Board of Trustees

​​​​​​​​​​​Prof. ÖMER DİNÇER

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Born in Karaman (1956) Ömer Dinçer graduated from Erzurum Atatürk University, Faculty of Business Administration, Department of Management and Business Policy (1978). He received Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from Istanbul University, Faculty of Business Administration, Department of Personnel Management and Industrial Relations (1980), and completed his doctorate studies in Organizational Behavior (1984).

He was appointed to Marmara University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences as an assistant (1980) and assistant professor (1985). He became an associate professor (1985) and professor (1994) in the Department of Management and Organization at the same faculty. Having a good command of English, Ömer Dinçer went to Drexel University (USA) as a visiting research fellow (1993).

Ömer Dinçer worked as a deputy manager in the Middle Eastern Countries Institute in Marmara University (1992-95), chairman of Local Administrations and Decentralization Programs (1995-99), counselor for Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, and coordinator of the United Nations Habitat II Conference (1994-97). Between 1999 and 2003, he worked as the Vice Rector of Beykent University, Dean of Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, and Head of Institute of Social Sciences.

He gave lectures titled “Strategic Management and Business Policy”, “Business Administration”, “Administration and Organization”, Organizational Theory and Behavior”, and “Management of Change and Organizational Development”. He has published eight books, three research reports, besides several research papers and articles.

Following his duty as the Principal Consultant of the Prime Ministry (2003), he worked as the Undersecretary of the Prime Ministry (2003-2007). Afterwards, he was elected to the parliament as Deputy of Istanbul, serving as the Minister of Labor and Social Security for the 60th cabinet, and the Minister of National Education for the 61st cabinet.​



He was born in Ankara on 25.12.1961. In 1986, he graduated from the Department of Radio, Television and Cinema at Ankara University College of Communications. In 1987, he started working as a research assistant at the Department of Radio, Television and Cinema at Gazi University College of Communications. In 1990, he received his M.A. degree in Communication Arts at the University of West Florida. In 1994, he completed a Stage and Performing Arts program and obtained his Ph.D. degree in cinema-television at 9 Eylül University Faculty of Fine Arts. He became an associate professor in 1996, and a professor in 2004. After serving as the department chair, dean, and vice president in various universities, Peyami Çelikcan has recently worked as the Dean and Vice President of İstanbul Şehir University College of Communications.

As part of his studies in cinema and television, Peyami Çelikcan directed the 3-episode documentary The Kyrgyz in 2006. In 2007, he worked as both the copywriter and co-director of the 13-episode documentary The Colours of Anatolia-Birth, Wedding, and Death. As of 2011, he took part in the documentaries about The History of Caucasus and Middle Asia Railways as copywriter and co-director. These documentaries are Trans-Caspian Railway (13 episodes), Trans-Siberian Railway (13 episodes), Trans-Aral Railway (13 episodes), and Trans-Caucasian Railway (13 episodes). Çelikcan also took charge as project advisor in projects carried out by the Radio Television Broadcasters Union (RATEM) in order to determine the professional standards and qualifications in broadcasting, and he conducted studies on professional standards and qualifications for the professions of Television Program Director, Assistant Director, and Chief Electrician and Assistant Electrician. 

Peyami Çelikcan is also the Chair of Green Crescent Scientific Board, and a member of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS), and International Documentary Association (IDA).​​



aziz_sancar.jpgBorn in Mardin (1946), Aziz Sancar graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Medicine (1969). He completed his PhD on a photo-reactivating enzyme called “photolyase” of E.coli from the University of Texas (1977).

In Yale University, he made research on another DNA repair enzyme called ‘excinuclease’ (1977-82). He was appointed as an associate professor to the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of North Carolina (1977). As a Sarah Graham Professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Department of Biochemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Aziz Sancar continues his scientific research on DNA repair, cell cycle checkpoints, crypto-chrome and the circadian clock.

Aziz Sancar has fellowships in the Third World Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy for Microbiology, the Turkish Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences in the USA. Furthermore, he co-founded the Aziz and Gwen Sancar Foundation (Carolina Turkish House), dedicated to uphold the Turkish culture and sustain the Turkish students in the United States.

