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Max Fras

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Trainer, facilitator and project manager with over 14 years of professional experience in the field of European educational, cultural and citizenship programmes such as Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens, Culture/Creative Europe, Horizon 2020 and European Youth Foundation, amongst others.
Geographical focus: Eastern Europe/Caucasus, South-East Europe, Mediterranean countries, United Kingdom.
Thematic focus: project management, citizenship, volunteering, migration, inclusion, HRE, leadership.

Max Fras has 5 references for past work as a trainer.

Max Fras

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Current occupation

Consultant, trainer, researcher

Work experience

2017-2018: Visiting Fellow, European Institute, London School of Economics
2016: Research Analyst - Intercultural Competence, British Council, London
2015-2016: Senior Policy Expert, Eastern Partnership Youth Regional Unit, Kiev
2014-2015: Expert Evaluator, Eastern Partnership Youth Window, European Commission /DG DEVCO, Brussels
2012 - 2014: Expert (Citizenship and Culture), Assistance to the Government of Albania's Participation in EC Programmes, Tirana
2010 - onwards: freelance consultancy work
October 2006 – April 2010: Teaching Assistant (Politics and Society in Eastern Europe), University College London
March 2007 - December 2009: Director of European Development, Minorities of Europe, UK
February 2006 – March 2007: Project Manager, Minorities of Europe, UK
2003 - 2004: Consultant, European Consulting Bureau, Polish Economic Society, Wroclaw, Poland
2002 - 2003: Youth Worker, Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe, Krzyzowa, Poland

Training and facilitation experience (selected):

