Turkish Delegation for Y20 Indonesia 2022 Summit is Ready

The Republic of Turkey will be represented at the Y20 Indonesia Summit by Berk Cem TATAR on Sustainable and Liveable Planet, Hülya KÖSEMATOĞLU for Diversity and Inclusion, Berfu Ege SÖBE for Youth Employment, Nisanur KEPÇELER for Digital Transformation topics. We congratulate our delegates and wish them a successful Summit!

Berk Cem TATARSustainable and Liveable Planet Delegate & Head of Turkish Delegation
Berk Cem Tatar, graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Law in 2020, with distinction. During his undergraduate education, he studied at the University of Graz for a semester with the Erasmus Programme. Berk has partaken in many international law clubs and student associations during his undergraduate education and has held positions as a board member and director in these entities. After graduating from Istanbul University Faculty of Law, he pursued his master’s degree in Public Law at Istanbul University Social Sciences Institute.

Currently, he is writing a dissertation on Comparative Constitutional Law within the scope of his master’s degree. In addition, he is currently doing his second master’s degree in Human Rights at the University of Vienna and is conducting research on the relationship between Human Rights and Diplomatic Immunity. Berk attended a summer school program on Diplomacy and Law in Croatia and 6 weeks-long ‘School of Diplomats’ certificate program at Bahçeşehir University. Throughout his bachelor’s and master’s, Berk has done internships at the Ministry of European Union of Turkey, Permanent Representation of Turkey to the Council of Europe, TASAM (Turkish-Asia Strategic Studies Center), Erdem Law Firm, and Turkish Embassy in Tehran. Within the scope of his academic studies, he has published articles on human rights, the Middle East, and international law. He is also an attorney at law, registered with the Istanbul Bar Association, and lives in Vienna.
Hülya KösematoğluDiversity and Inclusion Delegate
Hülya Kösematoğlu graduated from Harvard University in 2021 with an honors degree in Economics. During her studies she did extensive research at Harvard Business School on technology reemergence and development and behavioral economics under the leadership of Prof. Reshmaan Hussam and Ryan Raffaelli. She coauthored a paper with Prof. Reshmaan Hussam on migration and health in South Asia that got accepted into the University of Chicago Press. During her studies, she also served on the board of the Harvard Advocate, the oldest college literally magazine in the U.S. while being in charge of organizing the Igniting Innovation Summit which unites students, academics, and leaders in various fields who are passionate about developing innovative solutions to today’s most pressing problems.

Currently, Kösematoğlu works as an Investment Banking Analyst at Citigroup in New York, performing comprehensive valuation analyses on potential acquisition target, existing portfolio companies, and exit strategies by building financial models focused on various pro forma capital structures, operating scenarios, and acquisition assumptions. Most recently, she worked on the merger of Frontier and Spirit airlines, an industry transforming transaction with a combined enterprise value of $11.5 billion. Outside of work, Kösematoğlu is heavily involved in nonprofit work. She founded the Give A Hand Organization in 2015 to be able to give high school students the opportunity to volunteer with Syrian refugee children in Turkey while explaining Turkey’s humanitarian policy accurately at an international level. 100 high school students worldwide have come to Turkey through the program that continues to assist 150 refugee children today. To supplement her volunteer work, Kösematoğlu has also written a paper on the impact of the Syrian refugees on Turkey’s economy which got published by the International Relations Department of Hasan Kalyoncu University.
Berfu Ege SÖBEYouth Employment Delegate
Berfu Ege Söbe is a double degree honours student in the fields of governance and law. Söbe currently studies Global Law at Tilburg University and Management of International Social Challenges at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Berfu Ege Söbe’s expertise lies in global development issues, international & supranational organizations, rule of law, and youth empowerment. Previously, Söbe graduated from Robert College of Istanbul with the Social Sciences Award among several other awards. Söbe continues her academic life and career by taking part in research in political science and international organizations and participates in internship programs, currently working in global compliance and cybersecurity.

