Stella Cristofolini (Germany)

MA in Cultural Sciences, Aesthetic Everyday Culture, Cultural Anthropology at Humboldt University (Berlin) and Communication Studies (Cultural Studies and Media Studies) at Dublin City University (DCU), Republic of Ireland, combines research/theory and social and artistic practice (theatre/performance/installation) with special interest in abandoned space and transit space, artistic methods of urban exploration, everyday culture, archives and collections, and the sea. Lectures at the Institute for Arts and Media at the Potsdam University / European Media Sciences and Institute for Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology at Humboldt University (urban exploration, urban research, dissident cartographies, space travel). Stella Cristofolini is part of the artists initiatives "Theater Arbeit Duisburg" and "Kultur im Turm" Oberhausen (,

Evgenia Chirikova (Russia)

Leader of the movement "Ecological Defence of the Moscow region" ("Ekooborona") and “Movement for Protection of the Khimki Forest”. Member of the Steering Committee “Strategy-31”. Entrepreneur, Co-Owner of the companies of JSC EZOP ("Power Industry and Protection Against Hindrances") and JSC Elnar-Service. Candidate in the elections of the Mayor of Khimki in 2009. Holder of the Award "Woman of Courage" and the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2011.

Ute Famulla (Germany)

Art historian. PhD student at the University of Kassel (Thesis "Images In Exhibition Designs from the Weimar Period"). Museum educator at Neues Museum Nuremberg and the Art and Cultural Pedagogical Centre of Museum in Nuremberg. Curator of the exhibition "Fritz Kuhr – A Degenerated Artist", an Exhibition by the Federal Ministry of Finance in the context of the event "Music. Time. Events - Between Prohibition, Patience, and Pleasure - From 1933 Until 1945".

Witja Frank (Germany)

Studied theatre, media, and cultural sciences in Leipzig and Frankfurt on Oder. Since 2008 works as a film producer in Berlin.

Nastasia Hase (Germany)

Studied languages and communication in Leipzig and Curitiba (Brazil). She develops and manages international projects in the fields of culture and contemporary art.

Sarah Güttler (Germany)

Project Manager at "Duisburg Workshop for Disabled People" Nonprofit Ltd., responsible for development of new fields of activities for disabled people and strategic development of the organization. implementation of inclusion projects, promotion of the discourse “people with disabilities” in society. In 2002-2005 Project manager at BAQ Transfer and Training Centre. In 2001-2002 Qualified social worker at Hospital Social Service.

Alexander Kalikh (Russia)

Journalist. Since 1988 Chairman of the Perm Regional Branch of the Society "Memorial". Since 2010 Honorary chairman, Director at the Information and Education Centre "History of the NKVD Prison No. 2". Board member of the International Society "Memorial". Member of the Public Chamber of the Perm Region.

Oliver Loode (Estonia) 

Managing Director of tourism and place marketing consultancy "Consumetric" (Tallinn, Estonia) . In the course of past 7 years, he has advised municipalities, regional and national tourism boards in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Russia on tourism planning, destination marketing, and new tourism product development. His spheres of interest cover development of programs and marketing of cultural tourism in towns and rural areas. 

Last year Oliver Loode produced his first international cultural project – Literature Festival "Dovlatov Days in Tallinn", which was held as part of the official program of "Tallinn – European Capital of Culture 2011". As Board Member, Oliver Loode has been actively participating in the international Finno-Ugric youth movement, representing Estonia in MAFUN (Youth Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples). Oliver Loode holds a B.Sc. degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Svetlana Makovetskaya (Russia)

