Hakan Altınay

Hakan Altınay (Senior Advisor)

Hakan Altınay is the president of Global Civics Academy. As the non-resident senior fellow at Brookings Institute, he works questions of constituency building and normative frameworks for enhanced global cooperation and governance. He graduated from Bogazici University, Istanbul and pursued his masters in political science at New School for Social Research, NY. He served as the executive director of Open Society Institute for 8 years.

Arda Batu (Senior Advisor)

Arda Batu is Secretary General of Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation(TURKONFED).  He is also the Vice-Chairman of Istanbul-based NGO, ARI Movement that works on transparency, rule of law, checks and balances, and youth participation in politics.  Batu was graduated from Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University in 2001. After he completed his internship in European Parliament, he earned a master degree from European Union Institute at Marmara University.  In 2004 his career began at Yeditepe University’s Political Science & International Relations Department as a research assistant. He transitioned to the corporate sector when he joined a consulting firm in 2007 whilst continuing his affiliation with the university as a lecturer. He joined Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation on June 2014 where he manage, promote and advance the Confederation’s strategic interests by engaging public and private sector authorities. He serves on the executive board of Centre for Economics and foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), and the editorial board of Turkish Policy Quarterly, a journal on international affairs.

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H. Bozkurt Aran

Bozkurt Aran

Bozkurt Aran graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences in 1971 and started to work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the Third Secretary at the Department of Eastern Europe in 1973. Aran served as Vice Consul at Salzburg Consulate General; First Secretary at the Kuala Lumpur Embassy; and as Economic Counselor at the Washington Embassy. He was appointed the Consul General of the Republic of Turkey at Dusseldorf, Germany (1989-1993); Ambassador to Pakistan (1998-2000); Permanent Representative at UNESCO-Paris (2002-2004); and Ambassador to Islamic Republic of Iran (2004-2006). He also served as the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva (2007-2012). In addition to fulfilling the expected functions at the WTO, Aran chaired the Trade Policy Board, the Committee of Trade and Environment, and the Accession Working Committee of Belorussia; and was a member of the Management Board of the Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL). After serving as the Deputy Director General for Bilateral Relations for European Countries at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey (1993-1998), he worked as the Directorate General for Bilateral Economic Affairs (2000-2002) and Director General for Middle East (2006-2008). Bozkurt Aran is the director of the TEPAV Center for Multilateral Trade Studies established in August 2012.

Prof. Yeşim Arat

Yeşim Arat is a Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University. She holds a BS degree in Political Science and Economics from Yale University. She received her Master and Doctoral Degree from Princeton University. After her graduation, she worked as a Visiting Scholar in University of Minnesota, University of Michigan, Northwestern University and Stanford University. Arat’s research focuses on gender politics, Turkish politics and women’s Movements in Turkey. Arat has been taking place in the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies as an Editorial Board Member since 2014.

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Mehmet Arda

Prof. Mehmet Arda

Prof. Mehmet Arda is a Member of the Executive Board of the Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM). He is the retired Head of the Commodities Branch at UNCTAD where he worked for 25 years. He was Professor of International Relations and Economics at Galatasaray University, Istanbul (2007-2013) and adjunct professor at Koc University. He is also active in Global Relations Forum (GIF). He is a founding member of SenDeGel, a civil society organization providing development assistance to Least Developed Countries. Occasionally he undertakes consultancy work for the United Nations and the Turkish Government. He has a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College, and a Ph.D in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. His interest in commodity issues continues and his current research focuses on the governance of globalization, international trade and the process of development in a globalized world; multilateral and regional trade agreements; Least Developed Countries; South-South economic relations and development cooperation; international value chains; natural resource management

