Meet the Team

Stefanie Schiffer

Founder and director of the European Exchange gGmbH in Berlin. During 1992 - 2006, Stefanie Schiffer worked as director of the "Deutsch-Russischer Austausch" e.V. in St. Petersburg and Berlin. She studied Slavonic languages and Eastern European History in Tübingen and Munich. She is a founding member of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, of the EPDE (European Platform for Democratic Elections) and of the Kyiv Dialogue. She has been a jury member of the ZEIT Foundation Freie Presse Osteuropas. Currently she is an advisor to the Marion-Dönhoff Foundation and member of board of "Human Rights in Belarus e.V."

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. He recently 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 he is working in projects supporting domestic election observation in the partner countries of the European Exchange.

Silke Hueper

Born in Hannover, Silke studied European Studies with Cultural Studies in Chemnitz, Suceava (RO) and Kaliningrad (RU) and obtained a master degree in "Strategies European Cultural Heritage" at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). During the academic year 2013/14, Silke worked as DAAD language assistant at the Chernivtsi National University, Ukraine. Subsequently she became a project coordinator of the German-Ukrainian university partnership "Planning and Building for the Historic City" at the Luebeck University of Applied Sciences. Silke also worked at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development in Dresden. In addition, she has been supporting grassroots initiatives in youth and cultural exchange between Germany and Ukraine for many years. Since June 2018 Silke Hueper is the project manager of "Kyiv Dialogue" at the European Exchange office in Berlin.

Karolina Plaetke

Born in 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".

Diana Tovma

Diana joined the European Exchange team in June 2017. Shortly after graduating at the Donetsk National University (Vinnytsia) in 2015 with a master’s degree in linguistics, she began to study Intercultural Communication at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) with a DAAD scholarship. During her studies, Diana completed an internship at the Department for Press and Culture of the Ukrainian Embassy in Berlin. Currently she is supporting the European Exchange, the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) and the Kyiv Dialogue as a Public Relations Assistant.

Kira Mössinger

Kira studied at the University of Leiden where she gained a Master’s degree in Russian and Eurasian Studies. During her studies she completed internships at the German Consulate General in Novosibirsk, at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin, and at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Kyiv, where she assisted in the project “Psychosocial Support and Conflict Management”. She furthermore worked as a research assistant in a project investigating civil society anti-corruption activism in Ukraine, which was led by both the University of Leiden and the Mohyla Academy in Kyiv.

Hanna Zhytyniec

Born in 1983 in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. Studied international relations at the Chernivtsi National University in Ukraine and European Studies at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). Hanna worked for a company in Dresden concetrating on international business consulting projects for eastern European countries. Since May 2015, Hanna has been working as financial manager for European Exchange. Apart from this, she is actively engaged in the activities of diverse NGOs in Germany, Ukraine and Poland taking part in different international student and academic cooperations.