Head of Office
Dr. Reinhard Krumm, born in Hamburg, Germany, got his MA in Russian History from the University of Hamburg, and his PhD from Regensburg University, where he is a lecturer on Russian and Eastern European History since 2007. Since 2011 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 then joined the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 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, Berlin. Currently he heads the FES Regional Office for Cooperation and Peace in Europe, Vienna. Reinhard Krumm comments frequently on current political events in the international media.
Dr. Alexandra Dienes (née Vasileva), born in Moscow, got her PhD from the University of Amsterdam in 2017 and her MA in Political Science from the Freie University Berlin in 2012. She specializes in political economy and foreign policy of Russia and the post-Soviet space. At FES ROCPE, Alexandra focuses on economic aspects of regional security and cooperation and coordinates the network of young experts FLEET.
Previously, she taught international relations and political economy at the University of Amsterdam and worked for German political foundations in Georgia and China, the European Parliament in Brussels and the German Development Agency GIZ. She did a documentary film on barriers to regional trade in Central Asia and currently works on another film project. Alexandra is also an affiliated research fellow at the Political Science department of the University of Amsterdam.
Simon Weiß, born in Zelinograd (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan). He 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 FES ROCPE, he focuses on security and defence policy aspects in the region and on questions of arms control in Europe.
Gloria Sack, born in Grevesmühlen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Northern Germany), studied business administration at the Freie Universität Berlin with a focus on taxes and accounting.
In July 2019, she started working at FES ROCPE in Vienna. As a very experienced accountant, Gloria Sack is responsible for all matters concerning financial management and controlling.
Previously, she worked for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin for seven years. Her main tasks were financial management and controlling of several offices in Eastern Central and South Eastern Europe and the EU office of the FES in Brussels. She also was in charge of auditing compliance with regulations and guidelines for the FES.
Project & Office Coordination
Born close to Berlin (Germany), she completed business administration with a focus on marketing and accounting at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.
She started working for the FES with the establishment of FES ROCPE in Vienna 2016. At FES ROCPE she is responsible for the project and office coordination, which includes the logistical preparation and organization of projects and events, the communication with participants and external service providers and basic topics like the FES ROCPE website, graphic and print topics, as well as technical matters. She also assists to the head and the team and helps to facilitate a smooth process at FES ROCPE.
Previously, she already worked in Vienna on a project-related basis in the area of internal communication in the natural gas sector, then worked a few years in the area of external communication for a cultural association.