Born in Karaman (1956) Ömer Dinçer graduated from Erzurum Atatürk University, Faculty of Business Administration, Department of Management and Business Policy (1978). He received Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from Istanbul University, Faculty of Business Administration, Department of Personnel Management and Industrial Relations (1980), and completed his doctorate studies in Organizational Behavior (1984).
He was appointed to Marmara University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences as an assistant (1980) and assistant professor (1985). He became an associate professor (1985) and professor (1994) in the Department of Management and Organization at the same faculty. Having a good command of English, Ömer Dinçer went to Drexel University (USA) as a visiting research fellow (1993).
Ömer Dinçer worked as a deputy manager in the Middle Eastern Countries Institute in Marmara University (1992-95), chairman of Local Administrations and Decentralization Programs (1995-99), counselor for Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, and coordinator of the United Nations Habitat II Conference (1994-97). Between 1999 and 2003, he worked as the Vice Rector of Beykent University, Dean of Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, and Head of Institute of Social Sciences.
He gave lectures titled “Strategic Management and Business Policy”, “Business Administration”, “Administration and Organization”, Organizational Theory and Behavior”, and “Management of Change and Organizational Development”. He has published eight books, three research reports, besides several research papers and articles.
Following his duty as the Principal Consultant of the Prime Ministry (2003), he worked as the Undersecretary of the Prime Ministry (2003-2007). Afterwards, he was elected to the parliament as Deputy of Istanbul, serving as the Minister of Labor and Social Security for the 60th cabinet, and the Minister of National Education for the 61st cabinet.
He was born in Ankara on 25.12.1961. In 1986, he graduated from the Department of Radio, Television and Cinema at Ankara University College of Communications. In 1987, he started working as a research assistant at the Department of Radio, Television and Cinema at Gazi University College of Communications.
In 1988, he won the Scholarship of the Council of Higher Education for Graduate Education Abroad and went to the United States of America. In 1990, he received his M.A. degree in Communication Arts at University of West Florida. In 1994, he completed Stage and Performing Arts program and obtained his Ph.D. degree in cinema-television at 9 Eylül University Faculty of Fine Arts. He became an associate professor in 1996, and professor in 2004. After serving as the department chair, dean, and vice president in various universities, Peyami Çelikcan has recently worked as the Dean and Vice President of İstanbul Şehir University College of Communications.
In addition to giving lectures in the field of communications at undergraduate, master’s degree, and PhD degree levels, Çelikcan also gave lots of lectures and seminars at the educational programs of various national and international institutions. He held several seminars and workshops for correspondents of Palestine Maan Agency titled “News Broadcasting”; and for programmers at state-run televisions in Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kosovo titled “Television Broadcasting” and “Documentary Production”.
Ahmet Ademoğlu received his bachelor’s degree from Boğaziçi University, Department of Electrical-Electronic Engineering (1987). He worked as a research assistant in Boğaziçi University, Institute of Biomedical Engineering (1988-95), where he received his M.A. (1990) and PhD (1995).
After being involved in various research projects in Rutgers University (USA, 1993), Lübeck University (Germany, 1994), and Texas University (USA, 1995-97), Ahmet Ademoğlu was assigned as an associate professor (1999) and professor (2006) to the Institute of Biomedical Engineering in Boğaziçi University.
Still continuing his duties in the same institute, Ahmet Ademoğlu was granted “Prof. Necmi Tanyolaç Award by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering” (1990), “Young Scientists Award by Electroencephalography and Clinical Neuroscience Society” (2000), and “Excellence in Scientific Research Award by Boğaziçi Foundation” (2003).
His research interest areas are “Neuroimaging Techniques Using Brain Electrical Activity (EEG) and Functional Magnetic Resonance” and “Computational Analysis and Modelling of Biomedical Systems”.
Born in Mardin (1946), Aziz Sancar graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Medicine (1969). He completed his PhD on a photo-reactivating enzyme called “photolyase” of E.coli from the University of Texas (1977).
In Yale University, he made research on another DNA repair enzyme called ‘excinuclease’ (1977-82). He was appointed as an associate professor to the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of North Carolina (1977). As a Sarah Graham Professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Department of Biochemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Aziz Sancar continues his scientific research on DNA repair, cell cycle checkpoints, crypto-chrome and the circadian clock.
Aziz Sancar has fellowships in the Third World Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy for Microbiology, the Turkish Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences in the USA. Furthermore, he co-founded the Aziz and Gwen Sancar Foundation (Carolina Turkish House), dedicated to uphold the Turkish culture and sustain the Turkish students in the United States.
Having published 279 research articles and 32 book chapters, Sancar was granted the Presidential Young Investigator Award (USA), the American Society for Photobiology Research Award, the Turkish Scientific and Technical Council (TUBITAK) Scientific Achievement Award, and the North Carolina Distinguished Chemist Award. Finally, he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2015, along with Tomas Lindahl and Paul L. Modrich, for his studies on DNA repair.
