Dr. Seven Ağır completed her post-doctoral research in the Economic History Program at Yale University and joined faculty at Middle East Technical University, Economics department. Her research interests lie in the historical development of economic institutions in the Middle East, with special focus on the Ottoman Empire. Ağır holds a Ph. D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University and an M.S. in Economics from Middle East Technical University. She published several academic articles on Ottoman economic history with a comparative focus on the Spanish case and wrote on contemporary political economy issues in various journals.
Dr. Semih Akçomak recevied his B.S and MSc degrees from Economics Department of Middle East Techincal University. He completed his PhD in Economics in Maastricht University with his thesis entitled “The impact of social capital on economic and social outcomes”. Currently he works as an assisstant professor at Science and Technology Policy Studies in Middle East Technical University.
Assistant Professor Karabekir Akkoyunlu works at the Centre for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz, Austria in the field of Modern Turkey. He completed his PhD in comparative politics at the London School of Economics (LSE), where his research looked at political and institutional change in Turkey and Iran. He holds a B.A. in History and International Relations from Brown University and an M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. He studied Persian at Isfahan University and taught courses on Middle East politics and theories of democracy and democratization at the LSE. In 2011 – 2012, he was a research associate at the Southeast European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX). He has published extensively on Turkish politics, society and foreign affairs and has been a frequent contributor to fora such as Open Democracy, Al Monitor, Oxford Analytica and CNN International.
Arif Aktürk has BSc in Mechanical Engineering degree from Middle East Technical University (METU), MBA in Engineering Management from City University-London, Business School Department of System Science. He acted as engineer, manager, Director, Managing Director in various energy companies. He has 23 years experience in natural gas market in Turkey. He is the top executive of a natural gas company in Turkey and also member of the boards of two gas distribution companies in Turkey. He is also member of the board of PETFORM (NGO in Petroleum and natural gas fields). He is the co-writer of book called “Last 10 Years of Turkish Diplomacy”. He has been publishing articles various energy magazines.
Dr. Evren Altınkaş graduated from the International Relations Department of Dokuz Eylül University. Later he received postgraduate degrees from King’s College London in 2000 and Dokuz Eylül University in 2003 which he studied on the issue of Cyprus. He obtained his doctoral degree from Dokuz Eylül University in 2011 as well which he compared the development of the concept of intellectuals in Europe and in Turkey. He worked as an Assistant Professor in Avrasya University (2012-2013) and in Artvin Coruh University (2013-2014). He taught “International Law” at Karadeniz Technical University between 2012-2014. Dr. Altınkaş currently teaches at Political Science and Public Administration Department of Girne American University.
Dr. Ekim Arbatlı is an assistant professor of political science in the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. She received her MA and PhD degrees in Political Science from University of Connecticut, U.S.A. Her current research focuses on political regimes and democratization, with a specific focus on Russia and Turkey. She has recently published her work in Communist and Postcommunist Studies and Conflict Management and Peace Science.
Onur Bakıner is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Seattle University. His research and teaching interests include transitional justice, human rights and judicial politics, particularly in Latin America and the Middle East. Currently he has been working on a research project examining judicial actors during prolonged internal conflict in Colombia and Turkey. His past research investigates the role truth commissions play in contemporary societies. For this research he conducted interviews with political decision-makers, NGO activists, intellectuals, victims of political violence and their relatives in Chile and Peru. His articles have been published in the International Journal of Transitional Justice, Nationalities Papers, and Memory Studies.
Professor Cem Başlevent joined faculty at İstanbul Bilgi University, Department of Economics in 2000. He has a B.A. degree in Economics and Mathematics from Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Boğaziçi University in 1996 and 2001, respectively. He has several applied works mostly on labour market and economic voting in Turkey, published in major journals such as World Development, Urban Studies, Social Indicators Research, and Regional Studies.
Associate Professor Pınar Bedirhanoğlu works in the Department of International Relations at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. She got her PhD in international relations from the University of Sussex in Britain. She has published so far in English and Turkish, and has articles translated in German and French on the politics of capitalist transformation in Russia; the political economy of corruption and anti-corruption policies; state restructuring, state-capital relations and privatizations in Turkey; and financialisation and the 2008 financial crisis. Her most recent research interests include the neoliberal transformation of states’ security apparatuses.
