The Secretary General, Leyla Fıratlı, and the Director General, Defne Dayıoğlu were excited to give us their insights just before the opening ceremony.
How did this all start?
L: One day we were at Emine Gürtop’s office and we saw Cem Uygun. Do you remember Defne, when Cem Uygun was having a meeting with all the students last year? We asked him if we could make our own conference. He was positive with the idea and he gave us very good information about how to make a conference. After that, we started having meetings with our team. And it all started.
How are you affiliated with Yale?
D: Actually, it was mostly Leyla’s work. We had Skype sessions with some students from Yale. They were very eager to the idea of a sister conference.
L: By affiliate we mean that we are sister conferences so they help us with everything. When we have a problem we ask them how to manage it and they give us advice. Also this MGE concept is Yale’s concept. When we decided to use it, we had to inform them about it or it would be like a copyright violation. They said: “Of course you can make this conference. We would like to support you and become sister conferences.” That really made us happy. We quickly became affiliated after that.