Director at the Centre for Civil Analysis and Independent Research (GRANI Centre), Program director at the National Project Institute “Social Contract”. Member of the Board of Trustees at the "School of NGOs», CAF Russia. Member of expert groups for development of the Strategy 2020 - "Development of Public Institutions" and "Optimization of the State Presence: Decreasing Regulatory Functions, Providing Transparency and Feedback from Citizens and Businesses". Member of the Public Council at the Perm City Council. 2005 – 2008 worked as Program Director of the project "Future of Human Rights in Russia" at the Perm Civic Chamber. 1995-2003 - head of the Ural Agency for Support of Small and Middle-Sized Enterprises. Co-author of the "Concept for Entrepreneurship Development in the Perm Region for 2001 – 2006". In 2003 awarded with Diploma of Ministry of Antitrust Policy and Entrepreneurship Support of the Russian Federation "for a great personal contribution to the development of small businesses in Russia". In 2010 awarded with a sign of Ombudsman for Human Rights in the Perm Region for founding the Centre for Civil Analysis and Independent Research (GRANI Centre) and implementation of technologies for public expertise of government quality. Published over 40 articles and materials on the questions of state strategies, political economy of Russian reforms, development of entrepreneurship, technologies of citizenship activities.

Tatyana Margolina (Russia)

Ombudswoman for Human Rights in the Perm Region, Ph.D., professor at the Perm State University. 2006 - 2010 - Co-Chairwoman of the Co-Ordinating Council of the Ombudsmen for Human Rights in the Russian Federation. 12/2000 – 02/2005 – Vice-Governor of the Perm Region. 1999 - 2000 Deputy Head of the City of Perm. 1997 – 1999 - Chairwoman of the Committee on Education and Science of the City of Perm. Initiated inclusion of the chapter "The Rights and Freedoms of Human and Citizen" into the Charter of the Perm Region. Initiated the law "On the Ombudsman for Human Rights in the Perm Region" and introduction of the position of an Ombudaman for Children’s Rights in the Perm Region.

In 2008, Tatyana Margolina opened State Reception of the Ombudsman for Human Rights in the Permian Komi District of the Perm Region. She initiated development of restorative justice in the Perm Region and practice of conflict mediation at the level of local communities.

Tatyana Margolina is Chevalier of the Medal of the Order "For Merits to the Fatherland of the 2nd degree". Chevalier of the Golden Honorary Sign "Public Recognition".

Honorary Citizen of the Town of Chusovoi.           

Stroganov Award in 2011.

Ondřej Matějka (Czech Republic) 

Specialist in history, reflections on historical discourses, and citizenship education. Director of the NGO "Antikomplex" (Prague, Czech Republic). Founder and expert of the Civic Education Centre at the Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic). Lecturer at the Charles University (Prague).

Tatyana Merzlyakova (Russia)

Ombudswoman for Human Rights in the Region Sverdlovsk. Elected for the third time. Since 2010 Chairwoman of the Commission of Pardons in the Sverdlovsk Region. Since 2006 member of the European Ombudsman Institute from Russia. Since 2002 board member of the Co-Ordination Board of Ombudsmen for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, member of the Expert Council by the Ombudsman for Human Rights in the Russian Federation. Since 2001 member of the Board of Public Safety in the Sverdlovsk Region, Deputy Chairwoman of the Interdepartmental Commission of the Government of the Sverdlovsk Region in Affairs of inviting and using foreign workers. Since 1986 member of the Russian Journalists' Union. Laureate of the USSR Journalists' Union Award. Awarded with the medal "For Merits to the Fatherland of the 2nd degree" and the Holy Princess Olga Order (2nd and 3rd degree).

Adam Michnik (Poland)

Historian, essayist, public intellectual, chief editor of "Gazeta Wyborcza"

Alexander Morozov (Russia)

Journalist, political scientist, famous blogger amoro1959. Chief Editor at "Russian Journal". Permanent columnnist for and "Russian journal". 1989 - Head of Department at the Daily News on M-BIO (Co-Ordination Centre of the Informal Movement). 1988-1989 - member of the informal movement. 1985 – Reporter at the Department for Communist Education at the "Teacher’s Newspaper". 1981-1984 - junior editor of philosophy rdition at the Publishing House of the Moscow State University. Has had publications in "Ogoniok", "Komsomolskaya Pravda", "Russian Thought", "Independent Paper".

