Mehmet Zahid Sobacı Professor; Director General, TRT

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Zahid Sobacı graduated from Uludağ University’s Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in the Department of Public Administration in 2001. He completed his Master’s (2005) and Doctorate (2009) in Education at Uludağ University Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science and Public Administration. He became an associate professor in 2013 and a professor in 2020.

His areas of expertise are reform in public administration, public policy and the relationship between social media and politics. The books “Administrative Reform and Policy Transfer,” “Public Administration in Theory and Practice,” “Social Media and Local Governments: Theory and Practice,” “Sub-National Democracy and Politics through Social Media,” and “E-Parliament and ICT-Based Legislation: Concept, Experiences and Lessons,” are among his main works. He has also published articles in multiple national and international journals in his areas of expertise.

In 2014, he received the TÜBA (Turkish Academy of Sciences) Notable Work (Honorable Mention) Award in the field of Social Sciences with his editorial work titled “Public Policy: Theory and Practice”.

Between 2015-2018, he carried out studies in the field of Internal Politics at the think tank SETA. He served as the Vice Director of the Directorate of Communications of Presidency for the Republic of Türkiye between 2018 and 2021. At the same time, he served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Press Advertising Agency between 2019-2021. He is married and with two children.