Stefanie Schiffer

Since 2006 founder and director European Exchange gGmbH. 1992 - 2006 director Deutsch-Russischer Austausch e.V. St.Petersburg and Berlin. Founding member of EU-Russia Civil Society Forum. Member of Heinrich-Böll Stiftung e.V. board member "Human Rights in Belarus e.V.", European Partnership for Democracy and "Solidarity with Citzens' Movement in Russia e.V." Member of jury ZEIT Stiftung Freie Presse Osteuropa and Marion-Dönhoff foundation. Founding member of EPDE (European Platform for Democratic Elections" in 2012. Board member "Kyiv Dialogue". Studied history and slavonic languages in Tübingen, Munich, Warsaw and Kyiv.


Lidiya Hutnyk

Born 1985 in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. Studied International Relations and Political Science in Rivne and Berlin. 2009 Internship in the European Parliament, office of Rebecca Harms, MEP, President of the Greens / EFA Group. 2009-2010 worked for Ms. Rebecca Harms on the project “Chernonbyl25-Expeditions”. 2010-2011 project coordinator of the “Chernonbyl25-Expeditions” in the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin. Since 2012 project coordinator of the “Kiev Dialogue”, European Exchange gGmbH.




Adam Busuleanu

Adam joined the team in 2008. He studied politics and journalism in Opole / Poland and Eastern European Studies in Berlin. During the studies he focused on alternative movements in socialist Poland and on election monitoring in post-soviet countries. Last years he worked on several civil society projects in Eastern and Central Europe. Since 2004 he participated in several election observation missions to the countries of the former Soviet Union. Currently working in projects supporting domestic election observervation in the European Exchange'  target countries.

Karolina Plaetke

Born 1977 in Zielona Gora, Poland, studied business management at the University of Applied Sciences in Wildau. Since 2008 financial officer at the “European Exchange gGmbH".

Katarzyna Nowak

Born 1975 in Poland, studied Art History at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. From 2000 to 2007 has worked in the National Museum in Gdansk, from 2007 to 2008 in the Castle Museum in Malbork and from 2009 to 2011 in the European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk. Her main professional occupation is management of exhibition, cultural and event projects. For the “European Exchange gGmbH” she works as a financial manager from 2011 on.




Johan Graßhoff

Born 1988 in Hamburg, Germany. Worked 2007 – 2008 as a Volunteer in the “Night Bus” at the organisation “Nochlezhka” (Night Shelter) in St. Petersburg. Earned 2011 a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and East European Studies in Hamburg, Germany. Since 2011 studying East European Studies at Free University in Berlin. Currently he is writing his master's thesis on the situation of the homeless people in Russia. Since April 2012 assistant at “European Exchange gGmbH".