48 Notable alumni of
Bogazici University

Bogazici University is 699th in the world, 143rd in Asia, and 6th in Turkey by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 48 notable alumni from Bogazici University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Fahriye Evcen

    Fahriye Evcen
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    Years
    1985-.. (age 37)
    Occupations
    film actortelevision actor
    Biography

    Fahriye Evcen Özçivit is a German-born Turkish actress and model. She is known for her roles as Necla Tekin in the TV series Yaprak Dökümü based on the novel by Reşat Nuri Güntekin, and as Feride in the TV series Çalıkuşu, based on the novel by Reşat Nuri Güntekin.

  2. Ahmet Davutoğlu

    Ahmet Davutoğlu
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    politicianwriterprofessorpolitical scientistpedagogue
    Biography

    Ahmet Davutoğlu is a Turkish academic, politician and former diplomat who served as the 26th Prime Minister of Turkey and Leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) from 2014 to 2016. He previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2014 and chief advisor to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from 2003 to 2009. He was elected as an AKP Member of Parliament for Konya in the 2011 general election and was reelected as an MP in both the June and November 2015 general elections. He resigned as Prime Minister on 22 May 2016.

  3. Tansu Çiller

    Tansu Çiller
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    university teacherdiplomateconomistpolitician
    Biography

    Tansu Çiller is a Turkish academic, economist, and politician who served as the 22nd Prime Minister of Turkey from 1993 to 1996. She is Turkey's first and only female prime minister to date. As the leader of the True Path Party, she went on to concurrently serve as Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey and as Minister of Foreign Affairs between 1996 and 1997.

  4. Cem Yılmaz

    Cem Yılmaz
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1973-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    actorcaricaturistcartoonistwriterfilm actor
    Biography

    Cem Yılmaz is a Turkish stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, musician, filmmaker, screen writer, and cartoonist. He is best known for his films G.O.R.A. (2004), A.R.O.G (2008) and Yahşi Batı (2010), and has won two Sadri Alışık awards for his roles in Organize İşler (2005) and The Magician (2006).

  5. Nuri Bilge Ceylan

    Nuri Bilge Ceylan
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    screenwriteractorcinematographerfilm editorfilm director
    Biography

    Nuri Bilge Ceylan is a Turkish photographer, cinematographer, screenwriter and actor and film director best known for the Palme d'Or winning Winter Sleep (2014).

  6. Murat Ülker

    Murat Ülker
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    businesspersonentrepreneur
    Biography

    Murat Ülker is a Turkish billionaire businessman, and the chairman of Yıldız Holding, the largest food company in the CEEMEA Region (Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa). Yıldız owns businesses including Godiva Chocolatier, pladis, and Sok.

  7. Gülse Birsel

    Gülse Birsel
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1971-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    actorpresenterjournalistwriterscreenwriter
    Biography

    Gülse Birsel is a Turkish actress, screenwriter and columnist.

  8. Teoman

    Teoman
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    actorfilm score composerfilm directorsingerfilm actor
    Biography

    Fazlı Teoman Yakupoğlu is a Turkish acoustic rock singer and songwriter. His biggest hits include Paramparça, Senden Önce Senden Sonra, 17 and Papatya. On Papatya, Turkish female rock singer Özlem Tekin features as backing vocals. Şebnem Ferah has also featured on a couple of Teoman's tracks.

  9. Nil Karaibrahimgil

    Nil Karaibrahimgil
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    film actorsingersongwritercomposer
    Biography

    Ferhan Nil Karaibrahimgil is a Turkish singer and songwriter, mostly noted for her distinct lyrics. Nil's passion and admiration for music stems from her father, Suavi Karaibrahimgil, who is also a musician although he is not active in the Turkish music industry.

  10. Defne Samyeli

    Defne Samyeli
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1972-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    beauty pageant contestantactor
    Biography

    Defne Samyeli is a Turkish TV presenter, columnist, singer and actress.

  11. Güler Sabancı

    Güler Sabancı
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1955-.. (age 67)
    Enrolled in Bogazici University
    Studied administration
    Occupations
    entrepreneurbusinesspersonmanagereconomist
    Biography

    Güler Sabancı is a Turkish businesswoman, a third-generation female member of the Sabancı family, and the chairperson of the family-controlled Sabancı Holding, the second-largest industrial and financial conglomerate in Turkey. As of 2020, she is listed as the 76th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes, which first recognized her in 1999.

