MitOst Board 2016-2018

Rozalina Laskova
1st Chairwoman


It all started with the 13th International MitOst Festival in Leipzig. It brought all these great and diverse people into my life, and let me participate in heated discussions and unforgettable parties. I felt very welcome and I could feel the MitOst family spirit from the very beginning.
Without MitOst I would have much more spare time, but I also wouldn’t be part of this network with all its inspiring activists from all over Europe and beyond.
MitOst 2030 is an international organisation which would be interesting and exciting even to my children. MitOst would be a worldwide established model of how to bring active people from different countries and backgrounds together in a unique and so interesting way.
I am looking forward to the next MitOst Community Meetings and upcoming MitOst events.

Rozalina Laskova comes from Bulgaria and lives in Sofia. She studied Law in Berlin and Business Administration in Sofia. She worked in the non-profit cultural sector as well as for various Bulgarian and German ministries being involved in fields such as good governance, administrative capacity, civil society participation in policy making etc. Rozalina is currently serving as the managing director of the Bulgarian non-profit "Education Without Backpacks" (Khan Academy in Bulgaria) and is the founder and CEO of "Shar Zhar", an organisation active in creative industries, cultural management and entrepreneurship. She found her way to MitOst as an alumna of the Carl Friedrich Goerdeler-Kolleg for Good Governance. She became a MitOst member in 2013.

Barbara Anna Bernsmeier
2nd Chairwomen


It all started with a project idea of a group of Eastern-Europe enthusiasts from Munich. We thought this idea would be perfect for the KlickOst fund. Our project wasn’t supported, but I became a member of MitOst. In 2014, , I attended the MitOst Festival for the first time in Novi Sad, Serbia. What happened afterwards? Many projects, meetings and encounters, more festivals and I became a member of the project advisory board and the MitOst board.
Without MitOst I would never have played football with former players of the Egypt football league at the German-Polish border. 
My MitOst Utopia: In 2030, we meet annually at the MitOst Festivals, which are by now cross-generational and cross-border. Our network reaches from the Atlantic Ocean to the East China Sea. Because of this, for the 30th anniversary of MitOst we are going on a train ride which will last several weeks, and cross continents and nine different time zones. Our expertise is asked for and appreciated by societies and politics in Europe and internationally.
I would also like to say: A cheer for a year full of changes, discussions, memorable moments, travelling and laughter.

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 working as 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. Since 2017 she has been the 2nd Chairwoman and responsible for the coordination of the organisational development of MitOst and the board.

Izzat Khushbakov
Assessor, working field: XXX


It all started with Summer Camp on Ecology in Rumania in 2008. I have discovered first time social engagement and realized my Project.
Without MitOst I would not have learned Project Management and met so much international friends.
My MitOst Utopia is when I could enjoy MitOst Festival with my Grandfathers; it might then be easier for me to explain what I am currently doing in my life.
I would like to say I am currently living in Berlin and trying together with our Alumni to strengthen our MitOst network.  

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.

Claire Luzia Leifert
Assessor, working field: XXX


It all started with the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg. I took part in it when I started my freshman year 2008/2009. MitOst was presented at the final meeting and I became a member. In the following years I followed all the events and developments of the organisation from the Netherlands and Canada. In 2011 I moved to Berlin and through personal encounters, IBBA meetings, regular tables, the MitOst Festival in Leipzig in 2013, the MitOst Camp and the MitOst Festival in Tbilisi in 2016 I started to become more active and involved in MitOst. I have also had a professional relationship with MitOst since 2015, when I began working for the Carl Friedrich Goerdeler-Kolleg for Good Governance, one of the alumni groups of MitOst. 
Without MitOst I wouldn’t have spent my spare time in the past year writing e-mails and racking my brain. However I also wouldn’t have had so many smart, talented and inspiring people around me and in my life, from whom I learn and for whom every e-mail is worth it. 
My MitOst Utopia: MitOst is a decentralised network of activists and local hubs, and its members support each other with trainings, cooperation’s and peer-to-peer consulting. The engagement of its members is the base of the network and what should be established on a big scale is practised in small communities : democratic co-creation, transparency and appreciation. 
I would also like to say: I am looking forward to working with all of you on this utopia, step by step, and I am looking forward meeting you, having nice encounters and conversations. 

Claire Luzia Leifert lives in Berlin. She holds a degree in European Studies and International Relations which she 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. Previously, she worked at Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in the fields of social and education policy. Since 2006, she has also worked in Germany and abroad as a trainer and project manager on topics such as Europe and anti-discrimination. Claire Luzia became a MitOst member as an alumna of the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg.

Sabrina Schulz


It all started with this idea in Novi Sad to convince MitOst members to join a Europe wide river swimming event to raise awareness about water protection. In the end, MitOst convinced me to be a new member. 
Without MitOst I would have missed a lot.
MitOst 2030 means for me a time when economic and political actors cannot avoid speaking, involving and exchanging with the civil societies on an eye to eye level when it comes to developing the future in your city and neighbourhood, whether rurally, regionally or worldwide.
I also would like to say: We should never stop enriching our civil society engagement with good music, dance and good food.

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 has 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 currently works at Deutsche Umwelthilfe in Berlin.

Ljiljana Šotra
Assessor, working field: XXX


It all started with the MitOst festival in Temeswar, Romania in 2006. It was end of September, the weather was super nice in the Balkans, and there were many interesting people and workshops. For two days (!) the members’ assembly discussed the topic “MitOst and GmbH” among others. And it was all discussed in German – what a pleasure for a student of German philology. I was delighted. However, to be honest, the German was not what convinced me to become a part of the MitOst community, but rather the discussion culture of MitOst, even though I mostly abstained from voting because I felt too new to vote. I am probably also one of the few members who looks forward to the members assembly more than the other Festival events.
Without MitOst I would have finished my studies in time and would have waited to get a job. MitOst opened another world for me: the world of being engaged and active. What I learned and experienced through MitOst, all these diverse places, topics, people and their thoughts, this is what shaped me. This diversity still motivates and drives me. Through MitOst, I joined the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg and founded the initiative "Balkans, let’s get up!".
MitOst 2030: In 13 years? How old I am by then? It doesn’t matter because the good thing is that you are never too old for MitOst. Maybe MitOst has travelled around the globe by then, and offers a playground for the ultimate exchange. With this exchange MitOst and our community encourages peace and mutual understanding. It could be that MitOst functions as a non-formal UNO.
3 points I would like to add:

  1. You are never too young for MitOst. 
  2. MitOst is growing, and its structures and network are already confusing. For myself, I would wish to sort it all out so everyone can understand MitOst at a glance. This is an impossible thing, I guess, and it should stay like this! MitOst is a world for itself, a cosmos to explore. 
  3. At the annual member assembly, I will no longer abstain from voting.

Ljiljana Šotra lives in Belgrade in Serbia whenever she is not on the way to the southern regions of Serbia. Formal she works as a teacher of German, translator and interpreter, non-formal she is a complainer and a person questioning the world. She lives for the Balkans and that the Balkans is lively. Right now, as a member of the board of MitOst she is looking forward shaping MitOst within the next two years.


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.  

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