Kader Sevinç is currently:

► elected member of the second largest European political party, the PES (Party of European socialists & democrats) Presidency Council

► member of the ‘Progressive Alliance’ Steering Committee

► the EU representative in Brussels of the CHP, Turkish social democratic and main opposition party

► recognized by the Diplomatic Courier magazine and the YPFP in Washington DC among the most influential young (Top 99 Under 33) foreign policy leaders in the world.

► non-resident fellow of the SAIS – Center for Transatlantic Relations (Johns Hopkins University – Washington DC)

►  advocate and  initiator of the Smart Democracy & Smart Citizenship or Democracy 4.0 workshops, a suggested model for democracy, politics and citizenship in the 21st century

► founder and manager of the Brussels-based debate club, the Turkish Coffee Briefings

► leader of the educational initiative, the Sinif-1B

► poet, member of the Brussels Poetry Collective of Passaporta and Siirden poetry magazine’s editorial board


Education and professional life

Kader Sevinç is an honors graduate from and completed Jean Monnet European Integration Program (2005) in the Akdeniz University Antalya Turkey, pursued “business communication” training at the Harvard University and obtained her MA in International Relations from CERIS/Paris XI University with “grande distinction” (Thesis: Theories of International Negotiation, European Union’s Enlargement and the Turkish Case”).

As a Visiting Fellow at Center for Transatlantic Relations/SAIS-Johns Hopkins University in 2012, Sevinç worked on the Transatlantic Relations and their implications on Turkey. She is currently a non-resident Transatlantic fellow of the CTR / SAIS.

Kader Sevinç is a regular commentator on Turkey-EU, future of Europe, Transatlantic relations and renovation of politics in international and Turkish media such as BBC, Euronews, European Parliament TV, Deutche Welle, Belgian VTR, L’Echo, International Herald Tribune – Dünya, CNNTurk, Halk TV, Habertürk TV. She has written commentaries and columns for Yurt, Dünya, Radikal and Hürriyet dailies and made live daily EU news comments to “Business Channel” television.

She previously worked as researcher in the Akdeniz University’s EU research center, as manager in the private sector and as political advisor from 2005 to 2008 in the European Parliament in Brussels. In 2008 she was appointed as the CHP Representative to the EU and in 2010 she was elected as a PES Presidency Council member (Party of European socialists & democrats). She is also steering committee member of the Progressive Alliance, the platform for the progressive parties all around the world.

Kader Sevinç is a frequent speaker in international policy circles with experience at the European Commission, European Parliament, United Nations – New York, College of Europe Bruges and Natolin, Boston University, University of Maryland and various European think-tanks, such as European Policy Center, Henrich Böll Foundation – Europe, Frederich Ebert Foundation Europe.


Selected publications, conference papers and interviews in English:

Foreign Policy Challenges in the 21st Century” , Diplomatic Courier

“How to negotiate with the EU? Theories and Practice”, Turkish Policy Quarterly

“Europe and Turkey: In search of a new world”, Euractiv

“A Better Europe”, New Europe

Lykian Union: The Roots of the European Union in Anatolia , Mediterranean University EU Research Center

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung – Europe : New Dynamics for EU-Turkey Relations

Turkey, Europe, Democracy and Transatlantic Relations, University of Maryland

“Turkey’s EU Membership Process: Short Term Problems and Long Term Perspectives”, Insight Turkey

Cultural Diplomacy and Turkish Coffee Briefings in Brussels, Al Arabiya

“Saving Turkey-EU relations more important now than ever”, Independent – Research Turkey

“Run-up to Swedish EU Presidency Turkey-EU Blame Game”, CafeBabel

Turkish foreign policy in a changing global order”, Strategic Outlook

“EU and Turkey: In the name of wisdom and vision”, FEPS Progressive Observatory

“Gender equality and the EU’s transformational power in Turkey” , Euractiv

The refugee crisis is just a by-product of the West’s out-dated 20th century instincts , Vocal International

Women rights and social democracy in Turkey , Social Europe

“Turkey’s EU bid faces opportunities and challenges”, SETimes

Gender equality in Turkey: Progressive policy proposals , Hurriyet Daily News

Cyprus crisis: A valid test for the EU Nobel Peace Prize?

“Croatia’s EU negotiation model is an opportunity for Turkey” , Slobodna Dalmacija

The EU and Turkish Women: What Do the Numbers Say? What Does the EU Do? , Reflections Turkey

2010 Constitutional Referendum and Turkish Democracy

Video interview on the state of Europe, Brexit, EU-Turkey relations, Smart Democracy & Smart Citizenship

Video interview Deutsche Welle – Sevinç kämpfen für EU-Beitritt der Türkei / Sevinc fights for Turkey’s EU accession

Video interview Belgian Vrt: Working for Turkey in Europe

Chapter Contribution: “Turkish Foreign Policy in the New Millennium”, edited by Hüseyin Isıksal and Ozan Örmeci, Peter Lang Publishing