prof. Lindner was a senior researcher of the research group Russia/CIS at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). Obtained his doctorate 1993 in Tübingen in Eastern European History; habilitation 2005 in Konstanz. Since 1998 lecturer and since 2005 guest professor of East European History in Konstanz. 1997 founder and chairperson of the Minsk Forum; since 2000 chairman of the dbg. Author/publisher of several books on Belarus, including "Handbook of the History of Belarus" (2001).
Member of the German Bundestag since 2009, since January 2018 spokesperson for education and research of the SPD parliamentary group, member of the Committee for Education, Research and Technology Assessment, deputy member of the Committee for Labor and Social Affairs, deputy member of the Petitions Committee, member of the SPD parliamentary group committee and board member of the regional group of the SPD members of parliament from North Rhine-Westphalia as well as deputy chairman of the German-Belarusian parliamentary group.
Master of European Administrative Management, project manager in the field of international further education and cooperation with the focus on Eastern Europe/Belarus, head of the project group "Coopforum International". Further information: www.coopforum.de.
Graduate engineer for information technology from Berlin, since the late 1990s member of the German-Belarusian Society, since 2016 member of the board. Postgraduate studies in Moscow, private entrepreneur, technology centre founder and manager, worked in an international consulting company. Since the mid-1990s, primarily working for private companies, but also for the EU, UNDP, GIZ, has been active abroad (South-eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, the Caucasus), for seven years worked as a consultant at the Belarusian Academy of Sciences for German-Belarusian scientific and technical cooperation. Currently working for the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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.
Dr. Astrid Sahm
Political scientist, since 2017 managing director of the International Association for education and exchange (IBB) in Dortmund. Since 2012 she has headed the Berlin IBB office. Previously, she worked as the German director of the International Education and Meeting Centre in Minsk (IBB “Johannes Rau”) (2006-2011) and as a political scientist at the University of Mannheim (1993-2005). She did her doctorate in 1998 on nuclear energy and Chernobyl policy in Belarus and Ukraine. In addition, she has been involved in Chernobyl projects since she was a student. Currently she is chairperson of the Association "Friends of Nadezhda in Germany", which unites eight German partner organisations of the Rehabilitation and Recreation Center for Chernobyl children "Nadezhda", as well as chairperson of the sponsoring body of the the centre “Nadezhda”.