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Theme: Fight or Flight

This event occurred on
April 27, 2019
9:00am - 5:00pm +03
(UTC +3hrs)
Istanbul, İstanbul

Would you like to know how your life will turn out in the future? What if something bad happens to you? Would you stand and fight or fly away? Fighting makes us feel powerful and more confident about ourselves. Struggles add to our experience. But sometimes running away is a better option. In some situations we should be smart and not fight about it so we don’t get hurt. Flights of fancy and imagination ensure our world is filled with colour and innovation.

These decisions are the turning points in our lives. Would you act logically or follow your feelings? Would you fight or take flight?

Eyuboglu School
Esenevler Mh. Dr. Rüstem Eyüboğlu Sk. No:8
Istanbul, İstanbul, 34762
Event type:
Youth (What is this?)
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Anas Alnatour

Executive Manager for Community Relations at Small Projects Istanbul
We don't always choose the path that life takes us on. I am a man who has come from Syria, and in my new life here in Turkey have been privileged enough to be able to support others who have also fled, to rebuild their lives here. I am an engineering graduate and was satisfied with my work in this field before the conflict in Syria began. Now I work for Small Projects Istanbul, where we help people to overcome obstacles and integrate with the local community. I believe that people have the right to live their lives in dignity, wherever they chose to settle. I hope to be part of the solution to the challenges that stand in the way of achieving this dream.

Baris Karayazgan

Art Instructor/ Facilitator, Coordinator and Founder of PACE Kids Art Center
I grew up in Istanbul and studied sculpture at Mimar Sinan University, then continued my postgraduate studies in America. After attending a year of Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program at PAFA(Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts) in Philadelphia. I was awarded The Fulbright Scholarship and received my MFA in Sculpture from SUNY (State University of New York) Albany. I have worked as an art facilitator, art advisor and sculptor and have created countless art-based projects for children. I founded PACE Kids Arts Center in 2005, where I work to encourage children and adults to discover the creativity they have within them.

Buse Kutulu

I have recently applied to university and want to study Law. As a future Law major, I want to effectively use every platform and chance I get to impact the lives of others. The topics of discrimination, activism, equality, etc. are those that spark conversation and I believe they should, especially among teenagers because, ultimately, we have the biggest chance to change the current political climate of the world. Specifically, in Turkish culture, these topics are are not commonly talked about. However being a former organizer of the event at our school, I know that TEDxYouth@EyüboğluHS shines a light on topics like these, which is very important to me.

Ceren Sengun

I’m a curious, outspoken girl. I learned to read and write when I was three and ever since then I am constantly either reading, writing or speaking. I like to share my opinions in a detailed, correct way and chances like this event excite me. I am also very passionate about speaking about important problems as inequality, racism, sexism, pollution, bullying and all kinds of global issues. I like listening to and producing music, reading and spending time with family and friends. I hope someday I’ll have a platform where I can empower people and speak about important things and make a difference in the world.

Cigdem Evcioglu

I am just a curious English teacher who loves travelling, exploring, learning about different cultures and enjoys sharing my experiences and my knowledge. Music, dancing, yoga, family, friends, animals and nature are my loving companions in life. I'm a teacher and a lifelong learner and I enjoy being both of them very much.

Enis Yazarlioglu

Digital Transformation Manager at Turkcell
I am the digital transformation manager at Turkcell. My job is understanding change dynamics and implementing them in both the internal and external worlds. Humanity is the ultimate capital, so my job is understanding the customers and the way a company understands the customers and manage the change to shift the company's behaviour and products to align with the consumer’s needs. I have been working for Turkcell for six years. Along this journey, I have taken on various roles, such as thought leader, IoT manager, change strategist, innovator and digital transformationist. I have also written for the Harvard Business Review Turkey Blog and the HBR Turkey İleri Görüş magazine as part of my job. I studied at Tarsus American College, then earned an MS in Electronics Engineering at Hacettepe University before gaining my Executive MBA from Boğaziçi University. I am the father of Eyüboğlu Kemerburgaz first grader, Karin Yazırlıoğlu.

Ezgi Bayindir

Co-Founder of 'One Child 1000 Hopes' Charitable Foundation
I am a very proud graduate of Eyuboglu High School who has been taught to care about other people, cultures. I can’t stop being in my comfort zone. Love to create new zones. I am a group player with only one (wo)man’s skills... just happy to be on this planet.

Melis Elda Koldemir

I’m a tenth grader at Şişli Terakki High School. I love reading and drawing. I even try to write my own stories and draw the characters to improve my drawing. I have a special interest in graphics, animation and sports, especially martial arts. I have also been to many MUN Conferences as part of my extracurricular activities programme. I have been doing taekwondo for three years and currently I have a red- black belt. Recently, I have developed an interest in IT and new technologies; I even attended a workshop about data mining. In the future, I would like to study astrophysics or quantum because I believe that it’s worth finding out about the mysteries of the universe

Selenay Elmacioglu

am officially a translator for TED talks and Evrim Ağacı. I attended a cryptology summer camp at Tübitak and Sabancı University and shared the knowledge I gained there as a speaker at Global Educational Supplies and Solutions in 2017 with the topic ‘My Dreams Are Getting Bigger With Technology’. I was an SAT assistant in August 2018 which gave me a great insight into how to interact with people. I attended MUN and debate conferences. My applications were considered outstanding by Camp Rising Sun, Telluride Association and Pioneer Research program and expressed my thinking and literacy skills through Eyüboğlu’s literature magazine, Yakamoz.

Serkan Bozkurt

Director of Finance at The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
I have a 23 year professional background as executive board member in multinational companies and I would like to share my experiences and thoughts with the young generation and to guide young people to focus on appropriate goals by having a long term perspective. I am 46 years old and I am father of Koray and Kerem Bozkurt who are studying at Eyüboğlu Çamlıca campus.

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İstanbul, Turkey