Ulgen graduated in 1987 from the University of Virginia with a double major in computer sciences and economics. He undertook graduate studies at the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium where he received, in 1990, a master’s degree in European economic integration. He then joined the Turkish Foreign Service as a career diplomat and worked for two years at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara at the United Nations desk. In 1992, he was posted to the Turkish Permanent Delegation to the European Union in Brussels where he took part in the Turkey-EU negotiations on the completion of the customs union. He is currently the managing partner of Istanbul Economics, a consultancy focusing on business strategies for EU accession. He is also the author of numerous publications. His research and opinion pieces have been published by the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Center for European Reform (CER), the World Economic Forum as well as newspapers such as Le Figaro, the Financial Times and the International Herald Tribune.
Senem Aydın-Düzgit is an assistant professor at Istanbul Bilgi University Department of International Relations and a Jean Monnet Chair. She completed her PhD in Political Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, her MSc in European Politics and Policy at London School of Economics and Political Science, and her BA in Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University. Her primary fields of research are EU enlargement, EU-Turkey relations, discourse studies, identity politics and democratization. She has published various articles on these issues on journals including West European Politics, Cooperation and Conflict, South European Society and Politics, Alternatives, Uluslararası İlişkiler ve Politique Europeenne. She is the author of the book Constructions of European Identity: Debates and Discourses on Turkey and the EU (Palgrave, December 2012). Aydın-Düzgit is a member of Carnegie Endowment Rising Democracies Network and senior expert at Sabancı University Istanbul Policy Center. She is the co-editor of South European Society and Politics and Global Affairs journals. She received Science Academy Young Scientist (BAGEP) award in 2014.
Can Selçuki holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from the Bilkent University and a MSc degree in Economics from University Bocconi. Currently he works as the General Manager of Istanbul Economics Research which is a market research and online big data analytics company based in Istanbul. Before, Can worked as an economist at the World Bank Ankara Office for 4 years working both with the public and private partners in private sector development. His work at the World Bank focused on regional development, competition and innovation policies. Prior to working at the World Bank, Can worked as an economics researcher at the Brussels based think tank the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) for three years. He is the author of papers and reports on trade competitiveness, regional development and innovation policy in Turkey.