Europe & Middle East



The region of Europe and Middle East (EME) is home to over 600 IAF members, many of who connect locally to plan and participate in the activities of their 25 local chapters and 43 countries. 

Our Europe & Middle East Team,
A group of passionate volunteers with unique and diverse talents,
Goes beyond boundaries to foster connections, collaboration, and innovation,
So that our rich and diverse set of Europe & Middle East countries is inspired and supported to nurture a culture of facilitation in their communities.

EME March Events

Registration links for the above mentioned March events are as follows:

IAF Netherlands | Online Engagement:

Online Facilitation with Constraints:

IAF EME Facilitation Insights:

SIG - Facilitacao em Portugues:

IAF Belgium | Creative Problem Solving:

Each year the IAF Board sets strategic priorities for delivering value to our members and promoting the power of facilitation. Join us to talk about what we heard members say they value about IAF and how we can build on that in the year ahead. Register here!

EME - Welcoming Call|New Members

IAF Europe and Middle East (EME) welcomes its new and existing members. Come and join us in our next "Welcoming Call" on the 16th of April at 16:30 CET! 
This is a call for all members who would like to connect and learn more about IAF - if you are one, come and join us! The calls will be held every 2 months on the 3rd Friday of that month.  
Let's hear from Jessica Breitenfeld what it is like to have a member buddy to show you around: 
IAF EME | FacWeek 2020

It was a great FacWeek with all of you! We'll be around the whole year until we see you again in next year's Facilitation Week. Follow us on social media to keep updated about the IAF EME events! 

Call for Proposals - 2021 Europe & Middle East Conference 

Any team of IAF members who share the values and goals of our association, along with a commitment to arrange an important event to advance our profession, may apply to host our 2021 Europe and Middle East Conference.

Send all proposals to: and with the subject “Proposal 2021 Conference of EME Region”.


EME Team - F2F, 2020


Two great days of EME Team 2020 F2F meetings! A huge thank you to all team members for their efforts and to David Bishop and Bruno Selun for facilitating the two days! We are more than ready for 2021 now!

Balkan Facilitation Festival


The first Balkan Facilitation Festival is a joint effort of IAF CEE Chapter, IAF Europe and Middle East and Serbian Association of Facilitators. The theme of the festival is "Facilitation for Social Change" in order to promote the power of facilitation in the CEE region, the Balkans and worldwide!

The programme includes sessions directed to the general public, students, businesses, teachers, trainers and civil society organizations! For further details and the full programme, please visit:


IAF EME Facilitation Talks

The 8 online episodes of the IAF Europe & Middle East Facilitation Talks have been realized during May and June, 2020. Many stories, approaches and methodologies have been shared while experimenting the virtual context and learning from the experience. Nurturing the facilitation community was our driver to promoting the power of facilitation worldwide.

The Facilitation Talks presenters and the topics were:

Bogdan Grigore: MORE FUN Online - Activities to Engage Participants!

- John Green: Planning the Unplannable

- Farah Ismail: Design Facilitation to Elements 5Key

- Rengin Akkemik: Agile Online Facilitator

- Kala Diwanji & Shyam Iyer: “Riding on the Helicopter” – Diagnostic Tool for Client Engagement

- Jessica Breitenfeld: Facilitation Summer Festival: Adaptability IQ: Get Buy-in in 3 Steps

- Martin Farrell: Theory U Has Got Legs!

- Pamela Lupton-Bowers: Responding to Clients' Changing Context and Needs

We thank all our presenters and participants for sharing this great experience with us!

IAF EME Facilitation Insights


Join us on the 4th of March for this hands-on conversation from skill to application with Miriam O Donoghue and Megan Evans! We will explore together the steps involved in creating a Mind Map based on the approach developed by the late Tony Buzan. Register now:
Don't forget to bring in some paper and coloured pencils to the session! 

Join us on 4th of February at 6 pm CET to explore further together the "Indabas", a traditional meeting process, that have been powering UN climate negotiations since 2011. Salwa Dallalah, who led the UN Climate Secretariat's organising team for the Paris and many global climate conferences, speaks with Martin Farrell. Register now for this session of the Facilitation Insights: click here

Our first guests of the IAF EME Facilitation Insights session were Mika Aaltonen and Paolo Martinez. Together with them we have discussed and explored their study on "The Future of Facilitation". The session took place on the 7th of January at 18:00 CET. The recorded video can be viewed here.

You can see the 2 page summary of the article below, and can also read the full article through this link or by scanning the QR code on your mobile phone.

