Körber Conference “Russia in Europe”: Speakers and Moderators

Susanne Beyer

Susanne Beyer has been Deputy Chief Editor of the Spiegel magazine since 2015. After studying German and History in Bamberg and Vienna, Susanne Beyer graduated with a diploma from the German School of Journalism in Munich. She then worked for Bayerischer Rundfunk and was a freelance author for the “SZ-Magazin”. In October 1996 she joined the Spiegel's cultural department, and from January 2014 Beyer was deputy head of the cultural department.

Daniel Biskup

Daniel Biskup has become one of Germany's most well-known German photographers with his flair for current themes and his talent to capture them with just a few photos. Like no other, he has documented the upheaval in the GDR and the USSR. Der Spiegel calls him the “eye of the revolution in Eastern Europe”. His works are exhibited in museums such as the Russian Museum of St. Petersburg and the German Historical Museum in Berlin.

Klaus Brinkbäumer

Klaus Brinkbäumer has been Chief Editor of the Spiegel magazine since 2015. Following his studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara/USA, he began his journalistic career as an editor at the Abendzeitung newspaper in Munich and then went to the Berliner Kurier as chief reporter. In 1993, Brinkbäumer moved from the Focus development department to SPIEGEL, where he first worked as an editor and then as a reporter for the sports, Germany, foreign affairs and society departments. He has won the Egon Erwin Kisch Prize, the Henri Nannen Prize and the German Reporter Prize and has written books including “The Dream of Life – An African Odyssey” or “The Last Voyage – The Case of Christopher Columbus”. After four years of reporting as New York correspondent, Brinkbäumer became a member of the editorial staff of Der Spiegel in January 2011. From September 2011 to January 2015, he was Deputy Chief Editor of the Spiegel magazine alongside Martin Doerry.

Vladimir Chizhov

Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov is the Permanent Rpresentative of the Russian Federation to the European Union in Brussels. He graduated with honors from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO - University) and joined the diplomatic service in 1976. In 1999 he became Director of the European Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and from 2000 to 2002 he was the Russian Special Representative for the Balkans. In 2002 Vladimir Chizhov became Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. From 2005 he was Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Communities in Brussels and since 2010 he is Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union in Brussels. Vladimir Chizhov conducted analytical research work on European Security, OSCE, Russia-EU and Russia-NATO relations, Mediterranean, Balkans, problems of Cyprus and Northern Ireland as well as UN peace-keeping operations.

Marek A. Cichocki

The Philosopher and Political Scientist Marek A. Cichocki is Director of Research at the Natolin European Centre in Warsaw and Editor-in-Chief of the journal “New Europe. Natolin Review”. He earned his doctorate in Philosophy and wrote his postdoctoral thesis in the Humanities. From 2007 to 2010, he was European Policy Advisor to President Lech Kaczyński and Sherpa for the negotiations of the Lisbon Treaty (2007). From 2000 to 2015, he was a private lecturer at the Institute for Applied Social Sciences at the University of Warsaw (specialising in History of Ideas and Political Philosophy). Since 2015 he has been Professor at the Collegium Civitas in Warsaw and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe Natolin. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the annual magazine “Teologia Polityczna”, as well as the author of numerous books, essays and scientific articles, including “Power and Remembrance” (Institute for Political Thought, 2006) and “Europe Kidnapped” (Institute for Political Thought, 2004).

Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz

Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz was the Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1993-1995), Chairman of the Constitution Committee of the Parliament drafting the present constitution of Poland, the Prime Minister of Poland from 1996 to late 1997, and the Foreign Minister of Poland in the governments of Leszek Miller (2001-2004) and Marek Belka (2004-2005). From January to October 2005, he was the speaker of the Sejm (lower chamber of parliament). Along with Leszek Miller, he signed the Accession Treaty that paved the way to the Polish membership in the European Union. Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz returned to politics during the 2007 parliamentary election, when he won a Senate seat as an independent candidate. He kept his senator's seat until the end of term in 2015. In 2015 Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz was workstream leader for the Agency for the Modernisation of Ukraine (AMU), where he was responsible for drafting a programme of combatting corruption.

