Emir Şefkatli received his undergraduate degree from Yeditepe University, having studied in the Department of Political Science and International Relations. He received his master's degree from the University of Plymouth, having studied in the Department of International Relations and Development with his thesis titled "The Effects of the NGOs and Multinational Companies Operating in the Ivory Coast and in West Africa, as far as the Cocoa Sector is Concerned, on the Regional Sustainable Development”.
Emir Şefkatli’s current research interests include soft power, China-Africa relations, and the Red Sea and East African geopolitics. He is a North African Studies research assistant at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (ORSAM). He has an advanced command of English and an intermediate command of German.