IAF EME Facilitation Lounge


The IAF EME Facilitation Lounge is inviting members to share stories, approaches and/or methodologies while experimenting the virtual context and learning from the experience. Nurturing the facilitation community is our driver to promoting the power of facilitation worldwide.

The Facilitation Lounge starts August 6, 2020 and participants can be members or non-members.

Come and join us every first Thursday of the month for a new conversation!

You can simply register by clicking here!

All IAF members can access the previous sessions' recordings here!


The ‘elevator pitch’ is the concept of being able to state your entire message in the time it takes to go up a few floors in an elevator. Come and join us to explore together the "Elevator pitch" together with Jeffer London! 

Facilitation Lounge is every 1st Thursday of each month, at 6 pm CET! Come and join us on December 3rd, at 6 pm CET!






In this creative and interactive workshop presented by Tamara Eberle, Shawna Eberle and Ingrid Liil we created our own brand stories and figured out how to better communicate our values. This was an opportunity to pause and consider: How can I offer real value right
now? How can I talk about what I do and how I do it in a way that will resonate for my clients? What is the story I need to tell that will help my potential customers understand how I can help?






No previous drawing skills required. You get to learn, play and experiment in this session. Draw together with Rosanna, you will learn the basics to get you started to include drawings for your meeings, trainings and/or workshops. If you can draw lines and basic shapes, you can draw!





The aim of our second episode of the Facilitation Lounge was to enable participants to internalise the IAF Core Competences to Honour and Recognise diversity, ensuring inclusivity. It was a participatory and engaging session, drawing heavily on personal experience-sharing.







Facilitation Lounge has opened its "virtual" doors on the 6th of August. 
"A Conversation about Creating Spaces that are Psychologically Safe" by Rebecca Sutherns (IAF Canada RD)
A candid discussion about how digital delivery can both guard and threaten the psychological safety of participants, and what facilitators can and can't do about it.







All IAF EME members are welcome to join us on the 24th of August at 4pm CET for this open forum discussion where we will talk with the IAF Chair and ask all things about IAF!

Please send us your questions beforehand at: 





IAF EME Regional Team

A team works to coordinate activities in the EME region. Those who are chairing IAF’s facilitator communities (chapters), or someone they designate, are a full part of the regional team as they promote facilitation within their own city or country. 

Within the EME regional team, the following members have made the additional commitment to take on a particular region wide responsibility.

  • Celeste Brito: IAF EME Regional Director
  • Steve Lloyd: Treasurer
  • Rena Bilgin Koç: Social Media Manager
  • Hiltrud Kinnunen, Paolo Martinez, Tanya Van Rompuy and Görkem Güreşin: Coordination
  • Goli Ahmadifard: ME Liaison
  • Martin Farrell and Emre Keskin: New Members and Buddying
  • Looking for a volunteer: Global Flipchart

If you want to join the regional team and offer your contribution to promote the power of facilitation in the region and beyond, please contact anyone who has taken on a region wide responsibility or Celeste Brito, Regional Director for EME. 


News and events


Are you ready for the biggest Facilitation Festival of this summer. Save your seats and don’t miss these 3 days full of facilitation!

The Online Summer Facilitation Festival is a joint effort of IAF Turkey, IAF Middle East and IAF Central & Eastern European Countries. The coordination team is inviting IAF members and non-members to a wide range of virtual sessions regarding facilitation. The sessions will focus on various aspects of facilitation, and some especially on the effects of Covid-19.



The EME region organises and promotes a number of activities, events and conferences throughout the year.

We had an amazing annual conference in Milan last May (May 2-4, 2019)! The main topic of the IAF EME Conference 2019 was "Agile & Facilitation" and we had over 120 participants from 29 countries... 

The two big upcoming activities of our region are: Facilitation Training Camp, Istanbul (17-18-19 July, 2019) and IAF England & Wales Annual Conference - The Power and Practice of Facilitation, Birmingham (18-19 October, 2019)


See the CPF Assessments scheduled in our region in the next months.






For more information

You can find out more about the IAF's EME region and stay informed of its activities in the following ways:

IAF EME on Social Media

IAF Europe and Middle East strongly believes in the importance of peer to peer learning for the professional development of facilitators. You are invited to join us and share best practices, resources, hints, tips, do's, don'ts about facilitation in general, as well to ask other facilitators' support to meet the challlenges you are facing in your job simply by sharing those with us via IAF EME Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Book Club
Flipchart Flashbacks