Alexander Gabuev

Alexander Gabuev is a senior fellow and the chair of the Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. Prior to joining Carnegie, He was a member of the editorial board of Kommersant publishing house and served as deputy editor in chief of Kommersant-Vlast, one of Russia’s most influential newsweeklies. Alexander Gabuev started his career at Kommersant in 2007 working as a senior diplomatic reporter, as a member of then President Dmitry Medvedev’s press corps, and as deputy foreign editor for Kommersant. Alexander Gabuev has previously worked as a nonresident visiting research fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and taught courses on Chinese energy policy and political culture at Moscow State University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (Russia) and a member of the Munich Young Leaders, a joint program by the Munich Security Conference and the Körber Foundation.

Katja Gloger

Katja Gloger has concerned herself with Russia for more than 25 years. She studied Russian History, Politics and Slavonic Studies in Hamburg and Moscow and went to Moscow in the early 1990s as a correspondent for “Stern” magazine. There she experienced the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of a new Russia. She has interviewed Mikhail Gorbachev as well as Boris Yeltsin; for months, she was allowed accompany Vladimir Putin. She was a “Stern” correspondent in the USA and now works as an author for the news magazine focusing on Russia, international politics and security policy. In 2010 she was awarded the Henri Nannen Prize, and in 2014 she was named political “Journalist of the Year”. In several books as well as in her current publication “Foreign Friends: Germans and Russians – The Story of a Fateful Relationship” (Berlin Verlag, 2017), she deals with the fascinating and conflict-ridden relationship between Russia and Germany.

Julian Hans

Julian Hans is the Moscow correspondent of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. He studied cultural sciences at the universities of Frankfurt (Oder), Moscow and Poznan. Julian Hans trained as a journalist at the Henri Nannen School. From 2006 to 2011, He was an editor at Die Zeit, where he was responsible for the magazine Zeit Campus, among other things. He then moved to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, for which he has been a correspondent in Moscow since August 2013.

Mirko Kruppa

Mirko Kruppa has been Head of Politics of the European Union Delegation in Moscow since September 2017. Prior to that, he has worked at the Federal Foreign Office since 2001, where he was responsible for the content of projects in Russia, Central Asia, China/Taiwan, Ukraine and Belarus, as well as Eurasian integration. Mirko Kruppa is a member of the Körber Network Foreign Policy of the Körber Foundation.

Kadri Liik

Kadri Liik is a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Before joining the ECFR in October 2012, Kadri Liik was the director of the International Centre for Defence Studies in Estonia from 2006 until 2011, where she also worked as a Senior Researcher and Director of the Centre’s Lennart Meri Conference. Throughout the 1990s, Kadri Liik worked as a Moscow correspondent for several Estonian daily papers, including the highest-circulation daily in Estonia, Postimees, as well as Eesti Päevaleht and the Baltic News Service. In 2002, she became the foreign news editor at Postimees. In 2004, she left to become Editor-in-Chief at the monthly foreign affairs magazine, Diplomaatia. She was also the Host of “Välismääraja”, a current affairs talkshow at Raadio Kuku in Tallinn.

Alexey I. Miller

Alexey I. Miller is a Professor at the Department of History at the European University St. Petersburg and at Central European University in Budapest, as well as a scholar in the field of Politics of Remembrance, Russian Nationalism and Empire. Among his most important works are “The Ukrainian Question. The Russian Empire and Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century” (CEU Press, 2003), “The Romanov Empire and Nationalism” (CEU Press, 2008) and “Russia-Ukraine. How History is being written” (RGGU, 2011). His most recent books are “Nationalizing Empires”, edited with Stefan Berger (CEU Press, 2015), and a monograph “Nation, or the Power of the Myth” (2016).

Herta Müller

In 2009, Herta Müller was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for her work “The Hunger Angel”. From 1973 to 1976 she studied German and Romanian Philology in Timișoara. After graduating, she worked as a translator in a machine factory. She was fired because she refused to work for the Romanian secret service Securitate. Her first book “Nadirs” then remained with the publisher for four years and was only published in a censored version in 1982. In 1984 it was printed in the original version in Germany. Herta Müller was unable to publish in Romania afterwards and was repeatedly subjected to interrogation, house searches and threats by the Securitate. In 1987 she came to Germany. From 1989 to 2001 she held guest professorships at universities in England, America, Germany and Switzerland. Since 1995 she has been a member of the German Academy for Language and Poetry, Darmstadt. Among her best-known works are “The Land of the Green Plums” (1994),“A Lady Lives in the Hair Knot” (2000), “The King Bows and Kills” (2003),“The Pale Gentlemen with their Espresso Cups” (2005), “The Hunger Angel” (2009).