Dr. Yılmaz Argüden

Dr. Argüden is the Founder and Chairman of ARGE Consulting. He is also the Chairman of Rothschild investment bank in Turkiye. Dr. Argüden has a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the Bosphorus University, where he received both the Top Graduating Engineer Award and the President’s Prize for Student Leadership. He received his PhD in policy analysis from the RAND Graduate Institute with General Distinction. Dr. Argüden started his career at the R&D Center of the Koç Group (1978-80). He worked at the RAND Corporation as a Policy Analyst focusing on energy policy and human resources policies (1980-85). Later he joined the World Bank where, as a Senior Officer, he participated in more than 100 loan negotiations with more than 20 countries (1985-88). Upon his Government’s invitation, he returned to Turkey where he led the Privatization Program. He also served as the Chief Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister (1991). Dr. Argüden served on the boards of more than 50 national and international corporations, served as the Chairman of the largest Turkish steel company, Erdemir (1997-99). He is an adjunct Professor of Business Strategy. He is also the founder of the non-profit Argüden Governance Academy. As the Chairman of Turkish-American Business Council and the Turkish-Canadian Business Council he has been a leader in developing bilateral business relations. He is a a Founding Board Member of The Turkish Education Volunteers Foundation (TEGV) and Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV).

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Zeynep Aycan

Prof. Zeynep Aycan

Zeynep Aycan is a Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Koç University. She has dual-appointment in Departments of Psychology and Faculty of Management. She is the Director of the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Aycan received her Doctoral Degree from Queen’s University and conducted post-doctoral studies McGill University, Faculty of Management. Aycan’s research focuses on the impact of culture on various aspects of organizational processes, including leadership, human resource management, women’s career development and work-life balance. Aycan is also the President of the Turkish Psychological Association, Istanbul Branch (2008-2012).

Batuhan Aydagül

Batuhan Aydagül is an education policy analyst with more than 10 years of experience in education policy and administration in both developing and post-conflict countries. He has a BA in Business from Marmara University and an MA in International Comparative Education from Stanford University Graduate School of Education. A recipient of a “Distinguished Service Award” from the Liberia Ministry of National Education, Batuhan Aydagül was awarded the Patricia Blunt Koldyke Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship in 2012 by the Chicago Council of Global Affairs for his contributions to public education in Turkey. Aydagül serves on the Advisory Board of Mother Child Education Foundation and on the Boards of the Teacher Training Academy Foundation in Turkey and the Network of Education Policy Centers, a regional network with headquarters in Croatia. He is a member of the Executive Board at the Education Research Initiative

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Gülay Barbarosoğlu

Prof. Gülay Barbarosoğlu

Professor Barbarosoğlu is former Rector of Boğaziçi University and she started her tenure on August 6th, 2012. A Professor of Industrial Engineering, Gülay Barbarosoğlu was the Vice-Rector of Boğaziçi University, in charge of research between 2008 and 2012.  During her career, she also acted as the Head of the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute of Boğaziçi University, as the founding Chair of Center for Disaster Management, as the Chair of Department of Industrial Engineering, and as the Chair of Graduate Program in Financial Engineering. Professor Barbarosoğlu taught in the areas of mathematical programming and optimization, logistics, operations and production planning, stochastic programming and decision theory. During her services as the Vice-Chair of EURO (the Association of European Operational Research Societies), and the national representative of NATO Research and Technology Organization, she worked with many European universities, govermental and non-govermental institutions in close collaboration.

Prof. Sami Bostanji

Bostanji is Professor at the Faculty for Law and Political Science at the University of Tunis. And he is the dean of the faculty. He further teaches at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) as part of the LL.M. course on the economic law of Arab countries. Sami Bostanji obtained his doctorate degree at the Université de Bourgogne in 2000, with a thesis in the field of Private International Law. In 2003, he successfully completed the Concours national d’agrégation in Private Law.

