Zafar Saydaliev

Zafar is the Managing Director of CGE Erfurt e.V. He is experienced in programme/project management, project development and evaluation, overseas experience and an advanced academic degree in Public Policy. He has Bachelors degree in Management and Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Erfurt, Willy Brandt School of Public Policy. Since then he also worked as a Programme officer at the PLATTFORM e.V. Prior to his Master studies, he gained experience in project management, fundraising, coordination, project development and evaluation in various international organizations and NGOs such as USAID, The Pragma Corporation, UNDP and OSCE.

Marina Bykova

Project Manager
Marina is a graduate of the School of International Economic Relations and Tourism Business, V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University. Her scientific field of interest lies within convergence of knowledge, technology and society (CKTS) with the focus on U.S. and EU science policy. She did her European Voluntary Service in European Youth Education and Meeting Centre in Weimar, thus gaining extensive experience in non-formal education. Marina is also a member of Ukraine Debate Federation.

Moritz Borchardt

Project Manager
Moritz is a project manager for civic education at CGE, an inter-disciplinarily trained social scientist, NGO-administrator and writer. Having studied in Jena, Vilnius and at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Erfurt, he left university with degrees in Governmental Studies and Public Policy and has been writing about the impact of the web on society writ large and structural challenges to today’s societies since the late 2000s. At CGE, he develops and implements projects on structural problems in today’s Europe such as the future of the European idea, how to effectively combat far-right populism by means of remembrance and education, or the active participation of refugees in European civil society.

Ammalia Podlaszewska

Project Manager
Dr. Ammalia Podlaszewska has solid years of experience working in the interdisciplinary and trans disciplinary setting of urban planning studies and architecture, leading research and project management as well as developing syllabus and teaching methodology for formal and non-formal education. She also a lead project manager and researcher for sustainable education and has implemented a variety of projects funded by German Foreign Ministry; KA1 Erasmus+ Projects; KA2 Erasmus+ Projects, Interreg European Central Project, and the local project funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Thuringia Ministry for Migration, Justice and Consumer Protection. Currently at CGE she serves as a Chairwoman.

Vele Georgiev

Project Manager
Vele obtained his degree from the Faculty of Tourism and Organizational Science at the St. Clement of Ohrid University of Bitola, Macedonia. He got engaged in the civic education during his European Voluntary Service in 2013 in Germany, here in the CGE. After the volunteering he joined CGE crew as a project manager and focused on providing opportunities to the youth from Balkan region.

Grigory Grigoryev

Freelance Project Assistant
Grigoriy has been involved with CGE since May 2016 in different capacities – from participating to organizing workshops and assisting with organizational tasks. Currently, he holds a Master’s Degree from University of Erfurt in Public Policy. His focus of interest and experience is on Educational Policy and International Development, particularly addressing the digital divide. He is an RPCV and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique between 2012-14.


Project Coordination Assistant
Mike is a Project Coordination Assistant at CGE Erfurt. He studied MA Philosophy, Science and Society at Tilburg University and has been teaching English as a Foreign Language for 6 years. At CGE, Mike hosts Game Night, an open, monthly, social event at CGE, and helps organise and facilitate meetings and Youth Exchanges for various projects, primarily Show Me a Future II and DEMOGAMES. His areas of interest are Philosophy of Mind, Social Psychology, Empathy, Gamefication and Mechanisms.

Aleksandra Polivana

Administarative and project coordinator

Aleksandra is an Administrative and project coordinator at CGE Erfurt e.V. Currently Aleksandra is doing her Master of Science in Economics in Friedrich Schiller University Jena with the specialization in Innovation and Change. She has a broad experience in NGO’s administration, project management, in particular Erasmus+ funding projects, as well as marketing and economic background. Aleksandra has successfully completed European Volunteer Service program by Erasmus in the European Youth Education and Meeting Centre in Weimar, which equipped her with skills and competences in non-formal education