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Theme: A Journey To Tell

This event occurred on
February 27, 2013
5:00pm - 8:00pm EET
(UTC +2hrs)
Ankara, 06

We encounter people with a journey everyday. People all around us, whether heard of or not, have a journey, which makes up their identity and reveals it at the same time. Our experiences are said to be the main influences that shape who we are. Some people use their journey to find their identity, while others enjoy their journey as a part of their identity and nevertheless leads to a story that should be cherished. A journey to tell can be anything from a success story to a failure yet every journey in a person's life leaves some remark and has its own distinctive uniqueness that can inspire many others. As the organizers of a youth event, we want to establish an atmosphere where the audience can find their own identity through exposure to journeys of people who have significantly positive effects on our community. Using this theme, we hope to form an atmosphere where everyone, ranging from students to adults, can exploit their own unique journey and be inspired to think about the ways they can make a difference in the world. “A journey to tell” not only absorbs personal journeys, but journeys significant for the humankind.

Bilkent is a place where the community shares the joy of innovation whether it’s through academics or through social life. İhsan Doğramacı, took his own journey by establishing Bilkent, and thus created a home for millions of minds to be inspired from. His very own journey began in 1984, and is still being perpetuated by young minds that try to spread core values of advancement, innovation, and education. The youth wants to have a journey to tell, thus by creating a platform full of notable life stories, TEDxBLIS tries to absorb this principle and wish to inspire the youth into writing their own extraordinary journey.

Bilkent Laboratory & International School
Bilkent University East Campus
Ankara, 06, 06800
Event type:
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Özcan Ertem

Özcan Ertem is the Aircraft Group Vice President of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), Ankara, Turkey. Mr. Ertem graduated from Middle East Technical University as the first ever graduate of Aeronautical Engineering Dept. in 1984. He received his MS in engineering degree in 1987 while playing basketball for a first division team, and earned his piloting license in 1988. After working for Turkish Air League (THK, Türk Hava Kurumu) for three years on small aircrafts, he joined TAI as UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) designer in 1990. He was a team member and later became the leader of five new aircraft development programs of TAI.

Musab Ben

Musab Ben is a graphic designer, and has graduated from the Department of Graphic Designs at the University of Selcuk. He has been working as a graphic designer for 5 years now. He works at Tart New Media as a Senior Designer, and also does studies on interactive media. He has designed an application devoted to creating an interactive CV.

Robin Turner

Robin Turner was born in Shropshire, England. After studying music and English at Leeds University, he spent the 1980s playing music and doing odd jobs before drifting into academia. Since 1993, he has been teaching English and academic skills at Bilkent University, and is also part of the Bilkent Educational Technology Support group (BETS). In addition to teaching, he does translation, editing and television work for various individuals and organizations. He has written on a variety of subjects, including popular culture, cognitive linguistics and education.

Şahika Ercümen

Şahika Ercümen, a professional free diver, free-diving instructor, and nutrition and diet specialist was born in Çanakkale in January 16th 1985. At an early age she was diagnosed with asthma; however, this did not stop her from starting free-diving and attaining several accomplishments. Since 1998; she has received, both national and international, over 100 medals, various special awards, trophies, three national records and one world record from diving and swimming competitions. After graduating from the Çanakkale Milli Piyango Anadolu High School she got her undergraduate degree at Ankara Başkent University Nutrition and Dietetic Faculty. She is currently doing her MBA at the Başkent University. Mrs. Şahika has been in several social awareness commercials and gives workshops on right breathing, success and motivation.

Yankı Yazgan

Dr Yankı Yazgan, Çocuk/genç ve erişkin psikiyatrisi alanında serbest uzman hekim olarak çalışmaktadır. Akademik kariyerini Marmara Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi'nde Profesör ve Yale Child Study Center’da öğretim görevlisi olarak sürdürmüştür. Psikiyatri, moleküler genetik ve kognitif nörobilim alanında çok sayıda bilimsel yayın yapmıştır. Gündelik ilişkilerdeki davranışlarımızın doğal kurallarına, beynimizin işleyişine ve ekonomik hayat ile psikoloji ve beyin bilimleri ilişkisine dair konuşmuş, yazmış ve çizmiştir. Söz Uçmuş Yazı Kalmış (2011) ve Feelings Run Faster (2012) popüler yazılarını topladığı son kitaplarıdır.

