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UFUK BAL

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Senior Trainer, Policy Expert/Consultant, Academician, Architect/Urban Designer, Traveler, Changemaker.

Some call to this combination as the definition of SuperHero. Yes may be it's true, but the powers are being used only to support young individuals to reach to their dreams. Meanwhile they will be given a compass which shows how and where to use the skills about intercultural and peaceful cooperation, as well as active European citizenship when they try to look for the best future ever.

UFUK BAL has 3 references for past work as a trainer.

UFUK BAL

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Current occupation

Senior Trainer, Policy Expert/Consultant, Academician, Architect/Urban Designer

Work experience

As the CEO / Creative Director of *LAB Design and Research Group providing innovative research methods and training to several companies and NGOs around Europe and beyond.

As the Program Director and Senior Trainer of IDEA*LAB FOUNDATION involved in different training activities dealing with social inclusion, social entrepreneurship, media and journalism, conflict management, peaceful cooperation, quality assurance of non formal education, capacity building and sustainability of organisations, project management and intercultural cooperation, active participation of youth and NGOs in decision making processes, environmental sustainability and others. Also been member of Pool of Trainers of European Youth Forum. I have been actively contributing in educational development and implementation of various projects as (recently):

- senior trainer on "Europe for All" funded by Erasmus+ Programme of European Commission, organized by YPIDA International, in Izmir (Turkey), December 2017.
-facilitator on "Quality EVS 4 Inclusion" funded by Erasmus+ Programme of European Commission, organized by Seiklejate Vennaskond, in Vardi (Estonia), July 2017.
- senior trainer on "Connectors - Training Course on Alternative Conflict Resolution" funded by Erasmus+ Programme of European Commission, organized by YPIDA International, in Hebron-Bethlehem-Jerusalem (Palestine), June/July 2017.
- senior trainer on "Do It Right" international training course on enhance quality project design funded by Erasmus+ Programme of European Commission, organized by YIC, in Gyumri (Armenia), May 2017.
-facilitator on "YSEN - Young Social Entrepreneurs Network" PBA on social innovation funded by Erasmus+ Programme of European Commission, organized by YOUTHOPIA, in Istanbul (Turkey) February/March 2017.
- senior trainer on "INTER-MEDIATE - Intercultural social mediation” Training course funded by Erasmus+ Programme of European Commission, organized by Consilium Development and Training, in Worcester (United Kingdom) December 2016.
- senior trainer on "Connectors 2.0” Training course funded by Erasmus+ Programme of European Commission, organized by YPIDA International, in Barcelona (Spain) November 2016.
- senior trainer on "EUROPE ONE - Refugees' mission to survive” Training course funded by Erasmus+ Programme of European Commission, organized by *LAB DRG, in Kiev (Ukraine) October 2016.
- senior trainer on "Volunteering Management Lab” Training Course funded by Erasmus+ Programme of European Commission, organized by Wielkopolska Rada Koordynacyjna
Związek Organizacji Pozarządowych, in Poznan (Poland) September 2016.
- senior trainer on "Can i come in?” Seminar funded by Erasmus+ Programme of European Commission, organized by Seiklejate Vennaskond, in Rakvere (Estonia) September 2016.
-facilitator on "Finding grass-root solutions for refugee crisis in Europe” PBA funded by Erasmus+ Programme of European Commission, organized by Out of the Box International, in Brussels (belgium) June 2016.
- trainer on "Get engaged!" Training Course funded by Key Action 2 Erasmus+ Programme of European Commission, organized by The National Youth Council of Hungary (NIT), the Polish Council of Youth Organisations
(PROM) and the Erasmus Students Network (ESN), in Budapest (Hungary) May 2016.