Dr. Can Büyükbay completed his B.S degree in Political Science and Public Administration at the Middle East Technical University. Afterwards, he received his M.A degree in Political Science at the Univerity of Berne. He completed his PhD thesis entitled “Euroscepticism in Turkey: The discursive construction of Europe and European Integration in 2013 and received his degree from the University of Zurich which he currently teaches at.
Dr. Hatem Cabbarlı was born on December 27th 1969. He graduated from Baku University in 1997 international relations. He completed his masters at Gazi University in 2008 while finished his PhD. He is currently the president of the Eurasian Security and Strategic Research Centre which operated in Azerbaijan.
Associate Professor Aziz Çelik works at Kocaeli University, Department of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, head of industrial relations field. Çelik is also a guest lecturer at İstanbul University, Faculty of Politics.
Çelik graduated from Faculty of Politics, University of Istanbul in 1985, having majored in public administration. He studied for a master degree at Marmara University, Labour Economics and Industrial Department, having a master thesis named the EU Social Policy and Turkey. Çelik has a PhD degree with a thesis named Trade Unionism and Politics in Turkey 1946-1967 at Marmara University Labour Economics and Industrial Relations Department. He became an associated professor in the field of social policy in 2011.
Prior to joining to university Çelik worked for Kristal-Is Trade Union (Glass, Cement and Soil Workers’ Union of Turkey) which belongs to the Confederation of Trade Unions of Turkey (Türk-İş), as a director responsible for training, research and, international relations (1985 to 2009). Çelik was elected a vice president of Turkish Social History Research Foundation (TUSTAV) 2007-2009 and is a member of board of trustees of TUSTAV at present. He has been writing articles on labour issues at daily BirGün and also T24 Internet portal (t24.com.tr) for years.
Çelik has several books and articles regarding labour relations and social policy. Some of them in Turkish as follows: Social Dialogue in the EU and Turkey (co-author with Meryem Koray, 2007) and Trade Unionism and Politics in Turkey (2010), EU Social Policy and Turkey (2014), Social Policy During the AKP Era (Co-editor with Meryem Koray, 2015).
His studies mainly focus on industrial relations, trade unionism, labour history, international and the EU social policy.
Ünal Çeviköz was born in İstanbul in 1952. After completing his secondary school education at Kadıköy Maarif College in Istanbul, he graduated from Boğaziçi University with a BA degree in English Language and Literature in 1974 and in Political Science in 1978. The same year, Çeviköz started to serve at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; following his service in Ankara, he worked at the Turkish Embassy in Moscow as Second Secretary, and at the Turkish Consulate General in Bregenz as Consul.
After completing his duties as the Chief of Section at the East European Department of the Foreign Ministry in Ankara, he was assigned to Turkish Embassy in Sofia as the counselor of Embassy. In 1989, he was detached from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs starting a job at NATO’s International Secretariat, first at the Economics Directorate, then at the Political Directorate. He received his master’s degree in International Relations in 1993 from Brussels University. In 1994, he was commissioned with launching the NATO Information Office in Moscow. Following this, he prepared the NATO-Russia Founding Act and in 1997 he returned to his duty at Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After completing his duty as Head of Balkan Department and then as the Deputy Director General for Caucasus and Central Asia at the Foreign Ministry in Ankara, he served as Turkey’s Ambassador between 2001-2004 to Azerbaijan and between 2004-2006 to Iraq. From 2007 to 2010, he was in Ankara as Deputy Undersecretary for bilateral Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Meanwhile, in 2009, he prepared the protocols signed between Turkey and Armenia. In 2010, he was appointed as Ambassador to London. After completing his duty in the summer of 2014, he returned to Ankara.
Having been elected as the President of the 28th General Assembly of International Maritime Organization in 2013, Ünal Çeviköz still maintains this position.
Ünal Çeviköz speaks English, French, Russian, German and Italian.
Dr. Alessia Chiriatti completed her PhD in Cooperation for Peace and Development at University for Foreigners of Perugia in September 2014, where, in 2011, she also obtained a Master’s Degree in International Relations. Her main research interests are: International Relations Theory, Security and Regional Studies, Turkish foreign policy in Syria and Georgia. Accordingly, she experienced a fieldwork in Istanbul and Bursa. She has published a number of articles about these topics in Rivista di Politica and Carocci.
