Mine Yildiz holds a doctorate (PhD) in political science (Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey). She studied sociology and graduated graduated from Hacettepe University with a Bachelor's degree in 1994. As she discovered that politics is her passion, she changed 1995 to Gazi University for a Master (M.A.) in Public Administration, Political and Social Science while continuing 1995-1997 as research assistant at the University as well as from 1997 as parliamentary assistant in the Turkish Parliament. After a master she started her PhD and continued for eighteen years as assistant for (altogether eight different) Members of Parliament of Turkish Social Democrate Parties (DSP, CHP). To have a broader political outreach, she started to write newspaper articles in Turkey (BirGün, Haber Sol, İleri Haber, Mülkiye Haber). In 2009, she obtained her PhD (Comparative analysis of parliament assistants in the Turkish Parliament). 2013-2014, she taught at the Ankara Başkent University in the department of Political Sciences and International Relations (Communication and Politics). 2016, she moved with her daughter to Belgium: Visiting Researcher at the IES of the VUB and since 2019 Associate Researcher. 2020-now Middle East Coordinator, Brussels Diplomatic Academy (BDA), VUB. She was one of eight recipients of the "European International Women’s Leadership Award" which was handed over in the European Parliament in 2019.