Çağdaş Arslan | Chair (Co-founder)
Çağdaş Arslan has graduated from International Relations at Kocaeli University, Turkey. He started his master studies in Political Science at University of Vienna in 2014. As of 2015, he is enrolled in another master program in Islamic Religion Pedagogy at University of Vienna, thus he currently pursues two masters simultaneously. Having worked for various national and international organizations and institutions in different posts, Çağdaş Arslan has coordinated a raft of social projects and organized innumerable events. Since 2014, he is a school teacher of pupils of Turkish origin living in Austria. Çağdaş Arslan is the Founding Director of PS: Europe. He speaks English and German.
Seren Selvin Korkmaz | Vice-Chair (Co-founder)
Seren Selvin Korkmaz hold her PhD degree in Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University. She got her B.A. and M.A. degrees at the same department. Her research interests include political economy of exclusion, identity politics, urban politics, democratization and Turkish Politics. She continues her academic career in the International Relations Department of Özyeğin University. Seren is the member of International Political Science Association (IPSA). She worked as the assistant of various courses and projects at Boğaziçi University. She has also contributed to the studies and administration of various NGOs and research centers; and participated in the organization of various congress, workshops and seminars. Seren worked as editor and author in websites; as well as she was the Editor in Chef of Borsa Panorama Magazine which is published in Austria.
Deniz Yavuzyılmaz | Vice-Chair
Deniz Yavuzyılmaz, graduated from Electrical Engineering Department of Yıldız Technical University and pursues his second BA degree in International Relations Department of Anadolu University. His successful initiative “Dole Electric Group” which was founded in 2007, has served as an international company in various countries. Yavuzyılmaz had worked in Algeria, Libya and Caucasus for years where he had a chance to observe and analyze the regional dynamics. In addition to his professional career he specifically works in order to raise awareness towards the active participation of the youth to the politics and he focuses on the projects which basically aim the application of some philosophical theories to Turkish politics. He has written articles in various journals since 2011. He currently studies on two books; one is the psychological novel called “Adım Adım” (Step by Step) and the other is a philosophical book “Sonsuzluk Teorisi” (The Theory of Eternity). Yavuzyılmaz, has been members of the Association of Social Democracy (SDD), Atatürkist Thought Association (ADD) and Amnesty International. He also works voluntarily for AKUT Search and Rescue Association and Mathematics and Philosophy Village of Nesin Foundation.
Ebru Fidan | Treasurer
Ebru Fidan was born in the province of Vorarlberg in Austria. She has graduated from the Handelsakademie Bregenz (Commercial High School) and is currently working toward a Bachelor degree in Food Science, Education, and PoliticalScience at the University of Vienna. She will begin her graduate studies in the winter semester of 2015 as she works toward a Masters in Religious Education. Ebru Fidan will also begin to work as a religion teacher while studying. She is a member of the Executive Board of PS:EUROPE and serves as a treasurer for the association. She contributes to national and international projects and is currently working on a project on behalf of PS:Europe called “Daseinandertreffen der Kulturen” (The Meeting of Cultures). She worked as a translator for several national and international real estate magazines, and is proficient in German, Turkish, English and French.
Tugay Cebar | Secretary General
Tugay Cebar graduated from Political Science Department of Vienna University. He is currently a master student in Political Science and Faculty of Law in the same University. His some of the research interests are Turkish Foreign Policy, Middle East Politics, Human Rights Studies, Comparative Politics and Class and Identity Conflicts of Turkey. He contributed to the various studies and researchers in German and Turkish languages. During his studies he had a chance to have internship at Turkish National Agency as well as at Republic of Turkey Ministry for EU Affairs. He participated also in numerous national, international organizations and institutions, conferences, symposiums, workshops. Since 2016 he is the secretary general of PS:EUROPE and is proficient in German, Turkish and English.