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.
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Özcan ErtemÖzcan 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.
Robin TurnerRobin 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.
Meliha OkurMeliha 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 ZimmermannThomas 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.
Gamze Araz EskinaziIn 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”.
Beril KuruçayırlıPublic Relations Manager
Melisa TürkayLogistics and Stage Manager
İdil AzizoğluFinancial Manager
Başak AkmanDeputy Organizer
Murat ArmağanDeputy Organizer
Deniz HallikAssistant to Public Relations Manager
Levent AkayDeputy Organizer
Oğulcan YıldızDeputy Organizer