I was born in Turkey in 1967 and hold law degrees from the universities of Ankara (Turkey) and Heidelberg. During my studies, I worked for many years as an academic assistant at the European Documentation Centre of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. Since 2000, I have been Chairperson of the Federal Foreigners Advisory Board, a body I co-founded in 1998.
I was the first foreigner to be appointed to the broadcasting commission of Südwestrundfunk (SWR), which I was a member of from 1998 to 2008. During that time I was also elected as a deputy member of the Programming Commission at ARD. From 2002, I was appointed by the Federal Defence Ministry as the first foreign member of the "Advisory Board on Matters Relating to the Internal Management of the Bundeswehr", and acted in this post until 2010.
From 2004 to 2009, I was a Member of Heidelberg City Council. Since 2009, I have represented my constituency of Pforzheim and Enzkreis in the Bundestag. I am a member of the lawyers' associations in Karlsruhe and Ankara.
My wife and I have two sons.
- Member of Alliance 90 / The Greens since 1998
- Since 2000: Chairperson of Federal Foreigners Advisory Board
- Since 2002: First foreign member of "Advisory Board on Matters Relating to the Internal Management of the Bundeswehr " at the Federal Defence Ministry
- 2004-2009: District councillor in Heidelberg