In addition to her academic career, Söbe is the Chairperson of the Erasmus Sustainability Hub (ESH), a local organization connecting students, scholars, and organizations to work together on sustainable development. Here, Söbe also founded the ESH Impact Incubator to support local social enterprises. Söbe was also invited as the only student board member of the administrative Erasmus University Liaison Network. In 2020, Söbe was selected as the representative of Turkey at the G(irls)20 Global Summit. In 2019, Berfu Ege Söbe became the first person from Turkey to receive the Princess Diana Award, an international award recognizing young leaders’ work in positive impact, for her contributions to youth engagement and education. Berfu Ege Söbe has an excellent command of English, German, Turkish, and French, as well as Turkish Sign Language.
Nisanur KEPÇELERDigital Transformation Delegate
Nisanur Kepceler, a full scholarship student at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, is pursuing a double major in International Relations and Law. She is also employed at the same university as a teaching assistant. Nisanur received two diplomas from Kartal Anadolu Imam Hatip High School in 2020. She studied the Turkish national curriculum as well as international curricula such as IGCSE and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) throughout her high school years. Nisanur has participated in numerous national debate tournaments and Model United Nations (MUN) conferences since high school. During her MUN career, she received multiple awards, including the best delegate award and the outstanding delegate award. Nisanur has also been an active member of the organizing committee of KAIHLMUN since 2016.
Nisanur enjoys getting to know people from various backgrounds. She volunteered as a tourist guide on the historical peninsula of Istanbul. She has been working as a guide and translator for filmmakers, producers, and actors from all over the world who come to the Turkish Red Crescent International Amity Short Film Festival every year since 2018. Nisanur also helps out at the Orphan Foundation as a volunteer. She assisted traumatized Syrian children as well as those going through the adaptation process. Linguistics, literature, history, art, and Istanbul are all areas of interest for Nisanur. She enjoys oil painting and is currently taking violin lessons. Nisanur speaks Turkish, English, Arabic, and Russian.

Applications are now open for the 2022 Y20 Indonesia Summit!

Would you like to direct global youth policies with the leaders of the future? You can be one of the four Turkish delegates who will represent Turkey at the Y20 Summit, which will take place in Indonesia between 7-24 July. 

The Y20, which is one of the official opening groups of the G20 – which brings together world leaders each year – is meeting in Jakarta and Bandung, Indonesia, in July this year. The Youth Commission for Diplomacy and Collaboration (YCDC) have kickstarted the selection process that is held each year with the aim of determining four successful delegates to represent the Republic of Turkey at the Y20 Summit. This stage has officially started as of today (04.01.2022).

What is the Y20?

The Y20 (Youth-20) is an international youth platform that officially operates under the G20 (Group-20) Summit. The Y20 Summit is held with the aim of laying the groundwork for the discussion of international issues by young leaders selected from G20 member countries, making policy recommendations to country leaders on issues concerning the youth, developing intercultural understandings and creating a global network among these young people. 

The delegation, which will represent Turkey at the most prestigious youth summit in the world, will conduct negotiations with delegates from other G20 countries, discuss proposals on youth policies and contribute to the communiqué prepared to be presented to world leaders at the end of the summit. 

The priority areas determined for the Y20 Indonesia Summit are as follows:

  1. Youth Employment
  2. Digital Transformation
  3. Sustainable and Liveable Planet
  4. Diversity and Inclusion

Candidates are required to be:

  • A citizen of the Republic of Turkey
  • Be between 18-30 years of age during the summit
  • Be fluent in English (speaking, writing and reading)
  • Commit to participate as a delegate to the meetings that will take place before, during and after the summit
  • Be confident in one of the four priority areas that have been determined by the Y20 hosting countries (listed above)

Please click for the application form.

Deadline for applications is 15 January 2022

Before applying, please review the issue note below, which includes the role of the Y20 initiative group, summit groups, discussion topics and summit calendar. 

Application Process

Applications for the Y20 Summit will be carried out as in previous years, as follows. If deemed necessary, additional documents and information may be requested from the candidates during the application period.

