Who are we?

Executive Board Members

Rümeyza Kazancıoğlu, Chair
Rukiye Devres Ünver, Vice Chair
Murat Şentürk, Secretary General
Esra Kıvrak, Treasurer
Gülüstü Salur
Ferhat Boratav
Nazan Moroğlu

Executive Board / Associate Members

Reşit Canbeyli
Funda Sivrikaya Şerifoğlu
Esra Akan
Abdullah Akyüz
Gülseli Zeren Karadere

Ufuk Akın, Ph.D.

Studied psychology at the University of Evansville (USA) and Bogazici University; graduated in 1985. Received her master degree in Social Psychology in 1989.

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Doctoral dissertation titled “Effectiveness of the education about communication skills.” Received her PhD from Middle East Technical University in 2000. Member of the team of European and sole practitioner licensed in Turkey.

Gonca Gürsoy Artunkal

Gonca graduated from Robert College in 1985. Received BA in economics from Oglethorpe University and completed master’s degrees at London School of Economics and Bogazici University.

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Presently Group Country Head of UBS Turkey. Prior to joining UBS in 2012 was head of Turkish Corporate and Investment Banking at Citibank and Societe Generale. Has also held senior positions at Morgan Stanley and Chase Manhattan Bank. Is married and has one son. Is member of Women for Women’s Human Rights (WWHR), an organization that aims to promote women’s human rights, equality and non-discrimination in Turkey and on the international level.

Mehmet Atakan

Received BS degree from University of Virginia. Earned MS and MBA degrees from Columbia University.

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Is a businessman and entrepreneur. Is currently Turkish director for Canyon Ranch of Arizona in their resort and residences project near Bodrum.

Prof. Sevda Bekman

Received doctorate from University of London in Child Development. Currently a retired professor, Boğazici University, Istanbul.

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Founding member and consultant to AÇEV ( Mother-Child Education Foundation). Main interest lies in area of early childhood intervention and main contribution to the area has been in the development of intervention programs for children who are developmentally vulnerable and for their parents. Has also directed and contributed to various research studies on the effectiveness of intervention programs. Has worked as a consultant for national and international agencies. Has various articles published in national and international journals and a book summarising her work in the area of intervention entitled “A Fair Chance”.

Prof. Ender Berker

Graduated from Robert College in 1958 and studied at Istanbul University Medical Faculty.

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Was the Turkey representative of EFIC for a time. Has published over 100 journal articles on pain and rehabilitation as well as book chapters on those issues.

Güsel Bilal

Earned a degree in history from Istanbul University. Worked at TUSLOG for three years and has been working at the Turkish Educational Foundation (TEV) since 1967.

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Is vice chair of TEV and the director of their education department. Has received awards from many foundations, including the Turkish Women’s League of America, DAAD, Rotary Club, and the World Newspaper.

Prof. Hale Bolak Boratav

Graduated from Robert College. Completed undergraduate degree in psychology at Boğazici University.

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Earned doctorate in Social Psychology at University of California, Santa Cruz – USA. Taught at university in the USA until 1998. Thereafter, serves as head of Psychology Department at Istanbul Bilgi University. Has several publications in peer reviewed journals nationally and internationally.

Ferhat Boratav

Graduate of Istanbul Lycee; BA from History Department, Boğaziçi University.

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Wrote his thesis on “Turkish Immigrant Workers” in Grenoble University, France. Worked as producer, speaker, and radio newsperson at BBC Turkish, London in 1987. Currently He is executive news editor at CNN Turk. Foreign languages: English, French, and German.

Prof. Reşit Canbeyli

Received doctorate in Chemical Engineering (1968) and Psychology (1977) from Columbia University.

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Between 1976 and 1982 taught at Boğaziçi University. Between 1989 and 1993, worked as a researcher at Columbia University. Has been teaching at Bogaziçi University since 1994. Established psychobiology lab at Boğaziçi University, a venue for research and educational activities.

Prof. Banu Cangöz

Born in Ankara, 1967. Graduated from Hacettepe University Faculty of Literature as a best performing student.

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Awarded İhsan Doğramacı ‘excellence in teaching award’ in 1988.

Undertook postgraduate studies in experimental psychology at Hacettepe University in 1991 and completed her doctorate in same field in 1997. Established the “Cognitive Pschology Practice Laboratory”. Recipient of Turkish Gerontology Award. Served as vice president of Turkish Psychology Association (TPA), 2008-09. Between 2004 and 2014, representative of TPA at European Federation Psychological Association (EFPA)’s Geropsychology Working Group. Assistant manager and co-chair of Hacettepe University Psychology Department. Active in Hacettepe University Geriatric Sciences Practice and Research Center (GEBAM) since 2009. Major Fields of interest are cognitive psychology, cognitive aging and neuropsychological assessment. Author of numerous scientific publications.

Rukiye Devres Ünver

Received bachelor’s and masters degrees in architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Subsequently worked in the profession in USA. In Turkey, worked for the Aga Khan Foundation on pilot projects for “financially, socially and environmentally sustainable low income” groups in Pakistan and China at various times. After the 1999 earthquake, established the YAY Foundation and in collaboration with the ÇEKÜL Foundation, Habitat for Humanity International and MIT implemented the Beriköy Project.

Ayşe F.Doğruer

Graduated from Robert Collage in 1963. Studies at Faculty of Law in Istanbul University.