Dr. Sezin Dereci received her doctoral degree from Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences with her thesis entitled; “Europeanization of public and private interest groups in accession states : The Case of Turkey.” Her research interest includes European enlargements, EU-Turkey relations and theories of civil society and mobilization of interest groups. She currenlty works as a Project expert for TUSEV .
Hıfzı Deveci received his bachelor’s degree from Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences of Uludağ University, and his master’s degree from the Institute of Public Administration for Turkey and the Middle East. He worked as inspector, chief inspector, and assistant of undersecretary in the Ministry of Public Works and Settlement. Between 2001 and 2007, he was a member of the State Supervisory Council of the Turkish Republic. He got retired from the council at his own request at the end of 2007. He is still an Independent Consultant, and cofounder and board member of SAHA Corporate Governance and Credit Rating Services Inc. Also being an important writer, Hıfzı Deveci’s last book “A Handful of Life Dust – A Pinch of Shadow of State” is published in 2012.
Dr. Şakir Dinçsahin is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Yeditepe University (Istanbul, Turkey), where he is teaching Political Thought, Turkish Politics, and Research Methodology. He recently concluded his doctoral dissertation on Turkish political thought under supervision of Professor Feroz Ahmad. He holds a master’s degree in international economics from Yeditepe University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bogaziçi University. His works on nationalism, ethnicity and intellectual history of Turkey were published/are forthcoming in Nations and Nationalism, Government and Opposition, Communication Studies and Bilgi ve Bellek.
JAMES M. DORSEY
James M. Dorsey is a Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies of Nanyang Technological University and Co-director of the Institute of Fan Culture of the University of Wuerzburg. James focuses on the Middle East and North Africa. He publishes widely in peer-reviewed journals as well as non-academic publications. A veteran, award-winning foreign correspondent for four decades in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the United States for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and the Financial Times, James has met a multitude of the Middle East and North Africa’s leaders. As a journalist, James covered primarily ethnic and religious conflict, including some of recent history’s most dramatic events such as the 1973 Middle East war; the Lebanese civil war; the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the US-backed insurgency that ultimately led to the withdrawal of Soviet troops; the Palestinian intifadas; the Iranian revolution, the US embassy hostage crisis and the Iran-Iraq war; the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the toppling of Saddam Hussein; the Israeli-Palestinian peace process; the wars in Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Serbia; the armed struggles in the Western Sahara, Algeria, the Philippines, Kashmir, Eritrea, Tigre, the Ogaden, Chad, Niger, Chechnya, the Caucasus and Georgia; the Columbian drug cartels; the fall of Noriega in Panama; the wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador; the Kurdish insurgency in south-eastern Turkey; and the war on terror. James writes a widely acclaimed blog, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer. James won the Dolf van den Broek prize in 2003 and was a two-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in 1980 and 1988 as well as was a finalist for the 2012 European Press Prize; the Kurt Schork Award and the Amnesty International Media Award in 2002 and the Index on Censorship Award in 2012.
Dr. Pınar Dönmez obtained her MA and PhD from the University of Warwick, Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS). In her doctoral thesis she investigated the dynamics of (de)politicisation in economic policy making and its broader social and political impact in the post-2001 Turkish context from a political economy perspective. She currently works as a visiting research fellow at the Central European University. She occupied a similar position at Koc University between the years 2012 and 2014.
MEHMET UĞUR EKİNCİ
Dr. Mehmet Uğur Ekinci received his bachelor degree from International Relations Department of Bilkent University. Late he obtained a postgraduate degree from the History department of the same university. He holds a doctoral degree from SOAS-London. His research interests include contemporary Balkan politics, Ottoman and Republican era foreign policy and European politics.