- General Facilitator on "YPIDA International Education Week - In Solidarity with Refugees towards Social Inclusion” funded by Erasmus+ Programme of European Commission, organized by YPIDA, in Istanbul (Turkey) February/March 2016.
- senior trainer on "UNITE - Unite Against Discrimination, Fight Against Islamophobia", funded by Erasmus+ Programme of European Commission, organized by YPIDA, in Berlin (Germany) December 2015.
- senior trainer on "Step into the dialogue", funded by Erasmus+ Programme of European Commission, organized by Active Group and STRIM, in Tallin (Estonia) November 2015.
- facilitator on "Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union Youth Conference" conference for 300 youth representatives, DG's, EU Commissioners by leading parallel workshops in two days slots together with youth workers and youth representatives as well as DG of National Ministries organized by Luxembourg National Youth Council, European Commission Steering Committee, European Youth Forum in Luxembourg, (Luxembourg) September 2015.
- facilitator on "European Youth Week - Structured Dialogue Conference" conference for 200 youth representatives, DG's, EU Commissioners by leading parallel workshops in three days slots together with youth workers and youth representatives as well as DG of National Ministries organized by Latvian National Youth Council, European Commission Steering Committee, European Youth Forum in Brussels, (Belgium) May 2015.
- senior trainer on "Intercultural Dialogue for Social Change", funded by Erasmus+ Programme of European Commission, organized by Active Group and STRIM, in Wroclaw (Poland) April 2015.
- facilitator on "Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union Youth Conference" conference for 300 youth representatives, DG's, EU Commissioners by leading parallel workshops in two days slots together with youth workers and youth representatives as well as DG of National Ministries organized by Latvian National Youth Council, European Commission Steering Committee, European Youth Forum in Riga, (Latvia) March 2015.
- senior trainer on "DECODE - Decoding Conflicts through Dialogue", funded by Erasmus+ Programme of European Commission, organized by STRIM, in Krakow (Poland) December 2014.
- senior trainer on "Youth TREE - Training and Resource for Energizing the Employability" funded by Erasmus+ Programme of European Commission, organized by YPIDA, in Istanbul (Turkey) November 2014.
- facilitator on "Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union Youth Conference" conference for 300 youth representatives, DG's, EU Commissioners by leading parallel workshops in two days slots together with youth workers and youth representatives as well as DG of National Ministries on young people's acess to rights and youth empowerment organized by FNG Italian National Youth Forum, European Commission Steering Committee, European Youth Forum in Rome, (Italy) October 2014.
-trainer on Quality Assurance of Non Formal Education Training for Croatian Youth Network, organized by European Youth Forum in Zagreb (Croatia) February 2014.
-trainer on Quality Assurance of Non Formal Education Training for CEM & ACTIVE, organized by European Youth Forum in Travnik (Bosnia and Herzagovina) January 2014.
-trainer on Quality Assurance of Non Formal Education Training for MIJARC Europe, organized by European Youth Forum in Brussels (Belgium) December 2013.
- senior trainer on "SocialPR Training for NGOs and Volunteers" 20 representatives from 6 different countries for better use of social media in their daily youth work and campaigns, supported by YOUTH IN ACTION 4.3 Programme in Istanbul, (Turkey) October 2013
- trainer on Quality Assurance of Non Formal Education Training for project managers, trainers and experts organized by European Youth Forum in Mollina (Spain), September, 2013.
- senior trainer on "Through Media to Participation. Social media in service of youth NGO’s", funded by Youth in Action Programme of European Commission, organized by cooperation of Stepanavan Youth Center, Armenia and Eastern Initiative Institute, in Stepanavan (Armenia) September 2013.
- senior trainer on "TOM for Climate Change", funded by Youth in Action Programme of European Commission, organized by Earth Association, in Istanbul (Turkey) April 2013.
