Dr. Mine Yildiz, Coordinator Middle East, BDA-VUB
Mine Yildiz holds a doctorate in political science (Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey). Having grown up in the Western part of Anatolia in a family of trade union leaders, she became the first woman of her family entering a university.
She studied 1990-1992 sociology at the Cumhuriyet University in Sivas and moved to the more renowned Hacettepe University, where 1994 she obtained her Bachelor. As she discovered that politics is her passion, she changed 1995 to Gazi University for a Master in Public Administration, Political and Social Sciences while continuing 1995-1997 as research assistant at the Cumhuriyet University as well as from 1997 as assistant in the Turkish Parliament. After a master in 2001, she started her PhD and continued for eighteen years as assistant for (altogether eight different) Members of Parliament of Turkish Social Democratic Parties (DSP, CHP).
To have a broader political outreach, she started to write newspaper articles (BirGün, Brusselstimes, Cumhuriyet, europa.blog, Haber Sol, İleri Haber, Mülkiye Haber). In 2009, she obtained her PhD (Comparative analysis of parliament assistants in the Turkish Parliament, Türkiye’de Yasama İşlevi Açısından Milletvekili Danışmanlığı).
2013-2014, she taught at the Ankara Başkent University in the department of Political Sciences and International Relations (Communication and Politics). 2016, she moved with her daughter to Belgium: Visiting Researcher at the IES of the VUB and since 2019 Associate Researcher (focusing on the influence and impact of Turkey on immigrant-origin Members of Parliament in EU countries). 2020-now Middle East Coordinator, Brussels Diplomatic Academy (BDA), VUB.
She was one of eight recipients of the “European International Women’s Leadership Award” which was handed over in the European Parliament in 2019.