Head of Office
Dr. Reinhard Krumm, born in Hamburg, Germany, got his MA in Russian History from the University of Hamburg in 1989, and his PhD from Regensburg University, Germany in 2003, where he is a lecturer on Russian History since 2008. He holds an honoree professorship from the department of Political Science at Moscow State University. From 1991 to 1998 he worked as a journalist in the former Soviet Union, being the Moscow correspondent of Der Spiegel magazine from 1996 to 1998. He joined the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in 2002, serving as the Head of the Regional Central Asian office in Tashkent/Uzbekistan from 2003 to 2007, as the Head of the Russian office in Moscow from 2007 to 2012 and from 2012 to 2016 as the Head of the Department of Central and Eastern Europe in Berlin. Currently he is heading the newly established Regional Office for Cooperation and Peace in Europe, based in Vienna.
Alexandra Vasileva, born in Moscow, Russia, got her MA in Political Science from the Freie University Berlin in 2012 and is currently finishing her PhD at the University of Amsterdam on the development of Russia’s capitalism in comparative BRICs perspective. She specializes in political economy of Russia and the post-Soviet space. Before joining FES in 2017, she taught international relations and political economy at the University of Amsterdam and interned for German political foundations in Georgia and China, the European Parliament in Brussels and the German Development Agency GIZ. She also did a documentary film on barriers to regional trade in Central Asia. As a research associate at the Regional Office for Cooperation and Peace in Europe she focuses on economic aspects of regional security and cooperation and coordinates the network of young experts FLEET.
Simon Weiß, born in Zelinograd (Astana)/Kazakhstan. Studied political science and sociology at the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg. Between 2011-2015 he taught international relations and Russian foreign policy and was a research associate at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Heidelberg. As a research associate and project coordinator at the ROCPE Office, he focuses on security and defence policy aspects in the region and on questions of arms control in Europe.
Astrid Hill started her work for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung at the Berlin headquarter in 2000. In her beginning years she worked as an administrator and secretary for the Middle- and Eastern Europe department, particularly for the South-East Europe department. Later she changed to the International Policy Analysis department, where she was responsible for finance coordination and for the support of the IPG Journal at FES Berlin. She joined the ROCPE office in November 2016 and now is responsible for all financial matters.
Project & Office Coordination
Born close to Berlin (Germany), she completed her business studies with a focus on marketing and accounting at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. She started her work for the FES with the establishment of the ROCPE office in Vienna 2016. Before, she had already worked in Vienna in marketing communications, where she was responsible for cultural events and instrumental classes for children and students with a focus on online communication. In the ROCPE Office she is responsible for project and office coordination, which includes all logistical project preparations, the communication with participants and external service providers and the basic organizational coordination from the ROCPE office, such as to update the ROCPE website. She also is the assistant to the head and the team and takes care of the preparation of various documents for finance.