Personnel

PROJECT DIRECTORS

Assan MAZHITOV

Graduated from Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Department of International Relations. Master of Science in International Management at Loughborough University in United Kingdom. In February 2011, started his career as Expert of Institute of Economic Research in Centre for Strategic development and Economic Research. At the same year in August Attaché at the Department of Central Asia, South Caucasus and Turkey of the MFA of Republic of Kazakhstan. In May 2012, appointed to the Secretariat of the Turkic Council as International staff. mazhit@turkkon.org


Farid DAMIRLI
Graduated from Thames Valley University, BA in Business Studies with Law. Holds a Master’s degree in History of International Relations from Belarus State University. In March 2005 was appointed as a desk officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Economic Cooperation and Development Department, Global Division. In 2006 was appointed to a position of attaché and from 2007 up until the end of 2010 served as attaché and third secretary on economic affairs at the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Belarus. In 2011 worked in a position of second secretary at the Regional division of the Economic Cooperation and Development Department. In August 2012 was appointed to the Secretariat of the Turkic Council as International staff. farid@turkkon.org

Pelin MUSABAY BAKİ
Graduated from Galatasaray High School and Galatasaray University, Department of International Relations. Masters degree on Eurasian Studies program at Middle East Technical University. In 2009, worked as an Assistant Coordinator at Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) in Istanbul. Began to work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey in 2009 as Candidate Professional Officer at the Diplomatic Academy. Between 2010-2011, served as Attaché and Third Secretary at the Deputy Directorate General for NATO and Euro-Atlantic Security and Defense Affairs. Between 2011-2012, served as Third Secretary at the Turkish Embassy in Islamabad. In 2012, appointed to the Secretariat of the Turkic Council as International staff. pmusabaybaki@turkkon.org


Ali ÇİVİLER
Graduated from Antalya Gazi High School and Marmara University, Department of Political Science and International Relations. Masters Degree on Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Sabancı University. Worked as a Teaching Assistant at Sabancı University in 2004-2006. Began to work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey in 2008 as a Candidate Professional Officer at the Diplomatic Academy. Designated as the Candidate Professional Officer at the Directorate General of Protocol, Official Visits, Ceremonies and Messages of the MFA in 2008-2009, served as Attaché, Third Secretary and Second Secretary at the Turkish Embassy in Islamabad. In 2011, appointed to the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C.. In 2012, worked as Second Secretary at the Deputy Under-Secretariat on General Political Affairs and at the Deputy Directorate General on European Countries at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey. In 2013, appointed to the Secretariat of the Turkic Council as International staff. In 2014, became the First Secretary. aciviler@turkkon.org      

Zhyldyz UZAKOVA
Graduated from Kyrgyz National State University, Department of Economics. Holds a Master’s degree in Department of Economics from Kyrgyz National State University. Holds a Doctorate degree from Ankara University, Institute of Social Sciences, Business Management Program. Worked as a Research Assistant in Department of Economics at Kyrgyz National State University. Between 2002 and 2009, worked as an Assistant Professor in Department of Political Science and International Relations at Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey. In 2009, was appointed as an Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic. Between 2009 and 2014, worked as a Counsellor at the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Republic of Turkey. In November 2014, was appointed to the Secretariat of the Turkic Council as International staff. zuzakova@turkkon.org
 
Jeyhun SHAHVERDIYEV  
Graduated from Baku State University, Faculty of International Law and  International Relations with LLB and LLM Degrees. Holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs from Carleton University, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Canada.  In 2000,  started as a desk officer with International Law and Treaties Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Served as Attaché and Third Secretary for three years. In 2004 was appointed Third Secretary at the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Canada and served until the end of 2009 as Second Secretary and then  First Secretary, covering political and  economic affairs.  Between 2010 and 2014  worked as First Secretary and Head of Bilateral Division of International Law and Treaties Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2014, appointed Deputy Director of International Law and Treaties Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2017, appointed to the Secretariat of the Turkic Council as International staff. ceyhun@turkkon.org  
 