- senior trainer on MELIAL Media Literacy for Adult Learners Lifelong Learning Programme Grundtvig Workshop financed by the Turkish National Agency for the Lifelong Learning Programme and hosted and organized by Youth Participation Association YPIDA in Ankara (Turkey)15 - 23 March 2013,
- facilitator on "MACBET Evaluation: Advanced Journalism and Media and Training" training course for media workers from 15 countries for better practice, supported by YOUTH IN ACTION 3.1 Programme in Istanbul, (Turkey) December 2012
- facilitator on "CoE Youth Event prior to the 9th Council of Conference of Ministers responsible for Youth" Young people’s access to rights: development of innovative youth policies, organized by Council of Europe Advisory Council on Youth, European Youth Forum and National Youth Council of Russia, in St. Petersburg, (Russia) September 2012.
- trainer on "EuroCAmp:UEFA RESPECT your Health project" training brings together around 250 young people from disadvantaged social backgrounds from all 53 UEFA nations for five days of intercultural workshops, football, learning and fun, supported by European Comission, UEFA, in Wroclaw, (Poland) August 2012
- trainer on “Sustainability Training for Polish Council of Youth Organizations - PROM” for strong youth organizations and capacity building of PROM strategy plan 2012 – 2014, supported by Polish Ministry of Education and European Youth Forum in Warsaw, (Poland) May 2012
- facilitator on “Euro-Arab Youth Leaders Meeting” 40 youth leaders for networking and partnership development together with institutional partners CoE-WB-LAS-NSC, supported by Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Youth Forum, and YOUTH IN ACTION Programme in Rome, (Italy) May 2012
- trainer on "MACBET Advanced Journalism and Media and Training" training course for media workers from 15 countries for better practice, supported by YOUTH IN ACTION 3.1 Programme in Ankara, (Turkey) January 2012
- facilitator on "Networking Days for National Youth Councils" organized by European Youth Forum, in Belgrade (Serbia) December 2011
- trainer on "ICBATEP training course on environmental issues and volunteering" supported by YOUTH IN ACTION 3.1 Programme in Istanbul, (Turkey) October 2011
- trainer on "Millenium Goals and Global Issues" training course supported by YOUTH IN ACTION 4.3 Programme in Balikesir, (Turkey) September 2011
- trainer on "Renewable Europe Seminar" supported by YOUTH IN ACTION 5 Programme organized by YPIDA in Antalya, (Turkey) July 2011
-trainer on Getting Organized in Networking training course supported by YOUTH IN ACTION 4.3 Programme in Istanbul, (Turkey) April 2011
- facilitator on the "Networking Days in Bosnia and Herzegovina" organized by European Youth Forum, in Sarajevo (BiH) March 2011
- facilitator on the "Networking Days in Poland" organized by European Youth Forum with financial support of the Ministry of Education of Poland, in Krakow (Poland) November 2010
- trainer on the "We owned our rights" organized with the support YOUTH IN ACTION 1.3 Programme in Wroclaw (Poland) in 2010
- trainer on the “Gencligin Aktif Katilimda Innovatif Yaklasimlar Zirvesi”organized with the support YOUTH IN ACTION 5.1 Programme in Istanbul (Turkey) in December 2009
- trainer on the "We owned our rights" organized with the support YOUTH IN ACTION 1.3 Programme in Mersin (Turkey) in 2009
- trainer on the "Let Creativity Manage You" organized with the support YOUTH IN ACTION 4.3 Programme in Izmir (Turkey) in October 2009
- trainer on the "Training Course in Intercultural Conflicts Handling" organized with the support YOUTH IN ACTION 3.1 Programme in Wroclaw (Poland) in February 2009
- manager and trainer on the "STEP ONE: Training Course on Non Formal Education" organized with the support YOUTH IN ACTION 3.1 Programme in Izmir (Turkey) in November 2008
- trainer on the “Intercultural Dialogue Project Management” International Training Course organized with the support of the YOUTH IN ACTION 3.1 Programme in Krakow (Poland) in April 2008
- trainer on the “Let's InterCoolTour Train You” International Training Course organized with the support of the YOUTH IN ACTION 4.3 Programme in Istanbul (Turkey) in October 2007

