Cemalettin Gürel graduated from Istanbul Kabataş High School. Gürel obtained his bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from ITU in 1984 and his MBA degree from the Istanbul University School of Business in 1987. He served as Purchasing Manager at Profilo Holding from 1988 to 1998. Between 1998 and 2003, Gürel worked as Purchasing and Administrative Services Manager at Kıran Holding. During the years from 2003 to 2014, he served as Purchasing and Administrative Services Manager at Finansbank-Fiba Holding. Gürel joined Özyeğin University in January 2015 as Operations Director.
Health&Safety and Environment Coordinator
Hikmet Taşdemir obtained his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in February 1995. He received his master’s degree from Yeni Yüzyıl University in 2013. He holds an A class Occupational Safety certificate from the Ministry of Labor, and presently serves as the official Occupational Safety Expert at Özyeğin University. Hikmet also holds the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. During his career at Culligan International from 1996 to 2001, he built process water, potable water and sea water treatment facilities in the well-known cities and institutions in Turkey, Turkmenistan and Russia. From 2001 to 2011, he served as the Corporate or Project HSEQ Coordinator at Turkish companies or international joint ventures (i.e. BEJV, IC İçtaş) in the construction sector. During these years, he built, supervised and inspected large construction sites in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Iraq, Libya, Romania, and Oman, and ensured their compliance with the ISO 9001, ISO 14100 and OHSAS 18001 requirements for US Army Corporation, Chevron Texaco, Philip Morris, and Lukoil, as well as the ministries and established organizations in the respective countries. From 2008 to 2009, he concurrently served as the HSE Manager at Fraport-IC, a joint venture on airport operation, while assigned for the construction of the Antalya Airport. Hikmet founded the Health & Safety and Environment Department at Özyeğin University in 2011 and has since been serving as the HSE Coordinator in charge of on-campus health and security services. During his career at Özyeğin University, he took the lead to fulfill all the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Environment (ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001) Management Systems. Today, he still continues to inspect, supervise and provide guidance for compliance with the standards to all departments at the campus. He also managed the LEED processes during the construction of on-campus buildings which were subsequently awarded the Gold Certificate by the USGBC.
Student Services Director
İpek ILDIZ graduated in 2010 from the double degree program in Global Politics and International Affairs from Middle East Technical University (METU) and SUNY Binghamton. She served as Sales Manager for the Sales and Marketing Department in İşNet Inc., a subsidiary of Is Bank in Turkey, from April 2010 to September 2010. In October 2010, she joined Özyeğin University where she started to work as Graduate Program Specialist at the Student Services Directorate. From January 2013 to April 2019 she continued to serve at the Process and Business Development Unit of Student Services. In May 2019, she took up the position of Acting Director of Student Services.
J. Melda ALPAYDIN
Sectoral Education and Professional Development Director
J. Melda Alpaydın graduated from Boğaziçi University, Department of Industrial Engineering in 1993. After Yapı ve Kredi Bank Management Trainee track, she completed Koç University MBA program in 1996. She worked at Koç Holding and Koç Information Technology Group as Strategic Planning, New Business Development and Marketing Manager. She joined Turkcell in 2004. Following management roles in Marketing, International Expansion, Investor Relations and Business Development, she became Subsidiaries Management and Business Development Director and took over the responsibility of Turkcell’s domestic and international group companies. She managed various international projects involving new business development, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, digital transformation and agile team management during her tenure in Turkcell. She joined Özyeğin University as Sectoral Education and Professional Development Director in September 2019.
Human Resources Director
Müge Belbes received her B.A degree in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Marmara University in 1998. In 1996, she started her professional career as a Human Resources Specialist at Commercial Union Life Insurance. She continued her career as a Human Resources Manager at Commercial Union Life Insurance, which later changed its name to Aviva Hayat ve Emeklilik. Between 2007 and 2008, she was assigned as a Unit Manager for Training, Development and Recruitment at AvivaSA Emeklilik ve Hayat. Her fields of expertise are compensation management, performance evaluation, career and talent management, recruitment processes, and merger and acquisition. During the recruitment processes she played an active role in employing the Assessment and Development Center applications. She is certified to administer and assess certain quantitative and qualitative aptitude tests and personality inventories, which she actively used during the recruitment processes. She also delivered trainings on Performance Management, Recruitment, and Interview Techniques. Since July 2008, she has been working as a Human Resources Coordinator at Özyeğin University.
YÖK Relations Coordinator
Nuray Özışık was born in Istanbul. Upon her graduation from Kandilli High School for Girls, Özışık obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Anadolu University. Özışık is currently pursuing her Master of Laws (LLM) degree in Public Law at Özyeğin University.
