16th Kadir Has Awards Found Their Owners

16th Kadir Has Awards Found Their Owners

The ceremony of Kadir Has Awards, which aims to introduce and reward the persons and institutions that have made significant achievements at national and international level and contributed to the development of the society, was held on Monday, March 22, 2021 this year. Within the scope of the commemoration program held over the online live broadcast on the 14th anniversary of the death of Kadir Has, one of the distinguished philanthropists of our country, 16th Kadir Has Awards have found their owners. This year, the “Outstanding Achievement Award” and the “Promising Scientist Award” were granted to Turkish scientists who made great achievements in the field of Neuroscience, where groundbreaking developments were observed thanks to developing gene technologies and scientists working with patience.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The “Outstanding Achievement Award” at the 16th Kadir Has Awards was granted to Prof. Dr. Murat Günel, the chair of Neurosurgery at Yale School of Medicine. Prof. Dr. Günel was granted this award for his research conducted to reveal the genetic basis of the nervous system and accompanying vascular system disorders, discovery of the genetic mechanisms that cause brain cancers to turn from benign tumors to cancer by reading genetic codes, and teaching the Postdoc, Postgraduate, Graduate and Undergraduate students from Turkey the studies on which he has worked by having them under his team.

PROMISING SCIENTIST AWARD

At the 16th Kadir Has Awards, the “Promising Scientist Award” was granted to Dr. Piray Atsak who carries on studies on Neuroscience at the University of Colombia. Dr. Atsak was awarded for her contributions to this field with her experimental studies based on how negative experiences in early ages pose a permanent risk for psychiatric disorders, electro-physiological recordings of animal models in living environment, and optogenetic manipulations of neural networks involved in stress and emotional behavior.

PROF. DR. GÜNEL FOCUSES ON BRAIN DEVELOPMENT AND DISEASES

Prof. Dr. Murat Günel, who has many significant academic awards such as Scientific Achievement Award of Turkish Ministry of Health and Young Investigator Award of American Epilepsy Society, was elected as a member of the US National Academy of Medicine in 2015. Due to his studies on identifying inherited genetic mutations that cause vascular diseases and cortical developmental disorders and elucidating their mechanisms in 2020, he was granted the International Academy Award on “Health and Life Sciences” category by Turkish Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Dr. Günel is currently the Chair of Neurosurgery at Yale University School of Medicine and Professor of Neuroscience and Genetics. As the Professor of Nixdorff-German at Yale University, Prof. Dr. Günel’s research focuses especially on brain development and diseases. In his researches in the field of molecular biology and genetics, he is working on understanding the molecular structure of different diseases such as tumors, cerebral hemorrhages and aneurysms, and developing new treatment methods for these diseases.

ATSAK FOCUSES ON THE NEUROPHYSIOLOGICAL MECHANISMS OF EARLY-AGE STRESS

After graduating from Ege University in 2005, Dr. Piray Atsak completed her postgraduate degree in neuroscience at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands in 2012. During her postgraduate studies, she discovered a new mechanism that shows how stress impairs memory. After post-graduate degree, she researched the importance of the same neurobiological mechanism in other cognitive effects of stress at Radboud University. In 2015, she was granted the “Promising Researcher Award” by the Dutch Neuroscience Association. In the same year, with the support of the Netherlands Institute of Science and the Hope for Depression Research Foundation, she began her studies at the University of Colombia in the USA. Dr. Atsak, who has been continuing her studies in Neuroscience at the University of Colombia with the support of Sackler and the American National Mental Health Research Institute since 2019, focuses on the neurophysiological mechanisms of early stress that lead to depression.

Prof. Dr. Murat Günel and Dr. Piray Atsak were presented their awards through an online ceremony, where, Can Has, Kadir Has University Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Nuri Has, Kadir Has Foundation Chairman, and Prof. Dr. Sondan Durukanoğlu Feyiz, Kadir Has University Rector, gave speeches.

