Hanno Gundert has been managing director of n-ost, the Berlin-based network for reporting on Eastern Europe, since January 2010. Previously, he worked for many years as a consultant and project manager for a number of German and international NGOs and foundations in the fields of education, culture and human rights. From 2002 until 2006, he was managing director of the German-Russian Exchange St. Petersburg. In 2007, he and a friend opened the first city beach in St. Petersburg. Gundert studied history, political science, and German in Freiburg, Dublin and Berlin. After a seven-year stay in Russia, he and his family have lived in Berlin since 2008.