Jan Delong

Jan Delong

Jan is the PR and coordination manager and librarian. He works at the Library Třinec and his main responsibilities are marketing, service design, project management and fundraising. He is also responsible for organizing culture, education or community events. He studied Information Science and Librarianship at Masaryk University in Brno. Jan was part of a team of experts that was promoting social innovations and design thinking in Czech libraries. Jan is the Aspen Young Leaders Program alumnus and he is especially interested in topics like arts and creativity, citizen engagement and education. Jan published his first book of poetry Dušinec in 2014 and he is a member of the Czech Writers’ Association.

Michal Dimitrov

Michal Dimitrov

Michal enjoys working with people and for people, based on professional communication and combination of analytic and educational skills. He has worked as freelance journalist (reporter, editor, commentator and presenter) for Czech Television (Česká televize) and other mass media (e.g. Hospodářské noviny) for nearly two decades. Apart from his career in media and communication, he holds a Ph.D. in Area Studies from Charles University in Prague (2017), where he works as lecturer and supervisor at the Department of German and Austrian Studies. His research interests are migration, integration and populism in Central Europe and German speaking countries. In his doctoral thesis, he focused on local integration policies on migrants in Berlin and Vienna 1971–2011. He completed an internship at the German Federal Parliament (Bundestag, Internationales Parlaments-Stipendium) in Berlin in 2008 and was awarded a fellowship by the International Center for Journalism of the Free University of Berlin (2010–2011).

Didem Hasar

Didem Hasar

Didem was born and raised in Berlin-Germany and got her high school graduation in 2013. In the same year, Didem started to study environmental engineering at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. Beside her bachelor study, she was a working student in different business fields – for instance in the HSE (Health Safety Environment) department of a manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles. She wrote her bachelor thesis in cooperation with the Berlin city cleaning and developed a concept for the reuse of old and residual material while taking the existing disposal structures of the recycling centres into account. In fall 2017, Didem started to study industrial engineering with a focus on energy and environmental resources for her master’s degree. Shortly after the start of the second study, she applied for a position as a working student at 50Hertz Transmission GmbH. Her main job was to support the team by implementing an IT System in order to fulfil the requirements of the Digitalization of the Energy Transition Act.

Reinhard Kaiser

Reinhard Peter Kaiser

Reinhard studied chemistry in Regensburg and received his PhD in Organic Chemistry at the Charles University in Prague. After research stays in Japan and Germany he returned to Prague and is currently working at Ranido. He is responsible for clients in the chemical industry, providing support of R&D in the field of catalysis. He is an active member of the German speaking Parish in Prague and enjoys playing billiard, volleyball and badminton.

Milena Keuerleber

Milena Keuerleber

Milena is a foreign trade consultant with focus on the economy of Eastern Europe. She currently works in the international department of a chamber of commerce as a project manager for the Enterprise Europe Network. In that function she supports small and medium-sized enterprises to enter new markets and find business partners abroad. She is a graduate in Economics of the University of Mannheim and holds a master’s double degree in European Studies of the universities of Magdeburg and Cluj-Napoca, Romania. After her studies she worked on site as a DAAD tutor in Cluj. Fostering cross-cultural dialogue is a matter close to her heart – even more in such challenging times. You can make her smile with hiking in the mountains, a good swim in a lake or her favourite Romanian desert Papanași.

Christian Kiefer

Christian Kiefer

Christian is an intercultural trainer and civic educator working for Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen. Passionate about debating and tackling some of our societies’ most pressing challenges, he develops and implements civic education seminars for youngsters and adults from all over Europe. His primary expertise lies in European affairs, populism and non-formal youth education. Having grown up in the German-French-Luxembourgish border region, his studies and work have taken and are taking him across Europe. Christian holds degrees in International Relations, Social Science and Law from the University of Kent and Erfurt University and has gained previous experience at the UN and with an international student exchange organization.

Iva Kopečná

Iva Kopečná

Iva comes from South Bohemia but has been living in Prague since 2004. She graduated in security studies, political sciences and Norwegian philology at the Charles University in Prague. During her studies, she spent in total almost three semesters at the University of Oslo as exchange student and researcher. She was also involved in Inventura demokracie, a student watchdog initiative. In 2010, she started working as political and economic advisor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Prague. Since 2015, she has been employed as desk officer at the Foreign Relations Unit at the Office of the Government, covering German speaking countries, V4, Nordic and Baltic countries as well as international organizations.

