A. Barış Özel obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Middle East Technical University (METU) in 1990. From 1990 to 2002, Mr. Özel worked in several management consultancy projects to develop and adapt financial systems in companies such as Andersen Consulting, Assist Consulting, Arthur Andersen Consulting and Siemens Business Services. He later joined Aviva Life and Pensions Inc. where he worked as the Budget and Reporting Manager, Financial Affairs Group Manager, and Business Development Group Manager in the Finance Department between 2002 and 2008. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Özel assumed managerial positions in the Finance departments of Acıbadem Insurance and Silk and Cashmere. In 2011, he joined Özyeğin University as the Budget, Reporting and Control Manager. He has been appointed Finance Director on September 1st, 2016.
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Beste Ersun completed her bachelor degree in Economics at Hacettepe University. After she worked as a Customer Director in IPRG International Public Relations Company for four years, she worked as a Marketing Communications Specialist in Karel Electronics, as a Marketing Team Leader in Audio Electronic and Corporate Communications Specialist in Eli Lilly & Company. She joined Ozyegin University in July 2011 as a Corporate Communication Specialist and since September 2018 she is the Corporate Communications Coordinator.
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.
Planning and Analysis Director
She obtained her undergraduate degree in 1996, at Bogazici University, Department of Civil Engineering, and her master's degree in 1999, at Bogazici University, Department of Industrial Engineering. Between 1995 and 1996, she worked at the firm Tekser Insaat Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. Between 1997-1999, she took part in the TÜSİAD Competition Strategies Project, at Bogazici University. In 1996, she served as a management consultant on restructuring and process improvement, in the firm Elite Engineering and Management Consultancy. In 2000, she participated in the Istanbul Technical University Students Information System Selection and Implementation Project. In 2001, she served as Student Information System Executive at Sabanci University, and between 2004 and 2007, as the Student Resources Manager. In October 2007, she joined Özyeğin University. She served as the Student Services Director between October 2007 and January 2013, and served as the Application and Business Development Director between January 2013 and September 2014.
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.
Dr. Miraç ÖZAR
International Office Director
Miraç Özar graduated from Gazi University Department of Music Teaching in 1985. After one year teaching experience, he decided to change his career. He finished his MA at METU in 1992 on “Curriculum Development”. After that he worked as a Community Service Volunteer looking after children in need in England for about a year. He started working as a “Research Assistant” at METU as of 1989 and completed his Ph.D. in “Curriculum Development” in 1996. During the period of doing his Ph.D. Miraç Özar won a scholarship from British Council and did a postgraduate degree on IT in Education at King’s College London in 1994. Özar worked for the following organizations; Consultant at UNICEF on Basic Education Pilot Project for 1 year, Tertiary Education and Science Programs Manager at British Council for 7 years, R&D Expert at Terakki Foundation K-12 schools for 3 years, Founder and the Manager of TÖMER, Faculty Member and Vice Director of International Relations on behalf of Istanbul Aydın University for 4 years. Over the past 7 years, Miraç Özar has been doing academic work on the “Nature of Learning.” As of May 2014, Miraç Özar has been working as the Director of International Office at Ozyegin University.
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.
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.
Seha İşmen ÖZGÜR
Strategy and Institutional Development Director
Seha İşmen Özgür received her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Applied & Computational Mathematics from Princeton University in 1997. Between 1997-2015, she worked as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, advising leading institutions in financial services around the world. She founded and led the firm’s Istanbul office, served on a number of global and regional management committees, and was elected to serve on the global Partnership Committee. Since 2014, she has helped a number of fintech startups in their launch and growth initiatives. She is a trustee of TESEV. She serves as the Director of the Strategy and Institutional Development Office at Özyeğin University.
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.