- Community Cohesion and Regeneration, training course organised by Culture Vulture International, Pershore, UK, August 2005
- Living Diversity Through Integration of Minority Youth into the Society, EuroMed TC organised by Hungarian Volunteer Sending Foundation, Budapest, Hungary, April 2006
- Cultural Diversity and Minority Youth Participation, Contact-making seminar organised by Minorities of Europe, May 2006
- Aim High, Beyond Borders, seminar financed by the European Youth Foundation, organised by Dan Voiculescu Humanist Foundation, Poiana Brasov, Romania, July 2006
- Empowering Minority Youth Through Participation, TC organised by Minorities of Europe, Loughborough, UK, August 2006
- Swapping Cultures Initiative as a Tool of Promoting Peace, TC organised by Minorities of Europe and Public Movement Multinational Georgia, Batumi, Georgia, August 2006
- Youth for Racial Equality, TC organised by Loughborough Racial Equality Council, Loughborough, UK, August 2006
- Youth Workers in Training: Improving Skills for Intercultural Youth Exchanges, TC organised by Academy for Peace and Development, Tbilisi, Georgia, December 2006
- Youth for Racial Equality, TC organised by Platform Buitenlanders Rotterdam, the Netherlands, February 2007
- Combating Religious Intolerance Through Interfaith Dialogue, TC organised by Minorities of Europe and Yuva Humanitarian Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan, June 2007
- Conflict Management, TC organised within the framework of EC-funded Large Scale Project For a Future to Come, Poronin, Poland, July 2007
- Promoting Cultural Diversity, seminar organised by Minorities of Europe and Association for Progress, Education and Lobbying, Ohrid, Macedonia, July 2007
- Mainstreaming Intercultural Learning in Youth Work, TC organised by Loughborough Racial Equality Council, Loughborough, UK, August 2007
- Swapping Cultures Initiative as a Tool of Promoting Social Cohesion, TC organised by Youth Information and Mobility Centre, Ventspils, Latvia, August 2007
- Take an Act!ion for Human Trafficking Prevention, Study Session held at the CoE's European Youth Centre Budapest, Hungary, November 2007
- Inclusion for Active Citizenship, TC organised by Roma Active Albania, Durres, Albania, November 2007
- Conflict Management, Contact-Making Seminar for EU and EECA youth organisations, within the framework of EC-funded Large Scale Project For a Future to Come, Potsdam, Germany, December 2007
- Supra Limite, TC organised by Minorities of Europe and Academy for Peace and Development in Kobuleti, Georgia, March 2008
- Better Co-operation - Better Future, Partnership Building-Activity for EU and EECA youth organisations, European Movement Estonia in Tallinn, Estonia, March 2008
- Migration, Integration, Inclusion - TC organised by Minorities of Europe and Association for Progress, Education and Lobbying (PEL) in Stip, Macedonia, April 2008
- First Step to a Social Workers' Network, EU-EECA PBA organised by Minorities of Europe and Youth for Peace and Development in Gyumri, Armenia, April 2008
- Cultures in Dialogue, TC organised by PEL in Stip, Macedonia, May 2008
- Active Citizenship Through Youth Exchanges, EuroMed Training Course organised by MoE Branch for Baltic States and Scandinavia, Ventspils, Latvia, August 2008
- Belonging to Europe of Today, Training Course organised by Walk Together, Durres, Albania, October 2008
- Social Cohesion Through Youth Exchanges, TC organised by MoE Branch for Baltic States and Scandinavia, Ventspils, Latvia, January 2009
- Jump into Action, TC organised by Youth 4 Society, Durres, Albania, February 2009
- Road to Action, TC organised by Beyond Barriers, Durres, Albania, March 2009
- Promoting Minority Youth Empowerment in Europe, TC organised by Walk Together, Durres, Albania, April 2009
- Creative Evaluation Methods, TC organised by Minorities of Europe, Budva, Montenegro, May 2009
- Genocide: Catalysts and Consequences, Study Session at the European Youth Centre Budapest, Hungary, May 2009
- Mainstreaming Minorities, TC organised by Minority Leaders for Society, Macedonia, June 2009
- Youth Workers Developing Conflict Management Skills, TC organised by Minority Leaders for Society, Macedonia, July 2009
- Swapping Cultures across the Balkans, Multipliers Seminar (supported by the European Youth Foundation) organised by Beyond Barriers, Durres, Albania, October 2009
- Mosaic Training Seminar on Religion, organised by the Youth Partnership (CoE-EC) and SALTO EuroMed, Adrasan, Turkey, November 2009
- All the World's a Stage - Applying Social Theatre Methods in Youth Work, TC organised by the ASHA Foundation, Flaxley, Gloucestershire, UK, November 2009
- Promoting European Citizenship Through Media, TC organised by Beyond Barriers, Durres, Albania, November 2009
- Equality in Opportunity, TC organised by Derby Racial Equality Council, Derby, UK, December 2009
- Path to Interfaith Dialogue, TC organised by Youth4Society, Durres, Albania, February 2010
- Developing Organisational Competences - a Training Course on Project Management, organised by PEL, Kocani, Macedonia, February 2010
- European Voluntary Service in the Balkans – Join in! - a TC on EVS with SEE, organised by Beyond Barriers, Durres, Albania, March 2010
- Building Bridges Between Young People of Diverse Faith – Interfaith Dialogue as a Tool in Youth Work, Training Course organised by Minorities of Europe, Newcastle/Gateshead, April 2010
- Art and Multimedia: Tool for Inclusion of Youth and Fight against Poverty, Training Course organised by Association of Citizens Svetlost (Light), Sabac, Serbia, May 2010
- B-Young: Youth Event of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS), Vilnius, May 2010
- Gender and Multiple Discrimination, TC, PEL Association, Strumica, Macedonia, July 2010
- Creating New Tools for Genocide Education, TC, Beyond Barriers, Vlora, Albania, October 2010
- Living Together in an Intercultural Society, TC, Association Walk Together, Durres, Albania, November 2010
- Migration and Youth in Europe: New Realities and Challenges, Study Session at EYC Budapest, November/December 2010