“OUR ACHIEVEMENTS ENCOURAGE US IN BLAZING NEW TRAILS”

Can Has, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Kadir Has University, congratulated our two scientists who won awards in the field of neuroscience, and said that the year we left behind reminded us of the importance of unity, family, social solidarity, support, and especially life. Saying that “Our hope is to return to our vibrant campus as before, free from restrictions,” Can Has stated that despite the conditions of the pandemic, the transition stages to Kadir Has University New Education Model, which has been studied meticulously for a while, has been implemented as planned and that it is taking firm steps towards becoming a strong research university:

Kadir Has University New Education Model, which aims to raise free individuals embellished with universal values, graduates who can work all over the world and give shape and direction to the future, gives us opportunities to set new targets appropriate for the age. However, our determination to become a strong research university carries on. Our academics carry out meticulous work that requires great resources and receive national and international support funds. The total fund that came to our university with these projects has reached approximately 100 million Turkish Liras. Despite the difficult conditions created by the global outbreak, such a rapid progress could only be possible with the joint efforts of all relevant units of the university. These achievements encourage us to do more to spread the research culture and improve the university’s physical research infrastructure.”

“WE BUILD A BRIDGE BETWEEN SUCCESSFUL SCIENTISTS”

Nuri Has, Chairman of Kadir Has Foundation, said that as the biggest supporter of the university, which has proudly carried the Kadir Has name and philosophy in the field of science and education for nearly 25 years, they are proud to support the world of science and art with Kadir Has Awards and stated that in the days when the flow of daily life was radically changed with the pandemic, scientists, research centers and universities made the light at the end of the dark tunnel reachable:

“In the face of a major threat to life, science has been the only thing under which we could take a shelter. It is only possible with scientific research to set a barrier to such an outbreak that can radically change the flow of daily life and cause global human, economic and political problems. We have seen once again that only thanks to the cooperation of different disciplines and the coordination of specialties, we can reach the real solutions of all problems that negatively affect life in the light of scientific thought and inventions. If we can hope for the continuation of life, for the well-being of humanity, it is thanks to science.”

Telling that the Kadir Has Awards also reflect this understanding, Nuri Has said, “Kadir Has Awards were granted to those who have made important inventions and studies until today, and who are believed to do much more successful work if they are encouraged and supported. “Our aim is to build a bridge between successful scientists with the research climate we create and the opportunities we offer.”

“WE SHAPE OUR FUTURE TODAY”

“Every time the memorial ceremony approaches, I read the letter written by our beloved founder, Kadir Has, to the future members of the board of trustees and the rectors. In this letter, I turned the words of our founder who wrote “Today is the only thing that can buy our future” and “Yesterday has passed, but tomorrow is yet to come” into a guide for myself.” said Prof. Dr. Sondan Durukanoğlu Feyiz, Rector of Kadir Has University, and he explained how they have shaped the university that adds value to education and science with the work they have done today. Emphasizing Kadir Has University New Education Model, which has two important pillars which are Core Program and Project-Based Education, Prof. Dr. Durukanoğlu Feyiz said, “We have developed a completely different system that surpasses traditional education models in order to raise the generations of tomorrow and we are implementing it successfully”.

Stating that they are working hard to bring the research ecosystem to the desired level in Kadir Has Unıversity with the bold steps taken in the field of education, Prof. Dr. Durukanoğlu Feyiz said, “We have become one of the few universities that managed to bring EU research funds to our country in a very short time. We have become the third university to receive the most project support from TUBITAK in the field of Social and Humanities in the last four years.” Indicating that Kadir Has University is on its way to becoming a world university, he once again drew attention to the importance of the studies led by reason and science and congratulated the two valuable scientists who received this year’s award.

ASSESSMENT BOARD OF 16th KADİR HAS AWARDS (*)

  • Nihat Berker, Kadir Has University
  • Canan Dağdeviren, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab
  • Turgay Dalkara, Hacettepe University
  • Sondan Durukanoğlu Feyiz, Kadir Has University
  • Gökhan Hotamışlıgil, Harvard University
  • Türker Kılıç, BAU Medical Park Göztepe Hospital

(*) The list is arranged alphabetically by surname.

For the list of awardees in previous years:

http://odul.khas.edu.tr/odultarihcesi

Nuri HAS, Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Nuri Has was born in 1972 in Istanbul.

