I am an academic-cum-consultant, teaching at the Department of International Relations at Koç University in Istanbul, and providing business advisory services through various channels.
Born in Stuttgart, (then West) Germany, to parents who were art students in this country, I spent most of my life—with the exception of graduate studies overseas, military service and a number of academic stays abroad—in Istanbul, Turkey. I graduated from the German High School in Istanbul, obtained a B.A. degree in Economics from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey, a M.A. degree in International Business from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, and a Ph.D. degree in Political Science and International Relations from Boğaziçi University. My dissertation was titled “Business Associations and Foreign Policy: Revisiting State-Business Relations in Turkey.”
I was affiliated with Sabancı University Istanbul Policy Center, and Shanghai University’s Center for Global Studies. I also worked as research coordinator at Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK); 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 am currently an expert member at the China Network of Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD), Turkey’s leading business association, and a columnist at the Hong Kong based international news and opinion portal Asia Times. I have delivered lectures and talks on Asian economic issues and Turkey’s relations with Asia at institutions in several world cities, including Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, Budapest, Reykjavik, Brussels, Florence, Turin, Tel Aviv and Tunis. Moreover, I regularly appear on programs in media channels like Bloomberg, BBC World, Turkish Radio Television (TRT), TvNet, CCTV, CGTN, Channel News Asia, China Radio International, commenting on developments in the global economy and Turkey’s relations with Asian countries.
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 former administrative manager of the Turkish women’s national handball team. In fact, the first time I have ever visited China was in 1999 with the Turkish team taking part in the World U20 Women’s Handball Championship. Sports certainly brings physical and social benefits for the individual; in my case an additional bonus was the chance to watch the 2000 Olympics in Sydney as a guest of the International Handball Federation.
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. In addition to reading and writing (and occasional consulting for documentary projects such as one on National Geographic), my interest in military history has taken me to places of memory around the world, from the First World War battlefields of Ypres in Belgium to war shrines in Japan, and Second World War fortifications in Singapore.
Turkish is my native language. I speak fluent English and German. I also have elementary level Chinese (Mandarin), which I am hoping to improve. I am married, and father to twin daughters.