Our aim is to nominate 1 delegate for each Y20 Indonesia topic. For this reason, we recommend you to highlight at least one of the Y20 topics in your application form. 

Application Form

  • Before the application forms are evaluated, information that may reveal the identity of the candidate, such as name, surname, and date of birth will be removed. The evaluation process will be carried out by assigning an application number to each candidate.
  • Each section in the application form has an individual weight score. The evaluation committee will evaluate only the answers given during the pre-evaluation phase and give points.
  • Evaluations will be made out of a total of 100 points and candidates will be ranked according to the points given to the answers they have provided. 
  • The highest scoring candidates will be invited to the second evaluation stage.

Video Conference Interview

  • Candidates who are successful in the application form stage will be invited to an interview with the evaluation committee.
  • The interview (which will be held online) will be conducted in both English and Turkish. Interviews will measure the candidate’s proficiency in Y20 subjects, English level and representation skills.
  • At this stage, candidates will be evaluated according to various topics and scored according to their answers.
  • Candidates who are successful in making it to this stage will be provided with detailed information prior to their interview.
  • The ranking of candidates will be determined by summing up the evaluations made in this section and the scores obtained at the application form stage.
  • 4 primary and 4 back-up delegates will be selected for the summit

For questions about the Y20 Summit and application process, please email chair[@]ycdc.org.tr.

The email address projectycdc[@]gmail.com will also be used in communications with applicants during the evaluation process.

You can accept the application form as the most important step that will bring you one step closer to the Y20 Summit! Therefore, before you begin your application, you can look here for the most common mistakes made.

Y20 Indonesia Summit Host Organization IYD Website: https://www.indonesianyouthdiplomacy.org

Please click for the application form

Turkish Delegation for Y20 Italy Summit is Ready

The Republic of Turkey will be represented at the Y20 Italy Summit by Deniz Ünsal for sustainability, climate change and the environment, Enes Kemal KOŞAR for innovation, digitization and the future of work, İrem GÖL for inclusion.