He attended İlhami Ahmet Örnekal Primary School in Istanbul, and went on to graduate from the Kalamış Private High School. At Georgetown University and the American University in Washington D.C. he studied English and management, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Management at the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences of Kadir Has University in Turkey.

He launched his professional career in 1994 at the Has Automotive Sales and Manufacturing Corporation, and in 2003 was appointed to the position of general directorate. In 2007 he was promoted to the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors. He currently holds Chairman position as of March 2020.

In 1996, Nuri Has began working at the Kadir Has Foundation, which was founded in 1991, and after serving as the executive assistant and as an executive, he was appointed to the board of trustees in 1999. At present, he continues to serve as the President of the foundation.

In 2004 Nuri Has was appointed to T.C. Kadir Has University’s board of trustees, and in April of 2007 he was promoted to the position of chair of the board of trustees, where he has served for four years. As of July 1st, 2011, he continued to chair the Board of Trustees at the Kadir Has Foundation and to serve as the deputy chair of the board of trustees at Kadir Has University. Nuri Has has assumed the office of Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Kadir Has University as of July 1st, 2015 till July 1st 2019. At present, he assumes the Office of Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Kadir Has University.

Nuri Has speaks English, is married, and is the father of two children.

Can HAS, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Born in Istanbul in 1954, Can Has graduated from FMV Işık High School in 1972. In 1973, he spent eight months in Freiburg, Germany, learning German at the Goethe Institute, and he continued on to graduate from Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, on the 14th of January, 1981.

In 1982, Can Has was appointed to the position of assistant general manager at the Has Automotive Sales and Manufacturing Corporation, going on to become a member of the board of directors at the Otomarsan Bus and Motor Vehicles Industry Corporation, today known as the Mercedes Benz Türk Corporation, from 1983 to 1986, as well as at the Karsan (Peugeot) and Karsan Marketing Corporation from 1984 to 1991. Currently, he is the Vice President of the Board of Directors at the Has Automotive Sales and Manufacturing Corporation.

As of July 1st, 2011, Can Has has been serving as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Kadir Has University and as Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors at the Kadir Has Foundation. He has assumed as of July 1st, 2015, till July 1st, 2019, the office of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Kadir Has Foundation, and the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Kadir Has University. At present, he assumes the Office of the Chirman of the Board of Trustees of Kadir Has University and Deputy Chairman of the Kadir Has Foundation.

Can Has speaks German and English, is married, and is the father of three children.

Av. M. Gün Han BAŞİK, General Manager

Gün Han Basik was born in Istanbul.

He completed his Secondary and High School Education at FMV Işık High School. He received his Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B.) at the Law Faculty of Istanbul University and his Master’s degree in Business Administration (M.A.) at the Institute of Social Sciences of Istanbul University

He worked at the İstanbul Turkey Branch offices of ABN Bank (Algemene Bank Nederland) in the Department of Foreign Affairs (1979-80)

He completed his internship and has been admitted to Istanbul Bar Association (1983) (Istanbul Bar Association Reg. No. :12849 - Union of Turkish Bar Associations Reg. No: 15899). He served in various law offices. He has worked as a freelance lawyer since 1985.

He has given Business Law lectures as Instructor at the Department of Electronics Engineering in English, Faculty of Engineering, Istanbul University (1991-1998). He has given Business Law, Introduction to Law and Corporate Law lectures as Instructor at the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Işık University (1999-2006)

Between 1990-2016, he served as a Board Member of Feyziye Schools Foundation, the founder of FMV Işık Schools and FMV Işık University, for the twenty-six years without interruption. During this period, he served as General Secretary of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee Member of Feyziye Schools Foundation between 1990-1997. He also served as the General Manager of Feyziye Schools Foundation between 1991-1992.

He contributed in the foundation of FMV Işık University and was the Coordinator of the Şile Campus Project in the allocation and construction stages of the Şile Campus of FMV Işık University. Between 16.07.1996 and 01.09.1998 he served as the Member of the Founding Board of Trustees of Işık University, and between 01.08.2006-01.08.2010, he served as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Işık University. He is currently a Member of the Honorary Board of Feyziye Schools Foundation.