- Youth Interfaith Champions for Dialogue Between Religions, TC, Digg Out, Volendam, the Netherlands, January 2011
- Road to Inclusion, Partnership-Building Activity, Beyond Barriers, Durres, Albania, February 2011
- Youth Worker Ethics, TC, Better Life in Kosovo, Pristina, Kosovo, April 2011
- Migration and Mobility – Challenges and Opportunities for European Youth, TC organised by Droni (Georgia) and ECPAT (Austria) in Ureki, Georgia, June 2011
- What You Get is What You Give - EVS Training Course, organised by Beyond Barriers, Vlora, Albania, August 2011
- Youth on the Move: European Migration and Youth Mobility, TC organised by Droni (Georgia) and Human Rights and Equalities Charnwood (UK), Kobuleti, Georgia, September 2011
- Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating in International Youth Work, TC organised by European Intercultural Forum, Berlin, Germany, November 2011
- Protection of Minorities – Bridging Theory and Practice in Youth Work, TC organised by the Asha Foundation, Flaxley, Gloucestershire, December 2011
- Europe and Islam, training course organised by Bridge to the Future and EIF, Ganja, Azerbaijan, January 2012
- Creativity in Conflict, training course organised by BLINK Kosova, Pristina, February 2012
- Moving Europe - Migration and Mobility, training course for civil society organisations from EU/EECA/SEE/MEDA, Karski Institute, Gorki Wielkie, Poland, February 2012
- MYM: Migration - Youth - Mobility, training for EU and EECA youth workers organised by The Union of Multicultural Associations in South - West Finland (SONDIP), Turku, Finland, March 2012
- Minority Rights Protection: 20 Years On, Study Session at the European Youth Centre Budapest, May 2012
- Play Your East Part, CMS for UK and Eastern Partnership organisations, British Council UK, British Council Armenia, Sevan, Armenia, May 2012
- Islam in Europe, training organised by Digg'Out, Haren, Netherlands, May 2012
- Human Rights in Crisis, training course organised by Youth Co-operation Centre Dilijan and Digg'Out, Dilijan, Armenia, June 2012
- Europe and Caucasus Without Violence, Non-Violent Action training organised by Fundacja Kierunek Rozwoj (Poland) and Droni (Georgia), Kobuleti, Georgia, July 2012
- Youth in Action - on the Move! - The Future of European Youth Mobility - Youth Policy Seminar organised by the Asha Centre, Gloucestershire, UK, July 2102
- European Youth After Dictatorship, seminar organised by European Intercultural Forum (Germany) and YCCD (Armenia), Dilijan, Armenia, July/August 2012
- Be the Change - Conflict Transformation training organised by Human Rights and Equalities Charnwood, Loughborough, UK, August 2012
- Think Global - Act Rural - training course organised by Fearon Hall Community Association, Loughborough, UK, August 2012
- Get Outdoors - training course organised by Voluntary Service International, Avoca Co. Wicklow, Ireland, September 2012
- Play Your East Part II, CMS for UK and Eastern Partnership organisations, British Council UK and British Council Ukraine, Odessa, September 2012
- Wind of Change - European Migration 20 Years after the Collapse of Communism, Training Course for EU and Eastern Partnership organisations, organised by Azerbaijani Students Union and DiggOut, Baku, Azerbaijan, October 2012
- Young Leaders in Action - TC for EU and Eastern Partnership youth organisations, organised by White Coffee Public Union and DiggOut, Minsk, Belarus, November 2012
- Migration-Youth-Mobility Evaluation Meeting for for EU and Eastern Partnership youth organisations, organised by ECPAT Austria, Vienna, November 2012
- From Clash of Cultures to Community Cohesion, Eastern Partnership Training Course organises by Droni and ASHA Foundation, Tbilisi, Georgia, February 2013
- Quality Coaches course, organised by the British Council, Bristol, UK, March 2013
- Youth, Culture, Conflict seminar, organised by Roma Active Albania, Tirana, May 2013
- Faith, Acceptance and Cultural Racism, training course organised by the British Council, Leeds, UK, May 2013
- Cultural Diversity and Architectural Heritage, training course organised by Praxis Europe, Tbilisi, Georgia, July 2013
- Compass Human Rights Education Course, Human Rights and Equalities Charnwood, Loughborough, UK, July-August 2013
- When it's boiling hot in a cultural pot, training course organised by Dakato Association, Krakow, Poland, September 2013
- Bridging the Gap: East-West Dialogue, ASHA Centre, Forest of Dean, UK, November 2013
- East-West Migration in Contemporary Europe, training course organised by Digg'Out/KinoYeast, Bakuriani, Georgia, December 2013
- European Youth Policy 2014-2020, youth policy seminar at the ASHA Centre, Forest of Dean, UK, January 2014
- iSEED - Social Entrepreneurship Training, Almaty, Kazakhstan, British Council Kazakhstan, May 2014
- Formal and Non-Formal Education of Youth Workers, Modra, Slovakia, Iuventa - Slovak Youth Institute, November 2014
- TOTAL - Training of Trainers and Active Leaders, Wroclaw, Poland, TDM 2000 Polska, January 2015
- Compass Human Rights Education - long-term training programme, Loughborough, UK, Human Rights and Equalities Charnwood, October 2014 - April 2015
- University Study Visit: Youth and Community Work in the UK, Birmingham, Leicester and Cheltenham Spa, UK, Erasmus+ UK National Agency, May 2015
- Innovative Tools for Peace Education, Kiev, Ukraine, Crossing Borders (Denmark), July 2015
- Among Others - international Erasmus+ TCA Meeting, Budapest, October 2015
- Youth Entrepreneurship and Youth Policy in Western Balkans, Tirana, Albania, November 2015
- Compass Human Rights Education Training, StepEurope ry, Turku, Finland, March 2016
- Non-Formal Learning in Higher Education: Developing Intercultural Competence, UK Erasmus+ National Agency, April 2016
- Going International Forum, Estonian Erasmus+ National Agency, May 2016
- Social Entrepreneurship and Volunteer Skills, EuroMove, Orvelte, The Netherlands, August 2016
- Cultural Diversity Management, Diggout, Baku, Azerbaijan, September 2016
- Cross-Sectoral Youth Policy seminar, CoE-EU Youth Partnership, Budva, Montenegro, October 2016