Deniz ÜNSALSustainability, climate change and the environment
Deniz Unsal graduated from TED Ankara College Foundation Private High School and completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in 2015. He received his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Law and minor degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Ihsan Dogramaci Bilkent University in 2019. For the 2019-2020 academic year, Unsal was selected as a “Jean Monnet scholar” and his postgraduate studies were funded by the European Union (EU) under the framework of “Jean Monnet Scholarship Program”, which is coordinated by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Directorate for EU Affairs. Thereafter, he received his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in International and Comparative Law from Trinity College Dublin. During his studies, he actively participated in academic conferences held in Irish universities and joined the events organized by Turkish Embassy in Dublin and European Law Students’ Association. He was also elected as a LL.M. student representative at Trinity. He wrote his LL.M. dissertation in accordance with the EU Acquis Chapter 23: “Judiciary and Fundamental Rights” and focused on the free movement rights of Turkish citizens in the EU. Previously, he participated in internship programs in Turkish administrative and judicial bodies as well as think-tank organizations including the Council of State of the Republic of Turkey and Foreign Policy Institute.
In addition to his academic studies, Unsal is an op-ed contributor at Anadolu Agency. His opinion pieces and analyses are regularly published in Anadolu Agency’s English Analysis Section and he mostly writes on Turkey-EU relations, Eastern Mediterranean and contemporary debates in Turkish foreign policy. He has a special interest in the Late-Ottoman Era and Early Turkish Republican Period historical developments. Currently, Unsal lives in Ankara, Turkey and he is undertaking his legal internship at Ankara Bar Association.
Enes Kemal KOŞAR Innovation, digitization and the future of work
In 2020, by doing a double major, Enes Kemal Koşar has graduated from Istanbul Medipol University with honors degree in Political Science and International Relations and in English Language Teaching. As a research intern at Sabancı University Istanbul Policy Center (IPC), he has delivered work on policy briefs and book projects and has also prepared a report on France’s controversial anti-separatism law within the context of state ethics and role. In another internship at Education Reform Initiative (ERI), he has conducted two different field studies with a special focus on storytelling data. He has also taken place in a TUBITAK ARDEB 3501 project, being titled as ‘Turkey Scholarship Program and Its Soft Power Potential’, as a project researcher. His first scientific article was published in an international journal within the second year of his undergraduate education.
In addition to his academic studies, Enes took part in various non-governmental organizations and produced projects. During his professional debate journey, he has participated in many national and international tournaments and achieved degrees. During the same years, he has also served as a board member at Farabi Talks platform, which brings young entrepreneurs with international experiences. For nearly 3 years, he has been serving as a board member at Science Ambassadors Platform; in aiming to promote and spread the culture of science in Turkey within various summits and projects by introducing the work of Turkish scientists living abroad. By taking part in the planning Tomorrows Education Summit and the Turkish Airlines Science Ambassadors Summit, he has hosted academicians and government officials from different countries in Istanbul. At the same time, as the coordinator of MOR Science Magazine, he obtains a motivation to build an intellectual bridge by providing a common ground for science to reach different segments of the society. He still believes in his desire to turn the world into a more livable place.
İrem GÖL Inclusion
İrem Göl received her Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University with high honours. During her studies, she took an undergraduate course at the London School of Economics & Political Science on international journalism. Afterwards, she was awarded her LLM Degree in International Law from the University of Edinburgh. She has experience in working with diplomatic affairs since she worked in foreign embassies based in Ankara. In addition to that, she completed several internships such as the Winter School Program of the Strategic Research Centre at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry for European Union Affairs (later incorporated into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Directorate for Political Affairs. She developed her interest in international asylum law while she was doing her internship in the International Organisation for Migration in Ankara. During her studies in Edinburgh, she represented the University of Edinburgh Law School together with her team in the UK rounds of the Jessup Moot Court Competition. Furthermore, she participated in many volunteering organisations actively, in the UK, Germany, Spain and Turkey in many different areas such as environment, refugee rights, discrimination and human rights. Also, she has experience in journalism, and she has published opinion columns in various online and printed newspapers in Turkish, English, and Spanish. Currently, she works in the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants in Ankara as a project assistant where she continues to work especially in the social cohesion of the refugee community residing in Turkey. In addition to her excellent command of Turkish, English, and Spanish, she has an intermediate level of French.

Y20 Italy 2021 Applications are now Open!

Would you like to direct the future of global youth policies? If so, you can be one of the three delegates to represent Turkey at the Y20 Summit in Italy in 2021!

The Youth Engagement Group of the G20, known as the Y20, will take place in Italy’s Milan this year. As the YCDC, we have officially begun the application process for the Summit, seeking to find three young people to represent the Republic of Turkey at the Summit.

What is Y20?
The Youth 20 (Y20) is an internationally recognized Summit that takes place as an official subengagement groups of the Group 20 (G20). Young leaders from G20 countries come together every year and debate policies that affect young people across the world. The Summit is designed to provide a platform for young people where they can debate and lead the direction of policies, develop a cultural understanding and a global network.

Y20 Italy 2021 Applications are now Open!

Applications are now open to represent Turkey at the world’s most prestigious youth Summit. The
selected delegates will discuss youth policy proposals, take part in various debates and contribute to
the Communique that will be delivered to G20 leaders.
The main themes determined by the Y20 host Italy are as follows:

  • Innovation, Future of Work and Digitalization
  • Inclusion
  • Sustainability, Climate Change and Environment
  • In Order to Apply:
  • You must be a Turkish citizen
  • Be between the age of 18 and 30 during the time of the Summit
  • Be fluent in English (writing, speaking and reading)
  • Agree to take part in extra discussion sessions before and after the Summit

Apply here!

Applications for Y20 Saudi Arabia Summit are open!

Would you like to represent Turkey in one of the most prestigious youth summits in the world? Apply now to be a delegate to the Y20 Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia October 10-18!