He served in Baker Tilly Güreli Consultants as Managing Partner (Law) between 1998-2008.

Since 2008, he has been the General Manager and Member of the Board of Directors and of the Trustees of Kadir Has Foundation.He is married with two children.

He was a Member of the Board of Directors (1999-2002), Chairman of the Supervisory Board (2002-2016), and is currently a member of the Board of Directors (2016-continued) at TÜSEV Third Sector Foundation of Turkey.

He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Tema Foundation, Fenerbahçe Sports Club, TMPK National Paralympic Committee of Turkey, IÜHFMD-Alumni Association of the Istanbul University Faculty of Law.

He served in FID Feyziyeliler Işıklılar Alumni Association Board of Directors between 1977-1992 for 15 consecutive years and was appointed as the Chairman of Board of Directors in 1977-1978, 1978-1979,1979-1980- 1989-1990, 1991-1992 periods.

Ahmet Emre BETİN, (Board Member) Academic Affairs
Born in İstanbul on 24.12.1945. He received his education at Italian Commercial College and Management Department of Anadolu University. He was the Asistant Manager of Press and Public Relations, Manager of Advertising and Vice President of Public Relations at Turkish Airlines. He was the Country Manager of Turkish Airlines at Milano, Roma, KTHY Europe, Abu Dhabi, Poland, Geneva, Check Republic. He retired in 2003 after 36 years of service at Turkish Airlines. He speaks excelent Italian and good English and French.
Erol KUNTER, Board Member (Financial Affairs)

Date of birth
15.04.1946

Marital status
Married with one children

Education
B.A.- Ankara Economics and Commercial Sciences Academy-1969
Graduate Programme- Business Management Institute, İstanbul University-1970

Working Experience
Ministry of Public Works and Housing - 1964-1965
General Directorate of Road, Water and Electricity - 1966-1969
Executive positions at Türk Otomotiv Endüstrileri A.Ş. - 1972-1992
Accounting Manager, Has Otomotiv Ticaret ve Sanayi A.Ş. - 1992-2001
Financial Executive, Kadir Has University and Has Otomotiv Ticaret ve Sanayi A.Ş.- 2001-...

Av. Dr. Levent BIÇAKÇI

Dr. Levent Bıçakcı was born in Ankara in 1953. He attended the Istanbul Boys’ High School from 1965 to1972 where the language of education is German. He then attended Istanbul University and graduated from the Faculty of Law in 1976.

From 1976 to 1984 he worked as a teaching/research assistant in the Common Law department of the Faculty of Law, Istanbul University. During this period he spent a year in Germany on a DAAD scholarship where he carried out research towards his Ph.D. He received his Ph.D. from the Faculty of Law, Istanbul University in 1984.

He was a member of the FIBA Legal Commission from 1998-2006, a board member of the Turkish Basketball Federation in 1998-2002 and Head of the Turkish Football Federation in 2004-2005.

Currently, Dr Bıçakcı is the Director of the Bıçakcı Law Bureau, a member of the UEFA Arbitration Board, a member of the Kadir Has University Board of Trustees, a board member of the Turkish Football Federation, a board member of the Galatasaray Sports Club, a board member and member of the Board of Trustees of Turkish Football Foundation and a member of the board of Trustees of Istanbul Istanbul Boys’ High School.

Dr. Levent Bıçakcı, who speaks English and German, is married and has a daughter.
Mehmet GERMİRLİ

Born on October 08, 1960, Mehmet Germirli lives in Istanbul with his wife and two daughters, and has been active in business since 1986.

Education

1980 – 1983 University of Bridgeport, Connecticut; College of Arts and Humanities. Educated in General Studies
1980 University of Bridgeport Connecticut; Certificate program at ELS Language Centers
1979 – 1980 University of Akron, Ohio; participated in English Certificate Program.
1972 – 1979 Studied at a private high school.