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Dr. Soukeina Bouraoui

Dr. Soukeina Bouraoui is a founding member of the International Forum of Mediterranean Women (1992), which actively fosters dialogue between Arab women and Euro-Mediterranean women and promotes networking among different social groups as key to sustainable development. Since 1999, Dr. Bouraoui has been Executive Director of the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR), a regional organization established in 1993 and based in Tunisia. Dr. Bouraoui has taught in her capacity as a professor of law in the Legal, Political and Social Studies Department at the University of Tunis, having obtained a doctoral degree in law in 1982. Dr. Bouraoui was head of the Department of Civil Law & Criminal Sciences from 1987 to 1991. Her areas of expertise are criminal law, civil law, environmental law, human rights, gender justice and globalization. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Tunisian Association of Criminal Law, the International Association of Economic Law (AIDE) and the International Centre of Comparative Environmental Law (CIDCE). In 1997, she was elected a Regional Governor of the International Environment Council. Since 2000, she has been a member of the International Court of Environment Arbitration and Conciliation (ICEAC). Dr. Bouraoui founded and directed for six years (1991-1997) the Tunisian Centre for Information, Documentation, Studies and Research on Women (CREDIF). She also took the role of Chairman of the Women’s Development Plan Committee for the Eighth Tunisian National Economic and Social Development Plan.

Prof. Melani Cammett

Melani Cammett is Professor of Government at Harvard University. She specializes in the political economy of development and the Middle East and North Africa and she is the author of four books: A Political Economy of the Middle East (with Ishac Diwan, Alan Richards, and John Waterbury, 2015), Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon (2014), The Politics of Non-state Welfare (coedited with Lauren Morris MacLean, 2014), and Globalization and Business Politics in North Africa: A Comparative Perspective (2007, 2010).

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Jad Chaaban

Assoc. Prof. Jad Chaaban

Dr. Jad Chaaban is an Associate Professor of Economics at the American University of Beirut (AUB). His primary research interests are in development economics and industrial organization, and his extended interests include public economics of health, education and labor policies. Dr. Chaaban has served as an economic policy advisor to various Lebanese ministries and public agencies. Prior to joining AUB in 2006 he was an economist in the World Bank’s Middle East regional office, where he undertook research related to poverty reduction and economic management in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. In 2014-2015 he served as the Lead Author of UNDP’s forthcoming Arab Human Development Report 2015, a flagship publication authored by leading scholars and policymakers working on the Arab countries.

Prof. Üstün Ergüder

Prof. Üstün Ergüder received his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Manchester in the UK. He obtained his Master’s Degree at Syracuse University, and received his Ph.D. in Political Sciences. He lectured at the University of Michigan, Syracuse University and the State University of New York. Between the years 1992-2000, he served as Rector of Bogazici University for two terms. He served as the Director of the Istanbul Policy Center at Sabanci University and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV) and President of the Council of Magna Charta Observatory.

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Timur Göksel

Timur Göksel

Timur Göksel joined UN in 1968 as Information Assistant at Ankara Information Office. In February 1979, he was assigned as Press Information Officer/Spokesman to UNIFIL at Naqoura. He was assigned as Senior Adviser of UNIFIL in addition to the Spokesman’s function in 1995, which entailed, among others, discreet contacts with official and unofficial local, regional and international parties, mediating and conflict management between the parties and the UN.

Prof. Seyfettin Gürsel

Seyfettin Gürsel is a professor of Economics at Bahcesehir University. He completed his BA degrees in Economics and Political Science at Université de Grenoble in 1973 and 1974, respectively. He received his Master and Doctoral degree in Economics from Université de Paris. He started teaching at Istanbul University and then went on to teach at Galatasaray University. He served as the head of the Economics Department (1996-2007) and the vice president of the university (2004-2007). He also worked as a Visiting Scholar at numerous universities in France.

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Salwa Hamrouni

Salwa Hamrouni

Salwa Hamrouni is an associate in public law at Faculté des Sciences Juridiques, Politiques et Sociales de Tunis. She is specialized in public international law, bioethics, constitutional law and human rights. She is an expert trainer of UNESCO, board member of the Tunisian Association of Constitutional Law, and board member of the Tunisian Association of Health Law.

