Invited Speakers

Professor Ilan Pappé
Professor of History, Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies

BA (Hebrew University), PhD (Oxon)

Professor Pappé obtained his BA degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1979 and the D.Phil from the University of Oxford in 1984. He founded and directed the Academic Institute for Peace in Givat Haviva, Israel between 1992 to 2000 and was the Chair of the Emil Tuma Institute for Palestine Studies in Haifa between 2000 and 2006.

Professor Pappé was a senior lecturer in the department of Middle Eastern History and the Department of Political Science in Haifa University, Israel between 1984 and 2006. He was appointed as chair in the department of History in the Cornwall Campus, 2007-2009 and became a fellow of the IAIS in 2010.

His research focuses on the modern Middle East and in particular the history of Israel and Palestine. He has also written on multiculturalism, Critical Discourse Analysis and on Power and Knowledge in general.

Abzal Saparbekuly
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Republic of Turkey

Ambassador Saparbekuly graduated from the International Relations Department at the Middle East Technical University in 1999. At the following year he entered the Bilateral Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. In 2003, Mr. Saparbekuly, an Attaché of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was seconded to the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Turkey. Serving at the embassy until 2008, he worked his way up to the positions of Third Sectary and later Second Secretary.

Between 2008 – 2011, Mr. Saparbekuly continued his work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Councellor at the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the United Nations office in Geneva. In the period from 2004 to January 2006, Mr. Saparbekuly served as a Project Director at the Secretariat of the Turkic Council. 

Mr. Saparbekuly was appointed as a Deputy Secretary General of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (Turkic Council) by the decision of the Presidents of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey at the Fourth Summit of the Turkic Council held on 5 June 2014. 

On 5 April 2017, by a decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Abzal Saparbekuly was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Republic of Turkey.


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