Özge PAN
Graduated from International Relations Department of Galatasaray University. Master`s degree in History of International Relations and Regional Integration Processes at Strasbourg (Robert Schuman) University. In 2009 made her  internship at the Council of Europe Liaison Office to the European Union. In 2010, began to work at the Department of Educational Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey as Candidate Consul and Professional  Officer. Between 2011-2012 served as Candidate Specialized Consular Officer and Attaché at the Protocol Department (Official Visits, Ceremony, Trust Letter and Message). Between 2012-2015 served as Attaché and Third Secretary at the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Beirut, between 2015-2017, served as Third Secretary and Second Secretary at the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Paris. In 2017 appointed to the Secretariat of the Turkic Council as International staff. ozgepan@turkkon.org 

Zhanar NUGUMANOVA
Graduated from Limkokwing University in Malaysia, Faculty of Business and Globalization, BSc (Hons) in International Administration and Management. In August 2012, began her career as an Expert at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA). In December 2014 started to work as an Attaché  of the Asia and Africa Department, South-East Asia division of the MFA of Republic of Kazakhstan. In October 2017, appointed to the Secretariat of the Turkic Council as International staff. zhanar@turkkon.org


FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

Sedat Haydar SEVER
Graduated from Ankara Yenişehir Private High School and Gazi University, Department of Economics and Administrative Sciences. In 1991, began to work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey at the Directorate General of Protocol, Official Visits, Ceremonies and Messages as Administrative Officer. In 1994, served as Administrative Attaché at the Turkish Embassy in Bratislava, in 1998 served at the Directorate General of Human Resources of the MFA as Administrative Officer. In 2000, Administrative Attaché at the Turkish Embassy in Vilnius. In 2005, served as Expert at the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey. In 2007, served as Administrative Attaché and Second Secretary at the Turkish Embassy in Moscow. In 2011 appointed to the Secretariat of the Turkic Council as International staff. ssever@turkkon.org

RESEARCH EXPERTS

Burcu KORKMAZ
Graduated from İSTEK Belde High School and Bosphorous University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of History. Masters degree at the European Institute of Marmara University. In 1996 began to work at the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEİK) as Assistant Regional Coordinator, and between 2000-2010 worked at the International Secretariat of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Business Council as Assistant to the Secretary General and Project Coordinator. In 2010 started to work at the Secretariat of the Turkic Council. burcukorkmaz@turkkon.org 

Dastan ALMEN
Graduated from Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Arts and Science, Department of Sociology. Holds a Master`s degree in Department of Middle Eastern Studies from Middle East Technical University. In 2013, started his Doctorate studies at Hacettepe University, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Department of Public Administration. In November 2014, started to work at the Secretariat of the Turkic Councill as International Staff. dalmen@turkkon.org  

SECRETARIAT

Milena YAKARLAR
Graduated from School 189 in Baku Azerbaijan -education in English- elementary school, middle school and high school. Studied at the Moscow State Regional University, Department of Philology, Russian Language and Literature Department. Attended advanced English courses at the Leningrad / USSR Technical College and the Faculty of Philology of the Leningrad State University. In 1991 began to work at an official company in St. Petersburg / Russia and worked as officer responsible for accounting for 5 years. Between 2000 and 2010 worked at the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Business Council International Secretariat as Secretary of the Secretary General. In November 2010, began to work at the Secretariat of the Turkic Council. myakarlar@turkkon.org 

Çiğdem TANSUĞ
Graduated from Uludag University, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Scienses, Department of Businness Administration. From 1991 to 2001 worked at İstanbul Stock Exchange as a stock broker and investment specialist. From 2001 to 2004 worked at Kyrgyztan Turkey Manas University Rectoriat as an executive secretary. Between 2005- 2012 worked at IMKB as a stock broker. In 2012 February started to work in the Secretariat of the Turkic Council. cigdemtansug@turkkon.org