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Our Team


Dr. Ronald Meinardus

Head of Turkey Office

Gülçin Sinav

Project Coordinator

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

Project Coordinator

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.

Esra Evyurt

Finance Administrator

Esra Evyurt holds her bachelor’s degree in Translation and Interpretation from Mersin University, Turkey. During her University time, she spent one semester in Würzburg, Germany, as part of the Erasmus+ program. After her graduation, she participated in a one-year professional German language program at the Julius-Maximilians University in Würzburg. She completed a one-year Policy studies program at the Robert Bosch Foundation. Intergovernmental relations within the EU, political connections and international cooperation constituted the main themes of her studies. Moreover, she has completed studies in the field of Pedagogy at the Akdeniz University.
She worked for the FX Group Companies in Ankara as a Project Manager and Office Manager. Besides, she worked for the LED Display company Artixium in Istanbul as Senior Project and Office Manager. Since 2019, she is a part of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation Turkey.
She is fluent in German and English.