Alp Tanju was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1993. He attended Lycée Français Notre Dame de Sion in Istanbul, and later moved to the United Kingdom in 2012 to obtain a BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Kent. During his studies, Tanju worked as Liaisons Officer for the local Amnesty International chapter and helped the Syrian refugees in Calais. Writing his undergraduate dissertation on the comparative effectiveness of the US and the United Nations-led peacebuilding strategies in fostering development in post-invasion Afghanistan, Tanju completed his degree in 2016 with distinction. He later attended University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies in Belgium to pursue an MA in Political Communication & Strategy with a minor in International Law. While studying, Tanju also worked as a Research Fellow for TÜSİAD’s Brussels Office. For his MA dissertation, Tanju examined the political and cultural significance of online political activism through memes, as well as their effect on shaping candidate perception in the 2016 US Presidential Elections. Returning to Turkey in late 2017, Tanju joined Global Relations Forum as an Associate in 2018. Currently, he works at GRF as Program Director, with a specific focus on Transatlantic relations, international diplomacy, and US-UK politics. In addition to his native Turkish and English, he is also fluent in French.