Professional Life

2003 Member of the Board of Directors at Has Otomotiv A.Ş.
1999 – 2009 Partner and Head of the Board of Directors at Tekin Tourism and Trade Corp.
1995 – 1996 Member of the Board of Directors, Kıbrıs Türk Sea Trade Corp., Ltd.
1992 – 1994 Member of the Board of Directors, Arab-Türk Banking Corp.
1991 – 1999 Partner and member of management at Germirli Motorized Vehicles Trade Corp., Ltd.
1986 – 1991 Partner and member of the Board of Directors at Telçivi Manufacturing Corp.
Prof. Dr. Yücel YILMAZ

Personal Details

Born on 10.10.1942 in Hatay Province, Turkey
Married, with one child

Education

Pertevniyal High School, Istanbul, 1957-1960
Istanbul University Faculty of Science, 1960-1964
University College, University of London, 1967-1972.

Research and Projects

Geologist, M.T.A. Institute, Ankara, 1966-1967
Teaching Assistant Istanbul Univ. Science Fac., Course in Applied Geology, 1973-1977.
Research Assistant University of London, Geology Department, 1975.
Visiting Researcher, Leicester University, England, 1975.
Assistant Professor Istanbul Univ. Science Fac., Course in Applied Geology, and Ist. Univ. Geosciences Faculty, Istanbul, 1977.
Researcher and Visiting Assistant Professor State University, at Albany, New York, 1979.
Visiting Assistant Professor Maitre de Conference; Dept. Géologie, Paris Univ. Sud d'Orsay, 1981.
NATO ASI "Tectonic Evolution of the Tethyan region" summer school preparation committee member Convener, 1986.
NATO - Collaborative research project with Prof. Dr. Dan Karig (USA), 1986-1988.
Professor Istanbul Technical Univ., Mining Faculty, Geology Dept., 1987.
Western Anatolian Partnership project with Cambridge University Prof. D. Mac Kenzie, 1989-91.
Research Cambridge University, 1988-1990.
International Volcanological Congress, Convener, 1994.
International Congress on the Aegean Regions, Convener, 1995.
International Congress on the Aegean Regions, opening address, 1995. Second International Turkish Geology Workshop; Work in progress on the geology of Turkey, Convener, 1995.
European Union of Geosciences meeting, Strasbourg, Chairman, 1995.
European Union of Geosciences meeting, Strasbourg, Chairman, 1997.
Acta Volcanologica magazine editorial board member, from 1995 on.
Member of the editorial board for: TUBİTAK/Nature Magazine, Istanbul Technical Univ. magazine, Istanbul Univ.
Geosciences magazine, Hacettepe Univ. Geosciences magazine, Geosound magazine, Sivas University of the Republic magazine.
Western Anatolian Seismology 2000, Izmir, The Ninth of September Univ.
Works in progress in Turkey 2001 meeting, Çukurova Univ.

Prizes

TÜBİTAK, Incentive prize (candidate on behalf of TBAG), 1979.
TÜBİTAK, Science prize, 1999.

Board/Committee Responsibilities

International Geodesic and Geophysic Union National Committee Volcanology subgroup member, 1975-1977.
Istanbul Univ. Geosciences Faculty, founding member and faculty board member, 1977-1983.
Geosciences Faculty Geological and Geophysics Engineering Departments’ Curriculum Preparation Commission member, 1977-78.
Turkish Geological Society, honorary board member, 1980.
TÜBİTAK science committee member, 1981-1985.
NATO Advanced Study Institute Panel Member, 1980-1985.
Minerology/Petrografology branch head (Ist. Univ. Engineering Fac. Geology Dept.), 1983-1987.
Geology Dept. Head (Istanbul Tech. Univ. Mining Fac.), 1987-1991.
Ocean Drilling Project (ODP), EMCO (Executive Council) member since 1989.
TÜBİTAK Geosciences Research Group member, 1992-1995.
Ist. Tech. Univ. Mining Fac., Faculty Board member, since 1992.
1995 Turkish Academy of Sciences, principal member.
1996 Ist. Tech. Univ. Mining Fac. member of the Board of Directors.
1998 TÜBİTAK YDABÇAĞ Research Group member.
Ist. Tech. Univ. Mining Faculty dean, 2000-2002.
Ist. Tech. Univ. Mining Faculty Foundation president, since 2000.

