Duygu Cecen Yaygir, 2012, Turkey

 How I plan to use my experience at Fletcher to make a difference in the world: After Fletcher, I will be responsible for all the aspects of trade relations between Turkey and the European Union. Within a couple of years, I will be appointed as commercial counselor to one of the Turkish Embassies worldwide and represent my country by executing bilateral trade relations. I truly believe that the program at The Fletcher School will enhance my personal and professional development and provide me with the tools to fulfill my global duties as a public servant for the ultimate benefit of my country and the world.

How Fletcher has broadened my global perspective: Fletcher has broadened my perspective by introducing me to people from all over the world who have different ideas and values than I do.  Hearing the perspective of someone who was born and raised in a certain country is more significant than spending a lot of time studying or living in that country. I enjoy learning from their unique perspectives and accomplishing tasks with them despite differing views and personalities.

Favorite book:
Araf - The Saint of Incipient Insanities

Favorite author:
Elif Shafak

Favorite movie:
Revolutionary Road

Favorite landmark/site:
Petra, Jordan

Most pressing world issue:
Climate change

Fields of Study

  • International Environment and Resource Policy
  • International Political Economy

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Med Club
  • European Affairs Society

Education before Fletcher

  • BSc, International Relations, Ankara University- Faculty of Political Sciences-Mülkiye

Experience before Fletcher

  • Undersecretariat of the Prime Ministry for Foreign Trade- DG for European Union Affairs, Foreign Trade Specialist - Turkey
  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Trainee - Turkey
  • Oyak-Renault Automobile Company- Department of International Trade Operations, Trainee - Turkey


  • Turkish
  • French
  • English