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Bekir Uğur Yıldırım (Chairperson)

Bekir Uğur Yıldırım graduated from a Gymnasium named Istanbul Erkek High School. He was the chairperson of International Golden Bull Short Film Festival and worked a year as peer at ProBro. He completed a short-term internship at Fenerbahçe SK in the summer 2019 and right now, member of Student Council’s supreme board at Bogazici University. He also participated in various civil society initiatives like free tutoring for children in need and book donation campaign for a school located in a rural region of Turkey. He is currently studying Political Science and International Relations as Bachelor’s Degree at Bogazici University. He speaks Turkish, English and German.

Can Baran Beder (Communication Director)

Can Baran Beder graduated from İTÜ GVO High School in 2014 and started pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Istanbul University Faculty of Law. His works regarding youth started in high school with Model United Nations conferences. After receiving various awards such as best delegate and best advocate, he started serving as a member of academic team in numerous different conferences as well as serving as the Secretary-General of Istanbul University MUN 2016. Spending two months in Santa Catarina Brazil with AIESEC, he volunteered in community development programs. He also spent a year as a member of the International Law Students’ Association Istanbul, serving as the Head of European Union Commission. Can started as an associate in Co-Opinion in 2015. He was a part of different departments until this day. He speaks English and Portuguese.

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Çılga Gündüz (Sponsorship Coordinator)

Çılga Gündüz graduated from The Koç School in 2018 with two academic honor awards, Atakan Demirseren Leadership Award and Semahat Arsel Literature Award. She is currently pursuing her bachelor degree in Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University. She was the editor of The Koç School’s weekly newspaper, TAWA. Her other works in writing -mostly stories, poems, essays- rewarded and published in several competitions. Theatre is one of her biggest intellectual interests and she currently works in Lavean Art Group as the assistant director. She worked as a class representative and school president for five years in her high school student council. She is also actively taking part in Boğaziçi University Student Council as well. She speaks English, German, and French.

Ekin Akmanoğlu (Law Director)

Ekin Akmanoglu completed her Bachelor degree in Law at Kultur University, Istanbul in June 2017. She is working as a lawyer registered in Istanbul Bar Assosiation.
She pursued interships in Council of Europe and Stockholm University as a research assistantz She attended two committee sessions: UN CCPR and CESR a delegate for ELSA International. She speaks English and Spanish.

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Kübra Ergün (Fund Raising Director)

Kübra Ergün completed her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations Department at Boğaziçi University in 2019. She is currently a master’s student in International Relations at Koç University where she also works as teaching and research assistant. She is planning to study her MA thesis on international migration next year. She speaks English (advanced) and French (intermediate).

Mehmet Hakkı Uysal (Academy Coordinator)

Mehmet Hakkı Uysal graduated from Çanakkale Fen Lisesi in 2014. He is currently pursuing his bachelor degree in Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University, İstanbul. He worked as a project assistant with Professor Tan in his study on foreign aid. He is an organizational team member of the Alumni Association of his high school.In this semester, he is studying in Sciences Po Bordeaux,France with the Erasmus program. He speaks English and French fluently.

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Murat Akdoğan (Academy Coordinator)

Murat Akdoğan completed his high school education in Kuleli Military High School in 2011 and had his bachelor’s degree from Political Science and International Relations (IR) Department of Boğaziçi University in 2017. He passed a semester at Sciences Po Paris in 2016 as a part of Erasmus program. Murat started his master’s degree in Political Science and IR Department of Boğaziçi University in 2017, and currently he is studying on his thesis about the financing of construction sector in Turkey. His area of interest includes political economy of development, international political economy and financialization of the world economy. Murat also did an internship in 2017 and 2018 in Istanbul Economics Research which performs as a corporate advisory and public affairs consultancy platform. Presently, Murat is a research assistant in the Political Science and IR Department of Boğaziçi University, and he is planning do a PhD on global political economy in the upcoming years. Murat speaks English (fluent) and French (basic).

Sueah Sohn (Academy Coordinator)

Sueah Sohn is currently majoring in Political Science and International Relations and minoring in Management in Boğaziçi University.
She has taken part in quantitative and qualitative research programs in Boğaziçi on countries such as India and the region of Asia.
She is fluent in Turkish, Korean, and English.

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Şamil Barışık (Communication Coordinator)

Şamil Barışık graduated from Atatürk High School of Science in 2018. He is currently studying Political Science and International Relations as Bachelor’s Degree at Boğaziçi University. He took active roles in his high school’s social aid programs and sport organizations. He speaks English and he is learning Russian.