Associate Professor Nazmiye Erdoğan teaches in and is the director of the Vocational School of Social Science at Başkent University, Turkey. She received her M.S. from the Department of Landscape Architecture, Ankara University and her Ph.D. from the Department of Architecture, Black Sea Technical University, Turkey. She worked as landscape architect in the industry until she became a Research Assistant at the Black Sea University in 1992. Her research interests include ecotourism, sustainable tourism, nature conservation, environmental education and behaviour. She is the author of the Environmental Problems: Causes and Solutions, and Environment and Ecotourism. Moreover, she has numerous articles in academic journals and papers presented in national and international scholarly meetings, conventions and symposiums.
Sedat Ergin was born in 1957 in İstanbul. He graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Science, Department of International Relations. In 1975, his journalistic life started. He worked as foreign affairs and parliamentary correspondent for 13 years in Cumhuriyet newspaper. He continued to work as Ankara correspondent and columnist at Hürriyet newspaper. In 2005, he became Editor-in-Chief at Milliyet newspaper and his experience lasted for 4.5 years. After his job in Milliyet newspaper, he continued to work as a columnist in Hürriyet newspaper where he also worked as Ankara correspondent. He has been serving as Hürriyet newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief since August 2014.
Associate Professor Yaprak Gürsoy works at Istanbul Bilgi University, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on comparative politics. She completed her PhD studies at the University of Virginia, in the Department of Politics. Her research interests include civil-military relations, regime change, and politics in Turkey and Greece. She is the author of “Türkiye’de Sivil-Asker İlişkilerinin Dönüşümü” (Istanbul Bilgi University Press, 2013) and numerous articles published in peer reviewed journals, including “Political Science Quarterly”, “Democratization”, “South European Society and Politics”, “Turkish Studies”, and “Journal of Modern Greek Studies”.
Ravel Holland holds an M.A. in European History from Bilkent University, is a former lecturer at Bilkent University in the English Literature Department, his interests include political theory, modern Turkish history, religion and secularism, Middle Eastern politics, civil society and democratization.
Nehal Ismail obtained her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Economics at Cairo University respectively in 2008 and 2012. Her MA thesis focuses on the role of green clusters in enhancing the competitiveness of the tourism sector in Egypt. She is currently working as a Policy Analyst at the Egyptian Decentralization Initiative (EDI) at AECOM International for Development, Democracy and Governance. She has been a Research Analyst at the Egyptian National Competitiveness Council (ENCC) from 2008 to 2011.
Dr. Joost Jongerden holds a PhD in social sciences. He is an assistant professor at the Sociology and Anthropology of Development Sub-Department of Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and has a special appointment as Associate Professor at the Kyoto University, Japan. He is interested in spatial sociology: the relations between politics, power and place. His current research focuses on the places of alternatives: the spatial dimensions of struggles for autonomy. Joost Jongerden is associate editor of Kurdish Studies. For his publications you may check: https://wu.academia.edu/JoostJongerden
Hatice Kamer was graduated from Department of History at Ege University. She is currently the Diyarbakır and Regional reporter at the Kurdish Service of Amerika’nın Sesi Radyosu (America’s Voice Radio). She participated in several filming workshops and she produced and presented TV programmes under a private production company. She is also the director of several documents such as Annemin Pusulası, Beklerken, Ben Hasta Değilim Anne!, Binde Bir.
AYŞEGÜL KARS KAYNAR
Ayşegül Kars Kaynar is currently teaching in European University of Lefke and has been researcher in Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and New School for Social Research. After completing her master studies in City University of London, she got her PhD degree from the Political Science Department of Middle East Technical University. She is known as the translator of Bertell Ollman’s two prominent books to Turkish, “Alienation: Marx’s Conception of Man in Capitalist Society” and “Marxism: an Uncommon Introduction”. Her articles are published in sendika.org, Birikim, and Kampfplatz. She is also in the editorial board of Kampfplatz; a radical journal of philosophy and politics.
