Mary Drosopoulos


Human rights trainer, educational practitioner & intercultural mediator with 7 working languages.

Experienced in participatory, arts-based approaches to civic education together with young people, especially from conflict-affected settings.

Passionate about writing, field research and international cuisine :)

Good team player, flexible and well-organized.

Mary Drosopoulos has 10 references for past work as a trainer.

Mary Drosopoulos

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Current occupation

Intercultural Trainer-Consultant

Work experience

Dr. Mary Drosopulos is the Founder of the Eurobalkan Youth Forum, an independent, women-led network, providing pro bono mentoring to organizations & young professionals from minority or conflict-affected communities. She is a multilingual trainer, consultant & writer (7 working languages), with a solid background in Education and Communication (people & change; cultural mediation; interactive learning; cultural awareness in content creation; politics-religion-ideology-gender).
Since 2012, she has been a consultant & trainer with the Council of Europe (EuroArab Cooperation, Human Rights Education, Refugees' integration, Quality Label Youth Centers, Training of government officials on intercultural dialogue). She is also a member of the Pool of European Youth Researchers of the Youth Partnership (European Union-CoE).
Mary has long-standing experience in designing, handling, or facilitating projects with international organizations, think-tanks & universities in Europe, Asia & the Middle East: the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) (Sarajevo), the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) (Athens), the Balkan Forum (Prishtina), the Council of Europe (France, Hungary, Morocco, Turkey, Qatar), etc.
She holds a BA in English & American studies from the Department of Philosophy of the Aristotle University (Thessaloniki); a Diploma in Balkan & Turkish studies; MA in Conference Interpreting & Translation (University of Cyprus) & a PhD with Honours in Intercultural studies from the Department of Education of the Aristotle University.
As a post-doctoral research assistant in the 'Consolidated Learning in SEE' project, supported by the Universities of Leeds, Bournemouth & Pristina, she has conducted field research investigating cross-sectoral, arts-based, SDGs-oriented approaches to post-conflict state building in Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina & Rwanda, especially feminist activism in Kosovo, participatory arts, gender narratives, conflict resolution, theory of change, women & stereotypes.
Mary has published books & articles, while her findings have led to policy recommendations & advocacy campaigns.

Educational pathway

-PhD Cross-Cultural studies & Translation studies, Gained with Honors. Aristotle University, 2019.
-Youth participation and Youth Policy LTTC, Council of Europe, 2011-2012.
-Enter LTTC, Access to social rights for young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Council of Europe, 2009-2011.
-MA Conference Interpreting and European Institutions. Cyprus University, Nicosia.
-Hispanic cinema and literature, Universidad de Salamanca. 2009-2010.
-BA English Language, Aristotle University.
-Diploma in Turkish Studies, School of Balkan Languages and Ankara University, Turkey.

Fields of training expertise

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

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

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

Working with specific target groups

  • (expert) Children
  • (advanced) Families
  • (advanced) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (expert) Intercultural Teams
  • (advanced) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (intermediate) Men's Issues & Groups
  • (expert) Minorities
  • (expert) Religious Youth Groups
  • (expert) Women's Issues & Groups
  • (expert) Young People in/from Conflict Areas
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Physical Disability

Experience with specific geographical regions

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

Language Skills

  • (fluent) Albanian
  • (fluent) English
  • (fluent) French
  • (good) Greek
  • (intermediate) Italian
  • (good) Serbian
  • (fluent) Spanish
  • (fluent) Turkish

Other languages

Turkish-Fluent, Italian-Good, Greek-native

Trainer references

  • Xenophobia and Stereotypes

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-03-04)
    The training activity took place
    in Thessaloniki, Greece
    organised by Spin Youth with local educational institutions
  • Creating transparent borders

    Awaiting validation (requested 2017-03-03)
    The training activity took place
    in Thessaloniki, Greece
    organised by AEGEE
    15-23 December 2010
  • Crowd Festival

    Awaiting validation (requested 2017-03-18)
    The training activity took place
    in Stavroupoli, Greece
    organised by Senso NGO and Munici[pality of Stavroupolis
  • "The Bridge" Greek-Turkish friendship

    Awaiting validation (requested 2017-01-10)
    The training activity took place
    in Thessaloniki, Greece
    organised by Köprü Anadolu Merkezi
    October-December 2012
  • Brick in the Wall

    Awaiting validation (requested 2017-01-09)
    The training activity took place
    in Adrasan, Antalya, Turkey
    organised by Turkish National Agency
    10-15 June 2013
  • Euro-Arab dialogue

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-01-05)
    The training activity took place
    in European Youth Centre Budapest
    organised by Council of Europe
    28 November-6 December 2013
  • Training of Trainers and Government Officials

    Awaiting validation (requested 2017-01-09)
    The training activity took place
    in Kocaeli, Turkey
    organised by Council of Europe, Turkish Ministry of Youth and Sports
    19-25 March 2014
  • Employability Week 2015

    Awaiting validation (requested 2019-03-21)
    The training activity took place
    in Thessaloniki, Greece
    organised by Mediterranean College
    23-28 November 2015
  • Good practices in intercultural education

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-02-24)
    The training activity took place
    in Korce, Albania
    organised by Youth Social Rights Network, UNited Societies of Balkans and Directorare General of Education at the Greek Consulate in Korca, Albania.
    6-10 December 2016
  • Annual EVS meeting

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-02-24)
    The training activity took place
    in Athens, Greece
    organised by Hellenic National Agency
    26-28 March 2015

This profile was last modified on 2022-12-16

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