Prof. Ayhan Kaya

Professor of Politics and Jean Monnet Chair of European Politics of Interculturalism at the Department of International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University; Director of the European Institute; member of the Science Academy, Turkey; worked and taught at the European University Viadrina as Aziz Nesin Chair in 2013; worked and taught at the Malmö University, Sweden as the Willy Brandt Chair in 2011; specialised on European identities, Euro- Turks in Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, Circassian diaspora in Turkey, and the construction and articulation of modern transnational identities; received his PhD and MA degrees at the University of Warwick, England. Some of his books are Europeanization and Tolerance in Turkey (London:Palgrave, 2013); Islam, Migration and Integration: The Age of Securitization (London: Palgrave, 2009); Contemporary Migrations in Turkey: Integration or Return (Istanbul Bilgi University Press, in Turkish, co-written with others), Belgian-Turks, Brussels: King Baudouin Foundation, 2008, co-written with Ferhat Kentel), Euro- Turks: A Bridge or a Breach between Turkey and the EU (Brussels: CEPS Publications, 2005, co-written with Ferhat Kentel, Turkish version by Bilgi University); wrote another book titled Sicher in Kreuzberg: Constructing Diasporas, published in two languages, English (Bielefeld: Transkript verlag, 2001) and Turkish (Istanbul: Büke Yayınları, 2000); translated Ethnic Groups and Boundaries by Fredrik Barth and Citizenship and Social Classes by T. H. Marshall and Tom Bottomore; and he edited several book on migration, integration, citizenship, and diasporas. Kaya received Turkish Social Science Association Prize in 2003; Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA-GEBİP) Prize in 2005; Sedat Simavi Research Prize in 2005; and also Euroactiv European Prize in 2008.

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Mohamed Kerrou

Prof. Mohamed Kerrou

Mohamed Kerrou is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center specializing in development, gender studies, and political change, with an emphasis on Islam and civil society in Tunisia and the Middle East. He is also a professor of political science in the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the University of Tunis El Manar, a founding member of the Observatory of Tunisia Political Transition in Tunisia, and a visiting professor at both the University of Aix en Provence in France and the University of Rovirai Virgili in Spain. Kerrou is the author of Hijab: New Veils and Public Spheres (2010) and of various articles and books on culture, religion, and politics.

Prof. Fuat Keyman

Fuat Keyman is Director of Istanbul Policy Center and Professor of International Relations at Sabancı University. Keyman is a leading Turkish political scientist and an expert on democratization, Turkey – EU relations, Turkish foreign policy, and civil society development. Prior to joining Sabancı University, Keyman taught in the Department of International Relations at Koç University between 2002 and 2010 and in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Bilkent University between 1994 and 2002. Keyman holds several post-doctoral fellowships from Wellesley College and Harvard University. He received his PhD in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Comparative Politics from Carleton University.

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Melhem Khalaf

Dr. Melhem Khalaf

Melhem Khalaf is a Member of the Beirut Bar Association Nr 5509 – Admission in 1994, the founder of OffreJoie, and the member of UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. He is a Lecturer, and Director of the “Law and Computer Department”, Saint Joseph University, Lebanon. He took PhD in Law from University of Montpellier I, France and LLM in Private Law, Saint Joseph University, Lebanon.

Prof. Kemal Kirişci

Kemal Kirişci is the TÜSİAD senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States and Europe’s Turkey Project at Brookings Institute. Before joining Brookings, Kirişci was a professor of international relations and held the Jean Monnet chair in European integration in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. His areas of research interest include EU-Turkish relations, U.S.-Turkish relations, Turkish foreign and trade policies, European integration, immigration issues, ethnic conflicts and refugee movements.

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Burak Küntay

Assist. Prof. Burak Küntay

Burak Küntay is the chairman of the American Studies Center and the president of the Government and Leadership School at Bahçeşehir University. Küntay’s academic studies have focused on Turkish-American Relations, American foreign policy towards Turkey, the Turkish political system, the political behavior in Turkish politics, and the Party organizations and internal party politics in Turkey. He is also an executive board member in American-Turkish Council.