Professor Ayhan Kaya is Professor of Politics and Jean Monnet Chair of European Politics of Interculturalism at the Department of International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University; Director of the European Institute; member of the Science Academy, Turkey; worked and taught at the European University Viadrina as Aziz Nesin Chair in 2013; worked and taught at the Malmö University, Sweden as the Willy Brandt Chair in 2011; specialised on European identities, Euro-Turks in Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, Circassian diaspora in Turkey, and the construction and articulation of modern transnational identities; received his PhD and MA degrees at the University of Warwick, England. Some of his books are Europeanization and Tolerance in Turkey (London: Palgrave, 2013); Islam, Migration and Integration: The Age of Securitization (London: Palgrave, 2009); Contemporary Migrations in Turkey: Integration or Return (Istanbul Bilgi University Press, in Turkish, co-written with others), Belgian-Turks, Brussels: King Baudouin Foundation, 2008, co-written with Ferhat Kentel), Euro-Turks: A Bridge or a Breach between Turkey and the EU (Brussels: CEPS Publications, 2005, co-written with Ferhat Kentel, Turkish version by Bilgi University); wrote another book titled Sicher in Kreuzberg: Constructing Diasporas, published in two languages, English (Bielefeld: Transkript verlag, 2001) and Turkish (Istanbul: Büke Yayınları, 2000); translated Ethnic Groups and Boundaries by Fredrik Barth and Citizenship and Social Classes by T. H. Marshall and Tom Bottomore; and he edited several book on migration, integration, citizenship, and diasporas. Kaya received Turkish Social Science Association Prize in 2003; Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA-GEBİP) Prize in 2005; Sedat Simavi Research Prize in 2005; and also Euroactiv European Prize in 2008.
Memet Kılıç holds law degrees from the universities of Ankara (Turkey) and Heidelberg. During his studies, he worked as an academic assistant at the European Documentation Centre of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. From 2004 to 2009, he was a Member of Heidelberg City Council. Since 2009, Kılıç has represented his constituency of Pforzheim and Enzkreis in the Bundestag as an MP of The Greens.
Professor Aykut Kibritçioğlu (born 1962 in Istanbul, Turkey) has BA and MA degrees from the Ankara University (1985 and 1988) and a PhD degree from the Kiel (Christian Albrecht) University (1994) in the field of economics. Since 2005, he works as a professor in the Department of Economics, Ankara University. He can be reached at: http://kibritcioglu.com/iktisat/.
PAUL J. KUBICEK
Assistant Professor Paul J. Kubicek currently teaches political science at Oakland University where he also holds the positions of director of Center for International Studies and director of Religious Studies. Kubicek obtained his BA from Georgetown University in 1989, MA from University of Michigan in 1992 and Ph.D from University of Michigan in 1995. He has received numerous awards and scholarships including Oakland University Research Fellowship, American Councils for International Education Advanced Research Fellowship and Fulbright Scholarship. Kubicek also has many publications published in refereed academic journals.
JOSE IGREJA MATOS
José Igreja Matos is Judge at the Court of Appeal of Porto, in Portugal. He has been President of the European Association of Judges (EAJ) since October 2016. He is also Vice President of the International Association of Judges (IAJ) since 2012. He has served in the Portuguese judiciary from 1989. He is a graduate of Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Coimbra (1988) and has a master degree of Escola de Direito da Universidade do Minho (2008). He is Director of the juridical review JULGAR (www.julgar.pt). He published several books and articles about themes related with the judiciary.
Dr. Sezgin Mercan is the assistant professor of Department of Political Science and International Relations at Başkent University. His research topics are European Political History, Political, Economic, Social and Military Integration in Europe, Integration Theories, Common Foreign, Security and Defence Policy of the EU, The EU Enlargement, Global and Regional Policies of the EU, Separatist Movements in the EU, Relations between the EU and the Middle East, Relations between Turkey and the EU. Dr. Mercan completed his bachelor studies at Başkent University, Department of Political Science and International Relations. He holds a M.A. degree in the European Union from Başkent University and a Ph.D. in European Studies from Dokuz Eylül University. He is the author of various journal and book articles like in Turkish Studies, International Relations and Diplomacy, Ankara Review of European Studies, The Academic Journal of the Middle East.
Dr. Nikos Moudouros graduated from Turkish and Middle-Eastern Studies Department of the University of Cyprus. Later he obtained a postgraduate degree from SOAS and a doctoral degree from the Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies Department of the University of Cyprus. He was a special advisor to the Presidency of the Cyprus Republic on Turkish and Turkish Cypriot Relations from 2008 till 2013. He is the author of the book entitled “The Transformation of Turkey: From the Kemalist Domination to Islamic Neo-liberalism.” He currently works as a Special Academic Staff at the University of Cyprus.
