Prof. Dr.Kemal YÜKSEK
Prof. Dr.Kemal YÜKSEK
Chairman of the Board

Prof. Kemal Yüksek was born in Çaykara, Trabzon in 1969. He completed his bachelor's degree in Mathematical Engineering in 1990 and his Master of Engineering degree in Computer Engineering in 1993 at Istanbul Technical University (ITU).  He focused on Applied Mathematics during his Ph.D. studies and earned his Ph.D. degree in the same field in 1998 from Yıldız Technical University (YTÜ).

Prof. Yüksek started his academic career as a “Research Assistant” at Yıldız Technical University in 1993. In 2000, he started to work as an “Assistant Professor” in Computer Engineering Department at Istanbul Kültür University. In addition to his academic career, he occupied as the deputy head of the Computer Engineering department. He received the title of “Associate Professor” in 2012 and the title of “Professor” from Hasan Kalyoncu University in 2016.  He gave lectures, attended conferences on software, database design, mathematical modeling, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, training management, and civil aviation management.  Besides all, he has numerous articles published in scientific journals.  

In 2012, Prof. Yüksek started his professional career at Turkish Airlines as a “Project Manager”. Between 2013-2018, he occupied as “Vice President of Training” at Turkish Aviation Academy. 

He took part in the development and implementation of projects such as Turkish Airlines' New Passenger Service System (ticketing and reservation), Training Management System, Online Assessment System, and Learning and Training Portal. Apart from this, he accomplished the software development of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Street Lightening System and Medical Services System projects. Prof. Yüksek has managed the Virtual Reality and Simulation Learning Applications compatible with Scorm X-API Standards, by 3-D Interactive e-Learning Platform with the support of the TÜBİTAK R&D Project. He successfully represented Turkey in the civil aviation area by participating as a speaker in conferences organized by international civil aviation organizations. Prof. Yüksek started serving as the “Deputy Director General of Turkish DGCA” in May 2019 and has been nominated as ‘Acting Director General” in January 2021. Prof. Yüksek is the co-founder and member of the Career and Talent Management Organization. He has mastered various programming languages (C, C ++, Visual Basic, C #, ASP.net, JAVA, PHP) and database management systems (Data Modeling (EER Modeling), SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL). Currently serving as the Chairman of the Board of Türksat, Prof. Yüksek is married and has three daughters.

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Dr. Ali Taha KOÇ
Dr. Ali Taha KOÇ
Board Member

Dr. Ali Taha Koç was born in Ankara in 1980.

Receiving a full scholarship he is a graduate of Bilkent University Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department in 2001. He earned his PhD and MS degrees in the Department of Electrical Engineering from Texas University as a scholarship student.

Koç joined Intel Corporation as a research and development (R&D) engineer in 2006.

During his tenure at Intel, he developed 61 patents, 23 articles were published in scientific journals, developed and managed many international projects. In 2013, he was awarded as one of the 10 engineers that produced the most patents in Intel.

After his return to Turkey in 2014, he began his career as Prime Ministry Chief Advisor. He was appointed as the President of Information Technologies of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey same year. At the same time, he managed the establishment process of the State Information Coordination Center in the Presidency Security Policies Diroctorate and provided information flow from all ministries and security units to the Presidency.

He was appointed as the Head of the Digital Transformation Office by the Presidential Decree published in the Resmi Gazete dated September 12, 2018.

As a member of the Türksat Board of Directors since 2014, he gives lectures for graduate/postgraduate students at Bilkent University Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department.

He is also a licensed pilot and speaks advanced English. He is married and has a child.

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Doç. Dr. İbrahim KALIN
Prof. Dr. İbrahim KALIN
Board Member
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İbrahim EREN
İbrahim EREN
Board Member

İbrahim Eren has been serving as the Director General and the Chairman of the Board of TRT since 2017. In 2013, he became the Deputy General Manager of TRT (Turkish Radio and Television Corporation).

Prior to 2013, he worked as General Manager of ATV Europe and Vice General Manager of ATV, respectively. Eren has led the production of many TV programs in the media industry, including national and international documentaries, animations, corporate videos and TV commercials.

He is a graduate of Boğaziçi University, Department of Political Science and International Relations. He received a master's degree in media management from the University of Westminster in London.

Eren is the president of the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), as well as a director of the International Emmy. Eren is a member of the Türksat Board of Directors.

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İbrahim KOLCU
İbrahim KOLCU
Board Member

Kolcu has been the Head of Information Technologies Department at the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure since September 2018.

Between July 2018 and August 2018, he worked as the Head of Information Technologies Department at the Ministry of Family and Social Policies. Between December 2016 and June 2018, he served as the Head of Technical Operations Department responsible for planning, coordinating, and directing activities concerning IT infrastructure, data centers, and user network at the Information Technologies and Communication Authority. Between November 2014 and November 2016, he worked as the System Manager of İncek Data Center of the Information and Communication Technologies Authority. Between January 2005 and September 2014, he worked as an independent consultant on many projects.

