Born in 1953 (Trier/Germany), he studied Medieval, Modern and Eastern European History, Political Science and Scandinavian Languages at the universities of Bonn, Würzburg and Cologne. He holds a Ph.D. of Cologne University presenting his dissertation on German trade union history. Starting in 1991, he worked as Project Director for Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Poland, afterwards in the West Balkan (predominantly Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina), and in Israel/Palestine.
He is married and the father of three (adult) children.
Since July 2012, he is the head of the foundation's Istanbul Office for Turkey.
Belma Bagdat, born in Germany in 1977, married with two sons. Studied International Relations at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Istanbul. She has started to work with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty as Project Assistant in the year 2002, during the years she continued her responsibilities as Project Coordinator and for the last several years she has the Program Director position.
Born 1981 in Istanbul, Aret Demirci studied Regional Sciences of Latin America at the University of Cologne and at the Pontifical Catholic University of Buenos Aires. As an exchange student he spent half a year at the University of Salamanca/Spain. During his studies he focused on EU-Latin American relations. In his Diploma thesis he examined the perception of the EU in the MERCOSUR.
Zeynep Yürekli, born in Germany in 1976, studied Economics at the University of Applied Sciences in Flensburg. Her thesis concentrates on Internet Protocol Virtual Private Networks in conjunction with a Business Case. Formerly she worked for Lufthansa GTS Global Telesales as Senior Assistant to the Finance & Accounting Director. She has been working for the Foundation since 2008.
Born in 1986 in Aydın, she studied International Relations and EU in Izmir University of Economics. She holds a Master Degree in Advanced European and International Studies from Istanbul Bilgi University and European Institute. Formerly, she worked in Spanish Embassy, ARI Movement and Istanbul Aydin University. Since March 2013, she has been working in FNF.