Project Directors

Ali Çiviler

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 Türkiye 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 Türkiye. In 2013, appointed to the Secretariat of the Organization of Turkic States as International staff. In 2014 became First Secretary. aciviler@turkicstates.org

Ceyhun ŞAHVERDİYEV

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 Organization of Turkic States as International staff. ceyhun@turkicstates.org
Özge PAN

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 Türkiye 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 Türkiye in Beirut, between 2015-2017, served as Third Secretary and Second Secretary at the Embassy of the Republic of Türkiye in Paris. In 2017 appointed to the Secretariat of the Organization of Turkic States as International staff. ozgepan@turkicstates.org

Faruk CUMAYEV

Farrukh JUMAYEV

Graduated from Azerbaijan State Economic University, Faculty of International Economic Relations. Master of Science in International Development Policy at Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul National University, Republic of Korea. Currently a PhD candidate in Department of Economics at Kyung Hee University, Repubic of Korea. In 2004 started his career as an advisor at International Relations Department, Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Later promoted to the chief advisor position. In 2010 was appointed as Second Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Economic Cooperation and Development Department. Between 2011 and 2015 served as Second Secretary and First Secretary on economic and commercial affairs at the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Korea. In 2016 worked as First Secretary of Economic Cooperation and Development Department. Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2018, appointed to the Secretariat of the Organization of Turkic States as International staff. farrukh@turkicstates.org
Ersin AYDOĞAN

Ersin AYDOĞAN

Graduated from Çağrıbey Anatolian High School and Middle East Technical University, Department of International Relations. Began to work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Türkiye in 2009 as a Candidate Professional Officer at the Diplomatic Academy. Designated as the Candidate Professional Officer at the Directorate General for Consular Affairs of the MFA in 2010, served as Candidate Officer and Third Secretary at the Special Advisory Office to the Minister between 2010-2011 and Third Secretary at the Directorate General of Research. Worked as Second Secretary at the Embassy of Türkiye in Jakarta between 2012-2014 and Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C between 2014-2017. After serving as First Secretary at the Turkish Embassy in Pretoria between 2017-2018, returned to Ankara and started to work at Directorate General for Economic Affairs (West and Central Europe). In 2019, appointed to the Secretariat of the Organization of Turkic States as International staff. ersinaydogan@turkicstates.org

Bobur TAGAEV

Graduated from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Faculty of International Law. Received a Master's degree in international law. Worked as a teacher of jurisprudence at the Academic Lyceum No. 2 at the Uzbek State University of World Languages in 2010-2012. He began work in the Treaty-Law Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2012 as an assistant, Attaché, Third secretary. In 2016, was appointed to the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the Republic of Türkiye, worked as Attaché, Second secretary for Cultural and Humanitarian Cooperation. In October 2020, was appointed to the Secretariat of the Organization of Turkic States as International staff. uzbdirektor@turkicstates.org 

Shokirjon RAKHMATOVShokirjan RAKHMATOV

Graduated from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Faculty of International Law, holding LLB and LLM degrees. Completed Master of Public Policy at KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Republic of Korea. Between 2009-2011 served as a legal consultant in private companies. In 2011 started his diplomatic carrier in the Treaty-Law Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan. In 2018, promoted to Head of Bilateral Treaties Division of the Treaty-Law Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In November 2020, appointed to the Secretariat of the Organization of Turkic States as International staff. rakhmatov@turkicstates.org

Yerzhan MUSTAFINYerzhan A. MUSTAFIN

Gratuated from the Kazakh National University named after Al-Farabi, the Faculty of Oriental Studies. Holds a Master’s degree on International Relations from the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 2007 made internships as the World history teacher at the Arts gymnasium (school) No. 138 in Almaty and as the correspondent at the “Qazaqstan” Republic TV in Astana. Started diplomatic career in 2008 as the Attaché of the Information Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. From 2009 to 2013 served as the 3rd, the 2nd and the 1st Secretary of the Committee for International information of the MFA of Kazakhstan. Between 2013-2016 was the 1st Secretary for political and economic affairs at the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Ashgabat. After working as the Deputy Press Secretary of the MFA of Kazakhstan from 2016 to 2018, served as the 1st Secretary for consular and media affairs at the Kazakh Embassy in Bern from 2018 to 2020. Having returned to Kazakhstan, used to be the member of the Secretariat of the Kazakh MFA’s Response Center for COVID-19 issues from March to October 2020, where he was awarded the “Halyk Algysy” (“People’s Gratitude”) state medal, and onwards headed the Secretariat by April 2021. From April 2021 to January 2022 worked as the Counselor of the Strategic Planning Division at the Kazakh MFA. In February 2022 appointed to the Secretariat of the OTS as International staff. mustafin@turkicstates.org

