The plenipotentiary Secretariat of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum was established in February 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Its main target is to coordinate Forum’s everyday work.

To contact the Secretariat’s associates please go to the Contact page.

Senior Financial Officer

Milda joined the Forum in 2016. Before that, she had worked for several years in the NGO field – at the Transparency International (Lithuanian Chapter) and the Civil Society Institute in Lithuania, the Centre for Intercultural Research, Learning and Dialogue in Armenia, and other organisations. Milda also worked in the public sector and media in Lithuania and completed internships at the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Bonn and the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID). She studied international relations and diplomacy at the University of Vilnius (Lithuania) and holds a master’s degree from the University of Freiburg (Germany).

Project Coordinator

Barbara joined the Forum in 2016. Before that, she worked as a teaching assistant for German language and culture at the Novosibirsk State University. Afterwards, she was based in Volgograd obtaining a 2-year scholarship for the Programme “Cultural Managers in the Russian Federation” by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Goethe Institute. As a cultural manager, she implemented several international projects mainly dealing with urban and public art, literature and audio-visual arts. Barbara studied comparative literature, Russian language and literature, and German philology at the Ludwig Maximilian University (Munich, Germany) and the Orenburg State University (Russia).

Internal Communications Officer

Daria joined the Forum in 2019. Prior to that, she provided editorial assistance to the Legal Dialogue Journal and assisted in preparation of the Legal Dialogue Symposium 2018. Daria also completed an internship at the Secretariat of the Forum in 2017. She holds a Master’s degree in International Administration and Global Governance from University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Besides, she is a graduate of Moscow School of Civic Education programmes. During her studies, Daria was a trainee at the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Vienna and worked with humanitarian issues at the Danish Refugee Council in Copenhagen.

Office Manager / Technical Administrator

Alexander studied modern philology (English and Slavic studies) at the University of Leipzig as well as culture and literature of Central and Eastern Europe at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Alexander has worked with various interdisciplinary cultural and political topics as well as cultural artefacts – such as film, theatre, performance arts, comics, etc. in the intercultural context. He is a professional linguist as well as specialised in regional and cultural studies, theory and history of literature.

Nela Cut

Legal Dialogue Programme Coordinator

Nela joined the Forum in 2019. Prior to that, she worked as Project Coordinator for Eastern Europe at the Centre for Democracy and Human Rights at the NGO “People in Need” (Czech Republic). Apart from that, she has been engaged in the non-governmental activities with focus on Russian legal developments, human rights, history and culture. Nela graduated in law and Eastern European studies from the Charles University in Prague. During her studies, she spent several semesters at the Moscow State University and the University College London. Currently, she pursues her PhD in international law. Nela speaks Czech, English, French and Russian.

Communications Officer / SMM

Tatiana joined the Forum in 2019. She completed her bachelor studies in International Journalism at Saint Petersburg State University. She also studied “Multimedia, World Politics and Journalism” at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Denmark. Tatiana completed double-degree master’s program “Global Communication and International Journalism” at the Free University of Berlin and Saint Petersburg State University. She worked for several years as a journalist for different online and print Russian media: GEO magazine, RBC, ITAR-TASS and some others, mainly covering science and the environment.

Project Coordinator

Stanislav joined the Forum in 2018. Before that, he participated in the International Parliamentary Scholarship Programme at the Bundestag and worked for a member of the German Parliament. Prior to that, Stanislav worked in Israel as a project manager for the Konrad Adeanuer Foundation specialising in EU-Israeli relations, as a research assistant at the Tel-Aviv Municipality and as a teaching assistant at the Tel-Aviv University. There he also completed his bachelor and master studies in political sciences, with international relations as his focus point. He participated in various intercultural leadership and dialogue programmes and was active in several civic and peace initiatives in Israel. He fluently speaks English, German, Hebrew and Russian.

Assistant to Senior Financial Officer

Rasa joined the Forum in 2017. Before that she studied BA Social work in Vilnius University and did the Erasmus exchange in United Kingdom. After her bachelor studies she got funding from the European Voluntary Service program and volunteered in Armenia as an office assistant and animator in “Ognem Fund” for children with blood diseases. Later, returned to Lithuania and continued working as a project administrator in Lithuanian Social Research Center in Vilnius. After her contract ended, Rasa moved to Denmark where she graduated from Copenhagen University with a master degree in Religious science.

EU-Russia Legal Dialogue Travel Grants Coordinator

Christina joined the Forum in 2018. She also completed an internship at the Forum Secretariat in 2016. She holds a Master’s degree in Interpreting from the University of Vienna and a Bachelor’s degree in Translation from the University of Leipzig, which included an exchange semester in Paris. During her studies, Christina worked as a teaching assistant for German language and culture in Astana / Kazakhstan and was a trainee at the Friedrich-Ebert foundation in Kyiv. She carried out youth projects for Memorial Deutschland e.V. and was a volunteer at Memorial St. Petersburg.

Executive Director

Before joining the Forum, Anna worked as Russia Director at Human Rights Watch. She has over 15 years of experience in working on civil society and human rights in Eurasia region. Ms. Sevortian was Galina Starovoitova Fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC, and Deputy Director of the Centre for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights in Moscow, Russia. Over the years, she contributed to 40 research and evaluation projects and publications in Russian and English. Anna holds Mid-Career MPA from Harvard Kennedy School and a degree in journalism from the Moscow State University.

Deputy Director

Since the Forum’s creation in 2011, Kristina has been contributing to its development. Since 2015, she has led Operations and Programmes Department. In 2013, she initiated the Forum Working Group “Historical Memory and Education” that she coordinated until 2017. Kristina is one of the authors of the Exhibition “Different Wars: National School Textbooks on World War II”. She studied cultural heritage and languages in Lithuania, Germany and Turkey.

Senior Coordinator for Public Relations

Sergei has extensive experiences in media and communications, project management and non-formal education. He contributed to numerous Russian media, including “Russia Profile”, “Russian Journal”, Snob.Ru as well as foreign news portals. Sergei holds a master’s degree in German studies, political sciences, and communication sciences from the Ludwig Maximilian University (Munich, Germany). Sergei fluently speaks English, German, Polish, and Russian as his mother tongue and can communicate in eleven other languages.