Prof. Ellen Lust

Ellen Lust is a professor at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She was an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Founding Director of the Program on Governance and Local Development at Yale University. Her work broadly examines political participation and governance. She has published articles in such journals as Comparative Political Studies, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Politics and Society, and Comparative Politics. She also served as a founding associate editor of the journal, Middle East Law and Governance, sponsored by the University of Toronto and Yale University Law Schools, and currently serves as the President of its Board of Directors.

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Assoc. Prof. Demet Lüküslü

Demet Lüküslü is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey. She received her PhD degree in Sociology at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, France in 2005. She teaches courses on sociology of youth, social movements, political sociology and globalization. She is the author of The “myth of youth” in Turkey: The post-1980 youth  in Turkey (İletişim Yayınları). During September 2011-February 2012, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam. In January 2014, she was a visiting instructor at EHESS in Paris, France. Starting with May 2015, as a partner she will be working in a Horizon 2020 project “PARTISPACE: Spaces and Styles of Participation. Formal, non-formal and informal possibilities of young people’s participation in European cities”.

Prof. Sihem Najjar

Sihem Najjar is a Professor of Higher Education at the Institute of Human Sciences of Tunisia-University of Tunisia El Manar. Najar received her Doctoral Degree in psychology at the University of Rene Descartes-Paris V. She is the coordinator of CAWTAR (Center of Arab Women for Training and Research) in Tunisia and IRMC (Institute of Contemporary Maghreb Research).

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Ziad Mikati

Ziad Mikati

Ziad S. Mikati is a public policy analyst and the youth development coordinator for H.E. the Prime Minister of Lebanon, Mr. Najib Mikati. Previously, Mr. Mikati worked as a social policy researcher for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission in Beirut from 2003 to 2006. In 2006, he joined the United Nations Population Fund in New York as a policy analyst for the technical support division. In 2009, Mr. Mikati launched “Acting4Change” Group, which is an international youth initiative dedicated for developing peace and cultural dialogue. Mr. Mikati has a BA in Economics from the American University of Sharjah and an MA in International Affairs from the Lebanese American University.

Dr. Talal Nizameddin

Talal Nizameddin has been studying and researching Russia and the Middle East for twenty years. His first book, Russia and the Middle East: Towards a New Foreign Policy, spanned the Yeltsin era and was published in 1999. He has worked and taught in the US, Europe and the Middle East to enrich his research interests in Russian foreign policy. He was formerly Lecturer in International Relations at Haigazian University, Beirut and he is currently the Dean of Student Affairs at American University in Beirut.

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Ziya Öniş

Prof. Ziya Öniş

Ziya Öniş is Professor of International Relations and the former Director of the Center for Research on Globalization and Democratic Governance (GLODEM) at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. Until recently he was the Director of the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koç University. He was previously a Professor of Economics and an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. He has written extensively on various aspects of Turkish political economy. His most recent research focuses on the political economy of globalization, crises and post-crises transformations, Turkey’s Europeanization and democratization experience and the analysis of new directions in Turkish foreign policy.

Assoc. Prof. Pınar Uyan Semerci

Pınar Uyan Semerci is an associate professor of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University. She also serves as the Director of Istanbul Bilgi University Center for Migration Research. Her fields of interest are political theory, social policy, and poverty.

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Murat Somer

Assoc. Prof. Murat Somer

Murat Somer is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Koç University, Istanbul. His writings appeared in more than thirty books and journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Democratization, and The Middle East Journal and received a Sabancı-Brookings international research award. Somer holds a BA in Economics from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul and a PhD in Political Economy and Public Policy from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Among various visiting positions, he was a Mellon post-doctoral fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle, a Democracy and Development fellow at Princeton University, and a senior visiting scholar at Stockholm University.

