Ece Melisa Yilmaz is currently pursuing her JD at the University of Ottawa. She holds an M.A. from Carleton University in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, specializing in European Union. She completed a bilingual B.A. from Glendon College, York University in International Studies and Psychology. Her participation in the project stems from her previous studies in international development examining comparative aid models to Africa, with a particular focus of the China and the Turkey models. Her areas of interest lie at the intersections of technology law and international law.
Ece has extensive research experience both in academia and the public sector. In 2015, she was awarded the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for her master’s research titled: “Policy Entrepreneurship and Islamization in an era of European integration: A case study of the education reforms in Turkey.” During her M.A., she worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for European Studies where she assisted in organizing workshops and conferences featuring government officials, academics and foreign dignitaries. Most recently, she was published in the Canadian Journal of Diabetes as a co-author to “Comorbid Conditions in Canadians Hospitalized Because of Diabetes” – a paper she assisted with during her time as a Junior Policy Analyst at Public Health Agency of Canada.
Prior to law school, Ece was a Desk Officer at Global Affairs Canada responsible for foreign relations with Turkey, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. She also has international work experience interning in NGOs and law firms, including in Brussels and Istanbul.