Long-term project management experience:

- For a Future to Come - International Youth Work on Conflict Management - Large Scale Youth Programme Project for NGOs from the EU and Eastern Europe (January 2007 - June 2009)

- Volunteers for Regional Development in South Caucasus - Multilateral EVS Project (January 2008 - October 2009)

Publishing/editing experience:

- Manual on Conflict Management - For a Future to Come (with SSchweitzer), Minorities of Europe, 2007
http://www.moe-online.com/future/index.php?x=downloads

- Intercultural Communication Resource Pack, SALTO Cultural Diversity RC, 2009
http://www.salto-youth.net/publicationsCD/

- Partnership-Building Activity Manual (with G.Kakulia and S.Schweitzer), MoE and Academy for Peace and Development, 2009
http://www.salto-youth.net/eecapublications/
- Eastern Partnership Youth Window Evaluation
(with S.L. Weber and B.Motamed-Afshari), 2015
http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/pdf/financial_assistance/phare/evaluation/2015/20150202-evaluation-youth-in-action.pdf
- Eastern Partnership Youth Policy Analytic Report (with B. Motamed-Afshari), EPYRU, 2016
http://eapyouth.eu/sites/default/files/documents/summary_eastern_partnership_youth_policy_report.pdf


Educational pathway

2006 - 2012: PhD, UCL and Open University, UK
2004 - 2005: MA in Jewish-Christian Relations, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge, UK
2000 – 2005: MA in International Relations, Institute of International Studies, University of Wroclaw, Poland

Other training received:

- Youth Conflict Transformation, Network University Amsterdam, on-line, July 2004
- Cultural Diversity, SALTO Cultural Diversity Resource Centre, Budapest, Hungary, April 2004
- Conflict Resolution in a Multicultural Environment, Youth Information and Mobility Centre, Riga, Latvia, February 2006
- Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTTLS), Level 4 qualification, 2014

Fields of training expertise

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

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

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

Working with specific target groups

  • (intermediate) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (expert) Intercultural Teams
  • (advanced) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (expert) Minorities
  • (expert) Religious Youth Groups
  • (expert) Young People in/from Conflict Areas

Experience with specific geographical regions

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

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English
  • (good) French
  • (beginner) Georgian
  • (intermediate) German
  • (fluent) Polish
  • (fluent) Russian

Trainer references

This profile was last modified on 2017-03-12

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