Talha Erkaslan (Newsletter Coordinator)

Talha Erkaslan has graduated from Gaziantep Fen Lisesi, and now studying Bachelor’s degree of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University. He and his friends has founded an interactive weekly journal when they graduated. Erkaslan was the General Editor and Chairperson in this initiative. Nowadays he works on his own business initiative on production. He speaks English and Russian(basic)

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Tuğberk Aybars Berber (Academy Director)

Tuğberk Aybars Berber is a junior Political Science and International Relations student at Boğaziçi University. He was the editor of a website called Wsagt. He speaks English, French and Russian.

Burak Kayarlar (IT Director)

Burak Kayarlar is studying Computer Engineering at Beykoz University. He has worked as a volunteer at many public conventions and events. He speaks fluent English.

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Nisa Ilgazi (Fund Raising Coordinator)

Nisa İlgazi graduated from Istanbul Erkek High School in 2017. She is currently studying International Relations as Bachelor’s Degree at Galatasaray University. She attended various seminars about her interests at numerous NGOs and think-tanks. Also, she took part in different societies in university. She speaks English, German and French.

Previous Chairpersons

Semuhi Sinanoğlu (Founding President)

Semuhi Sinanoğlu pursued his double major program in Political Science & International Relations and Economics at Bogazici University, Istanbul. He spent one semester at Columbia University, NY as part of an exchange program. He completed his MA in International Relations at Koc University, Istanbul with his thesis titled “Varieties of Capitalism in the Middle East & North Africa: A Comparative Perspective”. He also completed an executive education program in leadership at Harvard University Kennedy School with scholarship. For one year, he served as the vice-president of the Association of International Relations Studies for Turkey (IRST) and as a social policy analyst for two years at Development Analytics, a London & Istanbul-based research company. He was also a researcher at Al-Haq, one of the first human rights organizations based in Palestine. He is a young scholar of Global Relations Forum, associate of Al Sharq Youth Forum, fellow of the Ashoka Foundation’s Changemaker Program and Open Society Foundation’s Human Rights & Governance Program. As of August 2017, he is based at McGill University, Canada as a Jeanne Sauvé Foundation fellow. The Turkish Educational Foundation granted him “Outstanding Success Scholarship” in 2009. He has been the editor of several magazines published in Turkey. He speaks English, German, and Arabic.

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Alperen Eken (Previous Chairperson)

Alperen Eken completed his Political Science and International Relations degree at Boğaziçi University. During his studies, he wrote numerous articles for Dinamik Newspaper and Boğaziçi Magazine for two years. He completed a long term internship at the American Chamber of Commerce in Turkey, during which he prepared several surveys and reports about the business environment in Turkey. He was one of the organizing members of the panels “Roadmap of Entrepreneurship in Turkey” and “IPR and Investment Environment in Turkey.” He completed a one-year internship at the Public Affairs and Government Affairs at the Dow Chemical Company, and he worked a year as a Compliance Analyst at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) between September 2016 and August 2017. Since February 2018, he has been working as a Process Engineer at QNB Finansbank. He has been in the Co-Opinion Team since June 2015. He speaks Turkish, English and German.

Burak Çelik (Previous Chairperson)

Burak Çelik completed his undergraduate program at Istanbul University’s Faculty of Law. He participated in several moot court competitions and got a degree at the 37th Telders International Moot Court Competition’s oral rounds while representing Turkey. He also attended numerous conferences as a speaker, including the Turkish/German/Japan Colloquium on Comparative Law. He also served as the Chief Executive Officer of International Law Society of Istanbul University. He is now licensed to practice law as an attorney and he is pursuing his MA in Private Law at the Turkish-German University. He speaks English and German fluently.

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Volunteers

  • Abdurrahman Kayıklık
  • Ali İhsan Akbaş
  • Arjen Kunt
  • Aysun Can
  • Ayşe Dilara Arslan
  • Bahar Ferahköse
  • Buse Tanca
  • Büşra Mahmutoğlu
  • Cansu Ekiz
  • Çağatay Akkoyun
  • Çağdaş Koçak
  • Elvan Zık
  • Gökçe Uyar
  • Günay Kayarlar
  • Hunç Taşçı
  • Irmak Taner
  • İstem Gizem Demir
  • İrem Uysal
  • Mesutcan Tunca
  • Mustafa Gül
  • Mustafa Mikdat Yıldırım
  • Münira Merve Çelik
  • Nevcan Altuğ
  • Neyir Zerey
  • Nihal Tüzgen
  • Pınar Çelik
  • Sevgi Şairoğlu
  • Sinan Anbarcıoğlu
  • Şeyma Hacılar
  • Talha Şen
  • Burak Sancar
  • Cem Aksoy
  • Çiğdem Ünal
  • Emre Kudatgobilik
  • Erhan Arslan
  • Merve Soylu
  • Uğur Esen İnandı