Andrei Popescu


Trainer, facilitator, youth worker, volunteer...

Technocrat as Secretary of state in the Ministry of Youth and Sports, bureaucrat as Youth in Action, Erasmus+ and ESC coordinator in the Romanian NA or volunteer in various NGOs I have been followed by some “fluid” ideas such as nonformal learning, volunteering, youth work and NGOs capacity building.

Results: being involved in more than 250 national and international training courses and learning events as trainer, facilitator or organizer.

Andrei Popescu has 7 references for past work as a trainer.

Andrei  Popescu

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Current occupation

mainly free lancer

Work experience

I was involved in the last 20 years on more than 50 international and 200 national training courses, seminars, conferences and other types of learning events as a trainer, facilitator, organizer or speaker on the following themes:
- project management
- application writing
- nonformal learning methods and tools
- Erasmus+
- Youth in Action
- teamwork and group dynamics
- volunteering
- youth participation
- youth policy
- social inclusion
- coaching, mentoring and leadership
- negotiation
- networking
- training of trainers
- youth policies
- advocacy
- communication and presentation skills
- organizational culture
- Karl Popper and Parliamentary debate

Workplaces and results:

Romanian National Agency (February 2018 - June 2023)
- Head of Youth department (1.01.22 – 30.06.23)
- Head of European Solidarity Corps department (8.02.18 – 31.12.21)
- Head of the Communication department (8.02.18 – 1.11.19)

Freelancer from January 2017 until February 2018, and again from July 2023.

Secretary of state for youth affairs - Ministry of Youth and Sports in Romania (December 2015 - January 2017)
Main roles:
Managing the Youth Affairs in the Ministry
Developing and following-up youth policies in Romania
Cooperation and consulting youth stakeholders
Inter-ministerial cooperation
Over-all coordination of activities and events

As Secretary of state I found myself in the position to coordinate the overall project and activities. The most important for international work would be:
- representing Romanian twice at the European Council of Youth Ministries and once at the Council of Europe
- setting up and launching in 2016 the second stage of NoHate Speech campaign in Romania (at European level the campaign is managed by Council of Europe) where the following activities were carried out: 1) selecting the National Coordinating Committee (containing nine NGOs), 2) organizing the 7th edition of the Nonformal Education Lab, this time with NoHate Speech thematic, 3) supporting and organizing in partnership with Nevo Parudimos the Roma Young People Forum against Hate Speech, 4) organizing Educators against Hate Speech - a regional training course on how to use Bookmarks handbook (international event) 5) national online campaign for the Human Rights Day in order to promote NoHate Speech via Facebook cover pictures that were placed on the Facebook pages of the Romanian Government and 17 ministries reaching more than 500.000 people
- as legal representative for National Structured Dialogue Group support project that led to setting up a national 120 youth workers network organizing more than 150 consultation events all over Romania attracting more than 2500 participants. The events used methods such as world coffee in order to gather grass root information related to the EU Presidency or open space to identify the needs of the young people to be put forward as priorities during the 2019 Romanian Presidency of the European Union Council
- initiating a post-graduated university course for youth workers: "Management of educational resources for youth". The course will be run by the West University in Timisoara starting with the second semester of 2016 - 2017 university year.

Communication and Promotion Department Coordinator - Romanian National Agency for Eramus+ (January 2014 - December 2015)
Main roles:
Team coordination
Erasmus + promotion and information
Dissemination and exploitation of results
Strategic management
Training and facilitation (including coordination of the National Trainers Pool)
Online tools development

Coordinator Youth in Action Romania - Youth in Action National Agency (November 2006 - December 2013)
Main Roles
Team coordination
Program management and coordination
Strategic management
Funds granting (more than 30 millions euro in 7 years)
Over-all coordination of the National Trainers and Multipliers Pools
Project and event management
Training and facilitation
Online tools development

As former coordinator of the Youth in Action program in Romania and the Communication Department of the Erasmus+ National Agency one of the main tools I had to work with was the Training and Cooperation Plan (TCP) and Transnational Cooperation Activities (TCA). In this role I planned and organized together with my team more than 150 national and international events in order to build up capacity building for organizations.
Among the international events there were organized:
- BiTriMulti (BTM), Advanced Training On Quality for youth exchanges (ATOQ) or TC Eastern Express 2012 for Youth Exchanges
- Coach2Coach or GetInNET for Youth Initiatives
- SOHO (Sending Organizations, Hosting Organizations), InclusivEVS, MoveOn for EVS, YESforEVS, or UNIQUE TC "Facilitating the volunteers learning" for mentors in EVS projects,
- Get Involved! for Youth Democracy Projects
- ToolFair IX, TicTac, YouthPass related TCs, The Power of Non Formal Education, Competences for all, or GivePOWER to EMPOWER for youth workers,
- ECTC (European Citizenship TC)
- Appetizers
- Partnership Building Activities
- Cultural Diversity TC,
- Capital Europe supporting the title of European Youth Capital 2015 for Cluj Napoca
- Strategic Partnerships Plus for Erasmus+ strategic partnerships
- CONNECTOR for promoting effective learning tools among youth workers, teachers and learning practitioners

