MitOst Board 2016-2018

Rozalina Laskova
1st Chairwoman


Rozalina Laskova comes from Bulgaria and lives in Sofia. She studied Law in Berlin and Business Administration in Sofia. She has several years of professional experience in the state administration in Bulgaria and in Germany, in fields such as good governance, administrative capacity, civil society participation in policy making, e-government, transnational projects and the European Structural Funds. At the moment she works as a freelance cultural manager and for a Bulgarien photographer, and advises about culture and creativ industries, Social Entrepreneurship and cultural education. Rozalina is alumna of the Carl Friedrich Goerdeler-Kolleg. In 2013 she became a member of MitOst. 

In the board she is responsible for external representation of MitOst, for organisation development, as well as for the coordination of the association's strategic process and the workflow of board activities. 

Ivanna Chupak
2nd Chairwomen


Ivanna Chupak was born in Ukraine and currently lives in Kiev. She studied German language and literature in Ushhorod, teached German and was active in civil society initiatives in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. 2008-2010, Ivanna worked in the Kiev office of Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in the field of democracy promotion; during this time she was also assessor in the MitOst Board. At the moment, Ivanna works at the German Embassy Kiev, depertment of culture, education and minorities. She is also a facilitator in the Dialogue for Change programme "Rural Initiatives Workshop." An alumna of Theodor-Heuss-Kollegs and MitOst member since 2004, she was also active in the Project Advisory Board, 2012-2014.

Next to the first chairperson Rozalina, Ivanna is responsible for the external representation of MitOst, for coordinating the strategic development of the association and for organising the workflow of the board activities. Apart from that she is involved in the preparations for the 20th MitOst anniversary.

Barbara Anna Bernsmeier


Barbara Anna Bernsmeier is a Berlin-based freelance cultural and project manager. Originally from Northern Germany, she graduated from the University of Munich in Literature and Slavic Studies. After a teaching assistance at Novosibirsk State University, Barbara was a scholar in the programme „Robert Bosch Cultural Managers in the Russian Federation“ from 2013 to 2015 in Volgograd. A MitOst member since 2010, Barbara was part of the Project Advisory Board from 2015-2016, before she came into the board as the treasurer. Apart from (creative) fundraising, she is also interested in the topic of cultural exchange.

As a treasurer, Barbara is involved in the budget and financial planning of the association. She also supports MitOst employees and members in planning the 15th International MitOst Festival, which will take place in Frankfurt (Oder)/Słubice in autumn 2017.

Izzat Khushbakov
Assessor, working field: Alumni


Izzat Khushbakov was born in Samarkand (Uzbekistan) and lives in Berlin. He holds a Master’s degree in Peace Research and Security Policy from Hamburg University and works as Project Assistant at the Caucasus Programme of the Berghof Foundation. Izzat is alumnus of the international Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg and became MitOst member in 2011.

As a member of the board, Izzat is responsible for Alumni matters: He is involved in the strategic planning of the alumni work and coordinates the cooperation of the different alumni representatives. 

Claire Luzia Leifert
Assessor, working field: Members


Claire Luzia Leifert lives in Berlin. She holds a degree in European Studies and International Relations which she has studied in Germany, the Netherlands and Canada. As programme officer of the Goerdeler-Kolleg at the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia, she advocates continued learning and networking for change-makers in Eastern Europe. Before, she worked at Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in the fields of social and education policy. Since 2006, she also works as a trainer and project manager on topics such as Europe and anti-discrimination – both in Germany and abroad. Claire Luzia became a MitOst member as an alumna of Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg.

As assessor in the board, Claire Luzia is dedicated to membership matters: she is involved in the planning and communication of member activities and helps organising the members' assembly as well as strategic workshops (MitCamp, Shaping MitOst).

Sabrina Schulz
Assessor, connection to the Project Advisory Board


Sabrina Schulz grew up in Hamburg and studied applied cultural studies in Lüneburg with a focus on languages and literature. However, cultural geography, social ecology and sustainable development of rural regions attracted her more. As a freelancer, she worked on promoting ecological farming and was part of a research group for social innovations in the water sector. While organising an environmental action for European youth in Greifswald, she became acquainted with MitOst. She now works at Deutsche Umwelthilfe in Berlin.

Sabrina is part of the board since April 2017, when former board member Olga Skobina resigned. She is interested in strategic questions, fundraising and project development and wants to foster interconnected thought and participative formats.


The members of the board are elected every two years (annually until the change of statutes in 2016) by the members assembly. The members of the board are working voluntarily. They coordinate and chair the work and development of the organisation MitOst.  

Rules of operation (in German)
Board members 2015/2016
Former members of the board (in German)