Keynote Speakers

Francesco Pastore, Ph.D, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”

Francesco Pastore is Associate Professor of Economics at University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, a research fellow of the IZA of Bonn as well as country lead for Italy and lead of the cluster on “School to work transitions” of the Global Labor Organization. In 2013, he qualified as Full Professor of Economic Policy and as Associate Professor of Economic Statistics. He is a member of the executive board of the Italian Association of Comparative Economic Studies. Previously, he was the Secretary of the Italian Association of Labor Economists (2010-’16). He earned his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Sussex, UK. He has acted as a consultant for the International Labour Office, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the World Bank, among others.
He has extensively written in the field of the economics of high education and the School to work transition. He has dealt with many issues in the field of education economics, such as: the determinants and consequences of overeducation; school and university dropout; the slowness of the transition to adulthood. Recently, he is studying the impact of different types of educational and research policy on local development.

Saime Özçürümez, Ph.D, Bilkent University

Saime Özçürümez (Ph.D., McGill) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Bilkent University. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard University (2015-2016) during her sabbatical, where she conducted research on the resilience of health care systems in Turkey in response to mass influx of refugees from Syria. She has articles published in International Migration, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Turkish Studies, Comparative European Politics, Journal of Common Market Studies, Uluslararasi Iliskiler-International Relations, Women's Studies International Forum, European Political Science. She is the co-editor of two books: Of States, Rights and Social Closure with Palgrave and Asylum, International Migration and Statelessness: Concepts, Theories and Politics (in Turkish). She has co-authored several book chapters on immigration policy process and foreign policy in Turkey in comparative perspective, Europeanization and collective identities through historical and media analysis in Turkey and access to health care by ethno-cultural groups in Canada, Italy and Germany. She has been part of many international and national collaborative research projects on cultural diversity and health care systems; transcultural memory in Europe, collective identities in Europe and transformation of immigration and asylum governance in EU accession in Turkey. Her current projects are on health care service response to refugees in the Middle East, local governments and social integration of the SuTP in Turkey, employment and livelihood conditions of refugees in Turkey.

Mustafa Zülküf Altan, Ph.D, Erciyes University

Mustafa Zülküf Altan is a full time professor in ELT at the Department of Foreign Languages Education at Erciyes University, Turkey. He completed his B.A. at Selçuk University, M.A. at Bilkent University, and Ph. D. at Çukurova University, Turkey. He did his post-doctoral study on practicum in teacher education at Ohio State University, OH, USA. He published, attended conferences and gave plenary talks both in Turkey and abroad. His research interests include teacher education, teacher development, and managing educational change, individual differences in foreign language learning, alternative assessment, intercultural communication and entrepreneurial teaching. He is the author of Profesyonel Öğretmenliğe Doğru, 2009 (Towards Professional Teaching); 2015 best educational research award winning Türkiye’nin Eğitim Çıkmazı Girişimci Öğretim Girişimci Öğretmen, 2014 (The Educational Gridlock of Turkey, Entrepreneurial Teaching and Entrepreneurial Teacher) and Öğretmenliğe Dair Filmler ve Öğretmenler, 2016 ( About Teaching, movies and Teachers).