Ayşecan Terzioğlu is an assistant professor at Sabancı University, Cultural Studies Program. She also taught at Koç University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Galatasaray University, Department of Sociology. She completed her Ph.D. at the City University of New York, the Graduate Center, Department of Anthropology following her B.A. and M.A. at Boğaziçi University, Department of Sociology. Her research and teaching interests include globalization and health inequalities, biopolitics, illness narratives, body and gender and anthropology of the Middle East.
Hülya Adak is the Director of Sabancı University’s Gender and Women’s Studies Center of Excellence (SU Gender). Since 2018, she has served as Professor of Ottoman and Turkish Studies at the Free University of Berlin. At Sabancı University, she co-founded the Cultural Studies BA and MA programs and Gender Studies PhD Programs. Adak is the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, Newton Grant (British Academy), COST Action (Horizon 2020), and the Supervisor of various Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellows in the field of Gender Studies.
After working at every level of the organization, Güler Sabancı is the Chair of Sabancı Holding since 2004, one of the leading and most reputable business groups in Turkey and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Sabancı Foundation, the leading private foundation in Turkey. Sabancı is the Founding Chair of Sabancı University and also acts as Chair of the Sakıp Sabancı Museum.
Nevgül Bilsel Safkan graduated from the Austrian High School in Istanbul in 1989. In 1993, Safkan received her BA degree from the Faculty of Business Administration in Istanbul University, continuing on to complete the Executive MBA Program at Boğaziçi University in 2003. Starting her career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen, she served as the CFO and at General Manager positions at leading companies in the industry.
Ayşe Kadıoğlu has been Professor of Political Science at Sabancı University since 1998. She was Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies during the 2019-2020 academic year. She was a Fellow at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies between 2018-2020.
Ayse Öncü received her undergraduate degree from ODTU in Sociology, master’s degree from Bryn Mawr College, and doctorate from Yale University. She worked as a faculty member in the Sociology Department at Boğazici University. Between 2003-2011, she worked as a Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Sabanci University. Öncü has published numerous articles in journals and books in Turkey and abroad.
Haluk Bal was born in Karamürsel in 1954. After graduating from Darüşşafaka High School in 1973, he completed his BA in 1978 at Istanbul University Faculty of Management. Between 1978-1980, he worked as the Managing Director of The Journal of Banks and Economic Perspectives (Banka ve Ekonomik Yorumlar Dergisi). Between 1981-1983, he worked as an Expert of Financial Affairs at IBM Turk Limited Company. From 1984 to 1996, he was employed as a Sales Representative, Marketing Manager, and a Director at the Finance Sector.
Prof. Sayers, one of the founding members of Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences at Sabanci University (SU), has served at SU, as the Director of Foundations Development (Core Curriculum) Program during 2010-2019 and as the interim President in 2018. Professor Sayers has an international research career including working as a staff scientist at EMBL Hamburg and post doc work at the Open University Oxford Research Unit, UK and the Wallenberg Laboratory in Uppsala Sweden.
Didem Danışis a sociologist whose teaching and research activities evolve around topics related to migrations, cities and demography. She teaches at Galatasaray University and is the founder of the Association for Migration Research (GAR). In 2008, she received her PhD degree from EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales). This thesis was devoted to the analysis of the interaction between Iraqi transit migrants and refugees’ social networks and the reception politics. She stayed at Malmö University, Sweden as a visiting Ph.D. student in 2002-2003.
Zeynep Gülru Göker works as a research faculty member at Sabanci University Gender and Women’s Studies Center of Excellence (SU Gender). Her research focuses on gender and politics, participatory and deliberative democracy, feminist political theory, ethics of care and gender equality. She received her Ph.D in Political Science from the City University of New York Graduate Center and her BA in Social and Political Sciences from Sabancı University.