Board of Trustees
Since its foundation, BİLGİ has advanced through the decisions of the Board of Trustees; it has taken strategic and future-oriented steps with the Board of Trustees. One of the cornerstones of BİLGİ, the Board of Trustees conserves BİLGİ’s unique standpoint in higher education as it coordinates the decision-making processes for new developments.
Dr. Çağrı BağcıoğluPresident
Dr. Çağrı Bağcıoğlu is currently the President of Board of Trustees of İstanbul Bilgi University.
Bağcıoğlu has previously served as the Vice President of Board of Trustees and worked as the Secretary-General at İstanbul Bilgi University. He lived in the United States for a long time and worked at higher education institutions at various positions at different capacities. Additionally, he also worked as a consultant for many higher education institutions and companies.
Bağcıoğlu, obtained his BBA in Finance and Economics at University of North Alabama, USA where he also completed his MBA. He received his doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership from University of Liverpool. He is married to Cindy Bağcıoğlu and has two kids.
Prof. Dr. Ege YazganActing Rector
Prof. Ege Yazgan officiates as a member of the Board of Trustees of İstanbul Bilgi University and Acting Rector.
Prof. Yazgan, prior to these has officiated as Vice Rector in İstanbul Bilgi University. He has worked as Director of Turkey Studies Center in Kadir Has University; and prior to these he has held office as Dean, Deputy Dean and Program Director of Economic and Administrative Sciences Faculty of İstanbul Bilgi University. He has many academic articles published in land and abroad. He has worked as guest researcher in Cambridge University and as academic member in Sussex University; he has started his academic career as research fellow in İstanbul Bilgi University Department of Economics.
Prof. Yazgan has been graduated from İstanbul University Department of Economics and continued his post graduate studies in Boğaziçi University and İstanbul University. He has completed his doctoral studies in Sussex University of England. He regularly takes part in the Turkish media with his comments on current economic issues.
Prof. Dr. Mehmet Remzi SanverVice President
Prof. M. Remzi Sanver officiates as the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of İstanbul Bilgi University and Research Director in France National Center for Scientific Researches (CNRS).
Prior to these, Prof. Sanver has officiated as Rector and Academic Fellow in İstanbul Bilgi University. His scientific researches on application of mathematics on social sciences has been published in prominent scientific journals, and his works has been cited for approximately 1,000 times and has leaded to more than 6 scientific articles. He also makes editorial works in prominent international scientific publication organs in their field.
After graduating from Galatasaray High School, Prof. Sanver has been graduated from Department of Industrial Engineering of Boğaziçi University.He has completed his doctoral studies in Economics Department of the same university. He speaks English, French and Spanish.
Asım Emrah ÖzdemirMember
Attorney Asım Emrah Özdemir officiates as a member of the Board of Trustees of İstanbul Bilgi University.
Özdemir also carries out of his duties as an attorney at Kara&Demir Law Office where he is a founder of. Prior to these he has officiated in various law offices and companies. He especially works on Criminal Law, Press Law, Execution and Bankruptcy Law, Commercial Law, Sports Law and Labour Law cases.
Özdemir has graduated from Maltepe University Faculty of Law , and completed Sports Law Program of Kadir Has University Center for Sports Studies.
Lale Cander officiates as a Member of the Board of Trustees of İstanbul Bilgi University.
Cander currently holds office as Chairperson of the Board of TP Endüstriyel ve Ticari Lastikler Company; and continues to provide consultancy services for major companies such as Finmeccanica, Gemmo and Pirelli. She is specialized in Corporate Law and Foreign Investments Law. Prior to these, she has worked as lawyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USA for new consulate building construction. She also represents companies Iveco S.p.A., AgustaWestland S.p.A, Top Leasing GmbH.
Cander has been graduated from İstanbul University Faculty of Law and completed her post graduate studies in İstanbul University Institute of Atatürk’s Principles and Revolution History . She has completed her doctoral studies in the same university and she currently is at the dissertation stage. She is a member of İstanbul Golf Club.
Attorney Semra Balcı officiates as a Member of the Board of Trustees of İstanbul Bilgi University.
Balcı, also works as self-employed attorney as she is registered in Istanbul Bar Association, and she provides legal consultancy and attorney ship services for real and legal entities as well.