  12. Aslı Erdoğan

    Aslı Erdoğan
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    columnistphysicisthuman rights activistwriter
    Biography

    Aslı Erdoğan is a prize-winning Turkish writer, author, human rights activist, and columnist for Özgür Gündem and formerly for Radikal, ex political prisoner, particle physicist. Her second novel has been published in English, and eight books translated into twenty languages.

  13. Saadet Aksoy

    Saadet Aksoy
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1983-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    film actoractor
    Biography

    Saadet Işıl Aksoy is a Turkish actress, who received critical acclaim with her portrayal of Aska, a red-haired punk trumpet player in Italian actor-director Sergio Castellitto's film Twice Born, in which she co-starred with Penélope Cruz and Emile Hirsch. Christy Lemire described her as "the striking Saadet Aksoy" in her Twice Born review, and film critic David Rooney stated, "Saadet Aksoy brings a subdued fieriness to her scenes as a Bosnian woman" in The Hollywood Reporter. In his article on Variety, Boyd Van Hoeij wrote, "Turkish thesp Saadet Aksoy impresses in a supporting role as a spunky Yugoslav local" about her performance in Twice Born.

  14. Zeynep Tüfekçi

    Zeynep Tüfekçi
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    20th Century
    Enrolled in Bogazici University
    Graduated with Bachelor of Science in computer programming
    Occupations
    university teachersociologistopinion journalistwriter
    Biography

    Zeynep Tufekci is a sociologist and a writer, and a columnist for The New York Times. Her work focuses on the social implications of new technologies, such as artificial intelligence and big data, as well as societal challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic using complex and systems-based thinking. She has been described as "having a habit of being right on the big things" by The New York Times and as one of the most prominent academic voices on social media and the new public sphere by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  15. Pelin Batu

    Pelin Batu
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1978-.. (age 44)
    Occupations
    actorwriter
    Biography

    Pelin Batu is a Turkish author, actress, historian, and television personality.

  16. Harun Tekin

    Harun Tekin
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1977-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    singer
    Biography

    Sami Harun Tekin is a Turkish singer, musician, and poet. He is one of the founding members and the vocalist of the Turkish rock band Mor ve Ötesi.

  17. Feridun Sinirlioğlu

    Feridun Sinirlioğlu
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Feridun Hadi Sinirlioğlu is a Turkish diplomat and politician. He is the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations since 2016. He previously served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey from August 2015 to November 2015.

  18. Sedef Kabaş

    Sedef Kabaş
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1968-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    Sedef Kabaş Yirmibeşoğlu is a Turkish journalist and television presenter who has presented on various news channels in Turkey since 1997. In January 2022, she received international attention after she was arrested following a television interview in which she was alleged to have insulted Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

  19. Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ

    Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1965-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    businesspersonentrepreneur
    Biography

    Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ is a Turkish businesswoman and chairwoman of the Doğan Holding industrial conglomerate.

  20. Mustafa Akyol

    Mustafa Akyol
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1972-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    authorjournalist
    Biography

    Mustafa Akyol is a Turkish writer and journalist. He is the author of Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty, long-listed in 2012 for the Lionel Gelber Prize, a literary award for the world's best non-fiction book in English. He became a contributing opinion writer for the International New York Times in 2013. He is mainly famous in the western world for his arguments that Islam is highly compatible with classical liberalism and Enlightenment values, and that Islamic practice and the governance of Muslim-majority countries should be reformed along those lines similar to what previously happened in Christian-majority Europe.

  21. Aylin Aslım

    Aylin Aslım
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    actorrecording artistsongwritersingerfilm actor
    Biography

    Aylin Aslım is a Turkish singer, songwriter and actress.

  22. Enis Berberoğlu

    Enis Berberoğlu
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    politicianjournalist
    Biography

    Kadri Enis Berberoğlu is a Turkish politician and journalist from the Republican People's Party (CHP), who has served as the Member of Parliament for İstanbul's second electoral district since 2015. Since the 18th CHP Extraordinary Convention of 2014, he has been the Deputy Leader of the party responsible for media relations and communications.

  23. Murat Çetinkaya

    Murat Çetinkaya
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    economistbanker
    Biography

    Murat Çetinkaya is an economist, who was Governor of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey from April 2016 to July 2019. He is the first central-bank governor to be fired in Turkey since the 1981 military coup.

  24. Ömür Gedik

    Ömür Gedik
    Years
    1970-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    writerjournalist
    Biography

    Ömür Gedik is a Turkish journalist. She is a writer for Hürriyet newspaper, artist, animal rights advocate, a member of SİYAD (Association of Cinema Writers), and founder and president of HAÇİKO Association (The Association for the Protection of Animals from Desperation and Indifference).