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Has been working as a self-employed lawyer since 1970. Has worked on the establishment of numerous NGOs as a lawyer and on their executive committees. Has been a member of the Robert Collage Alumni Association’s executive committee and worked as the CEO since 1980.

Prof. Alan Robert Duben

Born New York City, 1943. PhD,1973 in social anthropology, University of Chicago.

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Taught at NYU, Boğaziçi University, Hamilton College, Istanbul Bilgi University. Served as Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Director of Center for International Programs, and Vice Rector at Bilgi University. Consultant for OECD, USAID, and World Bank projects in Turkey. Author of books and scholarly articles in journals and edited volumes on urbanization, family, and the elderly.

Deniz İlkin

Graduated from T.E.D. Ankara College in 1967. Has had extensive experience as private sector executive.

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Presently retired. Since 1989 has been working with numerous NGOs on educational issues. Also works as a family constellation facilitator since 2014. Since her husband’s death from Cortica Basal Ganglion Degeneration (CBGD), a type of dementia, has applied her experience in that respect as a group therapist and advisor to relatives and care-givers of individuals suffering from dementia.

Assoc. Prof. İpek İlkkaracan Ajas

Professor in the Faculty of Management, Istanbul Technical University.

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Has published on the economy of labour, political economy, development, gender mainstreaming, and economics, both in national and international journals. Serves as expert on Turkey for the European Network of Experts on Gender Equality. Also serves as board member of the Middle Eastern Economics Association and as a member of the Feminist Economics Journal publication committee. In addition to academic work, has served as a volunteer with various NGO’s.

Nağme KAN

Born in 1988. Graduated from the Department of Psychology, Bogazici University in 2014.

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Has completed internships on neuropsychological testing as a volunteer in nursing homes. Presently Works as Coordinator of the 65+ Elder Rights Association and also as a columnist for a website which has the mission on being source of all kinds of acknowledgement.

Gülüstü Salur, M.D.

Born in Istanbul in 1966; graduated from the Medical Faculty, Istanbul University.

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Completed specialization in the department of ITF Neurology between 1992 and 1998 followed by further specialization in behavioral neurology and movement disorders. Among the founders of the Alzheimer Association in Turkey. Undertook further studies under Prof. Marsel Mesulam at Northwestern University, Chicago between 1998 and 2002. Since 2003 working as a private practitioner specializing in cognitive neurology, dementia, and movement disorders. Is also a part-time instructor at Bogazici University. A member of study group on the standardization of neuropsychological tests in Turkish. She populates interns in these fields. Continues as member of the Alzheimer Association. Founder of 65+ Elder Rights Association along with others dedicated to elder issues.

Prof. Rümeyza (Turan) Kazancıoğlu

Born in 1967 in Istanbul. Graduated from the Medical Faculty, Istanbul University in 1991.

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Completed her specialization in internal medicine and nephrology in 2001 at Istanbul University. Received a scholarship from the Internal Society of Nephrology in 2000 and worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Transplantation Unit for six months. Received doctorate in 2003. Member of numerous Turkish and ionternational professional associations.. Has been chair of the Turkish Nephrology Association branch in Istanbul since 2012. Member of the board of trustees and member of Project development committee of project development of Turkish Kidney Association. Has received awards from many associations both national and international, including best young investigator award by the European Renal Association and the European Dialysis and Transplant Association.

Prof. Yahya Rauf Laleli

Born in 1939. Graduated from the Medical Faculty of Istanbul University in 1964.

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Specialized in the biochemistry at the Medical Faculty of Hacettepe University in 1967. Currently professor of nuclear medicine and biochemistry and founder and manager of Duzen Laboratories Group. Founder of the War on AIDS Society; also a member of the Turkish Biochemistry Association, the Turkish Hematology Association, and the Turkish Benefactors Association.

Akide Neşe Ölçer

Graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Ege University. Has been residing in Istanbul since 1974.

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Member of Lions International Bebek, Asiyan since 1995; has served as chair since 1997. Subsequently served as regional chair. Member of both Pharmacological Vigilance and The Turkish Pharmacists’ Association.

Prof. Günay Göksu Özdoğan

Professor in the Department of the Political Science and International Relations, Marmara University.

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Received an MBA from the London School of Economics in 1975 and a PhD in political science from Bogazici University in 1990. Has numerous publications in both national and international journals.

Bilge Rızvani

Born in Ankara in 1966. Graduated from Robert College in 1985 and from Political Science Department of Bogazici University in 1989.

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Subsequently worked as a manager in private sector for 14 years. In 2003 she resigned and decided to spend her time with her children.

Prof. Kaynak Selekler

Graduated from the Medical Faculty, Istanbul University. Undertook studies at The National Hospital, Queen Square between 1975 and 1976.

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Became associate professor of neurology in 1979 and has been a professor since 1988. Founding member of the Turkish Neurological Society, founding member of the Alzheimer Association of Turkey. Has also played a role in the foundation of the Ankara branch of the association. Prof. Selekler is the author of over 150 publications in both national and international journals and other sources, largely focusing on issues concerning CAT scan, aphasia, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.

Prof. Mehmet Şükrü SEVER

Specialized in Internal diseases and received his degree from Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty in 1982.

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Participated in the Cleveland Clinic Foundation studies of transplantation nephrology in 1990. At the same time began working as medical advisor and academic coordinator in the Turkish Kidney Association. Has still been at these possessions . Also serves as moderator of the Emergency and Disaster Medical Care Committee of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health.