Dr. Yusuf Ziya Irbec was born in Kas, Antalya in 1959. He was an economist, foreign policy specialist and academic. He served as a Member of the Turkish Parliament for Antalya since 2007 and as an Executive Board Member of the Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) in which he was the Deputy Convener of Peace and Democracy Program.
He served in the Turkish Parliament as Member, Clerk Member and Vice-Chairman of the European Union Harmonization Commission. He also served as a Member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee of the European Union.