Among the national activities building the capacity building of the Romanian youth organizations with impact at European level the most important would be:
- setting up a National Pool of Multipliers (2007 - 2010) promoting the Youth in Action opportunities
- setting up a National Pool of Trainers (2007 - present) both for Youth in Action as well as for Erasmus+ organizing almost 1000 training courses all over the country on the following topics: application writing (general on Youth in Action or Erasmus+ as well as dedicated to specific actions), project management, EVS related TCs (Pre-Departure, On-Arrival, MidTerm and Final Evaluation), nonformal learning tools, volunteer management, dissemination and exploitation of results, Leader2B, Coach2B, Mentor2B, strategic management, setting up an NGO, inclusion and participation related TCs)
- organizing six editions of the Nonformal Education Lab aiming to train youth workers on using effective nonformal learning methods
- developing together with various partners NGO and Advanced Suppport Organizations system of EVS (ASO). Part ot it there were organized several editions of VOLUNTEQ (event dedicated to EVS hosting and sending organizations as well as for volunteer coordinators and mentors aiming to build skills by peer learning through barcamp method), it was developed, an online community set up to share good practices for EVS
- developing learning practitioners communities for youth exchange leaders, youth initiatives coaches, EVS mentors and trainers (both real life in several organizations as well as online through
- developing a online portal for nonformal learning ( that gathered effective learning methods as well as a online community for nonformal actors.

Speaker and member in various projects, Working Groups and Commissions at AEGEE Europe (October 1999 - May 2004)
Main roles
Socrates on the Move project officer (October 1999 - December 2000)
Speaker of the Education Working Group (May 2000 - May 2002)
Member (May 2000 - May 2001) and Speaker (May 2001 - May 2002) of the Network Commission
Member of the AEGEE Academy - Human Resource Working Group (October 2000 - May 2004)
Coordinator of the YnterACT project (May 2003 - May 2004)
Grundtvig (Adult Education) Assistant Manager - Socrates National Agency (September 1999 - March 2007)
Main roles
Program management
Funds granting (summing up 3 million euro in 7 years)
Event management
Training and facilitation

Volunteer, trainer and president - AEGEE București (September 1998 - September 2003)
Main roles:
Strategic management
Events and project management
Training and human resources
Representation at the European level

Volunteer, trainer and coach - ARDOR Romania (Romanian Association of Debate, Oratory and Rhetoric), April 1997 - September 2001
Main roles
Debate club development (3 student clubs created and developed)
Managing and facilitating the weekly meeting for the debate clubs
Karl Popper and Parliamentary Debate
Training debate coaches at national level

Other relevant activities
- lecturer at the Alternative University for the Experiential Learning course (2014 - 2015)
- lecturer at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Science for the Nonformal Education course (2016)
- initiator of the NoHate Speech campaign in Romania (2016)
- coordination and development of the, the main portal of nonformal learning tools in Romania
- coordinating the team of contributors for the "Like skills methods and tools to be used in the classroom" (2010 -2011 European funded project)
- expert and writer of the report of the European Economic and Social Committee on the European Youth Strategy (2009)

Educational pathway

Nonformal experiences

Two of the most formative experiences are the seven editions of the national Nonformal Education Lab and three international editions of CONNECTOR where I as involved as organizer and facilitator. However they are the kind of events where each facilitator turns into learner as well and the opened a new world of effective learning tools such as living library, labyrinth theater, improvisation theater or graphic facilitation just to name a few. Besides while involving more than 1000 people in 8 years they created a sound base of networking among learning practitioners.

Other important formative experiences are CONNECTION (organized by Bucharest Impact Hub), RestartEDU camp (organized by RestartEDU) and the Alternative University for bringing together creative people able to generate sustainable projects.

Formal experiences

The most important formal experiences remain the daily challenges that need to be met and answered on the job, especially as Secretary of state, a political position filled in as a technocrat and dealing with an extreme high number of situations and secondly of Youth in Action coordinator responsible both for setting up a transparent funding system doubled by an effective support system.

