Memet Kılıç holds law degrees from the universities of Ankara (Turkey) and Heidelberg. During his studies, he worked as an academic assistant at the European Documentation Centre of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. From 2004 to 2009, he was a Member of Heidelberg City Council. Since 2009, Kılıç has represented his constituency of Pforzheim and Enzkreis in the Bundestag as an MP of The Greens.


Dr. Mina Toksöz is an Emerging Markets and Country Risk Consultant. She has 15 years of experience in investment banking, most recently as Head of Country Risk at Standard Bank International. Prior to this Dr Toksöz worked for The Economist Group’s EIU, covering Europe and the Middle East, and as Manager of the Country Risk Service. She currently serves as an Independent Director on the Supervisory Board of the EIU Country Risk Service. She has published widely on Emerging Markets; has a D.Phil. in Economics from Sussex University, BA from Bosporus University, and Executive Programme on Infrastructure at Harvard University. Dr Toksoz is a regular public speaker with recent engagements on Turkey and the Middle East at Chatham House, RIIA; on UK-Turkey relations to the House of Commons Foreign Policy Committee; lectures on Country Risk at the Manchester Business School.


Professor Erinç Yeldan received his Ph.D. from University of Minnesota, USA, and joined the Department of Economics at Bilkent in 1988. He served as Chair to the Economics Department between 1998 and 2003. During 1994/95 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Minnesota where he taught Applied General Equilibrium Analysis. He later visited International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, D.C. and worked as a research associate. During 2007/2008 he was a Fulbright scholar at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and at Amherst College. In 2012 Dr Yeldan has moved to Yasar University as Dean of the faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. Dr. Yeldan’s recent work focuses on development macroeconomics and on empirical, dynamic general equilibrium models with emphasis on the Turkish economy. He is one of the executive directors of the International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs), New Delhi. He was a recipient of Young Scientist Award of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) in 1998. His works were cited among the list of Top 500 Economists by a research conducted by the European Economic Association in 2001.


Dr. Hatem Cabbarlı was born on December 27th 1969. He graduated from Baku University in 1997 international relations. He completed his masters at Gazi University in 2008 while finished his PhD. He is currently the president of the Eurasian Security and Strategic Research Centre which operated in Azerbaijan.


Zerrin Dağcı, following her primary and secondary education at TED Ankara College, completed her undergraduate studies at Ankara University International Relations department. She holds a master’s degree from the same university and wrote a dissertation on the ‘Turkish Political Party Approaches to the Armenian Issue 1999-2009’. She gave lectures on Diplomatic Correspondence and Diplomatic English at Ankara and Gazi University. Dağcı is one of the editors of the academic book entitled ‘Turkish Political Party Approaches on the European Union’. She gave seminars on European Union at Ankara University European Union Research Centre. Currently she is working at EU Research Centre and gives lectures.


Hıfzı Deveci received his bachelor’s degree from Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences of Uludağ University, and his master’s degree from the Institute of Public Administration for Turkey and the Middle East. He worked as inspector, chief inspector, and assistant of undersecretary in the Ministry of Public Works and Settlement. Between 2001 and 2007, he was a member of the State Supervisory Council of the Turkish Republic. He got retired from the council at his own request at the end of 2007. He is still an Independent Consultant, and cofounder and board member of SAHA Corporate Governance and Credit Rating Services Inc. Also being an important writer, Hıfzı Deveci’s last book “A Handful of Life Dust – A Pinch of Shadow of State” is published in 2012.


Dr. Şakir Dinçsahin is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Yeditepe University (Istanbul, Turkey), where he is teaching Political Thought, Turkish Politics, and Research Methodology. He recently concluded his doctoral dissertation on Turkish political thought under supervision of Professor Feroz Ahmad. He holds a master’s degree in international economics from Yeditepe University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bogaziçi University. His works on nationalism, ethnicity and intellectual history of Turkey were published/are forthcoming in Nations and Nationalism, Government and Opposition, Communication Studies and Bilgi ve Bellek.