Natálie Lašáková

Natália Lašáková

Natalia is a public affairs consultant at CEC Government Relations in Prague. Prior to joining CEC, Natalia spent most of her life living in Toronto and worked in a public affairs firm helping clients navigate public policy on federal, provincial, and municipal levels of the Canadian government. While active on the Canadian scene, Natalia was also a member of the Women’s Infrastructure Network (WIN) in Toronto and a volunteer on a federal MP’s campaign and local foodbank. She holds a degree in International Relations and European Studies from the University of Toronto and dual Slovak and Canadian citizenship. When not in the city, she is likely hiking a nearby trail or mountain.

Jiří Marek

Jiří Marek

Jiří is from Brno, the Czech Republic, and works as Open Access/Open Science Manager at Masaryk University. His primary responsibilities at the university are developing Open Science Policy on a day-to-day basis and creating a university support system towards Open Access to scientific publications and research data. Based on his current position and his chemistry major (specialization in hydrogen technologies) and ICT law (specialized in Open Access, Open Agenda, and copyright law), Jiří is used to work between sectors and domains on an everyday basis. All of his work is basically about the transfer of specific knowledge between different groups of people and systems. Jiří is also a tourist guide, interested in the development of modern cities and finally a citizen of Brno – the City in the heart of Europe – from his childhood.

Karolína Pláničková

Karolína Pláničková

Karolína received her bachelor’s degree in marketing and PR from Charles University in Prague and her master’s degree in Cultural Management from Masaryk University in Brno. Since 2015 she has been working at the National Gallery Prague, currently as the Head of Marketing. During her studies she worked at the State Art Collections in Dresden through an Erasmus Internship Programme. Additionally, she is freelancing for two cultural festivals in her hometown Hradec Králové, namely, the International Theatre Festival – Regions and the Jazz Goes to Town. Due to the coronavirus measures, most of her hobbies are not relevant these days. That is why she found herself new ones – long walks around Prague, watching online theatre plays or podcasts listening.

Carla Russ

Carla Russ

Carla is a consultant from Berlin. She is currently working for a digitisation project in the public educational sector. Her interests include the implications of digitisation for the modernisation of public administrations, in particular regarding change processes in the administrative culture. She studied Latin American Studies, English Literature and History at the Free University of Berlin. From 2013 to 2016 she was a member of the International Research Training Group “Between Spaces. Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalization”. In 2018 she completed her PhD in Modern History at the Free University. In her free time, she is learning Czech.

Philip Schäfer

Philip Schäfer

Dr. Philip Jan Schäfer is a Research Associate at the Bundeswehr Center for Public Affairs (BCPA). Following his studies in Political Sciences at the Free University Berlin he completed a doctorate at the University of Cologne. In his dissertation he researched the security implications of environmental changes and resource scarcities in the MENA region. Parallel to his doctoral studies Schäfer started working in communications. He managed the state of Baden-Württemberg´s campaign to promote sustainable mobility and worked as a speech-writer at the State Ministry of Transport. Subsequently Schäfer worked as an Assistant Professor at Korea University´s Global Studies Department and conducted research on mobilities and system theoretic issues. At the BCPA Schäfer teaches courses in International Relations and International Security Policy for German Army and NATO-officers. He furthermore conducts research on the nexus between communication and international security.

Johanna Wahl

Johanna Wahl

Johanna works as a project coordinator for the German Commission for UNESCO/ kulturweit in Berlin. She develops digital formats and coordinates the international nature volunteer service. As a trainer, she conducts seminars in the field of education for sustainable development. During her studies at the Humboldt-University of Berlin, she followed her interest in international cooperation and sustainability. She internally dealt with political processes, collective structures, power relations and examined the Sustainable Development Goals in her thesis. Johanna has previous work experience regarding these issues through her occupation at GIZ/German Global Compact Network, the German Embassy in London and the Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO. Besides her work, she enjoys the cultural offerings in Berlin, playing the violin and drawing