Working meetings will take place in New York April1-2; Paris June 11-12; and the third is TBD but prior to the summit.
The delegate will represent Turkey and the Turkish youth on the key themes highlighted below. The delegates will work together to form the final set of policies, known as the “Communique,” which is then delivered to the heads of state as policy recommendations.
Delegates are required to complete the online training program and participate in the online discussions and negotiations. Delegates are also to attend 3 working meetings prior to the summit as well as the summit itself.
The themes for this year’s summit are:

  1. Future Fit: Ready to keep up with and overtake the challenges of the future.
    a. Future Skills
    b. Future of Work
    c. Entrepreneurship
  2. Youth Empowerment: Agile, dynamic, leaders in a changing world.
    a. Decision Making Inclusion
    b. Leadership Development
  3. Global Citizens: Proactive, culturally sensitive problem solvers.
    a. Multiculturalism
    b. Sustainable Development

Age: 20 to 35yrs
Language: Fluent in English (speaking, reading, and writing)
Time: Able to and committed to participating in the online negotiations and all in person meetings

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Click here if you can not see the application form.

Aysegul Gurbuz and Yagmur Bayindir selected to represent Turkey at Y20 Summit in Argentina

The Republic of Turkey will be represented at the Y20 Argentina Summit in Córdoba on August 13-19 by Ayşegül Gürbüz as the academic delegate and Yağmur Bayındır as the social leader delegate.

Ayşegül Gürbüz

IMG_0604 (1)She received her BA in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick in 2016. She continued her graduate education at Bogazici University, where she received her MA in International Relations: Turkey, Europe and the Middle East in 2017, with a project titled ‘Intended and Unintended Consequences of Policy Making: The Case of the UK’s Prevent Strategy.’ Prior to her academic studies, during the summer of 2013, Aysegul worked with her local Member of Parliament and conducted a research project for Victim Support, which is a charity organization that seeks to provide assistance to defendants during their court procedures. The major concern of this project was to research the barriers that were preventing ethnic minorities from taking advantage of the services that Victim Support provides. The report drew attention to inter-sectionality and to the lack of understanding minorities’ experiences in the UK. Aysegul also attended the International Association for Political Science Students winter school in 2015, which was held at Sakarya University’s Middle East Institute. During the same year, she attended the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs Center for Strategic Research summer school. Currently, Aysegul is working at the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA).

Yağmur Bayındır

IMG_0605 (1)She graduated from Antalya Science University with a BA in Political Science and International Relations and she is currently pursuing MA in International Relations at Bilkent University. In order to expand her interest in international relations she attended many events such as Youth Ministerial Meetings organized by Youth Atlantic Treaty Association in cooperation with Turkish Youth Atlantic Treaty Association, Summer School at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Strategic Research Center, and Jean Monnet Summer Module on European Union and Security in the Wider Neighborhood.

Bayındır who did her internships at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Strategic Research Center in 2016 and at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, the University of Amsterdam in 2017, besides her assistantship tasks, continues to work as an intern at the International Coach Federation (ICF) Project Committee. She has gained a great deal of experience through those works on educational programs, project management, foreign policy analysis, and content analysis. While dedicated to her academic studies, she improved her leadership and management skills through being representative and volunteering activities at various organizations such as Turkish Women’s International Network, Social Entrepreneur Young Leaders Academy, and Women Entrepreneurs Association.

While carrying out the responsibilities of being the board member at aktiF-İz Youth Community (AGT) since 2014 and Executive Committee member at the Social Responsibility Projects Congress which is organized by AGT each year, Yağmur Bayındır also represents AGT within the Youth Organizations Forum which is an umbrella organization for youth NGOs in Turkey. She implemented and attended many projects such as youth exchanges and training courses funded by the EU. She is interested in social entrepreneurship, social responsibility, democracy, youth inclusion, youth unemployment, and European Union. She also visited many countries such as Jordan, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Netherlands, France, Germany, and Romania.