Having published 279 research articles and 32 book chapters, Sancar was granted the Presidential Young Investigator Award (USA), the American Society for Photobiology Research Award, the Turkish Scientific and Technical Council (TUBITAK) Scientific Achievement Award, and the North Carolina Distinguished Chemist Award. Finally, he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2015, along with Tomas Lindahl and Paul L. Modrich, for his studies on DNA repair.



zeynep_bodur.jpgHaving graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Department of Management Engineering, and completed the graduate management trainee program at Harvard University (1990-92), Zeynep Bodur Okyay started working for the Kale Group.

Having good command of Italian and English languages, Zeynep Bodur Okyay took her first step into professional life by working as a management trainee at Çanakkale Ceramic Factories (1992). She established new departments and managed various focus trainings at the headquarter of the Kale Group (1992). Following her duty as the Executive Board Member of the marketing companies here, she was appointed as the Deputy Executive Director. She served as the Executive Board Member for Kale Holding and Bodur Holding. She became the President and CEO of the Kale Group (2007).

Zeynep Bodur Okyay is playing active roles in various associations such as the President of the Council for Istanbul Chamber of Industry (İSO); Vice President of the Economic Development Foundation (İKV); Board Member of Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK); Chairperson of DEİK EU Business Council Coordination; Chairperson of DEİK/Turkish-Spanish Business Council; Member of the Executive Board of DEİK/Turkish-Italian Business Council; Member of Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TÜSİAD); Chairperson of the Council of Ceramics and Refractors at Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB); and Deputy President of Women Entrepreneurs Council (TOBB).

Zeynep Bodur Okyay has contributed to the founding of the Turkish Chair at Harvard University, having carried out activities in the Harvard Alumni Association, of which she is among the founders. During the term presidency of Turkey in 2015, she took on the Presidency of C20, one of the official sub groups of G20 and the leading NGO group of this process.

Having been honored with the medal of "Caveliere di Lavora" by Italy for her contributions and services to Turkish-Italian relations (2006), Zeynep Bodur Okyay has also been decorated with the high-level order of “Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” (2014). Thanks to her contributions to the relations between Turkey and EU Member States, she was granted the Franco Nobili Award (2010). In the same year, she was extended by the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM) an “Outstanding Service Medal”.




Ahmet_Ademoglu.jpgAhmet Ademoğlu received his bachelor’s degree from Boğaziçi University, Department of Electrical-Electronic Engineering (1987). He worked as a research assistant in Boğaziçi University, Institute of Biomedical Engineering (1988-95), where he received his M.A. (1990) and PhD (1995).

After being involved in various research projects in Rutgers University (USA, 1993), Lübeck University (Germany, 1994), and Texas University (USA, 1995-97), Ahmet Ademoğlu was assigned as an associate professor (1999) and professor (2006) to the Institute of Biomedical Engineering in Boğaziçi University.

Still continuing his duties in the same institute, Ahmet Ademoğlu was granted “Prof. Necmi Tanyolaç Award by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering” (1990), “Young Scientists Award by Electroencephalography and Clinical Neuroscience Society” (2000), and “Excellence in Scientific Research Award by Boğaziçi Foundation” (2003).

His research interest areas are “Neuroimaging Techniques Using Brain Electrical Activity (EEG) and Functional Magnetic Resonance” and “Computational Analysis and Modelling of Biomedical Systems”.



vahap_kucuk.jpgBorn in Doğanşehir, Malatya (1961), Vahap Küçük completed his education in Doğanşehir. Engaging with trade for a while in Doğanşehir and Malatya, he moved to Istanbul (1990) and joined the founding partners of Tema Tekstil Marketing Inc. Meanwhile, he completed the Graduate Program of Strategic Management in Marmara University.

