Secretary General Mr. MEHMET SÜREYYA ER
He was born in 1964.
Elected as the TURKPA Secretary General at the Tenth TURKPA Plenary Session held on 28 September 2021 in Turkistan, Kazakhstan.
2019–2021: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey to the Republic of Uzbekistan
2012–2019: Vice President, TİKA (Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency, Prime Ministry of the Republic of Turkey)
2011–2012: Director at Office of Public Diplomacy, Prime Ministry of the Republic of Turkey
2004–2010: Lecturer; Turkish Studies, Department of Near Eastern Studies, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
2001 – Advanced to Candidacy for Doctor of Philosophy; Turkic Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California - Los Angeles, USA
1999 – Master of Arts; Turkic Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California - Los Angeles, USA
1992 – Bachelor of Arts; Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Boğaziçi University - İstanbul, Turkey
1992 – Bachelor of Arts; Department of Political Science and International Relations, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Boğaziçi University, İstanbul, Turkey
1989 – Bachelor of Arts; Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, İstanbul University - İstanbul, Turkey
Fluent in English, Uzbek and Azerbaijani; (as an academic reading skill) Ottoman, Arabic, Chagatai, Persian, French and Russian
Title of Honorary Professor by the Scientific Council of Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies (TSUOS) for Ambassador Er’s contribution in the development of Uzbek-Turkish academic cooperation; Faculty of Turkic Studies at TSUOS; and the scientific activity in the field of Turkology, 2021.
Title of Honorary Professor by the Scientific Council of Alisher Navoiy Tashkent State University of Uzbek Language and Literature for Ambassador Er’s contribution to bilateral relations between Uzbekistan and Turkey in the field of education and science, 2021.
Director's Award for Scholastic Distinction; Uzbek-Azerbaijani Program of the John D. Soper Central Asian Language Institute, University of California - Los Angeles, 1996.
Learn Turkish via a Graphic Novel! Faruk Geç’s “A Letter from Germany". An Interactive Module for Self-Study and Classroom Use, adapted for students of Turkish by Ralph Jaeckel and Mehmet Süreyya Er, 2010. University of Chicago, Center for International Studies & Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Chicago, USA
A Dictionary of Turkish Verbs: In Context and by Theme. Ralph Jaeckel and Gülnur Doğanata Erciyeş with the Collaboration of Mehmet Süreyya Er, Georgetown University Press, USA, 2006
Translation from English into Turkish - "The Pasha of Buda and the Edict of Torda: Transylvanian Unitarian / Islamic Ottoman Cultural Enmeshment and the Development of Religious Tolerance"; Susan Ritchie, ("Budin Paşası ve Turda Fermanı: Transilvanya Üniteryen Kültürü ile Osmanlı İslam Kültürünün Birbirine Kenetlenişi ve Dini Hoşgörünün Gelişimi"; Victoria Holbrook'a Armağan, Walter G. Andrews and Özgen Felek eds., pp. 233-259, Kanat Publications - İstanbul, Turkey, 2006)
Translation from English into Turkish - The Volga Tatars: A Profile in National Resilience. Azade- Ayşe Rorlich, Hoover Institution Press, 1986 (Volga Tatarları: Yüzyılları Aşan Milli Kimlik; İletişim Publications - İstanbul, Turkey, 2000)
Translation from English into Turkish - "The Role of Classical Central Asian Turkic Literature in the Understanding of the Cultural Heritage of the Central Asian Turks"; Andras J.E. Bodrogligeti, (Eurasian Studies Yearbook, Volume 66, pp. 5-31, 1994 ("Orta Asya Türklerinin Kültürel Mirasını Anlamada Klasik Orta Asya Türk Edebiyatının Rolü"; (Toplumsal Tarih, Volume 54, 1998
Translation (of some sections) from English into Turkish - Political Ideas. David Thomson, Penguin Books, 1984 (Siyasi Düşünce Tarihi; Şule Publications - İstanbul, 1996).