Nora Müller

At the Körber Foundation, Nora Müller is Executive Director International Affairs and Director of the Foundation's Berlin Office. Prior to that, she worked as a Country Officer in the Middle East Department of the Federal Foreign Office and for the Goethe Institut.

Thomas Paulsen

Since 1 January 2015, Thomas Paulsen has been a member of the Executive Board of the Körber Foundation, where he is responsible for the “International Dialogue” field of activity as well as the “Assets, Administration & IT” area. From 2004 to 2014, he was Executive Director International Affairs and Director of the Körber Foundation's Berlin office. After studying Political Science, Sociology and History at the universities of Munich and Freiburg, his first professional stations were the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Ebenhausen and the Centre for Applied Policy Research at the University of Munich. In 1999, he was Visiting Professor at the Institute for European Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, followed by an analyst position at HypoVereinsbank, Munich, and Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Berlin. Since August 2015, he has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS).

Gwendolyn Sasse

Gwendolyn Sasse is Professor of Comparative Political Science at Oxford University and has been the Scientific Director of the newly founded Centre for Eastern European and International Studies (ZOiS) in Berlin since 2016. She studied history, Slavonic Studies and Political Science at the University of Hamburg and Political Science at the London School of Economics, where she also completed her doctorate. Her research focuses on post-communist transformation research (especially Ukraine), comparative democracy and authoritarianism research, and conflict research.

Irina Sherbakova

Irina Sherbakova, born in Moscow in 1949, holds a doctorate in history and is an author and translator. Her fields of work include narrated history, totalitarianism, Stalinism and the associated GULAG camp system, as well as questions of cultural memory and the politics of remembrance in Russia. Sherbakova began a collection of tape-recorded interviews with victims of Stalinism in the late 1970s, and since 1991 she has conducted research in the archives of the KGB. Since 1999 she has been a member of the board of trustees of the Buchenwald memorial in Weimar. Irina Sherbakova works for the Moscow-based society "MEMORIAL International", which is committed to bringing Soviet repression to light and protecting human rights in Russia. She runs several major educational programmes there, including the history competition for young people, which has been held since 1999. Every year, thousands of pupils and young adults from all over the country take part in this competition, which is a member of the Körber Foundation's EUSTORY history network.

Irina Sherbakova has translated the works of many well-known German-speaking authors into Russian, including Franz Kafka and Christa Wolf. She was a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin and has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Carl von Ossietzky Prize, the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and, most recently, the Weimar Goethe Medal in the summer of 2017. In November 2017, she published the history of her Russian-Jewish family under the title "My Father's Hands". In her book, she spans a historic arc between the tsarist empire of the 19th century, the October Revolution and the early Soviet years to Stalinist terror, the end of the Soviet Union and present-day Russia under President Putin.

Olaf Scholz

Olaf Scholz has been the First Mayor and President of the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg since 2011. He is currently vice-chairman of the SPD and chairman of the Hamburg SPD. In 1975, he joined the Social Democratic Party (SPD) where he held a number of senior positions, including Vice-President of the youth organization and General Secretary of the party (2002 to 2004). He was a member of the German Bundestag (1998 to 2001, 2002 to 2011) with leading positions in the SPD parliamentary group as well as Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs (2007 to 2009).

Sven Tetzlaff

Sven Tetzlaff is a Social and Economic Historian. Since 2008, he has been Head of the Körber Foundation's Education Department, which combines the programs on historical-political education and the culture of remembrance in Germany and Europe.

Gabriele Woidelko

Gabriele Woidelko has been Program Director of the Körber Foundation's focus “Russia in Europe” since 2016. She is a Slavicist and Eastern Europe Historian and was Lecturer at the University of Hamburg. Since 1996 she has been with the Körber Foundation, initially as Program Manager, then until 2015 as Director of the European history network EUSTORY, as well as Program Director for FutureLab Europe and other European activities in the field of education.


Gabriele Woidelko
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