Dr. Hans-Georg Fleck
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.
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.
Elif Güney holds her bachelor’s degree in Political Science & International Relations from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. For one year, she served as the representative of Bogazici University at the Association of International Relations Studies for Turkey (IRST). Also, she contributed to the foundation of the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the IRST. During her sophomore and junior years, she was the member and director of Bogazici University Center for European Studies Student Forum, under the aegis of Center for European Studies, the first Jean Monnet Center of Excellence in Turkey. As a senior student, she spent one semester in Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain as part of Erasmus+ program. Before joining the Friedrich Naumann team, she facilitated the establishment of a youth NGO, namely Co-Opinion which is the youth network to address the problems of youth in the Middle East and North Africa. She had a privilege to work as a trainee in different institutions including the Istanbul Policy Center and the United Nations Development Programme. She is currently working for Friedrich Naumann Foundation as Program Officer and studying for a master degree on energy and sustainable development. She is fluent in English, she knows intermediate level Spanish.
Born in 1994, Laura graduated in International Relations at the Technical University of Dresden in 2017. In 2019, she received her Master’s degree in the field of International Political Economy at Bilgi University in Istanbul. She focused her research mainly on labour market integration of refugees. During the full time of her studies, she was a fellow of the German foundation „Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes“.
Before her studies, Laura worked in a civil society organization during a voluntary service in Lebanon from 2012 until 2013, which was supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Afterwards, she has been a trainee in a private sector company in France from 2013 until 2014 and kept working for that company from home office during her studies. She has also been a trainee of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Istanbul as well as the German-Arab Friendship Association in Berlin. Since September 2019, she is working as project assistant at Friedrich Naumann Foundation’s Turkey Office.