Dr. Murat Okçu received his bachelor, master and doctoral degrees from Middle East Techincal University. Currently he teaches at Suleyman Demirel University. His research interest includes public policy, postmodernism and public policy, Europeanization of public policy.
Professor Özlem Onaran is Professor of Workforce and Economic Development Policy at the University of Greenwich. She has done extensive research on issues of distribution, employment, globalization, and crisis. She is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Research Network Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies, and a research associate at the Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has more than sixty articles in books and peer reviewed journals such as Cambridge Journal of Economics, World Development, Environment and Planning A, Public Choice, Economic Inquiry, European Journal of Industrial Relations, International Review of Applied Economics, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Eastern European Economics, and Review of Political Economy.
Assistant Professor Selcen Öner received her bachelor degree from International Relations Department of Istanbul University. Later she pursued her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Marmara University. She currently teaches at Bahçeşehir University, Social Sciences Institute. Her research interest includes European identity, EU- Turkey relations and Turkish Foreign Policy.
Dr. Onur Öymen acquired his undergraduate education and his PhD from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Ankara University. His PhD on “Teknik Gelişme ve Savunma Politikası” (Technological Development and Defence Policy) was published by Bilgi Yayınları. He is former diplomat and politician. He served as Ambassador and Counsellor of Turkey in different countries. In addition, he is former Undersecretary of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and former Member of Turkish Parliament representing Republican People’s Party (CHP). He hold the Deputy Chairman position in CHP between 2003-2010.
Professor Şemsa Özar received B.A and M.A degrees from Bosporus University, Department of Economics. She received her PhD from Wirtschaftsuniversitaet, Wien, Austria. She widely researched on the topic of development economics, economics of gender and globalization. She currently teaches at Bosporus University.
Assistant Professor Behlül Özkan completed his bachelor studies at the Bosphorus University Department of Political Sciences and International relations. He then performed his graduate studies and received his PhD from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of International Relations at Marmara University. He is the author of From the Abode of Islam to the Turkish Vatan: Making of a National Homeland in Turkey (Yale University Press, 2012). He also worked as a journalist at CNNTurk and Aljazeera.
BURAK BİLGEHAN ÖZPEK
Associate Professor Burak Bilgehan Özpek works in the Department of International Relations at the TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Ankara. His main research interests include the de facto states, conflict studies, contemporary politics of the Middle East and Turkish foreign policy. He has published articles in journals such as Journal of International Relations and Development, International Journal, Iran and the Caucasus, Turkish Studies, Israel Affairs and Global Governance. Professor Özpek is also an irregular columnist for daily Taraf Newspaper.
Professor Konuralp Pamukçu has a Ph.D. degree in International Relations. He conducted his graduate studies at the School of Economics of Istanbul University and the University of Texas at Austin. He has been serving as chair of the School of Business at the University of Phoenix-Chicago since 2006. His research interests are International Political Economy, Environmental Economics and Politics, Transboundary Water Disputes and Climate Change. Among others, he had headed community development projects financed by the European Union while working for the World Academy for Local Government and Democracy (WALD). He has publications on efficient use of fresh water resources, water privatization and trade, international climate change negotiations, and cities’ climate action plans.
Dr. Barbara Pusch works as Mercator-IPS Fellow at İstanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University. She studied Sociology, Turkology, Philosophy and Ethnology at the University of Vienna. She completed her PhD thesis on the Green movement in Turkey and focused her post-doctoral project on Muslim women in Turkey. From 1998 to 2000 she participated in various international research projects in Turkey and Germany. From 2000 to 2001 she taught at the Technical University of Istanbul. From 2001 to 2009 she served as Research Assistant to the Director at the Orient-Institut Istanbul and took part in the project “Cultural Capital during Migration”. Afterwards she worked for five years as research associate at the Orient-Institut Istanbul and was lecturing at the University of Vienna and the Bahçeşehir University (Istanbul). Her work focuses on various aspects of international migration to Turkey and the German-Turkish transnational space.
