Olga Dryndova studied International Relations (Diploma) in Belarus and European Studies and Intercultural Communication (M.A.) in Germany. She has years of experience in both countries in the areas of human rights, election observation, youth work and youth policy, education and professional exchange, international project management and EU-fundraising. Her expertise and professional interests: Eastern Europe/Belarus, relations between the EU and Belarus, German-Belarusian cooperation, projects with civil society, cooperation between state and civil society, (external) democracy promotion/assistance in post-Soviet states. She is editor in charge of „Belarus-Analysen“ (issued by the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen; in German).
Alevtina Snihir studied foreign languages, intercultural communication and public relations at the Minsk State Linguistic University and is about to complete her master's degree in "Languages, Communication and Cultures in Europe" at the European University Viadrina. Since 2010 she is active in the field of NGOs and has gained significant experience within different organisations and foundations in Belarus and Germany (German Federal Youth Council, CRISP, Goethe-Institut, German-Belarusian Society, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Robert Bosch GmbH, Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future", etc.). Since 2013, she has been active in the association "Initiative for Central and Eastern Europe" in Berlin, in which she used to be board member for three years.