Other Professional Activities

Turkish Geological Society, technical committees’ sitting president, since 1974.
Turkish Geological Society, Golden Symposium preparation committee, 1978.
Science Faculty and Geoscience Faculty Geology colloquia preparation, 1974-1980.
Editorial advisory board member for the proceedings of the international symposium on earthquake prediction research, 1980.
Jury member for Paris University doctoral candidate J.M. Fontain’s defense Univ. Paris, Sud Centre D'Orsay, 16 December 1981.
Jury member for Paris University doctoral candidate M. Servais’s defense Univ. Paris, Sud Centre D'Orsay, 6 October 1982.
Doctoral thesis advisor for Edinburg University Ph.D. candidate T. Ustaömer, 1989-1992.
Attended more than 100 conferences at such institutions as New York State University., Colombia Univ., "Lamont-Doherty Obs.", Oxford Univ., Univ. of London., Paris Univ., ETH-Zurih Univ., Edinburg Univ.
MTA Institute General Consulting Management Council member since 1997.
Consultant to the Turkish Petrol Corporation since 1996.
Consultant to Exxon Mobil Petrol since 2000.
Rezan HAS

Mrs. Rezan Has, the wife of Mr. Kadir Has, one of the most important businessmen of Turkey and a great charitable donor, was born in Istanbul in 1927. She was born as the second child of Şehime Hanım, who is the daughter of Yagcizade Family in Kanlıca, Istanbul and Mr. Mehmet of Germirli Family, a well known family in Kayseri.

Rezan Germirli, lived most of her childhood both in Kanlıca, Istanbul and in Germir village, Kayseri. Rezan Germirli, the second child of five siblings, finished her elementary education in Kayseri. Then she went to Istanbul Kandilli Girl’s High School. She married to Kadir Has, the son of Nuri and Zekiye Has, in 1942.

Rezan and Kadir Has lived in Adana between 1942 -1960. Meanwhile Rezan Has supported her husband Kadir Has, who started to work at his young age, during his worklife. Has Family decided to move to Istanbul after 1960. Has Family announced their nephew Mete Has’ daughter Zekiye their foster child because they did not have any children.

Kadir Has started to do charity work following his father’s ideals after 1980. Rezan Has has always been a support to her husband in his charity work. Has Family built numerous education and health institutions in Istanbul and Kayseri during 1980’s for the Turkish people.

Kadir – Rezan Has couple continued their charity work by building Kadir Has Foundation in the following years. Meanwhile Kadir Has University, which was built in Istanbul, crowned the charity works of the family.

The following are the education and health institutions built for the greater good of Turkish nation and named after Mrs. Rezan Has by Has Family :

  • Rezan Has High School / Küçükyalı - İstanbul
  • Kadir-Rezan Has Elementary School / Küçükyalı - İstanbul
  • KASEV Kadir-Rezan Has Teachers’ Rest House / Pendik - İstanbul
  • Marmara University Rezan Has Emergency Center / İstanbul
  • Kızılay Kadir-Rezan Has Medical Center / Maltepe - İstanbul
  • Kadir-Rezan Has Elementary School / Kayseri
  • Rezan Has Elementary School / Kayseri
Nükhet Uğur GERMİRLİ

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Human Resources and Communication Director,Novo Nordisk Turkey ( Feb.2012-Aug.2014)
Complete Human Resources responsibility of Novo Nordisk Turkey, managing department of 9 employees.

Marketing Director, Lundbeck Turkey (Mar.2009-August2011)

National Sales Manager, Pfizer Turkey (Nov.2007- Jan.2009)
Managed sales team of 78 reps and 8 District Managers, promoting respiratory and cardiovascular products; also acted as co-promotion partner with Boehringer – Ingelheim.

National Sales Manager, Pfizer Turkey (Dec.2006 - Nov.2007)
Managed key account sales team of 40 reps and 5 District Managers, working in 27 centers composed of academic & research hospitals. The team has promoted cardiovascular, pain and respiratory products of Pfizer.

