Şebnem was born in Izmir and had a family background of a mixture of Balkan countries. She attended Hacettepe University and has a bachelor degree in English Linguistics. She later earned her master’s degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Liverpool. Şebnem lived in Azerbaijan for 8 years and worked as the deputy director of a distance learning programme. She enjoys working directly with students and also is responsible for liaison with government and non-governmental organizations. Outside of the office, Şebnem spends her time travelling, playing various sports and volunteering with local NGO’s.