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Safak Pavey

Safak Pavey,  Senior Advisor, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees; Deputy Speaker of and Member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (2011-2017).

Bio: Şafak Pavey´s background embraces diplomacy and politics through her work in the field of humanitarian affairs, peace and security at the United Nations and as a parliamentarian. She currently serves as the Senior Adviser for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, leading global strategic partnerships, parliamentary and city engagement. During her mandates as a Member of Turkish Parliament between 2011 and 2017, she served as the Deputy Speaker, Vice-chair of Turkey-EU Accession Committee and NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Previously, she worked for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as a spokesperson on humanitarian missions in the Middle East, South-West Asia and Central Europe from 2003 to 2011. Şafak is an alumna of Westminster University, London School of Economics, and Harvard Kennedy School executive education. She is a member of Women Political Leaders Global Forum and an author of three books; lastly having published her memoirs in Iran. Amongst the recognitions for her work, Şafak was honoured with the 2012 ‘International Woman of Courage Award’ by US State Department, selected as 2015 Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum and 2016 Munich Young Leader by Munich Security Conference.