Project Advisory Board

MitOst members have the possiblity to receive mentoring and financial support for the implementation of their own projects. The honorary Project Advisory Board decides upon project applications and helps during the process of project management.

Małgorzata Gedlek



Małgorzata was born in Poland and lives since the age of four in Germany. After staying abroad in Moscow and Warsaw, she lived in Ukraine for two years as a Robert Bosch Lecturer. At the moment, she works as manager of projects that advocate the empowerment of female migrants and refugees. Małgorzata became a member of MitOst in 2014 and has just started her second year in the Project Advisory Board.

Witja Frank

Witja lives and works in Berlin. As director and producer he stages films and campaigns for NGOs and corporations. Since 2007, he is involved in MitOst, organises workshops, supports the festival and produces films. 

Magdalena Blender

Magdalena grew up in the North of Germany. She holds a degree in Cultural Studies (Frankfurt/Oder and Spain). After a lot of travels and study projects in Europe, she worked for a few months at the MitOst headquarters supporting the team with the preparations of the festival 2013 and became a member. She then lived for two years in Changun (China) as Robert Bosch Lecturer, where she implemented educational projects, among others with Russian partners. Since autumn 2016 she lives and studies in Hamburg. Magdalena believes in laughing, languages and Europe. 

Joanna Nowosad

Joanna grew up in Szczecin in Poland. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Post Soviet Area Studies and International Business in Poznan. She then moved to Berlin where she worked as an intern at the MitOst office whereafter she spent half a year in Tbilisi (Georgia) in the frame of European Volunteer Service. She is an alumna of the Theodor Heuss Kolleg programme Civic Engagement Workshop 2013. In 2016 she has started working as a facilitator, mostly for Dialogue for Change in Belarus, Poland and Ukraine. Currently she has started her master at Warsaw University.

Frank Weiße-Bartos

After his studies of literature 22 years ago, Frank lives in the Czech Republic. He became acquainted with MitOst in 1998 when he organised a festival together with other members. During the members' assembly 2004 in Vilnius, Frank was elected into the very first Project Advisory Board. At the moment, he is the director of an association he has founded in the Czech Republic. Through continued learning he gained knowledge in projekt management and intercultural communication; his practical experiences include the organisation of international projects such as festivals and workshops. 

Info & Contact

Contact Project Advisory Board Projektbeirat: projektbeirat(at)

The Project Advisory Board consists of five MitOst members, elected at the general members' assembly for the period of one year, and one member of the MitOst Board. The members of the Project Advisory Board can look back on many years of exprience in the field of project management.

What are they doing?

The Project Advisory Board accepts project applications and answers to questions around projects and project management related to the various possibilities of MitOst fundings for member projects. You can contact them under projektbeirat(at) The members of the Project Advisory Board will help you writing your project application. They proof-read your project application. And every approved project gets a mentor who works together with the project manager on the application until the project closure.

You can also contact them in case you never have written an application before and you just have an idea for a project in your mind you want to bring on paper.

More information about funding criteria for member projects you find here.
You want to become a member of the Project Advisory Board yourself? Here you can find some information...