Based in Istanbul, I am back to a region dear to me where I have spent many years of my life. Brought up in Egypt and Greece by globetrotting parents, I have followed their paradigm. After studies at Hamburg University which culminated in the authorship of some 600 pages on Greece’s foreign policy vis-à-vis Turkey, I started my professional career in journalism at Germany’s international broadcaster – first as economics’ producer, later as Head of Deutsche Welle’s legendary Greek radio program. From journalism, which due to a passion for writing I have pursued throughout, good fortune took me to Germany’s liberal political Foundation and assignments in Athens, Seoul, Manila, Cairo, New Delhi and now Turkey.
Many have been the highlights of this fascinating Odyssey. I have recorded some of my political and other takeaways in analytical articles and commentary as we went along. Beyond these ephemeral observations, I have learned to appreciate the importance of accepting “the other” and the diversity of our world with an open-mind. I feel privileged to be associated with many outstanding individuals and organizations in many parts of the world. As a facilitator, analyst and consultant politics, political communications and strategic planning have been and continue to be the focus. Never a one-sided process I have learned as much as I hope I could convey to clients and partners.
I earned my Ph.D. from Hamburg University and had a short exposure to high-end academia at Germany’s prestigious Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung. This came in handy during my years in South Korea where I taught local government as Adjunct Professor at Hanyang University. Before moving on, my Korean Alma Mater awarded me a Honorary Doctorate in Political Science.