PROF. AZİZ SANCAR

Aziz Sancar is a Turkish-American biochemist and molecular biologist specializing in DNA repair, cell cycle checkpoints, and circadian clock. In 2015, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Tomas Lindahl and Paul L. Modrich for their mechanistic studies of DNA repair.

Sancar is currently the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is the co-founder of the Aziz and Gwen Sancar Foundation, which is a non-profit organization to promote Turkish culture and to support Turkish students in the United States.

Sancar received his primary education near his hometown of Savur. He then completed his M.D. degree in Istanbul University of Turkey and completed his Ph.D. degree on the photoreactivating enzyme of E. coli in 1977 at the University of Texas at Dallas in the laboratory of Dr. C. Stan Rupert, now Professor Emeritus. He was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Tomas Lindahl and Paul L. Modrich for their mechanistic studies of DNA repair. He was granted Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation in Molecular Biophysics in 1984.

More Information:
http://www.med.unc.edu/biochem/people/faculty/primary/asancar
http://www.sancar.org

HARRIET FULBRIGHT

Mrs. Harriet Fulbright was the President of the J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center, a non-profit organization that served to advance the work of Mrs. Fulbright’s late husband, Senator J. William Fulbright, and to continue her own life’s work. Mrs. Fulbright has spent the majority of her adult life in the fields of education and the arts. From 1997 until 2000 she was the Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, whose mission is to encourage partnerships between the public and private sectors in order to enhance cultural life in America. Prior to this position she served as an ‘’Unofficial Ambassador’’ for the 50th anniversary of the Fulbright Program and in that capacity she traveled to numerous countries on all five major continents and all over the United States to speak about the importance of international education exchange and the pivotal role played by the Fulbright Program.

More Information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harriet_Mayor_Fulbright

GOKHAN COSKUN

CEO, Harriet Fulbright Institute
Founder of GIS Project

Gokhan Coskun an international education professional with over 15 years of experience in international leadership, management, diplomacy, cross cultural advising, and international exchange program development. He is the founder of Prof. Aziz Sancar Girls in STEM project that aims to pique girls’ curiosity in the STEM field at an early age by raising awareness of global culture and science.

In 2008, he has developed the first ever English Study Abroad Program operating at U.S. Universities campuses for Turkish University students. The program was designed with the “Learning English by Living English” philosophy at Boston University, Kent State University, Northeastern University, Northern Virginia Community College, and California State University. In 2009, he established Harriet Fulbright College and successfully directed the school’s accreditation process by CEA and received SEVIS certification through USCIS. Mr. Coskun was responsible for the opening of the first Turkish University Campus in the U.S.

Mr. Coskun attended many international meetings and conferences on education in United States, Turkey, South Korea, Germany, China, and Mongolia. With the assistance of the State Department Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs Department, he successfully established one of the first ever training program in the United States for Korean defectors. Mr. Coskun developed global exchange programs with: U.S State Department, American Bar Associations, Korea-U.S. Science Cooperation Center, Korea Ministry of Education, Kyungsung University, Yeoju Technology University, Mongolian University Science and Technology, Ulaanbaatar City Office, Turkish Press and Information Center, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, Berlin Technical University, and Charles University in Prague.

He is currently working on his PHD dissertation in Economic Managerial and Social Faculty Labor Economics. He has a Masters in Economic Managerial and Social Faculty Human Resources from University of Istanbul, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Counselling Science from Karadeniz Technical University.

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

SARE DAVUTOGLU

The Spouse of the Prime Minister Republic of Turkey

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DR. MMANTSETSA MAROPE

Director of International Bureau of Education at UNESCO

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CANSEN BASARAN-SYMES

President of TUSIAD

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KIM CHERRY

Deputy Chief of STEM at District of Columbia Public Schools

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SEYI AKIWOWO

Locally Elected Councillor for Forest Gate at London

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CEM SEYMEN

CNN TURK “Money Detective” program presenter

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GIS PROJECT TEAM

CASEY KIM

Co-founder of GIS Project

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ROSE LORRAINE PEIFER

GIS Project Team Members

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LAMIA AKTAS

GIS Project Team Members

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ERIKA MOSCOSO

GIS Project Team Members

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NICOLE KIM

GIS Project Team Members

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KENDALL HANKINS

GIS Project Team Members

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