  25. İbrahim Eren

    İbrahim Eren
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1980-.. (age 42)
    Biography

    İbrahim Eren is a Turkish bureaucrat.

  26. Genco Gulan

    Genco Gulan
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1969-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    photographertelevision producersculptorartistchoreographer
    Biography

    Genco Gulan (Turkish pronunciation: [dʒendʒo ˈɟylan] (born 1969 in Turkey) is a contemporary conceptual artist and theorist, who lives and works in Istanbul. His transmedia contextual work involves painting, found objects, new media, drawings, sculpture, photography, performance and video. His work often carries political, social and/or cultural messages. He describes his work as idea art.

  27. Suat Atalık

    Suat Atalık
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1964-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    chess player
    Biography

    Suat Atalık is a Turkish-Bosnian chess grandmaster. He is a three-time Turkish Chess Champion.

  28. Taylan Yıldız

    Taylan Yıldız
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1980-.. (age 42)
    Enrolled in Bogazici University
    In 2001 graduated with bachelor's degree
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Vedat Taylan Yıldız is a member of the Good Party group in the Municipal Council of Istanbul. He started working at Google after studying at Boğaziçi and Stanford Universities. He returned to Turkey to support the opposition in 2017 constitutional referendum.

  29. Hurşit Güneş

    Hurşit Güneş
    Years
    1957-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    economistpolitician
    Biography

    Hursit Gunes is a Turkish politician and professor of Economics, who had served as deputy chairman of Republican People's Party (CHP); and he has been deputy of Kocaeli Province since 2011.

  30. Ayşe Sinirlioğlu

    Ayşe Sinirlioğlu
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Ayşe Sinirlioğlu is a Turkish diplomat, who has been her country's ambassador to Romania and then to Spain and Andorra. She became Turkey's first woman Deputy Undersecretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2015 she was the Sherpa during Turkey's presidency and the Antalya summit of the G20 group of countries.

  31. Pelin Esmer

    Pelin Esmer
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1972-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    film editorfilm producerfilm directorscreenwriter
    Biography

    Pelin Esmer is a Turkish screenwriter and director.

  32. Murat Gülsoy

    Murat Gülsoy
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    writerauthor
    Biography

    Murat Gülsoy is a Turkish writer. He started his literary career as a publisher and a writer of the bimonthly magazine Hayalet Gemi (Ghost Ship) in 1992. His works explore the metafictive potential of postmodern self-consciousness with ‘page turning’ plots. He also produced interactive hypertext works on internet exploring new ways of narrative. Gülsoy has published 18 books in Turkey so far. Besides short stories, he has eight novels addressing modern masters Kafka, Borges, Eco, Laurence Sterne, Fowles and Orhan Pamuk. He is the recipient of some of the most prestigious national literary awards. He conducts creative writing workshops since 2004. Besides being a writer, he is also a professor with Bogazici University at Institute of Biomedical Engineering. He is the head of the editorial board of Bogazici University Press and director of Bogazici University Nazım Hikmet Culture and Art Research Center. Stehlen Sie dieses Buch is his first book to be translated into German (Literaturca Verlag). His novels are published in English, Macedonian, Arabics, Bulgarian, Albanian and Chinese. His 2000 Sait Faik Award-winning book "Bu Kitabı Çalın" (Steal This Book) "borrows" (or steals) its name from Abbie Hoffman's 1971 book "Steal This Book" and it is referred in the book as a postmodern parody.

  33. Celil Oker

    Celil Oker
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1952-2019 (aged 67)
    Occupations
    writerauthorjournalist
    Biography

    Celil Oker was a Turkish crime fiction writer.

  34. Baybars Altuntaş

    Baybars Altuntaş
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1969-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    writerentrepreneur
    Biography

    Baybars Altuntaş is a Turkish entrepreneur, angel investor, speaker and author based in Istanbul. He founded Deulcom International, a vocational training school in Turkey in 1992 and currently serves as the president of the executive committee of the company. He is currently a jury member on the new Turkish entrepreneurship program and is the current host of the Turkish version of The Weakest Link, En Zayıf Halka

  35. Taner Edis

    Taner Edis
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    physicist
    Biography

    Taner Edis is a Turkish American physicist and skeptic. He is a professor of physics at Truman State University. He received his B.S. from Boğaziçi University in Turkey and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Edis is the author of several books on creationism, religion and science. He is a Scientific and Technical Consultant for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

  36. Sedat Bornovalı

    Sedat Bornovalı
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1970-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    linguistart historian
    Biography

    Sedat Bornovalı is an art historian (PhD), interpreter and professional tourist guide in Italian, English and Turkish.

