Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu Prof. İhsanoğlu is the first elected secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). After completing his Ph.D. at Ankara University in 1974 he carried out post-doctoral research between 1975 and 1977 as a research fellow at the UK’s University of Exeter. He later served as a faculty member at the Faculty of Science at İstanbul University, before becoming the first professor and founding head of the Department of History of Science at the same institution. He has written numerous books on the history of science, Islamic culture, and relations between the Muslim and Western worlds.
Sylvia Tiryaki Dr. Tiryaki is deputy director of the Global Political Trends Center (GPoT). She also holds the position of vice chairman of the International Relations Department of İstanbul Kültür University. Between 2003 and 2008 she worked as Cyprus project coordinator at the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV). Previously a regular columnist at the Turkish Daily News, Dr. Tiryaki now writes for various academic journals and newspapers. Her fields of expertise include Turkish foreign policy, Cyprus, the Middle East and North Africa, Armenia and the EU.
Jan Nahum Nahum was born in Ankara in 1950 and went to high school at İstanbul’s Robert College. He then went to university at the in Royal College of Art (RCA) in London, in the Department of Vehicle Design, winning the Penguin Design Award for his research into economical vehicles. Nahum initiated the establishment of Hexagon Danışmanlık ve Ticaret A.Ş., a family company, in 2005, defining its business areas as the automotive industry, renewable energy, developing technologies and the environment, all of which he believes are closely related to Turkey’s future.
Berdal Aral Prof. Aral is a member of the Law Faculty at Fatih University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow in 1994 and has published two books in Turkish: “Uluslararası Hukukta Meşru Müdafaa Hakkı” (Right to legitimate defense in international law, Siyasal Kitabevi 1999) and “Üçüncü Kuşak İnsan Hakları Olarak Kolektif Haklar” (Collective rights as third generation human rights, Siyasal Kitabevi, 2010). His most recent publications in English include: “Enhancing the Role of the UN General Assembly in the Preservation of International Peace and Security” (Avrasya Etüdleri, 2010) and “The Conundrum about the United Nations Security Council: A Guardian of Peace or Cause for Concern?” (EJEPS, 2010).
M. Abdel Kader Abdel Kader is a researcher at the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies of Cairo, Egypt, focusing on Arabic and regional affairs. He has published widely on Turkish-Egyptian and Turkish-Israeli relations. Apart from his academic and think tank publications, Abdel Kader is a widely read occasional columnist for Al-Ahram daily, particularly well-known for his thesis on the “Third Turkish Republic” under the Justice and Development Party (AK Party). He is currently working on a book on internal struggles in Arab countries, to be published by the Al-Ahram Center.
Emin Özkurt Özkurt is a lawyer specializing in the field of sports law. Following the completion of his bachelor degree at İstanbul University he continued his studies at the University of Manchester with a master’s degree on international business law (LL.M). He then returned to İstanbul University, where he is completing his private law doctorate (Ph.D.). Özkurt is a founding member and secretary-general of the Sports Law Institute; he is also a member of the International Sports Lawyers Association (ISLA). He has written several articles on sports law and continues to practice in this field. www.ozkurt.av.tr
Tuncer Çetinkaya Çetinkaya is a writer and investigative journalist focusing on education -- he is also the Antalya bureau chief for Zaman daily. After completing his studies at the Education Faculty of Bolu Abant İzzet Baysal University in 1993, Çetinkaya worked for several years as education correspondent for the Cihan News Agency. In 2000 he became editor of the education pages at Zaman. He is also the author of two books on educational issues: “Kampüse Giden Yol: Üniversite Niçin Okunur, Nasıl Kazanılır?” (The road to campus: Why go to university, and how?) and “En Uzun Şubat” (The longest February).
Turkish Review Volume: 1 Issue: 6 October - December 2011