• Mr. Korkut Yavuz

Mr. Korkut Yavuz

Director for Turkey and the Middle East


Korkut has a BA Degree in International Relations from Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences (Mekteb-i Mülkiye) and an MA Degree in International Relations from Yale University. He started his career at the Ministry of Trade and and has previously worked as an Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. 

With almost 15 years of experience in government services he has planned, formalised and implemented large scale EU-funded technical assistance projects in partnership with civil society. His areas of expertise include agricultural trade, import/export controls, quality infrastructure and regulatory affairs. Korkut has experience in various roles in the implementation of donor-funded projects, including contactor, consultant, multi-lateral partner, beneficiary and task manager; he has a broad perspective and understanding of project management, building partnerships, inter-institutional cooperation, bureaucratic workflows and financial accountability. He is fluent in Turkish, English and Russian.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

My spare time goes into preparing to become a father at the moment. I have a wide taste in music and enjoy everything that sounds good, whether classic, pop, rock, or metal. I’m a fan of fantasy novels, particularly, R.A. Salvatore, Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman, Tolkien, Robert Jordan, etc. I partake in several social communities. 

What is your favourite country you have visited?

I enjoyed every country I visited – there is somewhere worth visiting in every country, but the countries I felt most at home were the U.S. and Germany (Berlin). 

Who inspires you the most?

Leaders such as Atatürk, Churchill and Obama, as well as serious philanthropists. 

How do you deal with stressful situations?

I meditate, take time off with wife and family, create some me-time to binge watch series and play computer games. In overwhelmingly stressful situations I believe it’s a good idea to seek help from a doctor. 

If you could witness one moment in history what would it be?

I’m a fan of Atatürk. I would have loved to witness 28 October 1923, the day prior to the declaration of the Republic of Turkey, at the table where he says “[Sirs], tomorrow we declare the Republic!”. It’s highly symbolic because this changed the Ottoman empire into a republic and paved the way to many liberties for the Turkish people.