Huseyin Konus is a data scientist, foreign policy analyst, and a human rights activist. He is a former Turkish diplomat. He worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey as a career diplomat between 2004 and 2016. During his diplomatic career, he worked in several departments in the ministry, also as an advisor to the foreign minister for two years. He served in Turkish diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia and the USA. Before leaving the ministry in 2016, he was acting head of department in charge of relations with European countries. For short term diplomatic assignments, he has been to around 50 countries, including Pakistan, Yemen, and North Korea. He obtained a master’s degree from Harvard University in Middle Eastern Studies. He holds a BA in International Relations from Bilkent University. He currently lives in Germany.
Mehmet Bozkaya is an international law and human rights law researcher and former Turkish diplomat. He worked as a legal counsel in the Legal Consultancy Unit and the Human Resources Department at the headquarters of Turkish Foreign Ministry. At these positions, he actively participated in personnel investigations, institutional development projects, drafting new regulations and judicial procedures against the Ministry and submitted legal opinions with regard to draft texts of international agreements. Before the end of his duty at the Ministry in September 2016, he was serving with the title of Second Secretary at the Turkish Embassy in the Hague. He conducts studies on contemporary legal issues, among others, data privacy, corporate social responsibility and financial crimes. He also counsels private entities on various legal matters. Bozkaya has an LL.M degree in human rights law from Maastricht University and an LL.B degree from Bilkent University. He currently lives in the Netherlands.
Cemal Tahir Şanlı is a business analyst, data science enthusiast and a former Turkish diplomat. During his tenure of six years at the Turkish Foreign Ministry, he worked at the West Africa and East Asia desks. In addition, he has had 2 years of field experience in the Middle East in his service as Vice Consul and Deputy Chief of Mission to the Turkish Consulate General in Mosul during a highly turbulent time that saw the rise of ISIS. He assumed responsibility in the organization of NATO, UN G20 Summits hosted by Turkey, gave lectures on Iraq and ISIS to senior Political Sciences students. Mr. Şanlı holds a B.A. in Management from Boğaziçi University (İstanbul) and is set to start a Master’s in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. As a human rights activist, he is currently also involved with Diversity & Inclusion work in the Dutch context. Mr. Şanlı speaks English, some Dutch and some Korean.
Hakan Kaplankaya is a legal advisor and former Turkish diplomat. His researches and consultancy services focus mainly on human rights advocacy and international commercial arbitration. During his tenure at the Ministry, he worked at the NATO Desk. He was assigned as the Deputy of Chief of Mission to the Turkish Embassy in Djibouti and as vice-consul in Paris. Before joining the Ministry, he worked as an assistant lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights. Mr. Kaplankaya obtained an M.A degree from Robert Schuman University (Strasbourg) on human rights law and an LL.M. from Paris-Est Créteil University on international arbitration law. He holds an LL.B from Galatasaray University (Istanbul). He currently lives in France.
Imdat Oner is a Senior Policy Analyst at Jack D. Gordon Public Policy Institute of Florida International University (FIU). Before joining FIU, he was a former Turkish diplomat, recently served in the Turkish Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela. He was the Deputy of Head of Mission and Political Officer at the Embassy. He is currently pursuing a combined M.A./PhD program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (M.A.) and International Relations (Ph.D.) at FIU. He specializes in International Relations with major focuses on Turkish foreign policy and Latin American politics. Mr. Oner has extensively published on Venezuelan politics and Turkish foreign policy. His articles published in War on the Rocks, The National Interest, Americas Quarterly, Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica, Miami Herald, and Ahval. He is also a frequent contributor to Global Americans. His analyses have been featured in international media, including Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, Miami Herald and Agencia EFE. Mr. Oner holds an M.A. in International Relations and B.A in Political Science.
Merve Atus is an M.A. Candidate in International Communication Management at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. She is also a human rights defender, communication enthusiast and a former diplomat. She worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey for six years. In the headquarters, she worked at the policy planning department. She then served in Kyrgyzstan and the United Arab Emirates as a career diplomat. During her tenure in Abu Dhabi, she was an Executive Committee member of Hedayah International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism. She has a particular interest in women's issues and gender roles in Turkish society. Ms Atus holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Yıldız Technical University. She is a Susana Menendez Bright Future Scholarship recipient.
Ömer Güler is an economist and former Turkish diplomat. In the Turkish Foreign Ministry, he worked at terrorism, international trade and economics related departments. As a diplomat he served in Azerbaijan and the United Kingdom. Before diplomacy, he worked at the Turkish Treasury. He received his master’s degree from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva in international economics and his bachelor’s degree in economics from Bilkent University in Turkey. Currently he is pursuing a research master (in Dutch system it is equivalent to the coursework of the PhD) in economics at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He is a Marshall Memorial Fellow (2015) of the German Marshall Fund. He has fair knowledge of Russian, French and Dutch. Besides serious issues, he is an IQ/smart games designer.
Yasir Gökçe is a senior cyber security consultant and ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Auditor. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, focusing on the application of the law of the use of force to cyber domain. He served as an In-house Legal Counsel in the International Law Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey for several years. He produced legal opinions to be set forth before foreing courts in a number of disputes to which Turkey was a party. He was assigned as a diplomat to Vietnam, Egypt and Uzbekistan during his tenure in the Ministry. Before and after his tenure, he worked as an attorney by practice. He represented many clients victimized by cybercrimes and counseled private and public entities on data privacy. His articles on international law were published by several esteemed peer-reviewed journals including but not limited to the Cambridge Journals. Mr. Gökçe obtained an MPA degree from Harvard University, an LL.M. degree from Ankara University and LL.B. degree from Bilkent University. He may be contacted at: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yunus Emre Acikgonul is a legal scholar with a specialization on public international law. He served in the Turkish Foreign Service as a legal counsel and career diplomat. Acikgonul has two LL.M. degrees, a published book and a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals on law of the sea and international criminal law. Acikgonul has given interviews to several media outlets on contemporary maritime disputes, including Foreign Policy. He is currently a PhD candidate at the United Nations University for Peace on dispute resolution. Speaks Turkish, English and Spanish, enjoys water, boating and traveling.