About us

The Initiative Mittel- und Osteuropa e.V. (InMOE) is an international non-profit network that strengthens, unites, and inspires young civil society actors to effect positive change in their communities. Since 2008, we have conducted trainings, forums, and other events that empower individuals and foster international partnerships. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, we connect around 30 diverse member organizations from Belarus, the Czech Republic, Germany, Moldova, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine.

We support the development of young civil society initiatives in the following spheres:


Arts &

Human Rights &


Together, we aim to foster a sustainable network of civil society actors and organizations founded on the values of tolerance, intercultural understanding, and democratic governance.


  • To strengthen the civil capacity of our members, participants & volunteers
  • To connect civic actors in Central & Eastern Europe
  • To inspire & support new projects


  • International workshops, seminars & forums
  • Youth exchanges
  • Organizational meetings
  • Round tables


  • Diversity & tolerance
  • “Bottom-up” activism
  • Transparent & non-hierarchical governance
  • Sustainability

Our Team

Ania Shapiro

Ania Shapiro

Executive Manager, 1st Chairperson
Ania Shapiro is a Berlin-based civil society specialist committed to promoting civic engagement and human rights in Eastern Europe. Originally from the [...]
Timo Pfender

Timo Pfender

2nd Chairperson
Timo Pfender is involved with the InMOE since 2014, when he joined the board, first in the role of the treasurer, later as an associate and this year [...]
Friederike Humpert

Friederike Humpert

Friederike Humpert is treasurer of the InMOE since 2015 after she had joined a first InMOE project in 2014 in Romania. Currently she is studying European [...]
Yulia Dobyshuk

Yulia Dobyshuk

Yulia Dobyshuk comes from Belarus. She is almost a graduate with bachelor degree in Foreign Languages and Management from Brest State University. [...]
Tatyana Kovalyonok

Tatyana Kovalyonok

Tatyana Kovalyonok lives and works in Minsk, Belarus. She graduated from Belarussian State Technological University with the major of Publishing [...]

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