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Deniz Kurtoğlu Eken

Dr. Deniz Kurtoglu Eken is the Director of the School of Languages at Sabanci University, Istanbul. Over the years, she has been involved in teaching, curriculum development, research work, teacher and trainer training including formal training courses with UCLES, the British Council in Turkey and in the UK, the U.S. Embassy, the Turkish Ministry of Education and with different schools and universities in Turkey. She has designed and directed formal trainer training courses at private Turkish universities and provided consultancy to many institutions on a wide range of topics. She has publications in teaching methodology, classroom research, teacher and trainer training and development, which are also her main areas of interest. Her biggest interest and challenge, however, is to look deeper into individual growth through personal and professional development.

https://myweb.sabanciuniv.edu/kurtoglueken/curriculum-vitae/
Deniz Kurtoğlu Eken

Director of Istanbul Sabancı University School of Languages

Prof. Dr. Soner Yıldırım

Soner Yıldırım received his B.A. from Hacettepe University in Curriculum & Instruction in 1990. Respectively, he received his M.A. in Instructional Technology from Michigan State University in 1993, and his PhD from the University of Southern California in 1997. He has been working as an instructor at the Department of Education at Middle East Technical University since 1998.

Prof. Soner Yıldırım has been an international expert in instructional technology projects at various international foundations. He has involved in World Bank since 1988, European Council in Strasbourg between 2002-2006, and in various projects of European Union Education Foundation since 2004.

His research interest mainly focuses on Social Media Usage in Education, Electronic Performance Support Systems, Social Network Analysis and Nomophobia.

https://ceit.metu.edu.tr/tr/soner-yildirim
Prof. Dr. Soner Yıldırım

Lecturer

Uzm. Dr. Kerem Dündar

He completed his medical education at Gülhane Military Medical Academy. Following his graduation, Dr. Kerem Dündar worked as an academician, manager, trainer and physician in various health institutions. During the period when he completed his specialization by completing his doctorate on brain research in GATA Biophysics Department, he conducted both experimental and clinical research in the fields of psychiatry, neurology, psychology and behavioral sciences with electrophysiological and streotaxic surgical methods. He also performed many applications in many branches of complementary medicine such as acupuncture, hypnosis, family therapy, behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, sexual therapy, neurotherapy-neurofeedback.

With the holistic neuro-approach he has developed, Dr. Kerem combines his knowledge of modern medicine, classical medicine, current technology, therapy systems and neuroscience, and has over twenty thousand individual consultations on performance, success, happiness, psychological health and communication.

https://www.londonschoolofmind.co.uk/about-us
Uzm. Dr. Kerem Dündar

Founder of London School Of Mind & Creative Parent Global

İnanç Ayar

İnanç Ayar was born in Istanbul in 1971. After graduating from Boğaziçi University, Department of Mathematics Teaching, he completed his Master's Degree in Philosophy at Galatasaray University. He received his Postgraduate Diploma in "Drama in Education" from Birmingham City University and is currently writing his PhD thesis in Philosophy at Galatasaray University.

She worked as an actress in Boğaziçi University Players. After university, she worked as a theater coach at Galatasaray High School and then as a theater director at Galatasaray University, where she was one of the founders of Galatasaray Stage. İnanç Ayar, who has been teaching part-time at Boğaziçi University Faculty of Education since 2006 while continuing his doctoral studies, runs the initiatives HerGünÖğren and Fikri Tesisat.

İnanç Ayar

Entrepreneur

Acar Baltaş

Prof. Dr. Acar Baltaş was one of the pioneers who showed the masses in Turkey that psychology is a solution for human needs and problems of business life. He introduced the concepts of stress and body language to Turkey together with Prof. Dr. Zuhal Baltaş.

After completing his secondary education at Istanbul High School for Boys and his higher education at Istanbul University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Psychology, Acar Baltaş completed his doctorate at Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurology on higher brain functions, received the title of Doctor of Medical Sciences in the field of clinical neuro-physiology and became Associate Professor of Applied Psychology in 1986 and Professor in 1996. He worked at Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty Department between 1977-1997. Baltaş, who has more than 100 scientific studies published in Turkey and abroad, has been giving seminars and practicing since 1983 by combining his knowledge in the fields of communication and medical psychology with the needs of business life.

Baltaş has been the preparer of many organizations' international successes in transformation programs and teamwork that emerge from the value system of Turkish culture. Acar Baltaş manages the Baltaş Group, which he founded with Prof. Dr. Zuhal Baltaş, aiming at organizational and employee effectiveness for observable mindset change and measurable business results in business life.

Acar Baltaş

Baltaş Group Manager

Eda Bayraktar

In 2015, Eda was selected as one of "Turkey's 10 Successful Young People" by JCI International Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs Association. She graduated from Istanbul University Sociology Department with psychology, philosophy and Pedagogical Formation. She completed Kadir Has University Futurism School program and Asociation for Coaching approved Coaching training.

She worked as the Training and Projects Coordinator of the Social Entrepreneur Young Leaders Academy (SOGLA), which was selected as Turkey's Creative Development Idea by the World Bank. She worked as a peer coach-mentor and trainer in the field of leadership and social entrepreneurship for young people in different parts of Anatolia.

Eda, who is one of the trainers of Experiential Training Center (DeM)/Experiential Training Center, Learning Designs/Learning Designs, Bahçeşehir University Continuing Education Center (BAUSEM), writes, teaches, speaks at summits and universities in the fields of education, leadership, social entrepreneurship, futurism, storytelling.

As the co-founder of Storytelling Academy, Turkey's first storytelling academy, she continues her work in the UK and Turkey. She is currently working as a corporate story consultant for Performing Production in the UK, designing stories for international individuals and brands. She provides private consultancy and trainings for individuals and institutions on Storytelling (Storytelling and Design).

Eda Bayraktar

Storytelling Academy Co-founder