Dastan URMANBETOVDastan URMANBETOV

Graduated from International University of Kyrgyzstan, Faculty of Diplomacy and International Law with Master’s degree. In 2005, began to work at the Department on International cooperation of the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic as a consultant, later promoted to senior consultant and then to an expert and desk officer for International organizations and Western countries. Between 2013 and 2017 served in Azerbaijan (Baku) as a Secretary of Commission on economic cooperation of the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic speaking countries. In 2017, promoted to Head of the Sector for bilateral and multilateral relations of the Department on International cooperation and Protocol of the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic. 2019 -2022 worked as a Counselor of the Third Political Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic. In 2022 was appointed to the Secretariat of the Organization of Turkic States as International staff. urmanbetov@turkicstates.org

Finance and Administration Manager

Sedat Haydar SEVER

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 Türkiye 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 Türkiye. In 2007, served as Administrative Attaché and Second Secretary at the Turkish Embassy in Moscow. In 2011 appointed to the Secretariat of the Organization of Turkic States as International staff. ssever@turkicstates.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 Türkiye (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 Organization of Turkic States. burcukorkmaz@turkicstates.org

Aziza KAZANTAYEVA-SAYLAK

Aziza KAZANTAYEVA-SAYLAK

Graduated from University of International Business, Finance and Accountant Department (Almaty). Completed the Master of Business Administration at American University of Central Asia (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) with the thesis on "Importance of Women Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies". Worked as an assistant of Marketing Manager in Fintex Group 2008-2010. In September 2013 started to work in CLS International Kyrgyzstan, in Finance Department as assistant to the finance manager until 2016. In January 2019 began to work at the Secretariat of the Organization of Turkic States as an advisor. Appointed to research expert position in January 2022. azizasay@turkicstates.org

Secretariat

Milena YAKARLAR

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 Organization of Turkic States. myakarlar@turkicstates.org
Çiğdem ATSIZ

Çiğdem ATSIZ

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 - Türkiye Manas University Rectoriat as an executive secretary. Between 2005- 2012 worked at IMKB as a stock broker. In 2012 February started to work as Secretary of the Secretary General at the Secretariat of the Organization of Turkic States. cigdem@turkicstates.org 

Advisors 

Kahraman HALİSÇELİKKahraman HALİSÇELİK

Graduated from University of Ankara, School of Communications. In New York City he worked at various Turkish national news agencies, newspapers and TV stations as their United Nations / New York Representative / Bureau Chief. Covered historic events as journalist from the UN Headquarters / New York, including September 11th terrorist attacks, Afghanistan-Iraq wars, US Presidential elections, the Arab Spring, Syria war, developments in Africa etc. Interviewed many World leaders including Presidents and Foreign Ministers from around the world, officials at intergovernmental organizations, as well as important public figures. In 2019, started working as the United Nations / New York Correspondent for TRT. Was appointed as Press Advisor and Director of Communications for Türkiye’s Foreign Minister in 2017. Began to work at the Secretariat of the Organization of Turkic States as Press Advisor in 2019. haliscelik@turkicstates.org


Turan GAFARLITuran GAFARLI 

Graduated from the Queen Mary University of London with joint honours in History and Politics, and became a Master of Arts in Transnational Studies at University College London (UCL). In 2017, he was Lord German's research assistant in the House of Lords for a while. He also did internships at the United Nations and the Council of Europe. He worked as a researcher and political commentator at the TRT World between January 2019- December 2021. In January 2022 started to work at the Secretariat of the Organization of Turkic States as an advisor. tgafarli@turkicstates.org

Archivist

Recai GÜNEYRecai GÜNEY

Graduated from (Eskişehir) Anadolu University, Faculty of Economics, Department of International Relations. Completed MA in Political Science and Economics Program at Istanbul Rumeli University. As of December 2020, he started to work as Archivist at the Secretariat of the Organization of Turkic States. recai@turkicstates.org

Receptionist 

Merey AITENOVA 

Graduated from Shymkent Technical College (Kazakhstan), Department of Computer Technique and Programming. Completed trainings on Office Management and Secretarial work at Yeditepe University and Human Resources Management and Secretarial work at Global Institute. As of August 2020, started to work as a receptionist at the Secretariat of the Organization of Turkic States. maitenova@turkicstates.org



Technical Staff

 
Mustafa KALDIRIMMustafa KALDIRIMMustafa TUHANMustafa TUHANYasin CİCİK
Yasin CİCİK

Sezai AYDOĞAN Sezai AYDOĞAN

Güven İŞGÖRENGüven İŞGÖREN

Murat ŞABANOĞLU
Murat ŞABANOĞLU 
Ulvi GÜMÜŞ

 Ulvi GÜMÜŞ
Yılmaz ALTAŞYılmaz ALTAŞ