Rustam MINNIHANOV|President of the Republic of Tatarstan

He was born in Rybno - Slobosky, Tatarstan in 1957 and graduated as a mechanical engineer from Soviet Commerce Institute in 1978. He has a PhD degree in economics. Besides working as an engineer; he had been deputy chairman of Arsky Province Consumer Association between 1985 and 1993. He was also deputy chairman of People’s Deputy Regional Council and chairman of board of Regional Administrative Committee. He became the chairman of provisional government of Vysokogorsky in 1993 and was appointed as Minister of Finance in 1996 to Autonomous Republic of Tatarstan. He had served as Prime Minister between 1998 and 2010. He had worked as chairman of board of directors of Tafneft Oil Company between 2005 and 2006. He was nominated by President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev to be the new President of Autonomous Republic of Tatarstan in 2010 and on March 25, 2010 he formally assumed the office of Presidency. He is married with two children.       


Prof. Nabi AVCI|Minister of National Education of the Republic of Turkey

He was born in 1953 in Bilecik, Turkey. He graduated from the Faculty of Administrative Sciences - Middle East Technical University. He completed his Ph.D. in Communication Sciences at Anadolu University. He started his career in the Ministry of Culture as a civil servant in 1974. He became an academician at the Faculty of Communication Sciences during the establishment of Anadolu University. He also served as Advisor to the Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of National Education. He became professor of Faculty of Communication at Istanbul Bilgi University in 2000. He was appointed as Prime Minister's Senior Advisor in 2003. He was the president of Turkish National Commission for UNESCO. He was the Chairman of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Commission of Turkey's National Assembly before he was appointed as the Minister of National Education in 2013.