Faculty - Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS)
Mr. Frans Schram has over 14 years of experience in negotiation, mediation, intercultural dialogue and diplomacy. As a trainer and researcher he regularly provides services to public sector organisations such as the German Federal Foreign Office, the European Commission, the College of Europe, the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA), Ministries of European and Foreign affairs in preparation for rotating EU Presidencies (Romania, Croatia, Germany), the NATO Defense College, diplomatic academies, the German Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF), as well as to a number of private sector multinationals. From 2016 to 2018 he held the position of Dialogue Facilitator at the Berghof Foundation in Berlin, where he delivered methodological support to negotiation processes for both governments and Non-State Armed Groups in contexts such as Afghanistan, Basque country, Colombia, Myanmar and Turkey. From 2012 to 2016, Frans was heading the Brussels office of the “Institute for Research and Education on Negotiation” (ESSEC IRENE) and delivered negotiation and policy dialogue seminars for high-ranking officials from the EU institutions in Brussels and in 15 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Previous acumen in negotiation and diplomacy was built up during working experiences at the Clingendael Institute in the Hague, the European Commission in Brussels and the Netherlands embassy in Colombia.
Frans holds a MA in Dutch, European and International Law from the University of Maastricht, the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid and the Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He speaks fluent English, French, German, Spanish and Dutch (mother tongue)