Meliha Okur

Meliha Okur arrived to Istanbul right before the coup of September 12th, and graduated from the Communication Faculty at Marmara University during a time of ideological conflicts. After attaining her undergraduate degree, she began her thirty-year journey as an economics journalist. During this period she has studied banking, worked for the left-winger political Göküşağı magazine, taken place among the founders of Money magazine during the initiation of stock markets in Turkey, worked for Doğan group for a long period, pursued a career as columnist in Milliyet and continues her career as a columnist in Sabah Newspaper. Being one of the founding members of the CNNTürk news station are amongst her accomplishments. She has received many awards for her economics programs and has initiated various programs in Habertürk TV, NTV and ATV. Meliha Okur is persisting to stay as a critic journalist.

Thomas Zimmermann

Thomas Zimmermann graduated from the University of Regensburg, where he completed his studies in Pre- and Protohistory, European Ethnology and Classical Archaeology. For his PhD project he was based in the Römisch-Germanische Zentralmuseum Mainz, studying Copper Age burials with daggers in their technological and social dimension, as part of the Early Elites Research Cluster. In 2003, he succumbed to oriental lure and moved to Turkey, were he is currently appointed as Assistant Professor and Acting Chair at the Department of Archaeology at Bilkent University. His versatile research interests include Science in Archaeology, Early Metallurgy, the emergence of elites in 3rd millennium Asia Minor, and the history of archaeological methodology. That aside, he loves to collect mechanical timepieces, old maps and is always happy to share a glass of his considerable assemblage of Scottish Single Malt whiskies.

Teymuralp Fosforoğlu

Teymuralp Fosforoğlu was accepted to the Conservatory of Hacettepe University in 1983. He played the percussion, which followed his studies on the trumpet. He went to Germany in 1991 to study at Würtzburg Hoffschule. Fosforoglu’s professional career started when he joined the Ankara State Opera and Ballet as a Guest Musician in 1993. In 1995, he joined the Bilkent Academic Symphony Orchestra in Bilkent University as a multi percussionist. From 1995 to 1998 he tutored at The Music and Fine Arts Department at METU (Middle East Technical University). He was a member of the Bilkent Academic Symphony Prchestra between 1995 and 2006. He established the Teymuralp Merter Percussion School in 2001. In 2006 he participated in the Survivor contest between Greece and Turkey. Having a photographic memory is one of Teymuralp's many abilities.

Gamze Araz Eskinazi

In 1991, Gamze Araz Eskinazi graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Interior and Environmental Design at the Bilkent University. In 2003, after working for nine years in her job, Mrs. Eskinazi started to teach glass blowing at The Glass Furnace Foundation in Istanbul. To this day, she has worked under Davide Salvadore, Boyd Suguki, Petr Novotny and Rob Stern and has attended many Glass Blowing studios. In 2005, together with Yasemin Sayınsoy and Serkan Araz she founded the Camekan brand. Her remarks on her job and life when asked was, “The viscosity and the softness of hot glass truly fascinate us. We feel responsible to create art pieces that give merriment to the world we live in. We know that if we know how to look and seek we can live moments in true bliss”.

Organizing team


Ankara, Turkey


Ankara, Turkey
  • Elif Haydar
  • Beril Kuruçayırlı
    Public Relations Manager
  • Melisa Türkay
    Logistics and Stage Manager
  • İdil Azizoğlu
    Financial Manager
  • Başak Akman
    Deputy Organizer
  • Murat Armağan
    Deputy Organizer
  • Deniz Hallik
    Assistant to Public Relations Manager
  • Levent Akay
    Deputy Organizer
  • Oğulcan Yıldız
    Deputy Organizer