Attorney Semra Balcı has been graduated from İstanbul University Faculty of Law.
Zeki Kerem MavituncalılarMember
In his latest post Z. Kerem Mavituncalılar was the CEO of Astra Student Housing Investment Corporation which he has served since 2013. Previously, he was active as a Board Member in the Company since he has led Milestone Capital Partners to acquire 50% stake in Astra in 2009. Under his leadership, Astra has become Turkey’s largest institutional operator with over 5,000 beds and its investor base grew to include global partners such as the IFC (of World Bank Group). Simultaneously, he was the Managing Partner at Milestone Capital Partners, a boutique direct investment firm in Turkey that he has co-founded in 2007.
Mavituncalılar has over 20 years of investment experience in financial markets across multiple asset classes including managing public equity portfolios and private equity investments. He was a founding member of the Dubai Investment Group (DIG) the investment office of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai. Prior to becoming a Manager at Hedge Fund of Funds and Member of the Investment Committee at DIG, he served as a senior analyst for several direct investments. These include DIG's partnership with Citigroup Alternative Investments - Estithmaar Islamic Real Estate Fund, a European Real Estate Private Equity Fund, Estithmaar TMT Fund, a JV with Deutsche Bank, and DIG’s opportunistic real estate investment initiative Longwing Ventures US. At Longwing, Mavituncalılar served as the investment officer for the USD 29m acquisition of Genesis ElderCare, a portfolio 11 facilities and Mariner Healthcare, a 97.5m transaction of 20 long- term care facilities in Florida, USA. Prior to joining DIG at its inception, he was a senior trader at Citigroup, N.A. Treasury in Dubai.
He has also been active at a non-executive capacity in number organizations such as serving as the Member of Board of Trustees at İstanbul Bilgi University, Member of the Executive Committee at Zeynep Mutlu Education Foundation and was one of the Founders of Bridges School Istanbul, a part of Nobel Education Network. Z. Kerem Mavituncalılar has a B.Sc. from Bentley Uni. (USA) and an M.B.A. from Warwick Uni. (UK).
Kerim Paker received his engineering degree and graduated from Rochester University in 1993. He started his professional career in the in-house consultancy department of a chemistry company based in Philadelphia, USA. While he was pursuing his Master`s Degree at Carnegie Mellon University, he continued to be a part of the company`s re-structuring projects on a part-time basis. In 1997 he graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master`s degree in Business Administration.
Following his graduation, Kerim Paker established a management consultancy company named Bilgi Odaklı Yönetim Hizmetleri (Information-Oriented Management Services) and served various companies in the fields of chemistry, tourism, ICT, textile etc. inside and outside the country.
In addition to consultancy services, Paker also became both the partner and Turkey director of an Internet company with a foreign partner. Kerim Paker who has been the Vice Managing Director of Yeni Tekstil A.Ş. which is a family business since August 2003 also has been a partner and Managing Director at KRM Management Consultancy Inc. (KRM Yönetim Danışmanlık A.Ş.) in HR industry since April 2006.
He has instructed in Istanbul Bilgi University, between the years 1998-2016 on a part time basis, to both the undergraduate and graduate degree students, in the subject of the Strategic Management.
In addition to his professional pursuits, Kerim Paker acted as board member and chairman of Community Volunteers Foundation (Toplum Gönüllüleri Vakfı) between 2001-2014. He also works on the boards of Şişli Terakki Foundation, Genç Hayat (Young Life) Foundation and Special Employment Bureaus Association (Özel İstihdam Büroları Derneği).
He is a member of the board of trustees at Civil Society Support Foundation (Sivil Toplum Destek Vakfı) and Podem Public Policy and Democracy Studies Center.
Ahmet Selim KöroğluMember
Pharmacist Ahmet Selim Köroğlu officiates as a member of the Board of Trustees of İstanbul Bilgi University.
Köroğlu currently holds office as Senior Counsellor of President of the Republic since 2015.
Köroğlu has been graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Pharmacy in 1992, and engaged in political activities and worked as pharmacist between 1994 and 2015. He is currently performing studies on "Health Insurance System in Turkey" and "Humanitarian Aids in crisis periods" issues.
Furthermore, Köroğlu is member of the Boards of Trustees of Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin Foundation and Entrepreneur Businessmen Foundation and member of the Executive Committee of Political Debates Center.