Ambassador Namık Tan

Ambassador Namık Tan was appointed Ambassador of Turkey to the United States in February 2010. Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Tan was Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for bilateralpolitical affairs and public diplomacy. He was previously Ambassador of Turkey to Israel from 2007 to 2009. Ambassador Tan joined the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1982. He was posted to Moscow as Second Secretary from 1984 to 1987. He then spent two years as First Secretary in Abu Dhabi. He was later assigned to the Turkish Embassy in Washington,where he served as Counselor from 1991 to 1995 and First Counselor from 1997 to 2001. Between these assignments,Mr. Tan served as Chief of Cabinet to the Turkish Foreign Minister. Ambassador Tan, who retired from the ministry in 2014. He holds a law degree from Ankara University.

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Ayşegül Toker

Prof. Ayşegül Toker

Ayşegül Toker is the dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Boğaziçi University and professor at the Department of Management. She holds a Ph.D. from METU. Her research interests are social networks and media, E-services and Mobile Applications. She is also a member of Boğaziçi University Foundation Executive Board.

Sinan Ülgen

Sinan Ülgen is currently the chairman of the Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), an Istanbul based independent think tank. He is also a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels where his research focuses on the implications of Turkish foreign policy for Europe and the United States, nuclear policy, and the security and economic aspects of the transatlantic relations. He has served in the Turkish Foreign Service in Ankara at United Nations Desk between 1990 and 1992, in Brussels at the Turkish Permanent Delegation to the European Union between 1992 and 1996, and at the Turkish Embassy in Tripoli in 1996. Ülgen is further the foreign policy editor of the Turkish Policy Quarterly and the author of The European Transformation of Modern Turkey and Handbook of EU Negotiations.

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Akın Ünver

Assist. Prof. Akın Ünver

Akın Ünver is an assistant professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University, specializing on energy politics, conflict psychology and radicalization sociologies. A graduate of Bilkent and Middle East Technical Universities, Dr. Unver completed his PhD at the University of Essex, Department of Government. His dissertation ‘Defining Turkey’s Kurdish Question: Discourse and Politics Since 1990′ was awarded the Middle East Studies Association’s Malcolm Kerr ‘best dissertation in the field of social sciences’ award and was awarded departmental nomination for the European Consortium for Political Research’s best dissertation in the field of comparative politics. This study is published in 2015 from Routledge Series in Middle East Studies.

Özgür Ünlühisarcıklı

Özgür Ünlühisarcıklı is the director of GMF’s office in Ankara, Turkey. Prior to joining GMF, he was the manager of the Resource Development Department of the Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey. Previously, Ünlühisarcıklı worked as the director of the ARI Movement, a Turkish NGO promoting participatory democracy, and as a consultant at AB Consulting and Investment Services. After graduating from the Robert College (Istanbul), Ünlühisarcıklı received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marmara University and his master’s degree from Koç University. He speaks fluent English in addition to his native Turkish.

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Elsie Vance

Elsie Vance Aşkar is a strategy, marketing and governance consultant with offices in both New York and Istanbul. Previously, she was a Vice President of the New York City Partnership, the business and civic organization dedicated to enhancing the economy of New York’s five boroughs, founded by David Rockefeller. She worked in the US Senate as a member of the senior management team to Senator Gary Hart, both in his Senate office and on his Presidential campaigns. Elsie Vance is a member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations, and the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, based in Washington, DC. She is on the Board of the Vance Center for International Justice of the New York City Bar Association, the American Turkish Society based in New York City, and Robert College of Istanbul. Elsie Nicoll Vance Aşkar graduated from Vanderbilt University and received an M.B.A. from Koc University in Istanbul.

Yaşar Yakış

Yaşar Yakış is a former Foreign Minister, and a former ambassador to the UN Office in Vienna, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. He graduated from Ankara University, with B.A. degree in political sciences in 1962. In 2000, he was appointed as a Senior Policy Adviser at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2000-2001 he lectured “Turkey’s Foreign Policy” at Bilkent University and “Water Diplomacy and Turkey’s Foreign Policy” at Hacettepe University in Ankara. In 2002 he became the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the 58th government of Turkey until March 2003. He speaks French, English and Arabic

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