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is co-founder of commit gGmbH by MitOst e.V. and a network partner of School of System Change for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In the past Zoya represented MitOst e.V. in Eastern Europe and was responsible for developing new partnerships and programmes in the fields of social innovation and social entrepreneurship. Her master thesis at Hertie School of Governance was on comparing ecosystems for social entrepreneurship in Russia, Georgia and Ukraine. Zoya has over 15 years of experience in the fields of international cooperation and impact-driven networks as Global Network Partner of BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt for Eastern Europe and as an advisor and consultant of several programmes of GIZ GmbH, one of the biggest German service providers in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work. In her capacity as facilitator, Zoya mostly focuses on accompanying cross-sector and multi-stakeholder collaborations. Among others Zoya is part of the UNESCO weltweit facilitators pool.  

Zoya joined the School team as a Network partner for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in 2018. Since then she combines her facilitation activities with the exciting and challenging mission of cultivating the field of systems change in the region. 

"I especially enjoy designing and facilitating learning experiences with the School where people let go of the idea of systems thinking as a magic wand, becoming sensitive to the circular nature of the world, able to see patterns and structures behind challenges we face. Together we become more aware of our own mindsets which actually shape the way we act as both humans and professionals — today and tomorrow."