Ata Mert Aladağ was born in Eskişehir, Turkey in 1994. He obtained his BA degree in International Relations from Bilkent University in 2017. During his undergraduate studies, Aladağ spent a semester at University College Maastricht as an exchange student and interned at The Diplomatic Observer magazine as a researcher. In 2015, during the G20 Summit held in Antalya, Aladağ was employed by the G20 Task Force of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to supervise a team of 8 undergraduate students responsible for assisting the delegates from Germany, Spain, Mexico, and OECD. After graduation, Aladağ attended the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and received an MSc degree in Politics of Conflict, Rights, and Justice. His master’s dissertation examined the impact of human rights norms on state behavior, and received a distinction. Currently, Aladağ works as a Program Director at GRF, where he is responsible for directing the Young Professionals Program, and coordinating the "Technology and Socioeconomic Transformation" Roundtable Series, as well as the "Renowned Scientists" Roundtable Series. Additionally, Aladağ is currently the director and rapporteur of GRF’s Task Force on Geopolitics of Green Transformation and Turkey. He is fluent in English.