Download the registration form and return with payment. Registrations are due by Friday, November 4, 2011.


ACWA invites diplomats from embassies of countries that are important partners with the U.S., both in trade and politics, and long-term in addressing important global challenges. ACWA originated this program in 2005. View archives of previous participants.

In addition to the formal evening event, diplomats participate in ACWA's award-winning Global Scholars program for high-school students. ACWA also arranges sessions with executives and economists engaged in global trade in Northeast Ohio. The content of all programs is developed specifically for ACWA program attendees.

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Fatih Yildaz

Fatih Yildiz

Consul General Yildiz was born in 1971 in Ankara to a military-technician father and a housewife mother. He is the younger of two brothers. Having completed his high school education at Yukselis High School in Ankara, Consul General Yildiz entered the Middle East Technical University in 1990 and graduated from the Department of International Relations in 1994.

Becoming a Turkish diplomat was one of his ideals throughout his early life. Consul General Yildiz entered the examinations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and joined the Foreign Service in 1994. He was first assigned at the Deputy Directorate for Balkan Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he served as an Attache between 1994-1997. The Ministry dispatched him to the Turkish Embassy in Sarajevo as Third Secretary in 1997.

Before departing for his new mission in a war-torn country, he was married to his wife Mrs. Nesrin Yildiz. Sarajevo would become the birthplace of their daughter Aşkım, whose name means "my love" in Turkish.

Following his tenure in Sarajevo, Consul General Yildiz served in Vienna at the Permanent Delegation of Turkey to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) as a second secretary between 1999-2002. This was Consul General Yildiz’s first multilateral diplomacy experience.

After serving as a first secretary at the Cabinet of the Undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 2002-2004, he was appointed as a Counselor at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., where he served for four years and gained much experience about the U.S.A and the Turkish-US Relations.

Going back to Ankara in 2008, Consul General Yildiz served as a Head of Department at the Department of Human Resources at MFA, 2008-2010. He assumed his current position in September 2010.

Since their arrival in Chicago, the Yildiz family has been involved in cordial relations with local political, diplomatic, academic and business circles, as well as Turkish-Americans living in the Midwest.

Hilton Akron/Fairlawn

Turkish Consul General in Akron:
An Outlook on World Affairs from the Perspective of a Strategic Ally

Fatih Yildiz, Consul General of Turkey, Chicago, IL


Consul General Fatih Yildiz will talk about the foreign policy of Turkey in a world where many risks and opportunities coexist. In his presentation, he will elaborate on the following:

  • Turkey's unique characteristics — Facts that Turkey itself and the world should bear in mind in its foreign policy making.
  • The principles that guide Turkey's foreign policy — The need for a visionary approach to foreign policy that is to be implemented in a consistent and systematic framework.
  • Turkish-American relations — Ties between two strategic allies that have recently strengthened their vision with the concept of a model partnership and the challenges that lie ahead. These entail firm determination to further enhance their strategic partnership.

Those attending the evening session may bring comments and questions to address to Counsul General
Fatih Yildiz at the end of his formal presentation.

Hilton Akron/Fairlawn | map
3180 West Market Street - Fairlawn
(Across from Summit Mall — Ghent Road Exit from I-77)

6:00 p.m. Registration/Cash Bar
6:45 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Formal Program, followed by Questions & Answers and Discussion

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Dinner and Program with Q&A Session

6:00 p.m. Registration
6:45 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Formal Program, followed by Questions & Answers and Discussion

Individual Registrations
Members - $35
Non-Members - $45

Formal Program Only

7:15 p.m. Registration for Program and Q&A Session Only
7:30 p.m. Formal Program, followed by Questions & Answers and Discussion

Individual Registrations
Members - $12
Non-Members - $15

To Register for Either

Registrations are due no later than Friday, November 4, 2011.

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ACWA - P.O.Box 5300 - Akron, OH 44334


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