Av. Zeynephan Gemicioğlu

Atty. Zeynephan GEMİCİOĞLU


Zeynephan Gemicioğlu, one of the partners of Gemicioğlu Law Firm, graduated from Saint Joseph French High School and Yeditepe University Faculty of Law. He has been practicing law since 2006 and his area of expertise is Company Law. Zeynephan Gemicioğlu, who speaks English and French, also lectured at Okan University as a guest lecturer from business life. He has a joint publication called "Personal Data Protection Legislation, International Regulations and Case Laws". Zeynephan Gemicioğlu, one of the founding members of the Women in Technology Association (WTECH), has also carried out various volunteer activities on behalf of the Effort Association, Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG).

Assoc. Prof. Deniz Şenol SERT

Board Member

Özyeğin University International Relations Department faculty member Assoc. Dr. Deniz Sert received her BA in International Relations from Koç University and her MA in European Union Studies from the London School of Economics, and her PhD in Political Science from the City University of New York in 2008. After her doctorate, she worked in different research projects on international migration at Koç University Migration Research Application and Research Center, MiReKoc, and gave various lectures on international relations at different universities. Dr. Sert's research focuses on compulsory, international, irregular and transnational migration, conflict, border management and civil society; He has many academic publications on these subjects and a Jean Monnet Chair in "Immigration and Mobility in Europe". She is also the editor of the International Migration magazine of the International Organization for Migration.

Fikret Erkut EMCİOĞLU

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Fikret Erkut Emcioğlu, who continues his academic career as a lecturer at the Faculty of Business Administration and Management Sciences at Okan University, graduated from Saint Michel French High School and received a bachelor's degree in law and politics at Strasbourg III Robert Schuman University. He studied English Law at the University of Essex. He completed his master's degree in European Union Law at Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas University. Emcioğlu, who gives lectures on European Union Law and Constitutional Law, also has seven years of journalism and announcer experience at the International French State Radio. Emcioğlu, who was the International Relations coordinator of the Bee Movement in 2006 and worked as the foreign legal consultant of Okan Holding between 2007 and 2011, has been working with the Berlin-based think tank called the European Stability Initiative (ESI) since 2004, and he carries out various researches on the social, economic and legal framework of EU-Turkey integration.

Prof. Dr. Zeynep ALEMDAR

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She heads the Department of International Relations and the European Union Research Center at Okan University, Istanbul. Her research analyzes Turkish politics through the interactions between domestic and international factors, focusing mostly on civil society actors and bottom-up movements. She is passionate about women's involvement in foreign policy and is the leader of the Women in Foreign Policy Initiative (WFP14) in Istanbul that encourages and promotes women's participation in foreign policy mechanisms. She was an EASI-Hurford Next Generation Fellow for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in 2014. She is an advisor on the editorial boards of the International Studies Perspectives as well as the Turkish Policy Quarterly.


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Working as the Head of Corporate Communications at Kale Group, Rana Birden graduated from Galatasaray University, Department of International Relations, and completed the European Union Master's Program at the same university. During the first ten years of his career, she served as a Senior Research Specialist at the Economic Development Foundation, Deputy Project Coordinator of the European Union Civil Society Development Program, EU Research and Documentation Coordinator at Bahçeşehir University, Director of the Social Participation and Development Foundation, Sabancı Foundation, Third Sector Foundation of Turkey, Charles Stewart. She acted as a consultant to many foundations and associations such as Mott. Among her areas of interest are increasing the capacity of rights-based non-governmental organizations in Turkey, especially women's NGOs, to prepare and implement projects at international standards, to develop collaborations, and to involve NGOs in Turkey in global issues.


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Having completed his high school education at The Browning School, Arda Batu graduated from Boğaziçi University, Department of Political Science and International Relations in 2001. After completing her internship in the European Parliament, she received her "Master's Degree" from Marmara University European Community Institute in 2004. Batu, who started his professional life as a research assistant at Yeditepe University in 2003, worked as a project manager at HB Consultancy Group, a legal and investment consultancy company, in addition to his academic and civil society studies between 2007 and 2010. Between 2010 and 2011, he worked as a political and economic risk analysis consultant at Aleph Consulting, based in London. Prior to his position as the Secretary General & Member of the Board of Directors at the Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation (TÜRKONFED), he continued his academic and civil society activities as well as being a manager at a strategic communication and consultancy company calledstrateCo. Batu, who is on the independent board of directors, Economic and Foreign Policy Research Center (EDAM) board of directors and editorial board of Turkish Policy Quarterly at Federal Mogul İzmit Piston A.Ş., European Union, United Nations, NATO: Public Diplomacy Division, World Bank, GMF He has designed and managed projects with various organizations such as


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Semih Beken, CEO of Hilmi Beken Fuel Company, has a bachelor's degree in international business from Southern New Hampshire University. During his business life, he worked in the field of import and export at Adopen, and worked as a partner in the Art Deco Group. Beken, Romanian Honorary Consul in Antalya, TÜRKONFED (Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation - Member of the Board), BAKSIFED (Western Mediterranean Industry and Business Federation - Vice President), YÖRSİAD (Yörük Industrialists and Business People - High Advisory Board President), TABGİS (Turkey Fuel Dealers, Oil and Gas Companies Employers Union - Member of the Board of Directors) continues to work.



Elif Çağla Kurtuluş received her BA from Özyeğin University, Department of International Relations. Kurtuluş is the co-founder and first president of the OzU Diplomacy Club, which aims to introduce students to the art and profession of diplomacy. Elif Çağla Kurtuluş, who speaks English and Spanish, worked as a project assistant at the Department of Migration Policies at the Ministry of Interior, General Directorate of Migration Management, and at the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM). Kurtulus, who worked as a Visiting Researcher at Koç University MiReKoc - Migration Research Center, has a joint publication titled “COVID-19 and Migration”. While continuing her education, she also worked as the assistant of Jean Monnet CHARM, which is the European Union project. She is interested in foreign policy analysis, the European Union, conflict resolution, diplomacy and migration studies, and wishes to pursue a career this domain.