Pool of Trainers

In 2022, the Institute for Cultural Relations Policy established the Pool of Trainers (PoT) that consists of young trainers and advisors from across the world, with expertise in non-formal education, youth work, youth-led peace-building, digital education and more.

The PoT has three main goals:

  • Empower. Strengthen young people’s capacity to continue their work in various fields. Empower young trainers with training, facilitation, and nonviolent communication skills, by providing them with an inclusive and creative space to learn and network.
  • Support. Implement the ICRP’s capacity development programmes. Supporting young people with materials, curriculum, methods and know-how in order to develop their skills and competences in various topics.
  • Develop. Promote, expand and share existing and new educational methods. Developing effective and practical educational methods that support trainers, educators, youth workers and facilitators in their everyday work.


The ICRP’s Pool of Trainers is

  • an active group of professionals who can create and share knowledge, resources and opportunities;
  • a semi-autonomous body consist of experienced educators connected to the ICRP and participating in the institute’s activities;
  • a safe, engaged and youth-friendly space, where trainers share in an honest and transparent way;
  • a community of trainers and facilitators responsible and accountable for their work. The members of the PoT can think out, design and manage the content and methods of the activities they conduct under reduced or no supervision.

Profile of members

The members of the PoT have experience in intercultural learning, non-formal methodologies, youth work, digital education, media education and more. Within the Pool, there is a wide range of expertise and local experience that situates them perfectly to implement projects at all levels (global, regional, national, local). Moreover, the ICRP provides a platform and space for knowledge transfer among the trainers to support continuous growth in their knowledge and facilitation skills.


  • 2020: Fairy tale 4 V-World: a multi-action youth project to raise youngsters’ awareness about European values and to help them to become more sensitive towards the actual global challenges
  • 2021: Bridge of Cultures: a training to empower young workers to take an active role in transforming intercultural misunderstandings and conflicts on all levels
  • 2022: Regional Cooperation: a contact making seminar to establish international, national and regional cooperation of organizations directly working with youth in order to reduce the number of NEET young people
  • 2022: DIGIT-UP: a training to up-skill employees and volunteers of nonprofit organisations with digital competences
  • 2022: GEMINI (Generating Female Social Entrepreneurship): a youth exchange within this extensive project to develop soft skills and raise awareness of youngsters on social entrepreneurship for women

PoT members

Andras Lorincz
Andras has a background in formal education as an external lecturer in two universities. He is passionate about global affairs and ethnic and religious minority issues. Besides third-level education he has experience in journalism both as an author and publisher. As a versatile person, he is able to conduct various types of educational activities – with a special focus on adult education. Andras organised and conducted youth and adult education activities as well as scientific meetings and conferences in several countries with the ICRP and its partner organisations. His planning and organising skills are utilised in training content development. Besides being a manager and trainer, he is editor of numerous conference proceedings and author and translator of several research papers and articles in international reviews.
Expertise: digital education, organisational development and NGO management, culture and identity
Languages: English, Hungarian

Anna Sarkisyan
Anna has a degree in Social and Political Science – International Relations and Human Rights and Democratization. As an adaptable person, she is active as a project portfolio manager and youth/adult educator in various subjects. She is a former journalist and she is interested in media education, ethnic minority issues and social media behaviour. Anna is one of the founders of an online media platform and online radio for ethnic minorities. Her field of interests include: ethnic minorities and policy toward religious and ethnic minorities, tendencies in social media and hate speech. She is the author of numerous articles about ethnic minorities and cultural heritage. She is active in working as organiser of Erasmus+ projects, international trainings. Since 2015 she has been working for various NGOs and civil society organisations as project manager and project portfolio manager. She is the president of the Georgian Association for Cultural Relations.
Expertise: community leadership, project devlopment and management, activism and advocacy, dialogue, citizens media
Languages: English, Russian, Armenian, Georgian

Kata Gelencser
Kata has an educational background in international management with a special interest in international relations, geopolitics and security policies. As a flexible person with unique conflict management skills, she is able to work in leading position in both the educational and administrative aspects of various youth projects. As a project manager and a former beneficiary of the European Voluntary Service programme, she has excellent organisational skills. Her experience include facilitation and implementation of wide range of youth projects in Europe. She organised summer camps for children, prepared cultural events and acted as facilitator in youth exchanges under the Erasmus+ Programme. Kata is a former radio show producer and she is an active social media manager.
Expertise: social and citizens media, team building, women entrepreneurship, leadership, youth participation, volunteering
Languages: English, Hungarian, Italian, French