Steering Committee

Sinan Ülgen

Başkan, EDAM

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.

Senem Aydın-Düzgit

Bilgi Üniversitesi Uluslararası İlişkiler Bölümü Öğretim Üyesi

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

Genel Müdür ve Yönetim Kurulu Üyesi, İstanbul Ekonomi Araştırma

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.