Tuğba Evrim Maden, who completed her undergraduate study at Hacettepe University Department of Hydrogeological Engineering, did her master's degree at Hacettepe University Hydropolitics and Strategic Research Center. In 2010, she received her Ph.D. from Ankara University, Institute of Social Sciences, which was entitled “EU Water Framework Directive, Transboundary Rivers – Case Study: Maritsa (Meriç) River. She worked at the Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (ORSAM) - Water Research Programme as a Hydropolitics Researcher between December 2010 - April 2015. She has been worked as a hydropolitics expert at Turkish Water Institute (SUEN) since June 2017. She is an experienced Turkish water analyst whose work focuses on water politics, transboundary waters, aquifers, environmental politics, the EU Water Framework Directive and the Middle East (in particular water issues in Iraq, Syria and Iran). She is also Head of Blue Peace in the Middle East Coordination Office, which is based in Istanbul.