Kader Sevinc - Smart Democracy & Smart Citizenship

About Citizen K

Social entrepreneur, award-winning foreign policy leader, political activist and socially engaged artist


She is currently:

► founder and president of Democracy 4.0 ( aka the Smart Democracy & Smart Citizenship or Democracy 4.0 , a tech-intense, citizen-centric 21st century model for democracy, politics and citizenship. AI and its new forms of application such as emotionally intelligent AI are within her scope.





► elected board member of the second largest pan-European political party represented in the European Parliament, (PES) Presidency Council

► member of the ‘Progressive Alliance’ Steering Committee




► recognized by the Diplomatic Courier magazine and the YPFP in Washington DC among the most influential young foreign policy leaders in the world.

► founder and manager of the Brussels-based cultural diplomacy platform


► the EU representative in Brussels of the CHP



► a non-resident Transatlantic fellow of the SAIS (Johns Hopkins University – Washington DC)




► leader of the educational initiative, the Sinif-1B


► poet, member of the Brussels Poetry Collective of Passaporta and Siirden poetry magazine’s editorial board










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To watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuqTHo6YvEs

Interview for the German TV channel DW:

“Kader Sevinc’s dream of a better Europe”


Kader Sevinç's "Smart Democracy & Smart Citizenship" workshps with millennial generation citizens
Kader Sevinç’s “Smart Democracy & Smart Citizenship” workshops with millennial generation citizens

Kader Sevinç is an honors graduate from the Akdeniz University, completed Jean Monnet European Integration Program (2005), pursued “business communication” training at the Harvard University and obtained her MA in International Relations from CERIS/Paris XI University with “grande distinction” (Thesis: Theories of International Negotiation, European Union’s Enlargement and the Turkish Case”). As a Visiting Fellow at Center for Transatlantic Relations/SAIS-Johns Hopkins University in 2012, Sevinç worked on the Transatlantic Relations and their implications on Turkey. She is currently a non-resident Transatlantic fellow of the CTR/ SAIS.

She previously worked as researcher in the Akdeniz University’s EU research center, as manager in the private sector and as political advisor from 2005 to 2008 in the European Parliament in Brussels. In 2008 she was appointed as the CHP Representative to the EU and in 2010 she was elected as a PES Presidency Council member (Party of European socialists & democrats). She is also steering committee member of the Progressive Alliance, the platform for the progressive parties all around the world.

Smart Democracy & Smart Citizenship


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She was awarded by the Turkish Industry and Business Association for her entrepreneurship project, by the European Commission for her project entitled “Turkey’s transformation and human capital in the EU accession process” and by Young Tourism Leaders for her contribution to Turkey’s image abroad. In 2013 Kader Sevinç was recognized by the Diplomatic Courier magazine and the YPFP in Washington DC among the most influential young foreign policy leaders in the world.

Video KS activities

Kader Sevinç served as vice-president of TOSED (Turkish Business Association-Brussels), member of the EU advisory board of Kagider (Women Entrepreneurs Association). Ms Sevinç is currently a European board member of the environmental NGO TEMA, member of Ka-Der (Association to Support the Women in Politics) and EU adviser for Forum Istanbul.

Click to watch: bit.ly/ZfRcYY

To watch: bit.ly/ZfRcYY

Belgian tv Vrt: “Kader Sevinc is an inspirational role model”


She is a co-author of the political poetry book “The European Constitution in Verse” (2009, Brussels) and played in the theater show of “100% Brussels” within the framework of Belgium’s largest theater festival.

Her poetry book “Kırık Ülke” (Broken Country) was published and her bi-lingual jazz/poetry album “River-long Loneliness” was released in 2014.



In 2015 she was invited to contribute to an artistic project on the city and art by Brussels Fine Arts Center – BOZAR and Goethe Institute. Her poem originally written in English about the EU district of Brussels was exhibited in BOZAR. The poem was translated in to Dutch by leading Belgian literature magazine DW B and published in “Atlas Brussel”, a literary guide for Brussels. She also contributed to the collective books “Turkish Foreign Policy in the New Millennium”, “Women Voices”, “Turkish Poetry by Women Poets” published between 2015-2017.

Selected publications, conference papers and interviews in English:

Foreign Policy Challenges in the 21st Century” , Diplomatic Courier

“How to negotiate with the EU? Theories and Practice”, Turkish Policy Quarterly

“Europe and Turkey: In search of a new world”, Euractiv

“A Better Europe”, New Europe

Lykian Union: The Roots of the European Union in Anatolia , Mediterranean University EU Research Center

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung – Europe : New Dynamics for EU-Turkey Relations

Turkey, Europe, Democracy and Transatlantic Relations, University of Maryland

“Turkey’s EU Membership Process: Short Term Problems and Long Term Perspectives”, Insight Turkey

Cultural Diplomacy and Turkish Coffee Briefings in Brussels, Al Arabiya

“Saving Turkey-EU relations more important now than ever”, Independent – Research Turkey

“Run-up to Swedish EU Presidency Turkey-EU Blame Game”, CafeBabel

Turkish foreign policy in a changing global order”, Strategic Outlook

“EU and Turkey: In the name of wisdom and vision”, FEPS Progressive Observatory

“Gender equality and the EU’s transformational power in Turkey” , Euractiv

The refugee crisis is just a by-product of the West’s out-dated 20th century instincts , Vocal International

Women rights and social democracy in Turkey , Social Europe

“Turkey’s EU bid faces opportunities and challenges”, SETimes

Gender equality in Turkey: Progressive policy proposals , Hurriyet Daily News

Cyprus crisis: A valid test for the EU Nobel Peace Prize?

“Croatia’s EU negotiation model is an opportunity for Turkey” , Slobodna Dalmacija

The EU and Turkish Women: What Do the Numbers Say? What Does the EU Do? , Reflections Turkey

2010 Constitutional Referendum and Turkish Democracy

Video interview on the state of Europe, Brexit, EU-Turkey relations, Smart Democracy & Smart Citizenship

Video interview Deutsche Welle – Sevinç kämpfen für EU-Beitritt der Türkei / Sevinc fights for Turkey’s EU accession

Video interview Belgian Vrt: Working for Turkey in Europe

Chapter Contribution: “Turkish Foreign Policy in the New Millennium”, edited by Hüseyin Isıksal and Ozan Örmeci, Peter Lang Publishing

Turkish Coffee Briefings Brussels

Turkish Coffee Briefings – Brussels


SINIF 1B (CLASS 1B -Brussels)

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