Sinan Ülgen 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 masters degree in European economic integration. He then joined the Turkish Foreign Service as a career diplomat. In 1992, he was posted to the Turkish Permanent Delegation to the European Union in Brussels where he became part of the team that negotiated the Turkey-EU customs union.
Ulgen is the founder and managing partner of Istanbul Economics. The consultancy specializes in market entry strategies for international companies, political and economic risk analysis related to Turkey and regulatory affairs.
Ulgen is also the chairman of the Istanbul based think tank, Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM) and a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels. His research and opinion pieces have been published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Center for European Policy Studies, Center for European Reform, the Atlantic Council, German Marshall Fund, Brookings and the World Economic Forum as well as newspapers such as Le Figaro, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, European Voice, Project Syndicate and the International New York Times. He is also the co-author of a book on Turkey-EU relations with Kemal Dervis and a frequent commentator on Turkish affairs in the international press. Ulgen served on the academic advisory board member of the NATO Defence College in Rome. He was a member of the Europe Council of the World Economic Forum. He was also a member of the international policy experts group setup by the NATO Secretary General Rasmussen.
Nazife AL is secretary general of EDAM. She coordinates the organisation of conferences and manages the administrative tasks of EDAM’s projects. She received her MSc in International Relations from Middle East Technical University, with a thesis focusing on Russian intervention in the Syrian civil war, and received her BSc in international relations from İstanbul Bilgi University. She is also an alumni of the German Council on Foreign Relations’ (DGAP) EU-Middle East Forum and the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Likeminds programme.
FEVZİ DORUK ERGUN
F. Doruk Ergun is a research fellow at the Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), where he works on foreign policy and security issues. In his research at EDAM, he has mainly covered Turkish foreign policy and security, the Syrian Civil War, ISIS, radicalisation and counter-radicalisation, Russia, NATO and transatlantic affairs, nuclear security, nuclear energy, and cyber security issues. Ergun was a research assistant at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly before assuming his position at EDAM. He received his MA in International Affairs with a focus on International Security Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University in 2011 and his BA in Social and Political Sciences from Sabancı University in 2009.
Yesil joined EDAM as a Research Assistant in January 2016. She received her BSc. in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2012. With almost two years of work experience, accumulated in the realms of corruption and internationally-funded development projects (mainly European Union tenders), Yesil returned back to the LSE in October 2014. She completed her MSc. in Development Management, to examine the political and economic causes of development and non-development. Her dissertation focused on the relationship between corruption and foreign direct investment.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Can Kasapoglu is a War Studies and Security Studies scholar and military analyst. Dr. Kasapoglu gained his Ph.D. degree from the Turkish War College-Strategic Researches Institute in 2011 by successfully defending his dissertation on Assessing Conventional Forces in Low Intensity Conflicts, and his M.Sc. degree from the Turkish Military Academy-Defense Sciences Institute in 2008 with his thesis on Turkish armed resistance and special forces operations in Cyprus before 1974. In 2015 – 2016, Dr. Kasapoglu pursued his academic studies in the NATO Defense College, Rome. Asst. Prof .Dr. Kasapoglu served at several reputable think-tanks as visiting researcher, including the BESA Center in Israel, and the FRS in France. Assistant Prof. Dr. Can Kasapoglu specializes in strategic weapon systems with a special focus on chemical & biological warfare, missile proliferation and missile defense, hybrid warfare, NATO’s collective defense and cooperative security issues, Turkish – Israeli relations, global and regional military modernization trends, geopolitics, and open-source strategic intelligence. Dr. Kasapoglu has spoken at the NATO Defense College, Baltic Defense College, annual conference of International Society of Military Sciences, Warsaw Security Forum, and other reputable platforms. He taught courses of War and Strategy Theory, Global Peace and Security, Civil-Military Relations, Contemporary Terrorism Studies, and Geopolitics at Girne American University. Dr. Kasapoglu is a frequent contributor to international press and strategic community outlets such as France 24, The New York Times, The Jerusalem Post, Anatolian Agency, BBC, Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and War on the Rocks.