Cüneyt Kaya graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Theology in 2000. He received his M.A. degree with the thesis titled “The Idea of Perfection of Universe in Avicenna’s Philosophical Thought” from Marmara University, Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies (2002), and completed his PhD studies with the thesis titled “Metaphysical Problematization of Potentiality in the Islamic Philosophy” in Istanbul University, Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies (2008). Since 2009, Cüneyt Kaya has been continuing his researches both in Istanbul University, Faculty of Literature, Department of Philosophy, History of Turkish-Islamic Thought; and in the Avicenna Center, studying on the classical and post-classical traditions of Islamic Philosophy.
As a graduate of Hacettepe University, Department of Electronics and Engineering, Erkan Akdemir received his Master of Arts in Telecommunications from Colorado University, USA. He held the presidencies of the Executive Boards of Eurasiasat and Kablo Net. Before starting his job at Avea, he worked as the General Director of Cisco Systems. Being the Board Chairman of Turk Telekom during the period from 2002 until the time of its privatization, Erkan Akdemir was also a fellow of the Board of Telecommunications Institution, the Counselor for the Undersecretary of DPT (State Planning Organization), and Telecommunications Expert in DPT. Akdemir, who held various positions in Turkish Standards Institute and Enka, served as CEO at Avea and General Manager at Türk Telekom Personal Business Unit.
Kemal Karpat received his degree from the Department of Law at Istanbul University in 1947, and completed his postgraduate degree at Washington University in political science, and his doctorate at New York University in political and social sciences (1957). After being appointed to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, he worked as a lecturer and administrator in a number of educational institutions, including Montana State University, New York University, Princeton University, Bilkent University, Middle East Technical University, Ankara University, Harvard University, John Hopkins University, Colombia University and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales. Kemal Karpat has acted as director for the Turkish Studies Association and the Turkish Research Institution, as well as being the head of the Middle Eastern Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin. After acting as the founding chairman of the Central Asian Studies Society, Karpat served as the coordinator of the Central Asian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin. From his numerous published articles and books, some of the most important ones are as follows: The Ottoman Heritage and Nationalism in the Balkans (Ankara: Imge, 2004), Ottoman Population, 1830-1914: Demographic and Social Characteristics, (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1985), Studies on Ottoman Social and Political History (Leiden: Brill, 2002), Studies on Turkish Politics and Society (Leiden: Brill, 2004), The Politicization of Islam: Identity, State, Belief and Congregation in the Ottoman Empire in the Last Period (Istanbul: Istanbul Bilgi University, 2004)
Born in Doğanşehir, Malatya (1961), Vahap Küçük completed his education in Doğanşehir. Engaging with trade for a while in Doğanşehir and Malatya, he moved to Istanbul (1990) and joined the founding partners of Tema Tekstil Marketing Inc. Meanwhile, he completed the Graduate Program of Strategic Management in Marmara University.
During 8 years through which he worked as the Director General of Tema Tekstil Marketing Inc., LC Waikiki had the most distinguished and widespread dealer network in Turkey and became the market leader in numerous sectors. In the same period, the royalty of all LC Waikiki companies around the world transferred to Tema Tekstil, the company became a Turkish brand entirely.
Following his duty as the General Director of the group until 2003, Vahap Küçük took over the Presidency of the Board of Directors. At the same time, he founded Küçükler Holding, a company whose all partners are members of the Küçük Family, and he was appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He became the first Board Chairman of the Federation of All Shopping Malls and Retailers (2013-2015). He is still playing active roles as the Board Chairman of LC Waikiki and Member of the Board of Directors in Taha Holding.
Having graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Department of Management Engineering, and completed the graduate management trainee program at Harvard University (1990-92), Zeynep Bodur Okyay started working for the Kale Group.
Having good command of Italian and English languages, Zeynep Bodur Okyay took her first step into professional life by working as a management trainee at Çanakkale Ceramic Factories (1992). She established new departments and managed various focus trainings at the headquarter of the Kale Group (1992). Following her duty as the Executive Board Member of the marketing companies here, she was appointed as the Deputy Executive Director. She served as the Executive Board Member for Kale Holding and Bodur Holding. She became the President and CEO of the Kale Group (2007).
Zeynep Bodur Okyay is playing active roles in various associations such as the President of the Council for Istanbul Chamber of Industry (İSO); Vice President of the Economic Development Foundation (İKV); Board Member of Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK); Chairperson of DEİK EU Business Council Coordination; Chairperson of DEİK/Turkish-Spanish Business Council; Member of the Executive Board of DEİK/Turkish-Italian Business Council; Member of Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TÜSİAD); Chairperson of the Council of Ceramics and Refractors at Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB); and Deputy President of Women Entrepreneurs Council (TOBB).
Zeynep Bodur Okyay has contributed to the founding of the Turkish Chair at Harvard University, having carried out activities in the Harvard Alumni Association, of which she is among the founders. During the term presidency of Turkey in 2015, she took on the Presidency of C20, one of the official sub groups of G20 and the leading NGO group of this process.
Having been honored with the medal of "Caveliere di Lavora" by Italy for her contributions and services to Turkish-Italian relations (2006), Zeynep Bodur Okyay has also been decorated with the high-level order of “Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” (2014). Thanks to her contributions to the relations between Turkey and EU Member States, she was granted the Franco Nobili Award (2010). In the same year, she was extended by the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM) an “Outstanding Service Medal”.