He was born in Istanbul. After elementary school, he got a place in the academy of music, where he completed his secondary, high and university education, assisted by his grandfather Hafz Zeki Altun. After graduation bachelor of arts in music, he continued his studies focusing on Traditional Turkish Music. In his second year of post-graduate studies, he quit to pursue a career as an instrumentalist in the Edirne State Choir, playing the lute. Before a break for mandatory military service in Ankara, he performed in the most popular clubs in Istanbul. In TV interviews, he has stated that he composed his very first song " Hani bekleyecektin" ( you promised you would wait) when he was in the army, motivated by his girlfriend's refusal to speak with him on the phone. After his eponymous first album, he went on to release Aglamak yok yuregim ("Never cry, my heart"), Nefesimsim ("You are my breath"), Yaral bir askn oykusu ("The story of a broken heart"), Hediye ("The gift") and, the sixth, Kstm asklara ("I am cross with loves").
He has composed a number of songs popular with Turkish singers. He can play the lute, cumbush, guitar and clavier.
Hakan - 1999 .
Aglamak Yok Yuregim - 2000
Nefesimsin - 2002
Yarali Bir Askin Oykusu - 2003
Hediye - 2005
Kustum Asklara - 2006
Best Of - 2007
Aklin Bende Kalmasin - 2008
Tercihimdir - 2010
Senden Sonrasi - 2012
Yousef first held the office of co-president of Jazeera Canton in the northeast of the newly established Rojava federation. Yousef served as co-president with fellow co-president Humeydi Daham al-Hadi, an Arab tribal leader. Yousef's office was located in the former headquarters of the state-owned Syrian Petroleum Company in the oil-rich city of Rmeilan, the city where the Rojava federation had been declared.
During her tenure as co-president, Yousef worked towards greater inter-sectarian cooperation particularly between Kurds and Arabs. The Rojava federation, Yousef said, "is something beyond the nation-state. Its a place where all people, all minorities, and all genders are equally represented." Also during her tenure, Yousef pursued the policy of "co-governance" which, as she explained in an interview, ensures that "every position at every level of government in Rojava . . . includes a female equivalent of equal authority."
In March 2016, Yousef was elected co-president of the Rojava federation. The federation covered about 16 percent of Syria's land area. In an interview upon her election, Yousef described the mission of the committee as creating "a wider and more comprehensive system" in the areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) "that [gives] rights to all the groups to represent themselves and to form their own administrations."
Referring to the principle of co-governance's attempt to ensure that Syria is government so as to include the country's many ethnic groups (predominantly Arabs and Kurds), Abdulsalem Mohammed said that "Hediya [Yousef] represents Rojava and [Mansur] Selam represents northern Syria." Mohammed, a Kurdish teacher and activist from Qamishli, added that This is based on the principle of our co-chair system and different nations, and equality between women and men."