Programs Coordinator

Cagatay Ozdemir

Halil Ibrahim Cagatay Ozdemir is a master's student at Center for Euroasian, Russian and Eastern European Studies at Georgetown University. He is a graduate of double major program in Political Science and International Relations with Economics from Boğaziçi University, İstanbul, Turkey. Along with his academic life, he served as the elected president of Boğaziçi University Student Council for two consecutive terms. He co-founded University Media Association and co-executed Turkish-Armenian Student Initiative (Ararat Initiative), a partnership between the Student Council of Turkey and Armenian National Student Association for 6 months.

For his achievements during his studies and term as the president of the Student Council, he was given Boğaziçi University Rector's Office Special Award and Faculty of Economics Special Award in 2015. He co-founded and co-chaired a policy-oriented youth/young professional network in the MENA region, Co-opinion that works in collaboration with World Bank Mena Office. He worked for UNDP İstanbul Regional Office for a while.

Programs Coordinators (Past)

Uğur Altundal

Uğur Altundal joined the Institute of Turkish Studies as the Programs Coordinator in February 2014. He currently is an M.A. candidate in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. Ugur is also one of the editors of the Journal of Democracy and Society which is biannually published by the Center for Democracy and Civil Society (CDACS). He has a B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration, and a B.A. in Philosophy as a double major from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Prior to coming Georgetown University, Ugur worked as a research assistant at Gazi University's Public Administration department for two years in Ankara, Turkey.
Omer Zarpli

Omer Zarpli joined the Institute of Turkish Studies in August 2012. He is currently an M.A. candidate at Georgetown University's Department of Government where he focuses on international law and security. He holds a B.S. in International Affairs (summa cum laude) from the Middle East Technical University and Binghamton University. Prior to joining ITS, Zarpli interned at the Middle East Institute's Center for Turkish Studies in Washington, DC.
Jessica Sims

Jessica Sims joined the Institute of Turkish Studies as the Program Coordinator in January 2012. She currently is a M.A. candidate in Georgetown University's Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES). Sims received her B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University in 2009, and has also studied at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and Bosphorus University in İstanbul, Turkey. Prior to joining ITS, Sims interned at the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Turkey Project, and is currently interning at the Century Foundation.
  • "Iraq on the Brink" - Opinion Piece by Ms. Sims and Ambassador Abramowitz published in The National Interest, February 14, 2012