From 2006 to 2009, Ruya served as program associate for the Baltic-American Partnership Fund, established by the Open Society Institute and USAID to ensure the continued development of democratic institutions and market economies in the Baltic states. Working with the executive director, Ruya oversaw all grants contracts and payments, evaluated grantee reports and created the annual report and ongoing communications until the closing of the program in 2009. Ruya previously served as project assistant to two winning projects of the European Commission in Ankara, and held internships with the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, the Deutsche Welle Radio and TV Network in Cologne, Germany, UNHCR in Turkey and the Turkish Ministry of Finance. She holds an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex and a B.A. in international relations and political science from Ankara University. Ruya speaks German and Turkish, as well as some beginner Farsi.