Engin Akyürek (Director)

After completing his Bachelor’s studies at Middle East Technical University’s Faculty of Administrative Sciences, Engin Akyürek received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Department of Art History at İstanbul University. With scholarships from the Vehbi Koç Foundation and the Johns Hopkins University, Akyürek continued his doctoral studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, USA. In 1998, with a Post-Doctoral Scholarship from the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA), Akyürek worked as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Illinois for three months. Between 1998-2014 Akyürek taught Byzantine art history at the Istanbul University.


Nikos Kontogiannis (Vice-director)

Having completed his undergraduate studies in History and Archaeology at the University of Athens, Nikos Kontogiannis studied for his MPhil and PhD in the Universities of Birmingham and Athens respectively. He went on to work as Byzantine archaeologist in the Archaeological Service of Greece for more than fifteen years, engaged in monument preservation, excavations and cultural management projects in various regions. Lecturer at the Department of History, Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management, University of Peloponnese (2005-2009). Recipient of the British School at Athens Centenary Award (2013), and fellow at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies (Princeton, 2004), Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (Washington D.C., 2014), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 2015).

Barış Altan (Administrative Coordinator)

Studied architecture at ITU and had his MSc. at the same university on restoration. Between 1998-2000 Barış Altan worked at History Foundation on various cultural heritage projects and between 2008-2010 worked as the general director at Cultural Awareness Foundation. Became the founding secretary general of Europa Nostra Turkey after undertaking activity coordinator position for the Europa Nostra annual congress held in Istanbul in June 2010. After executing some surveying projects from 2010 to 2013 acted as the project coordinator of the project titled LIMEN: Cultural Ports from Aegean to the Black Sea from October 2013 to December 2015.

Merve Özkılıç (Project Coordinator)

Received her B.A. degree from department of Archaeology of Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts and M.Sc. degree from department of History of Architecture from Istanbul Technical University. She has worked in several domestic and international archaeological excavations between years of 2005 and 2013, while doing volunteer work for Glass Collection of Istanbul Archaeological Museums’ Classical Section between 2006 and 2010. During years 2010-2016 she has worked as a content editor for temporary and permanent exhibition projects

Deniz Yasemin Önen (Sevgi Gönül Symposium Coordinator)

Studied sociology at Galatasaray University, worked successively as production assistant, public relations account executive, operation manager, congress/M.I.C.E project assistant, festival-sponsorship and project manager.

Board Members

Aylin Küntay
Board Member

Hasan Demirci
Board Member

Alexis Wick
Board Member

Ivana Jevtic
Board Member

Engin Akyürek
Board Member

Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Henry MAGUIRE Emeritus, The Johns Hopkins University

Prof. Dr. Judith HERRIN Emeritus, London Kings College

Prof. Dr. Ayla ÖDEKAN Emeritus, İstanbul Universty, Türkiye

Prof. Dr. Robert OUSTERHOUT University of Pennsylvania

Prof. Dr. Albrecht BERGER Ludwig-Maximilians Universteat

Prof. Dr. Platon PETRIDIS University of Athens

Prof. Dr. Sema DOĞAN Hacettepe University, Türkiye


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