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Theocharis Grigoriadis, C.Sc., Ph.D

Program director | Dean of studies at the Institute for East European Studies

Theocharis Grigoriadis is a graduate of the University of Athens, Yale University, Saint Petersburg State University and the University of California, Berkeley. As Professor of Economics at the Institute of East European Studies he concentrates in economics of religion and culture, political economy, and economic development. His research provides an analytical ground for the identification of mechanisms through which religion shapes political regimes, perceptions of centralization and the provision of public goods. Moreover, he maintains a strong interest in foreign aid effectiveness and its institutions.

Oleg Pichkov

Program director | Dean of the School of International Economic Relations an der MGIMO

Oleg Pichkov holds a Ph.D. in Economics from MGIMO and the Russian Academy of Sciences. Since 2015 he has been Dean of the School of International Economic Relations at MGIMO. His research interests include International Economic Relations, Economic History, Energy Economics and Digital Transformation of the Economy.

Niovi Zampouka

Program coordinator

Niovi Zampouka studied Balkan Studies, Slavonic Studies and Oriental Studies at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki and Russian Studies at the Lomonossov University in Moscow. Her diploma thesis examined representation strategies of war in works by Isaak Babel and Boris Polevoj. Following on from this, she completed a Master's degree in "Slavic Literatures" at the Institute of Slavic Studies of the HU. In her master thesis she dealt with the linguontological spatial metaphor in the work of the non-canonized Russian author Sigizmund Kržižanovskij. Since 2014 she has been doing her doctorate in Slavic Studies at the HU Berlin and since 2015 she has been a scholarship holder of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies at the FU.

Peter Schönherr

Research Associate

Peter Schönherr studied European Studies with a specialization in Economics at the TU Chemnitz (BA) and the Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder) (MA). Subsequently, he worked at the Viadrina in a research project on employee participation. From autumn 2015 to summer 2017 he taught at the Russian-Kyrgyz Slavic University in Bishkek as part of the Robert Bosch Foundation's Lecturer Program. He has been working for the RDWP since 2017.

Shahrzad Shahmohammadi

Tutor in Economics

Shahrzad Shahmohammadi earned her M. Sc. in Economics from University of Tehran. She is currently completing a doctorate in Economics at FUB under supervision of Prof. Theocharis Grigoriadis. Her dissertation with the title “Essays in Political Economics” focuses on economics of religion, development and history of Iran and compares it to the history of Eastern Europe.

Nikita Gerasimov

Tutor in Politics

Nikita Gerasimov studied Interdisciplinary Russian Studies (B.A.) at the University of Potsdam and the German-Russian Double Master International Relations (M.A.) at the Free University of Berlin, the Humboldt University of Berlin, and the University of Potsdam in cooperation with the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO). He has been tutor for the GRIA since 2017.