Christophe Régnard is Judge at the Court of Appeal of Paris. He has been President of the International Association of Judges (IAJ) since October 2016. He was President of the European Association of Judges (EAJ) from 2012 to 2016. He has served in the French judiciary from 1996. He is a graduate of Université Paris XI Sceaux (1990), IEJ Paris 2 (1992), and Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas (1992). He was also President of Union Syndicale des Magistrats, the largest trade union of magistrates in France, between 2008-2014, and has been a member of Conseil Supérieur de la Magistrature (the French High Council for the Judiciary) since 2015.
Aydın Sezer, is co-founder and co-president of Turkey-Research Research Centre. He was graduated from METU’s Administrative Sciences faculty in 1993 and obtained his MBA degree in 1989 from Cairo American University. Mr. Sezer also got a GATT Foreign Trade diploma in 1992. Aydın Sezer is a former columnist of Referans Newspaper and has also authored the book entitle ‘Mavi Düş (Blue Dream) and co-authored TUSİAD Avrupa Birliği’ne Katılım Sürecinde Türkiye’nin Komşuluk Politikası (TÜSİAD: Turkey’s Neighborhood Policy in EU Accession Process).
Professor Dani Rodrik is the Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has published widely in the areas of international economics, economic development, and political economy. Professor Rodrik holds a Ph.D. in economics and an MPA from Princeton University, and an A.B. (summa cum laude) from Harvard College. He is affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research, Centre for Economic Policy Research (London), Center for Global Development, and Council on Foreign Relations, among others.
ERIK JAN ZÜRCHER
Professor Erik Jan Zürcher (Leiden, 1953) was awarded his Ph.D. at Leiden University in 1984. He has taught at Nijmegen and Amsterdam Universities and been attached to the International Institute of Social History twice (1990-99 as senior research fellow and 2008-12 as general director). Since 1997 he has been full professor of Turkish Studies at Leiden University. He has been a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2008 and affiliate professor in Stockholm University since 2013. Zürcher has written or edited eleven books, mostly on Turkey in the 20th century. His Turkey A Modern History has been translated into eight languages.
Professor İlhan Uzgel, received his master’s degree from Ankara University’s International Relations Relations department after graduating from Uludağ University’s International Relations Department. In the year 1993 he conducted research at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) towards his PhD thesis. Receiving his MPhil degree from Cambridge University, to which he attended utilising Jean Monnet Scholarship, Uzgel completed his PhD studies at Ankara University in 1997. Uzgel conducted post-doctoral studies in Georgetown university to which he attended as a Fulbright scholar. Professor Uzgel is currently teaching on International Relations Theories, the Balkans, US Foreign Policy and Turkish Foreign Policy at International Relations Deparment at Ankara University, where he started his academic career in 1988.
Associate Professor Abdüllatif Şener, Former State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. Abdüllatif Şener was born in 1954 in the city of Sivas. In 1977, he graduated from the Faculty of Political Science at Ankara University. He worked as a public servant in the Ministry of Interior Affairs and the Turkish Employment Agency, and as a tax inspector in the Ministry of Finance. he recieved his doctorate in 1986 and the title of associate professor in 1990 in Finance field. Associate Professor Şener served as an academic in Gazi University and in Hacettepe University. Şener also served as a member of parliament between 1991 and 2007, as a Minister of Finance between 1996 and 1997, as a State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister between 2002 and 2007. He chose not to run for member of parliament in 2007 Elections. One year later he resigned from the Justice and Development Party (AKP), of which he was a co-founder. In 2009 he founded the Turkey Party (TP), became its chairman and then closed it down in 2012. Associate Professor Şener wrote the books “Ottoman Tax System in the Tanzimat Reform Era”, “Ottomans Towards its End”, “The Transparency of Ottoman Finances”. He also has a biography written by the journalist Çiğdem Toker entitled “Abdullatif Sener: My name grew with me”. Şener is also know for the numerous academic articles he has written and conferences he has attended.
ELEM EYRİCE TEPECİKLİOĞLU
Dr. Elem Eyrice Tepeciklioğlu is a research assistant at Yaşar University, Turkey. She has conducted her post-doctoral studies at the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has articles, book chapters and conference papers on African politics, Turkish-African relations, International Relations education, International Relations curriculum and postcolonial theory. Her latest research focuses on the correlation between federal principles and conflict management in South African case with a particular interest on the transition period (1994-1996). Her research interests include but not limited to African affairs, Turkish-African relations, federalism, conflict management, International Relations Theory and postcolonialism.