Educational pathway

Have been a very active youth worker for more than 15 years, first in Turkey, Belgium, Netherlands, Poland and then in international NGO's throughout Europe. Have worked in many different countries and with people coming from different backgrounds, therefore prepared to contribute to trainings at different scope and target groups. Currently living and working in Europe and this gives even more possibilities to understand the different social and cultural processes that this society is currently undergoing. Being a part of a very different society makes you much more sensitive, tolerant but also competent when it comes to training young people about intercultural and peaceful cooperation, as well as active European citizenship.

Publication: "Utilization of Urban Design Principles in Designing the Urban Space"
LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing Saarbruecken Germany 2011
This book aims to develop a concept model as a tool for successful urban space design by defining general principles and therefore to stress the importance of defining and using these criteria when realizing projects. Moreover, this book aims to provide concrete examples for designers to get to know how to integrate these principles practically into design and implementation process. As a consequence, importance and necessity of urban design principles in order to create successful urban space and the importance of urban design for the future of the cities has been presented.

Wroclaw University Of Economics 2009-2016
PhD in Economics
Department of Spatial Economy and Self-governed Administration expert on knowledge society, innovative and creative economy.
Main research on building "The European Knowledge-Based Urban Development Model".

Izmir Institute of Technology 2003-2007
Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design
Faculty of Architecture
Developing Quality Standards for Designing New Urban Spaces and Quality of Life in European Cities.

Fields of training expertise

  • (expert) Animation
  • (intermediate) Bullying & Harassment
  • (expert) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (expert) Change Management
  • (expert) Citizenship Education
  • (expert) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (expert) Communication Skills
  • (expert) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (expert) Creativity & Art
  • (expert) Crisis Management
  • (advanced) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (expert) Drama & Theatre
  • (expert) Education through Sports
  • (expert) Environment & Ecology
  • (expert) Entrepreneurship (Social)
  • (advanced) Equal Opportunities
  • (advanced) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (expert) Event Management
  • (expert) Financial Management
  • (expert) Fundraising
  • (advanced) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (advanced) Global Education
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (advanced) Health & Prevention
  • (advanced) Human Rights
  • (expert) Intercultural Learning
  • (expert) International Youth Work
  • (advanced) Labour Rights & Employment
  • (expert) Leadership Development
  • (expert) Lobbying & Advocacy
  • (expert) New Information Technologies
  • (expert) Open Space Technology
  • (expert) Organizational Management
  • (expert) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (advanced) Peace Education
  • (expert) People Management & Cooperation
  • (expert) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (expert) Project Management
  • (expert) Public Relations & Marketing
  • (advanced) Public Speaking
  • (expert) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (expert) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (expert) Social Media
  • (advanced) Storytelling & Humour
  • (expert) Time Management
  • (expert) Training of Trainers
  • (expert) Valorisation of Projects (DEOR)
  • (expert) 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) European Voluntary Service
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA3) Youth Policy Meetings
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (lifelong learning, non-youth)
  • (expert) European Youth Centres (CoE)
  • (advanced) European Youth Foundation (CoE)
  • (advanced) Solidarity Fund for Youth Mobility (CoE)
  • (expert) European Institutions
  • (advanced) Youth Partnership CoE-COM
  • (expert) International Youth Structures
  • (expert) Private Foundations
  • (advanced) United Nations

Working with specific target groups

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

Experience with specific geographical regions

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

Language Skills

  • (good) Azeri
  • (fluent) English
  • (intermediate) German
  • (intermediate) Italian
  • (fluent) Polish
  • (beginner) Russian
  • (fluent) Turkish
  • (beginner) Ukrainian

Trainer references

  • "Let Creativity Manage You"

    Validated (2018-04-18)
    The training activity took place
    in Izmir, Turkey
    organised by Green Light for Youth
    10-17.10.2009.
    Reference person

    Berat Ezel

    (Co-Trainer)
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  • "Training Course in Intercultural Conflicts Handling"

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-04-20)
    The training activity took place
    in Wroclaw, Poland
    organised by AEGEE Wroclaw
    14-21.02.2009.
  • 'We owned our rights"

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-04-20)
    The training activity took place
    in Mersin, Turkey
    organised by Mersin Disabled Basketball Sport Club
    17-22.10.2009

This profile was last modified on 2018-02-16

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