Özışık started her professional career in 1985 at the Personnel Administration Department of Boğaziçi University, where she later assumed several managerial positions in various departments of the university. In 2009, she served as the Secretary General of Boğaziçi University. The same year, Özışık joined Özyeğin University as YÖK Relations Coordinator and Advisor to the Rector.
Oğuz Ergin graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Business Administration in 1998. He joined Digiturk in 2000. Following various Finance positions, he took over the budget and reporting responsibility of Digiturk and its subsidiaries operating in Turkey and abroad. He most recently served as Budgeting, Financial Reporting and Investor Relations Senior Manager between 2011-2019. His fields of expertise are budgeting, financial reporting, consolidation, financial modelling, financial analysis, investor relations and initial public offering processes. As of August 2019, he started to work at Özyeğin University as Deputy Director of Finance. As of November 2020, he was appointed as the Finance Director.
She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Information and Documentation Management from Ankara University in 1994. She started her career as an Archivist at a local newspaper in Bursa. She worked as Cataloging Librarian at Bilkent University between 1996 and 1997. She came to İstanbul in 1997 and began working at Koç University Library as Cataloging, Acquisition and Archive Librarian until 2005. She served as Team Coordinator in 2006 at Istanbul Research Institute Library’s foundation. She joined Ozyegin University in 2008. She had been working as Acquisition and Access Services Team Leader until 2017, February. She had been working as Library Manager between 2017-2019. As of June, 2019 She was appointed as Library Deputy Director. Since 2016, he has been working as database liaison at ANKOS. Her fields of expertise are cataloging, acquisition and budget management. She was appointed as Library Director in September 2019.
Institutional Relations and Integrated Communication Director
Özlem Yalçın completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering at Istanbul Technical University and graduated from the same university with a MSc degree in Management Engineering. She worked as District Manager at Wendy’s, as Marketing Manager at Swissair Gate Gourmet and UNMAŞ-UNO, and then as a Retail Activities Group Director at Medina Turgul DDB advertising agency.
She completed the EMBA program of Sabancı University while serving as Vice President for PR at Akbank between 2007 and 2014. Özlem Yalçın worked at OMV Petrol Ofisi as the Head of Sustainability and Corporate Communications in 2014 and worked as Corporate Communications Director and Steering Committee Member at Çalık Holding between 2015 and 2020. She has 15 years of experience in reputation management and stakeholder management. She has managed projects in different sectors in the fields of press communication, leader communication, internal communication, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, content management, organization management, sponsorship management, digital communication, marketing communication and marketing. She started to work at Özyeğin University as the Director of Institutional Relations and Integrated Communication as of December 2020.
Information Technologies Director
Ünsal Yavuz received his B.A. degree in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Yıldız Technical University in 1993. He was employed by PDK Pres Casting Industry Inc. as an MRP system programmer between 1994 and 1995. He continued his professional career as an MRP and Industrial automation systems software manager at EMC TEMBOR Industry Inc. between 1995 and 1997. He worked at Boykar Makine Defense Industry Inc. in improving and restructuring business processes between 1997 and 1999. Throughout 1999-2005 he was employed by Sabancı University Information Technology Unit as an Academic / Administrative Software Development Specialist, and between 2005 and 2016 he continued as a Software Manager. He has been working in Özyeğin University Information Technologies Director since March 2016.
Yasemin Kilit AKLAR
Accreditation and Quality Assurance Coordinator
Ms. Yasemin Kilit Aklar graduated from Eskişehir Anatolian High School in 1988, and obtained her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Marmara University in 1992. She started pursuing her master’s degree in Economics at the Middle East Technical University (METU), during which she was admitted to London School of Economics upon securing a grant for graduate studies from the Turkish Higher Education Council. From 2004 to 2009, she gave lectures on “Politics” and “Turkish Foreign Policy” at the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Kocaeli University, where she was also appointed as the Erasmus Institutional Coordinator, Director of the International Relations and EU Office, and a member of the Bologna Coordination Commission. She worked as an instructor and as the International Relations Coordinator at Maltepe University from 2009 to 2011. Between 2011 and 2014 she served as the Coordinator at the International Relations Office at Istanbul Şehir University. She joined Özyeğin University as the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Coordinator in September 2014.
Yeşim Tuba BAŞARAN
Planning and Analysis Office Director
Yeşim Tuba Başaran obtained her undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from METU in 1996. She began her career in DOMINET where she served first as a software developer, and then project manager, on Istanbul Airlines Automation Project. Between 2001 and 2004, she joined Primeart where she worked on MRP systems and dynamic web pages. Afterwards, as a Database Specialist, she started to work in Çukurova Holding Media Group (TURKMEDYA) where she became Software Administrator in 2007. She has had a PMP Certificate between 2008 and 2018. She joined Ozyegin University on May 2009 as an Applications Development Manager and since February 2020 she is the Office of Planning and Analysis Director.