Dr. Mina Toksöz is an Emerging Markets and Country Risk Consultant. She has 15 years of experience in investment banking, most recently as Head of Country Risk at Standard Bank International. Prior to this Dr Toksöz worked for The Economist Group’s EIU, covering Europe and the Middle East, and as Manager of the Country Risk Service. She currently serves as an Independent Director on the Supervisory Board of the EIU Country Risk Service. She has published widely on Emerging Markets; has a D.Phil. in Economics from Sussex University, BA from Bosporus University, and Executive Programme on Infrastructure at Harvard University. Dr Toksoz is a regular public speaker with recent engagements on Turkey and the Middle East at Chatham House, RIIA; on UK-Turkey relations to the House of Commons Foreign Policy Committee; lectures on Country Risk at the Manchester Business School.
Dr. Ömer Tekdemir is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University. He was previously a Visiting Academic in Political Economy at the Durham Business School, Durham University, after gaining his PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the School of Government and International Affairs and Ustinov College, at Durham University. He also completed his MA in International Relations and Contemporary Political Theory at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster. His research interests include, International Relation Theory; Political Economy; Political Theory; Critical Approach; Discourse Analysis; Democracy; Populism; Identity; Citizenship; Conflict and Peace Study; within the EU, Middle Eastern, and Turkey area studies. He is currently working on a book, The Political Economy of Kurdish Political Identity.
MELTEM İNCE YENİLMEZ
Associate Professor Meltem İnce Yenilmez works at Yaşar University, Economics Department. She has BA and MA degrees from Eastern Mediterranean University and a PhD degree from Afyon Kocatepe University in Economics. She completed her post-doctoral research at University of Cambridge, department of sociology. Currently, she is Visiting Scholar at University of California at Berkeley. Her research interests are on the topic of economics of gender, labor force and employment, occupational segregation and women empowerment. She has been working on a book project examining women empowerment and the challenges women are facing in Turkey and USA.
Dr. Cüneyt Ülsever has studied BA in economics at Boğaziçi University. He has completed his master’s degree in international relations at John’s Hopkins University and master’s degree in economics at Columbia University. He has studied PhD. in human resources at Harvard University between 1978 and 1983. Until 1997, Dr. Ülsever has worked at management levels of various companies. Since 1997, he has been working as a consultant, author and columnist. Dr. Ülsever, who worked in established institutions such as Hürriyet Newspaper and Daily News, also authored 17 books so far. Ülsever still works as a columnist at Daily Yurt Newspaper.
Professor Erinç Yeldan received his Ph.D. from University of Minnesota, USA, and joined the Department of Economics at Bilkent in 1988. He served as Chair to the Economics Department between 1998 and 2003. During 1994/95 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Minnesota where he taught Applied General Equilibrium Analysis. He later visited International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, D.C. and worked as a research associate. During 2007/2008 he was a Fulbright scholar at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and at Amherst College. In 2012 Dr Yeldan has moved to Yasar University as Dean of the faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. Dr. Yeldan’s recent work focuses on development macroeconomics and on empirical, dynamic general equilibrium models with emphasis on the Turkish economy. He is one of the executive directors of the International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs), New Delhi. He was a recipient of Young Scientist Award of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) in 1998. His works were cited among the list of Top 500 Economists by a research conducted by the European Economic Association in 2001.
Professor İbrahim Sirkeci, is Professor of Transnational Studies and Marketing at Regent’s University London since 2005. He is also the director of Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies. A graduate of Bilkent University Political Science and Public Administration, Prof Sirkeci completed his PhD in Human Geography at the University of Sheffield in 2002. Before joining Regent’s University, he worked at the Centre for Citizenship and Ethnicity at the University of Bristol. Prof Sirkeci’s work revolving around the themes of ethnic conflict, minorities, migration, transnational movements, remittances, segmentation, segregation, and transnational marketing have been supported by the World Bank, European Union and government departments. He is the founding and managing editor of journals Migration Letters, Transnational Marketing Journal and Kurdish Studies. Professor Sirkeci published many books and articles in international reputable outlets.