Between September 1991 and September 1992, he worked as a software developer at Ülker- Datateknik. He was a lecturer at Gaziosmanpaşa University between September 1992 - September 1993. Kolcu worked as a research assistant at Harran University, Cranfield University, and Manchester University from September 1993 to December 2004. He has published numerous research articles and presented academic papers at international conferences. During his academic research at the University of Manchester (February 1998 - November 1999), he worked as a senior developer in several projects.

He is a graduate of Istanbul Technical University, Control and Computer Engineering Department in 1991. He received his master's degree from Cranfield University Computer Engineering Department in 1996.

He is a member of the Türksat Board of Directors since June 2019.

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Dr. Şuayip BİRİNCİ
Dr. Şuayip BİRİNCİ
Board Member

Working as the Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health since May 2014, Dr. Birinci was appointed as Deputy Minister of Health in August 2018.

Until 2001, Dr. Birinci practiced in health centers, 112 Emergency Service, and Rize Public Hospital. He worked as a physician in several public institutions in Istanbul in 2001. He worked as Deputy Medical Director of Ümraniye Training and Research Hospital between 2005 and 2009, and as the Deputy Provincial Health Director of İstanbul between 2009 and 2012. He was appointed as the General Secretary of Istanbul Northern Anatolia Public Hospitals Authority in November 2012.

A graduate of Ondokuz Mayıs University Faculty of Medicine in 1998, Dr. Birinci completed the Hospital and Health Facility Management master's program in 2010 and the Leadership and Global Entrepreneurship master's program in 2013. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. studies in Health Institutions Management.

Having many professional certificates and scientific articles, Dr. Birinci has also designed and successfully launched many public e-health projects (e-Pulse Personal Health System, Telemedicine System, Spatial Business Intelligence Application (MIZ), Statistics and Causal Analysis in Health Project (SINA), Integrated Corporate Processing Platform (EKIP) Public Health Management System (HSYS), Filiation and Insulation Tracking System (FITAS), Life Fits into Home Application, Health Board Application, VACCINE application, Disease Management Platform (HYP), Corona Prevention Application etc.) on a regional and national basis.

He is also a member of the Türksat Board of Directors since 2018.

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Dr. Yalçın EYİGÜN
Dr. Yalçın EYİGÜN
Board Member

He was appointed as the Minister Consultant at the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure on May 8, 2019, and as General Manager of Infrastructure Investments on September 19, 2019. Dr. Eyigün is a member of the Türksat Board of Directors.

Dr. Eyigün worked as the deputy manager, manager, and the control engineer responsible for rail system project and construction works during his tenure at the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Rail System Directorate between 1997 and 2012.

Between 2012 and 2015, he worked as the Deputy General Manager of General Directorate of Infrastructure Investments at the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication. During his tenure at AYGM, he worked in various positions such as Urban Rail System and Outline Railway Projects Survey and Construction Works Sector Supervisor, Eurasia Road Crossing Project Supervisor, Marmaray Construction Activities.

He graduated from Istanbul Technical University Civil Engineering Department in 1995. He received his master's and Ph.D. degrees from the same department. Between 2015 and 2018, he was a lecturer at Yalova University Transport Engineering Department. He was appointed as an Assistant Professor to the Civil Engineering Department of Istanbul Commerce University in the 2018 - 2019 academic year.

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Dr. Yunus Emre AYÖZEN
Dr. Yunus Emre AYÖZEN
Board Member

Dr. Ayözen has been a member of the Türksat Board of Directors since July 2020. He continues to serve as the Head of Strategy Development in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, which he was appointed by the Presidential Decree published in the Resmi Gazete dated 06 July 2020.

Dr. Ayözen worked on several projects (e.g. the Istanbul Transportation Master Plan, Istanbul Logistics Master Plan and Istanbul Logistics Management System, Istanbul Heliport Master Plan, Traffic Safety Master Plan) during his career. He is still a member of the State Airports Authority (DHMI) Board of Directors.

Between 2008 and 2015, he worked as a control engineer, chief and assistant manager respectively in the Highway Projects, Rail System Projects and Transportation Master Plan units in the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB) Transportation Planning Directorate. He was appointed to the Directorate of Traffic in April 2015. He served as Head of Transportation Department, which he was appointed on 23 May 2016, until 25 July 2019. Between 2015 and 2019, he served as a board member and vice president of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Kiptaş A.Ş.. Between 19 September 2019 - 06 July 2020, he served as the Deputy Director General of General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMI).

He is a graduate of Sakarya University Civil Engineering Department. He earned a master's degree in Istanbul Technical University Transportation Engineering and a doctorate in Civil Engineering from Istanbul Aydın University.

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