Dr. Tuğba Tanyeri-Erdemir

Deputy Director, Center for Science and Society | Ankara, Turkey Dr. Tuğba Tanyeri-Erdemir, in addition to being deputy director of the Center for Science and Society, also is a lecturer in the graduate program in Architectural History at Middle East Technical University, Ankara.  She received her doctorate in archaeology from Boston University and her bachelor […]

Christopher Stratakis, Esq.

Legal Counselor, Order St. Andrew | New York, New York A native of Chios, Greece, Christopher Stratakis is a graduate of Drexel University (B.S., 1951) and the New York University School of Law (J.D., 1955). He is a senior partner of Poles, Tublin, Stratakis & Gonzalez, LLP, a law firm he joined in 1960. He […]

Dr. Murat Somer

Associate Professor of International Relations, Koc University | Istanbul, Turkey Murat Somer is senior visiting scholar at the Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies and associate professor of international relations (comparative politics and Turkish politics) at Koç in Istanbul. Dr. Somer’s research on democratization, political moderation, religious and secular politics, ethnic conflicts, political Islam, and […]

Dr. Nikolaus Schneider

Chairman, Council of the Evangelical Church of Germany | Hanover, Germany Dr. Schneider has been the chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) since 2010. After studying theology in Wuppertal, Gottingen, and Munster, Schneider served as a parish pastor, diaconal pastor, church district superintendent, and as head of personnel and Vice […]

Mehmet Paçacı, Ph.D.

Director General of the International Affairs for the Presidency of Religious Affairs, Republic of Turkey | Ankara, Turkey Mehmet Paçacı, Ph.D., is director general of International Affairs for the Presidency of Religious Affairs, Republic of Turkey.  Previously he served as a consular for Religious and Social Affairs for the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C. Dr. […]

Ergun Ozbudun, Ph.D.

Professor of Constitutional Law, Bilkent University | Istanbul, Turkey Dr. Özbudun is currently a professor of constitutional law and political science at Istanbul Şehir University. Previously, he taught at many universities, including Columbia and Princeton. He is also a member of the Venice Commission on the Council of Europe. His most recent English language book […]

Pastor Ihsan Ozbek

Ankara Kurtulus Church and Association of Protestant Churches | Ankara, Turkey Ihsan Ozbek was born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1963 to a nominal Muslim family. In 1982 he became a Christian and in 1992 he started to serve as an elder in the evangelical church in Ankara and in 1996 became the pastor. He served […]

Ilber Ortayli

Professor of History, Galatasarary University and Bilkent University | Istanbul, Turkey Ilber Ortayli is a leading Turkish historian, professor of history at the University of Galatasaray in Istanbul and at Bilkent University in Ankara. Since 2005 he has been the head of the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul. Born in  1947, he  attended elementary school and […]

Rinaldo Marmara

Historian | Caritas, Turkey Rinaldo Marmara is a historian specialized in the history of Latin Catholic community in Turkey. He has several books and articles about the history of the Latin community covering the Byzantine, Ottoman, and Turkish Republican period. Marmara is the spokesperson of the Episcopal Conference of Turkey and he was granted Chevalier […]

Ioannis Ktistakis

Assistant professor of International Law, Bogazici University and Democritus University | Istanbul, Turkey Legal advisor of Ecumenical Patriarchate Mr. Ktistakis is assistant professor of Human Rights Law in Bogazici University of Istanbul, Turkey, and Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. He is the legal adviser to the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He is a lawyer-senior [partner in Ktistakis […]