I was born in Stuttgart, Germany, to parents who were art students in this country. I spent most of my life—with the exception of my graduate studies overseas, my military service and a number of academic stays abroad—in Istanbul, Turkey. After graduating from the German High School of Istanbul I received a B.A. degree in economics from Boğaziçi University; a M.A. degree in international business from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia; and completed my Ph.D. at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Boğaziçi University.
Before embarking on an academic career I worked for several organizations, most notably the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEİK) where I was a research coordinator, and the Australian Trade Commission where I held a position as marketing officer. I am currently an adjunct professor teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses at Koç University and Boğaziçi University. I am also teaching at the China stream of the Regional Expert Training Program of Turkish Youth Foundation. I have previously taught at Bahçeşehir University, MEF University and Istanbul Zaim University as well. On the research side, I was a research associate at Sabancı University’s Istanbul Policy Center, and the coordinator of Boğaziçi University’s Asian Studies Center.
I was chosen a “Global Emerging Voices Fellow” by Torino World Affairs Institute, in partnership with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Australian National University, and Stiftung Mercator; and I was recognized as a “Young Academics Fellow” by the Global Relations Forum. I was also a visiting fellow at the Center of Global Studies of Shanghai University in China.
Having worked as a freelance consultant for many years on several private sector and NGO projects, I have joined a team of young entrepreneurs at the business advisory and education firm Intelcon as a senior consultant, and it is through this company where I am now offering consulting and executive training services.
I am a member of the China Network of Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD); write regular columns for the Hong Kong based Asia Times and the Turkish Anadolu Agency; appear on programs in channels like Bloomberg, BBC World, Turkish Radio Television (TRT), TvNet, CCTV, Channel News Asia, China Radio International commenting on developments in Asian economies and Turkey’s relations with Asian countries; and author a blog on Asian current affairs.
In addition to my professional endeavors, I am interested in sports and history. As for sports, I am a former handball player, a former member of the technical committee of the Turkish Handball Federation and the former manager of the Turkish women’s national handball. In history, I have a special interest in the period of the First World War and I am the author of the Turkey in the First World War web site.
Turkish is my native language. I speak fluent English and German. I also have elementary level Chinese (Mandarin).