CEM GÜRDENİZ

CEM GÜRDENİZ

Admiral Cem Gürdeniz graduated from Turkish Naval Academy in 1979. As a deck officer he served in different in destroyers and frigates. He assumed the Command of guided missile frigate TCG Gaziantep and Third Destroyer Division. He completed his education in Turkish Naval War College and Armed Forces College. He holds two masters degrees from US Naval Postgraduate School and Université Libre Brussels (ULB) in personnel management and international politics respectively.

He was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral (lower half) in 2004 and upper half in 2008. He served as the Chief, Strategy and Agreements Department and then the Head of Plans and Policy Division in Turkish Naval Forces Headquarters. As his combat duties, he has served as the commander of Amphibious Ships Group and Mine Fleet. He retired in 2012 due to Sledgehammer Bogus Case. He is the founder and Director of Istanbul Koç University Maritime Forum. In addition to his native Turkish, he is fluent in English and French. Admiral Gürdeniz is the writer of numerous publications in different languages.

DİCLE EROĞUL

DİCLE EROĞUL

She graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1981. She started working as an Engineer in the General Directorate of Post and Telecommunication in Turkey. She worked at different positions in Turkish Telecommunication company (TürkTelekom) and was appointed as the Director for Department of Informatics. She was the responsible manager for Turkey’s Internet infrastructure project. After 1999 she continued her career in the private sector.

HASAN ÜNAL

HASAN ÜNAL

Prof. Hasan Ünal got his undergraduate degree from the department of History at Istanbul University. He continued his studies in UK and was awarded Ph.D on international history from University of Manchester. He thought courses on international politics and the Balkans at Bilkent University, Ankara. He has visited universities of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkish Republic of North Cyprus as a guest lecturer. As an expert on Balkans and the Cyprus issue, Prof. Ünal now is the head of department of Politics and International Relations at Maltepe University.

ŞAHİN YAMAN

ŞAHİN YAMAN

Mr. Şahin Yaman graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Political Science in 1990, earned a M.A. degree in International Economics and Russian Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies-SAIS in 1996. Entering government service in 1992, at the Undersecetariat for Treasury and Foreign Trade, Mr Yaman worked as deputy & acting director general of the DG of Economic Research and Assessment at the Ministry of Economy. At Turkish Prime Ministry, he worked as chief economic advisor on Central Asia, China and India (2000-2001). He also served as Deputy Commercial Counsellor, Commercial Counsellor, and Chief Commercial Counsellor at the Mission of Turkey to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva between 2002-2005, 2009, 2011-2015. Mr Yaman is working as Trade Policy advisor to both private, public sectors and innovation centres.

ŞAHVER KAYA

ŞAHVER KAYA

Şahver Kaya holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a MS in Information Systems from the Northeastern University Graduate School of Engineering. From 2000 – 2010, Şahver had progressively more strategic and innovation assignments at global B2B power houses such as IBM Software Group in Lexington, MA; Siemens Automation and Drives in Nuremberg, Germany and Deloitte Strategy. She is an advisor to sovereign funds and advanced technology startups in Europe, US, MENA and the Asia. Currently she is providing consulting services for companies from Brussels, Silicon Valley to China on artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies.

Since 2017, Şahver shares her observations and analysis on global digital economy on her weekly column at Turkish Daily, Hürriyet.

VOLKAN ÖZDEMİR

VOLKAN ÖZDEMİR

After graduating from Middle East Technical University, Ankara Volkan Özdemir got his master degree from universities of Upssala, Sweden on international studies and Ph.D degree from MGIMO, Russia on economics respectively. He worked for Turkish Prime Ministry Undersecreteriat for Foreign Trade and state energy company BOTAŞ. He has been in International Energy Charter as a senior fellow. He is giving different lectures at various institutions with an emphasis on geopolitics. He is the founder and director of the ATA Platform.

In addition to his native Turkish, he is fluent in English and Russian. Assoc. Prof. Volkan Özdemir has numerous publications in different languages on geopolitical economy, security and energy affairs.

BARIŞ HASAN

BARIŞ HASAN

He received his bachelor degree from Department of International Relations at Middle East Technical University. He received his master degree from Institute of Social Sciences at Istanbul Commerce University. As of the moment, he is PhD candidate at Atatürk Institute for Modern Turkish History at Bosporus University and he continues to study on his dissertation about Greek foreign policy. He worked in the non-governmental organizations for Turkish minority of Greece both in Turkey and Germany. After that, he worked for organization of international cultural activities conducted as part of İstanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture project. After long experience of social and cultural projects, he worked as expert on foreign trade in Istanbul Chamber of Commerce and Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry for long years. He is the coordinator of ATA Platform.