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FROM ELIF ERKAL, Class of 1988
30 April 2013

I graduated from AES in 1988. After completing my BA in Political Science at Delhi University I returned to Ankara, Turkey and have been living here since then.

When I first came back to Ankara, I started my first job at the Indian Embassy in Ankara where I met Egal Egal (Class of 87), who at the time was studying at University in Turkey and was applying to get visa for India and I was taking the applications.

After working in different Embassies and the EU Delegation, I joined the UN
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as Administrative Officer, where I am currently working. Several years ago I found out that Nedzad Ajanovic (Class of
1991) was also working in FAO and it turned out that we were working in the same region and finally got together at an FAO retreat in Cappadocia, Turkey where we reminisced about the high school days and friends.

I am proud to be an AES student. The different cultures and respect that everyone had to one another has helped me so much especially working in an international multi-cultural environment such as the UN.

Elif Erkal at Bon Jovi Concert in Istanbul, Turkey Elif Erkal at Bon Jovi Concert in Istanbul, Turkey


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