After completing his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at Koç University in Istanbul, Emre Cenker moved to Germany to pursue his master with full funding support of German research council. He obtained his M.Sc. in Automotive Engineering at RWTH Aachen. Subsequently he ran an automotive supply company in Germany as the authorized executive officer with full profit and loss responsibility. Completing a year in business sphere, Emre turned back to his academic studies focusing on clean combustion and laser diagnostics with a double doctoral program in Paris funded and hosted by IFP Energies nouvelles. Upon successful completion summa cum laude, Emre obtained his PhD degree from École Centrale Paris and from University of Duisburg-Essen. After three years of postdoctoral research experience at KAUST in Saudi Arabia, Emre joined Sandia National Laboratories in 2017 for his second postdoctoral research. In 2018, Emre started as a faculty at the University of Birmingham.
Emre represented Turkey in Youth 20 France 2011 Summit as the minister of environment. In 2012 Emre has established a non-profit organization in Turkey, Youth Commission for Diplomacy and Collaboration (YCDC) which aims training of youth in global diplomacy. He chaired this association for three years and assumed the G20 Sherpa position for youth outreach group in 2015.