The Academy Staff

Permanent Staff

Prof. Dr. Mesut Özcan Director

Mesut Özcan, Ph.D.

Mesut Özcan received his B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Marmara University in 2000 and his M.A. in 2002 from the same institution. He completed his Ph.D at Boğaziçi University Atatürk Institute in 2007. He studied at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University on the Jean Monnet Master Scholarship for one year in 2005-2006.,

He worked as a research assistant at Beykent University from 2000 to 2005. Özcan was a visiting scholar at Kuwait University’s Department of Political Science for a short period of time in 2009. He lectured at Istanbul Ticaret University’s Department of International Relations from 2007 to 2011.

Dr. Özcan served at the Center for Strategic Research (SAM) as the Deputy Chairman between 2011 and 2013   and as the Acting Chairman between 2013 and May 2014. He is currently the Director of Diplomacy Academy.

Özcan is the author of three books: Sorunlu Miras Irak (Istanbul: Küre, 2003), Harmonizing Foreign Policy: Turkey, the EU and the Middle East (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008), and Medeniyetler ve Dünya Düzen(ler)i, Mesut Özcan and Muzaffer Şenel (ed), (Istanbul: Klasik, 2010). He has published articles and book chapters on Turkish Foreign Policy, Middle Eastern Politics and Iraq. He serves on the editorial boards of Insight Turkey, Divan and Perceptions journals.

Burcu Çevik, Minister Plenipotentiary

Prof. Dr. Mesut Özcan

Ms. Burcu Çevik holds a BSc and an MS in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University. She joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1996. She served at the Turkish Embassy in Baku (1998-2000), Turkish Permanent Delegation to NATO/Brussels (2000-2001) Turkish Permanent Delegation to UN/Vienna (2003-2004) and Turkish Permanent Delegation to the OECD/Paris (2006-2010) respectively.

During her service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Çevik worked at Deputy Directorate Generals -Caucasia (1996-1998), and America (2001-2003). Later, she worked as First Secretary at the Deputy Undersecretariat for Administrative Issues (2004-2006) and as Head of Department at the Deputy Directorate General for Multilateral Economic Relations (2010-2012). Ms. Çevik worked as Head of Department to Diplomacy Academy from 2012 to June 2015. She serves as Minester Plenipotentiary at Diplomacy Academy since June 2015.

Didem Zeynep Yılbaş, Head of Department

Didem Zeynep Yilbas

Ms. Didem Yılbaş holds BSc and MSc degrees in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University. She joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1995. She served at the Turkish Embassies in London (1997-2000), Bishkek (2000-2002), Seoul (2005-2007) and Zagreb (2009-2013).
During her service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara, Ms. Yılbaş worked at the following Deputy Directorate-Generals (DG):
-DG for Policy Planning (1995-1997),
-DG for South Asia (2002-2005),
-DG for East Asia (2007-2009),
-DG for Southeast Asia and Pacific (2013-2017).
Ms. Yılbaş is serving as Head of Department at the Diplomacy Academy since March 2017.

Tuğba Özdenfedakar, Head of Section

Tugba Ozfedekar

Ms. Tuğba Özdenfedakar graduated from Political Science and International Relations Department at Başkent University in 2003 and joined the Ministry in 2004. She served as Vice Consul at the Turkish Consulate General in Jeruselam(2006-2008). She served as Third and Second Secretary at the Turkish Embassy in Bratislava(2008-2011) and as Councellor at the Turkish Embassy in Rome(2014-2017) respectively. 
During her service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms Özdefedakar worked as Candidate Career Diplomat and Attache at the Deputy Directorate General for Multiliteral and Bileteral Cultural Relations(2004-2006). Later, she worked as Second Secretary, First Secretary and Head of Section at the Deputy Directorate General for South Asia. Ms. Özdenfedakar worked as Head of Section at Diplomacy Academy since March, 2017.

Ali Kayahan Özkayım, Second Secretary

Ali Kayahan

Mr. Ali Kayahan Özkayım graduated from Business Administration Department at Marmara University in 2010 and joined the Ministry in 2011. He served as Third and Second Secretary at the Turkish Embassy in Niamey and Turkish Embassy in Skopje (2014-2017) respectively.
During his service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Özkayım worked as Candidate Career Diplomat and Third Secretary at the Deputy Directorate General for NATO and Euro-Atlantic Security and Defense Affairs and Deputy Directorate General for the Balkans and Central Europe (2012-2013). Mr. Özkayım serves as Second Secretary at Diplomacy Academy since September, 2017.

