Become A Volunteer
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Executive Board

Enes Efendioğlu


TURKEY - President -

Enes is a Medical Doctor from Turkey with a main focus in public health, specifically in the field of adolescent and youth health.

He is the founder of the Civil Life Association, a national youth-led NGO from Turkey with a consultative status to the UN.

He is a board member of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health of the World Health Organization and the vice president of the International Youth Health Organization (YHO).

In 2019 he was selected by the Forbes Magazine as a member of the "30 Under 30", which brings the most successful and young leaders globally together.

He enjoys making new ideas alive, working in international groups and calls himself a ’Doer.’

Hakan Ekinci


TURKEY - Secretary General -

Hakan is a social worker, who specifically conducts studies related to the inclusion of immigrant groups.

He is the president of the Civil Life Association, a national youth-led NGO from Turkey with a consultative status at the UN.

Hakan enjoys working with youth groups and motivates young people to participate in various volunteering projects.



FRANCE - Director of Internal Affairs -

Serap is an undergraduate student of Political Science at the University of Lyon. Additionally, she conducts academic research, and is interested in youth participation in politics.

She is actively involved in several volunteering projects and identifies herself as a youth worker. Serap aims to contribute to young individuals’ decision-making processes and encourage them to be more active in leadership positions.

Serap believes that with the right support, young people possess the energy needed to contribute to civil society.

Abdulbaki DEMİR

Abdulbaki DEMİR

FRANCE - Director of External Affairs -

Abdulbaki lives in Strasbourg, France. He has a master's degree in history and is a specialist in Franco-Ottoman diplomatic relations.

He loves hiking, travelling and taking pictures. This way he can share his experiences while discovering new places and cultures. He works in the National and University Library in Strasbourg. He created an institute to spread the French language and culture.

He encourages young people to join associations in order to be more decisive in social issues.

Muhammet Ali YAZGAN

Muhammet Ali YAZGAN

GERMANY - Projects Director -

Muhammet Ali graduated from the Faculty of Law and works as a legal practitioner in Cologne, Germany. He also carries out Human Rights and International Law studies.

Muhammet Ali, who has been volunteering for many years, has been involved in many projects and has written an educational module in the field of “Active Citizenship”.

He believes that the role of young people in the field of civil society is great, and that young people will develop and discover themselves together with the YSA.

Samet Mehmet ŞAHAN

Samet Mehmet ŞAHAN

GERMANY - Director of Employment & Entrepreneurship Working Group -

Mehmet is a Digital Marketing Specialist, Data & Tech Enthusiast and self-labeled part-time Entrepreneur.

Completing his cooperative study program in the healthcare sector with a bachelor's degree in Business Informatics, he started out working in Digital Marketing gaining a deep understanding of market mechanisms and the art of marketing, while continuing his master studies part-time, specializing in Big Data & Business Analytics.

He is always in the lookout for new and exciting challenges and growth opportunities. He loves traveling, exploring new cultures and learning about the history of the places he visits.

In his position at YSA, Mehmet aims to spark the interest of the youth in entrepreneurship & founding, provide young people with opportunities to develop their entrepreneurial skills and build up a network.

Sinem ASAN

Sinem ASAN

FRANCE - Director of Environment and Sustainability Working Group -

Sinem Asan was born and raised in Paris, France. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Health, Safety and Environmental Management at the Sorbonne Paris Nord University and is doing an internship at Engie.

Sinem, who is interested in the fields of environment and sustainability, has completed YSA's first term fellowship programme in this field. She aims to share her knowledge in the fields of environment and sustainability with young people and in this way, to do good works with young people.



TURKEY - Director of Youth Health Working Group -

Elife is a Dietician Nutritionist and future Project Manager in Public Health. She carried out many interventions for health promotion and disease prevention and is particularly interested in social inequalities in health.

Elife has a passion for discovery and is eager to learn more. She wants to carry out creative and innovative projects to reduce social inequalities.



TURKEY - Director of Training -

Hale is a social worker with a special focus on youth and groups. She is currently looking at understanding and contributing to youth welfare as part of her work in civil society.

She has volunteered in several projects, and taken an executive role in projects such as “Görev Bende”- focusing on addiction, and “Çekirdek Eğitim Programı”- a programme seeking to further youth involvement in civil society.

Hale is a firm advocate of the power of civil society, and youth’s activist spirit, and believes that this is what will enable social engagement and integration.



FRANCE - Director of Legal Affairs -

Hatice has been graduated in Law in her native city at the University of Strasbourg. In 2022, she plans to study a Master in international Law.

She tooks part as a volunteer in the projects about education of different associations. She attended the first semester of the fellowship program of YSA. Her goal is to reinforce the young people’s knowledge of Law



FRANCE - Member of Supervising Council -

Yavuz graduated from Faculty of Medicine at Tours University. He works as an assistant doctor in the branch of General Medicine.

In addition to his medical experience, he has gained different experiences by working in different non-governmental organizations for many years. He gives particular importance to the fields of youth and education.

He gives great importance to youth projects and wants to contribute to the sustainable development of young people by taking an active role in different organizations.



FRANCE - Member of Supervising Council -

Sebahat works as a financial advisor and payroll specialist in an accounting office, after completing her master's degree in Lyon.

In addition to his professional life, he has gained different experiences in civil societies and participating in local elections.

She believes in the importance of working with young people and wishes to contribute to the personal development of young people by carrying out strong activities in civil societies.

Fatma Betül UYSAL

Fatma Betül UYSAL

UNITED KINGDOM - Member of Supervising Council -

Betül is a senior student at Istanbul University Faculty of Law and lives in London. After completing her law education in Turkey, she wants to become a solicitor in the UK.

She has been an active volunteer in many non-governmental organisations and associations throughout her education life. She is interested in human rights law, children’s law and entrepreneurship.

She enjoys working with people from different cultures and wants to carry out projects that will benefit people, especially young generations.