Sedat Ergin was born in 1957 in İstanbul. He graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Political Science, Department of International Relations. In 1975 his journalistic life started. He worked as foreign affairs and parliamentary correspondent for 13 years in Cumhuriyet newspaper. In 2005, he became chief editor in Milliyet newspaper and his experience lasted for 4,5 years. After his job in Milliyet newspaper, he continues to work as columnist in Hürriyet newspaper in which he worked as Ankara correspondent a while ago.


Nehal Ismail obtained her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Economics at Cairo University respectively in 2008 and 2012. Her MA thesis focuses on the role of green clusters in enhancing the competitiveness of the tourism sector in Egypt. She is currently working as a Policy Analyst at the Egyptian Decentralization Initiative (EDI) at AECOM International for Development, Democracy and Governance. She has been a Research Analyst at the Egyptian National Competitiveness Council (ENCC) from 2008 to 2011.


Professor Aykut Kibritçioğlu (born 1962 in Istanbul, Turkey) has BA and MA degrees from the Ankara University (1985 and 1988) and a PhD degree from the Kiel (Christian Albrecht) University (1994) in the field of economics. Since 2005, he works as a professor in the Department of Economics, Ankara University. He can be reached at:


Professor Özlem Onaran is Professor of Workforce and Economic Development Policy at the University of Greenwich. She has done extensive research on issues of distribution, employment, globalization, and crisis. She is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Research Network Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies, and a research associate at the Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has more than sixty articles in books and peer reviewed journals such as Cambridge Journal of Economics, World Development, Environment and Planning A, Public Choice, Economic Inquiry, European Journal of Industrial Relations, International Review of Applied Economics, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Eastern European Economics, and Review of Political Economy.


Dr. Doğuş Şimşek studied at undergraduate level at Istanbul Bilgi University in Media Communication Systems and postgraduate level at Goldsmiths, University of London in Centre for Cultural Studies. She received a PhD in sociology in 2012 at City University London. Apart from her PhD project, she also worked in few research projects about ethnic minorities in the UK including Kurdish and Turkish migrants. Her research interests are migration, diaspora, transnationalism and identity.


Dr. Cüneyt Ülsever has studied BA in economics at Boğaziçi University. He has completed his master’s degree in international relations at John’s Hopkins University and master’s degree in economics at Columbia University. He has studied PhD. in human resources at Harvard University between 1978 and 1983. Until 1997, Dr. Ülsever has worked at management levels of various companies. Since 1997, he has been working as a consultant, author and columnist. Dr. Ülsever, who worked in established institutions such as Hürriyet Newspaper and Daily News, also authored 17 books so far. Ülsever still works as a columnist at Daily Yurt Newspaper.


Arif Aktürk has BSc in Mechanical Engineering degree from Middle East Technical University (METU), MBA in Engineering Management from City University-London, Business School Department of System Science. He acted as engineer, manager, Director, Managing Director in various energy companies. He has 23 years experience in natural gas market in Turkey. He is the top executive of a natural gas company in Turkey and also member of the boards of two gas distribution companies in Turkey. He is also member of the board of PETFORM (NGO in Petroleum and natural gas fields). He is the co-writer of book called “Last 10 Years of Turkish Diplomacy”. He has been publishing articles various energy magazines.


Dr. Seven Ağır Yale Üniversitesi Ekonomi Tarihi Programı’nda doktora sonrası çalışmalarını tamamlamış ve Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi İktisat Bölümü kadrosuna katılmıştır. Orta Doğu’da ve özellikle Osmanlı İmparatorluğu’nda iktisadi kurumların tarihsel gelişimi ile ilgilenmektedir. Ağır, Princeton Üniversitesi Yakın Doğu Çalışmaları’nda doktora derecesini, Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi İktisat Bölümü’nda Yüksek Lisans derecesini tamamlamıştır. Osmanlı ve İspanya iktisat tarihi üzerine akademik dergilerde yayınlanan makalelerine ek olarak, günümüz siyasal iktisat konularında çeşitli yayın organlarında yazmıştır.