In terms of formal education:
1) Executive Master of Business Administration followed at Maastricht School of Management Romania & Pilkington Ratiu Business School (2012 - 2013) for both the professional teaching on topics such as Leadership, Ethics and executive leadership, Management of people, Negotiation strategies, Decision making, Crisis management, Managing organizational change as well as for offering a space to confront ideas such as nonformal learning and explain them to extremely smart people from a different background forcing you to get out of the comfort zone and being challenged sometimes on issues that normally are taken for granted in your working circles
2) Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest - Faculty of Economic Studies in Foreign Languages (1995 -1999) both for developing a economic background that proved to be very useful in real life situation as well as for the inter-cultural envirnoment (out of the 85 students only 30 were Romanian, the other 55 coming from countries such a South Korea, United States, Pakistan, Sudan, Greece a.s.o)

Fields of training expertise

  • (advanced) Animation
  • (beginner) Bullying & Harassment
  • (advanced) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (advanced) Change Management
  • (advanced) Citizenship Education
  • (advanced) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (advanced) Communication Skills
  • (intermediate) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (advanced) Creativity & Art
  • (intermediate) Crisis Management
  • (advanced) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (advanced) Drama & Theatre
  • (beginner) Environment & Ecology
  • (beginner) Equal Opportunities
  • (expert) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (advanced) Event Management
  • (intermediate) Financial Management
  • (beginner) Fundraising
  • (intermediate) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (intermediate) Global Education
  • (advanced) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (beginner) Health & Prevention
  • (intermediate) Human Rights
  • (advanced) Intercultural Learning
  • (advanced) International Youth Work
  • (advanced) Leadership Development
  • (advanced) Lobbying & Advocacy
  • (intermediate) New Information Technologies
  • (advanced) Open Space Technology
  • (advanced) Organizational Management
  • (intermediate) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (beginner) Peace Education
  • (intermediate) People Management & Cooperation
  • (advanced) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (advanced) Project Management
  • (advanced) Public Relations & Marketing
  • (expert) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (advanced) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (advanced) Time Management
  • (advanced) Training of Trainers
  • (advanced) Valorisation of Projects (DEOR)
  • (advanced) Volunteer Programmes
  • (expert) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Youth Information Work
  • (advanced) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (expert) Youth Policy
  • (beginner) Youth Violence & Criminality
  • (advanced) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA3) Youth Policy Meetings
  • (expert) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (lifelong learning, non-youth)
  • (advanced) European Youth Centres (CoE)
  • (intermediate) European Youth Foundation (CoE)
  • (beginner) Solidarity Fund for Youth Mobility (CoE)
  • (advanced) European Institutions
  • (intermediate) Youth Partnership CoE-COM
  • (advanced) International Youth Structures
  • (beginner) Private Foundations
  • (advanced) United Nations

Working with specific target groups

  • (intermediate) Children
  • (beginner) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (advanced) Intercultural Teams
  • (advanced) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (advanced) Minorities
  • (beginner) Religious Youth Groups

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (beginner) Africa
  • (beginner) Asia
  • (advanced) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (advanced) Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation
  • (advanced) European Cooperation
  • (intermediate) Global Cooperation
  • (advanced) South East Europe

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English
  • (intermediate) French
  • (fluent) Romanian

Trainer references

  • Youth Discovering Erasmus+ Project Lab

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-03-20)
    The training activity took place
    in Viana do Castelo, Portugal
    organised by Youth Erasmus+ National Agency in Portugal (Agência Nacional para a gestão do programa Juventude em Acção)
    14 - 18th of March 2017
  • Strategic Partnership Plus, 2 editions (2014 & 2015)

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-03-20)
    The training activity took place
    in Sinaia, Romania (for both editions)
    organised by National Agency for Community Programs in the Field of Education and Vocational Training (Erasmus+ NA in Romania)
    9-13 December 2014/ 3-7 November 2015
  • The EEA Scholarships Program – a plus in education

    Awaiting validation (requested 2020-03-24)
    The training activity took place
    in Bucharest, Romania
    organised by Romanian Grant Operator for EEA University Grants
  • CONNECTOR 2014, pilot edition

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-03-25)
    The training activity took place
    in Cluj Napoca, Romania
    organised by Romanian National Agency for Erasmus+
    18-24 November 2014
  • CONNECTOR, 2 editions (2015-16)

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-03-25)
    The training activity took place
    in Cluj Napoca / Bucharest, Romania
    organised by Romanian National Agency for Erasmus+
    30 June - 6 July 2015 / 5-11 July 2016
  • EVS Camp

    Awaiting validation (requested 2022-06-04)
    The training activity took place
    in Predeal, România
    organised by Volunteering Centre in Cluj Napoca & National Agency for Community Programs in the Field of Education and Vocational Training
    13th - 15th of May 2016
  • National Agency TCA officers meeting 2015 (education and training)

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-04-22)
    The training activity took place
    in Tallinn, Estonia
    organised by Archimedes Foundation (Estonian E+ NA) and Romanian NA for Erasmus+
    27 - 30th of May 2015

This profile was last modified on 2023-07-19

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