During 8 years through which he worked as the Director General of Tema Tekstil Marketing Inc., LC Waikiki had the most distinguished and widespread dealer network in Turkey and became the market leader in numerous sectors. In the same period, the royalty of all LC Waikiki companies around the world transferred to Tema Tekstil, the company became a Turkish brand entirely.

Following his duty as the General Director of the group until 2003, Vahap Küçük took over the Presidency of the Board of Directors. At the same time, he founded Küçükler Holding, a company whose all partners are members of the Küçük Family, and he was appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He became the first Board Chairman of the Federation of All Shopping Malls and Retailers (2013-2015). He is still playing active roles as the Board Chairman of LC Waikiki and Member of the Board of Directors in Taha Holding.​



cuneyt_kaya.jpgCüneyt Kaya graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Theology in 2000. He received his M.A. degree with the thesis titled “The Idea of Perfection of Universe in Avicenna’s Philosophical Thought” from Marmara University, Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies (2002), and completed his PhD studies with the thesis titled “Metaphysical Problematization of Potentiality in the Islamic Philosophy” in Istanbul University, Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies (2008). 

Since 2009, Cüneyt Kaya has been continuing his researches both in Istanbul University, Faculty of Literature, Department of Philosophy, History of Turkish-Islamic Thought; and in the Avicenna Center, studying on the classical and post-classical traditions of Islamic Philosophy.



faruk_deniz.jpgFaruk Deniz graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Political Science, Department of International Relations (2000). He received his M.A. Degree for his research titled “The Development and Transformation of the Notion of Occidentalism in Turkey” from the Department of Political Science and Social Sciences at the same faculty (2005). 

He took part in the AR-GE group which carried out studies for founding İstanbul Şehir University. He has published works in the Journal of Faculty of Political Science at Istanbul University, Divan Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Turkish Studies Review, and Anlayış Dergisi. 

Continuing his PhD studies in Istanbul University, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Faruk Deniz has been working as the Secretary General of the Foundation for Sciences and Arts since 2008.​



Mustafa Mente, born in 1975 in Adıyaman, graduated from Marmara University International Relations, then his career started in Bayındır Holding as internal auditor.

Between 2000-2005 he worked in the Turkish Industry and Business Association as assistant specialist, specialist and department head. In 2005, he was Secretary General in the Turkish Clothing Manufaturers’ Association. Between 2009-2012, Mente, who worked as Vice Secretary General in Turkish Exporters Assembly, was responsible for strategy development and corporate communications. During one year, he was investment counsellor for the project of Georgia Initiative for Economic Welfare, financed by USAID and undertaken by Deloitte and J. E. Austin. After one-year break, Mente returned to the Turkish Exporters Assembly as Secretary General between April 2013 and December 2014 and worked as Secretary General in the Foreign Economic Relations Board between January 2015 and May 2017. 

From October 2017 to March 2019, he worked in Barer Corporate, operating in the sectors of technical textiles, mining and agriculture in Sudan, Chad, Qatar, Turkey and Uzbekistan. Since March 2019, he is the managing partner of Partners to the Future.

Mente has an MBA degree from Bahçeşehir University. He is a curious photographer and an amateur mountaineer, having climbed two peaks over 5,000 m.



Oral Avcı, born in Kirkuk (1960), grew up in Baghdad, Iraq. He graduated from Physics in Boğaziçi University (1983). Then, he took BA degree from Electrical and Electronics Engineering department in Yıldız Technical University (1986). In Ülker, he worked in various departments as part-time (1980-1987). He worked as project engineer in İstanbul, İzmir, Trabzon and Mersin within the world bank project of AEG (1987-1989). He founded Piomak Automation as a joint venture (1992). From 1997 until today, he has taken his journey in Piomak by himself. He has been the manager of the company for 25 years and completed  more than 100 projects in 8 different countries. Oral Avcı became a volunteer in establishing “Foundation for Sciences and Arts”, “Mimar Mühendisler Grubu (Architects and Engineers Group)” and “Boğaziçi Yöneticiler Vakfı (Foundation for Boğaziçi Executives)” and was the volunteer in Iraqı Turks Cultural and Aid Foundation for long years.