Ali Özkara Second Secretary

Ali Özkaya

Özkara graduated in 2004 from the Department of History, Middle East Technical University, and entered foreign service in 2006. From 2006 to 2008, he was Contracted Translator at the Ministry’s Consular IT Service Department; and from 2008 to 2011, he worked at Deputy Directorate General for Bilateral Economic Affairs and Deputy Directorate General for Multilateral Economic Affairs as Attaché and Third Secretary. His overseas duties include Third Secretary at Turkish Embsssy in Cairo in 2011-2012 and Vice Consul at Turkish Consul General in Jeddah during 2011-2017. As of December 2017, Özkara has been at the Academy in the role of Second Secretary.

Barış Görüzoğlu Third Secretary

Barış Görüzoğlu

In 2012, Barış graduated from the Department of Translation and Interpreting, Boğaziçi University. Simultaneously with his freelancing engagements, he was enrolled in Bilgi University’s MA program on International Relations in 2013, and stayed for 6 months at German Viadrina University as part of the Erasmus+ exchange scheme. He entered foreign service in 2015 and was first assigned to the Academy. After completing his millitary service at the rank of Ensign at Turkish Naval Academy National Defence University in February 2017, Barış reassumed duty as Third Secretary at the Academy.

Ecem Üst, Consular and Expertise Officer

Ecem Ust

She graduated from Galatasaray University,  Department of Applied Foreign Languages in 2014. During his undergraduate studies, she studied at INALCO Paris as a scholarship in Turcology and French as a Foreign Language during the academic year of 2012/2013. She started her Master's Degree in International Negotiation at the University of Aix-Marseille in 2015 and is writing his thesis on multiculturalism. He worked as a contracted secretary at the Consulate General of Marseille during her graduate studies. In September 2017, she joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Candidate Consular and Specialized Officer and worked for  Diplomatic Academy since then.

Mustafa Burak Barbaros, Consular and Expertise Officer

Mustafa Burak Barbaros

Mr. Barbaros graduated from International Relations Department at Anadolu University in 2014. After that he received his B.S. in Pharmacy at Anadolu University in 2015. He studied for one semester at Regensburg University, Germany within the frame of Erasmus Student Exchange Programme. He carried out traineeships at the Hospital of Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany and the Neuroscience Institute of Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn, Germany under Erasmus Training Programme. In 2017, he completed his bachelor’s degree in History and has been continuing the Master’s degree Programme in Pharmacology at Anadolu University Institute of Health Sciences. He worked at Kütahya Yoncalı Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy Hospital and Eskişehir Yunus Emre State Hospital as pharmacist between 2016-2017. Since September 2017, he works at the Diplomacy Academy.

Dila Altay, Headquarters Officer

Dila Altay

Ms. Dila Altay graduated from the Faculty of Education, Science Teaching Department at Ataturk University in 2010. She works at the Diplomacy Academy since September 2016.

Zafer Korkmaz, Translator

Zafer Korkmaz

Mr.Zafer Korkmaz,  graduated from Faculty of Education, English Language Teaching Department at Anadolu University in 2010. He joined the Ministry in 2011 as a Translator at the Human Resources Department. Mr.Korkmaz, works at the Academy since May 2017 .He is married with one daughter.

Hanife Zaimoğlu, Headquarters Officer

Hanife Zaimoglu

Zaimoğlu graduated in 1998 from the Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Sciences, Ankara University, and entered civil service the same year at the Ministry of National Education. In 2011-2012, she worked as Headquarters Officer at Board of Inspectors, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. And as of September 2017, she has been working as Headquarters Officer at the Diplomacy Academy.

Aziz Deveci, Translator

Aziz Deveci

Mr. Deveci graduated from Faculty of Translation and Interpretation at Dokuz Eylül University in 2011. He worked at the Ministry of Finance between 2011 and 2017. He works at the Diplomacy Academy since October 2017./p>