  37. Uğur Ersoy

    Uğur Ersoy
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1932-.. (age 90)
    Occupations
    engineer
    Biography

    Uğur Ersoy is a Turkish civil engineer and academic.

  38. Hişyar Özsoy

    Hişyar Özsoy
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1977-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    politicianacademic
    Biography

    Hişyar Özsoy, is a Turkish politician and academic of Kurdish descent. He is a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP)

  39. Mehmet Ali İrtemçelik

    Mehmet Ali İrtemçelik
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1950-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Mehmet Ali İrtemçelik is the previous ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Germany. He has also served as member of parliament in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey and as a minister of state in the Council of Ministers of Turkey. He graduated from Galatasaray High School and Bosphorus University, both in Istanbul, Turkey.

  40. Burak Akcapar

    Burak Akcapar
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Burak Akçapar is a Turkish diplomat with the rank of Ambassador; columnist at Sunday Standard and the New Indian Express; Associate Professor of International Relations; and published author of three books. Currently, he is the Director General of Policy Planning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey. Born in Istanbul. Between July 2011-January 2017 he served as the Ambassador of Turkey to India, Nepal, and Maldives. Former posts included: Deputy Political Director General for South Asia at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Turkey's representative to the International Contact Group on Afghanistan and Pakistan. Other previous postings included: Twice the Head of Policy Planning Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, the Deputy Head of Mission of the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., recipient in 2002 of NATO Secretary General's Award for Excellence for lasting contributions to the North Atlantic alliance. During his tenure at NATO, as Facilitator of the Southeast Europe Security Assistance Group, he led the efforts to promote regional cooperation among Balkan countries. Achievements included the Southeast Europe Common Assessment Paper on Regional Security Challenges and Opportunities (SEECAP) adopted by Ministers in Budapest on 29 May 2001. Other assignments included Deputy Chief of Mission in Doha, Qatar and Vice-Consul in Hamburg, Germany. Research interests include international law, law of the sea, international security and international affairs.

  41. Halil Mete Soner

    Halil Mete Soner
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    researchermathematician
    Biography

    Halil Mete Soner is a Turkish American mathematician born in Ankara.

  42. Niko Guido

    Niko Guido
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1966-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    photographer
    Biography

    Niko Guido is a Turkish-French photographer.

  43. Özdil Nami

    Özdil Nami
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Özdil Nami is a British-born Turkish Cypriot politician. He has served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Northern Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot Special Representative in the negotiations to solve the Cyprus dispute. He currently serves as the Minister of Economy and Energy of Northern Cyprus.

  44. Çiler İlhan

    Çiler İlhan
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1972-.. (age 50)
    Enrolled in Bogazici University
    Graduated with international relations
    Occupations
    writerpublic relations executivejournalist
    Biography

    Çiler İlhan is a Turkish writer. She studied International Relations and Political Science at Boğaziçi University and hotel management at the Glion Hotel School in Switzerland. She has variously worked as an hotelier, a writer and an editor.

  45. Özge Samancı

    Özge Samancı
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1975-.. (age 47)
    Occupations
    university teacher
    Biography

    Özge Samancı is a Turkish American artist, and professor at Northwestern University. She creates media art installations and graphic novels. Her art installations merge computer code and bio-sensors with comics, animation, interactive narrations, performance, and projection art. Her installations use media arts to break down people's mental and emotional barriers and hear about environmental issues. Her graphic novels combine drawings with three-dimensional objects.

  46. Seda Eğridere

    Seda Eğridere
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1982-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    screenwriterfilm director
    Biography

    Seda Eğridere is a Turkish actress and film director. Eğridere acted in Alina, the Turkish Assassin. In an interview with Hurriyet, Bobby Roth said "I accepted the project and agreed to shoot in Turkey only because I trusted Seda." In 2014, Eğridere made her directorial debut with the wartime drama Seasons of War, a story about a multi-ethnic couple during the Siege of Sarajevo.

  47. Nuri Otay

    Nuri Otay
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1957-2012 (aged 55)
    Occupations
    businesspersonentrepreneur
    Biography

    Nuri Kamil Otay ) was a Turkish businessman and General Manager of automotive company Otosan.

  48. Yener Sonusen

    Yener Sonusen
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Yener Mehmet Sonuşen is a Turkish businessman. He is on the boards of Savola Food Inc., Yudum Food Co., Bahçeşehir Koleji and Egypt food Co.