Confirmed Keynote Speakers


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).

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.

Mehmet Demirezen, Ph.D, Ufuk University

Mehmet Demirezen is a full professor of linguistics and  the chairman of English Language Education  Department at Ufuk University, Department of ELT, İncek-Ankara, Turkey. He is the author two books on applied phonetics and phonology, and of three books on teaching paragraph and composition writing. He has published over 100 articles in national and international. Presently, he is teaching applied phonetics, applied phonology, educational linguistics, seminar in ELT, language acquisition, testing, and academic writing to BA, MA, and Ph.D. students in English language education department of Ufuk University since 2016. He is also a teacher trainer and an ELT consultant.