Anton Polsky, or MAKE (Russia)

Artist and activist. He is a graduate of Russian State University for the Humanities, where his speciality was art history. In Moscow, his work has included preparing the USE/LESS – DIY cycling map series for the city. Co-Founder of "Do It Yourself". He has been articipating in creating the alternative vision for the city "Moscow 2020". He is also a co-founder and editor of the network

Pavel Pozdeev (Russia)

Graduated from the Chelyabinsk Academy of Culture as a director of theatre performances and festivals. In 2008 established Promotion Group “Yumshan Promo” (now YUMSHAN57). Main goal of YUMSHAN57 is promotion of the Udmurt culture. He produced such projects as "Udmurt Parties", "Buranovo Grannies", ” "Silent Woo Goore”

Andrei Suslov (Russia) 

Prof. Dr. hab. in historical sciences. Head of the Department of Modern and Contemporary History of Russia at the Perm State Pedagogical University. Fields of scientific interests: history of political repressions in the USSR, human rights. Member of the Board of the Perm Branch of the Society “Memorial”. Member of the Community Council for Citizenship Education at the Ministry of Education of the Perm Region, Member of Community Council at the State Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Perm Region. Published more than 140 scientific papers and over 20 articles.

Olli Turunen (Finland)

Co-Ordinator of International Development Co-Operation (including
projects in Russia) at the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC).
He has worked with Russian environmental NGOs since 1996 in several
forest protection projects (major topics - old growth forest
mapping and protection, sustainable forestry, valuable nature areas for
indigenous and local people). In the 1990s he worked within protection campaigns at Finnish environmental NGOs, with a special focus on Lapland, the Saami reindeer herding area. 

Rostislav Valvoda (Czech Republic)

Rostislav Valvoda has worked with Centre for Democracy & Human Rights of "People in Need" since 2007, focusing on Eastern European countries. "People in Need" is an independent, non-profit orgaization based in Prague (Czech Republic), one of the largest NGOs in Central and Eastern Europe. "People in Need" has been working in three areas - emergency relief and development aid, democracy assistance, human rights, independent media, and minority rights. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Civil Society Forum "EU-Russia".

Leah Whittingham (Great Britain)

Interim Head of Development, Oval House Theatre, London, Great Britain, fields of work: Fundraising and Strategic Partnership Development, development of a national network for organisations working with arts and young people at risk, support creative learning and future employment of young people.

Freelance project manager at Kettle Partnership Ltd, author of “Home to Home” – a digital art project, exploring cultural identity in Ukrainian diaspora communities in the UK. Initiator of the Culture Global Network, an international knowledge exchange initiative, translating research into practical tools. Developed research and stakeholder engagement programme across USA, Australia, Europe and UK. Worked at British Film Institute. Developer of  UK-wide stakeholder network that developed external partnerships with museums, public libraries, ALMA UK, National Youth Network, LOCOG, and Age UK. In 2008 – 2009 Living Places Programme Manager at Museums, Libraries & Archives Council (Led and managed a national programme to support the development of cultural infrastructure in areas of new housing growth).  2006 –2007 Head of the Arts Department for the borough of Lambeth, supporting the arts and creative sector through levering in external funds and creating innovative grant programmes.

Zofia Wóycicka (Poland) 

PhD in historical sciences with focus on the contemporary European history and issues of social memory. Studied at the University of Warsaw, at The Graduate School for Social Research/Polish Academy of Science and at the University of Jena. In 2007-2011, she worked at the Educational Centre of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Warsaw). Since 2010 assisting professor at the Historical Department of the University of Warsaw, currently member of the Academic Project Team at the House of European History (Brussels, Belgium). Author of Przerwana żałoba. Polskie spory wokół pamięci nazistowskich obozów koncentracyjnych i zagłady 1944-1950 (Interrupted Mourning. Polish Controversies on the Memory of Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camps, 1944-1950), Warsaw 2009. Published articles and contributions for various periodicals and anthologies.