Field Force Effectiveness Department Manager, Sales Division, Pfizer Turkey (Mar.2003 – Dec.2006)
Directed Field Force Effectiveness and Training functions. Department was staffed by fourteen employees and the position reported to Sales Director.

Human Resources Manager, Human Resources Division, Pfizer Turkey (1997 - 2003)
Took active role in the development of the HR vision and strategy together with the re-structuring of the human resources division. Led the processes of recruitment, performance management, career development, training and termination.

Training and Development Manager, Human Resources Division, Pfizer Turkey (1995 - 1997)
Founded and managed the training and development function

  • Trainer of ‘’ Six Thinking Hats ‘’ and Lateral Thinking ‘’ of Edward De Bono
  • Trainer of ‘’Leadership’’ and ‘’High Performance Teams’’.
  • Accounts Receivable and Customer Credits Specialist, Finance Division, Pfizer Turkey (1991- 1995)

  • Analyzed the financial risks, aligned and managed the credits with risks
  • Established customer relationships with the wholesalers and district managers
  • Prepared financial reports
  • EDUCATION

    1991 – 1994 Graduate Degree : Bosphorous University / Economics

    1981 – 1984 Undergraduate Degree : Bosphorous University / Economics

    1980 – 1981 Freshman year : New York University / Economics

    1972 – 1980 High School : Robert College, İstanbul

    OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES

    Member of the Board of Trustees of Kadir Has Foundation.

    Hüseyin SÖNMEZER

    He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences of Anadolu University, Eskişehir and his Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance at the Social Sciences Institute of Anadolu University.

    He is a Certified Public Accountant and the Member of the İstanbul Chamber of Certified Public Accountants (ISMMMO).

    He worked; as a Financial Analyst at Eti Gıda Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. between 1986-1989, as Finance Executive at İzdaş Dış Ticaret A.Ş. at 1992, as Finance Executive at Has Otomotiv San. Ve Tic. A.Ş. between 1992-1995, as Assistant Manager of Finance and Administrative Affairs at Dedeman Otelcilik ve Turistik İşletmeler A.Ş., Dedeman Anadolu Turistik Yatırımlar ve İşletmeler A.Ş., Dedeman Gümbet İnşaat ve Turizm A.Ş. between 1995-2001, as Manager of Finance and Administrative Affairs at Dedeman Otelcilik ve Turistik Tesisler A.Ş. between Feb 2001- Nov 2007, Director of Finance and Administrative Affiars at City’s Shopping Center between Nov 2007- Jan 2008, being the Director at the last three years as Finance Manager at the Tourism Group of the Dedeman Group of Companies between Jan 2008- Nov 2014, Free lance Financial Consultant at the area of Hotel Management between Nov 2014- Nov 2015 and as CPA between Nov 2016- Dec 2017. He is currently working at Has Otomotiv Tic. ve San. A.Ş. and Kadir Has Foundation as Accounting Executive. He is the user of Windows, Excel, Sun Accounting Programmes , Logo, Gold, Luca. He speaks english at indermediate level. He is married and has one children.

    Yard. Doç. Dr. Taner ARSAN

    Dr. Taner Arsan was born in 1968 in Erzincan.

    He attended Kabataş High School in Istanbul, and then he graduated with Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree from Istanbul Technical University, Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering in 1990.

    He received his Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree from Control and Computer Engineering Department of Istanbul Technical University in 1994.

    He had been to University of Glasgow as a visiting scholar with the scholarship program of TUBITAK-BAYG between 1997 and 1998. He received his Philosophy of Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree from Control and Computer Engineering Department, Istanbul Technical University, in 1999.

    He worked as Research and Teaching Assistant at Control and Computer Engineering Department, Istanbul Technical University, from 1991 to 2000.

    He has been working as Assistant Professor at Computer Engineering Department of Kadir Has University since 2000.

    He had been to Ecole Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL) – Signal Processing Institute Switzerland as visiting professor in 2006.

    He is currently working as Assistant Professor and Associate Dean at Faculty of Engineering and Natural Science at Kadir Has University.

    Dr.Taner Arsan is married and has a son.