Cem Özdemir is the Co-Chairman of the German Green Party (Alliance '90/The Greens). As party leader, he focuses on ecological and economic issues, including the development of a "Green New Deal", as well as educational reforms and migration and integration issues. Mr. Özdemir was elected to the German Parliament in 1994, becoming its first-ever member of Turkish descent.
Özdemir served two consecutive legislative terms (1994-2002). During this time, he held the position of Speaker on Internal Affairs for the Green Parliamentary Group, where he advocated for reforms to Germany’s citizenship laws.
In 2003, Cem Özdemir joined other senior policy-practitioners and academics as a "Transatlantic Fellow" at the German Marshall Fund in Washington, DC and Brussels. During his fellowship, he furthered his familiarity with transatlantic relations and developed research on the ways that minority groups in the United States and Europe organize themselves politically.
From 2004 until 2009 Mr. Özdemir was a Member of the European Parliament (The Greens / European Free Alliance), where he was Speaker on Foreign Affairs on behalf of his political group.