SI-UK Turkey Management Team
Gokmen Ozdemir, Country Director
Gokmen completed his bachelor degree in International Relations at Uludag University and also successfully completed his MBA at Cardiff Metropolitan University while he was living in the UK. He also completed professional courses in the fields of Sales, Marketing, Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the UK and Turkey. He has 13 years’ experience managing multinational companies, including several years’ experience running Education Consultancies in Turkey. Gokmen thrives on innovation and entrepreneurship having created alternative ways to enlarge the overseas education business in Turkey. In addition, he set up his own Digital Marketing Agency called Endigitals. Gokmen has improved some digital educational materials such as the Online Teaching platform ENDACA and the Student Connection Network Application, SCONN. He also built Virtual Fair Softwares for education fairs around the world.
Gokhan Ozdemir, Country Co- Director
Gokhan studied International Relations in Turkey then decided to move to London and where he lived and studied for 8 years. While completing his bachelor degree, he has managed the London branch of an Turkish education consultancy. He has 13 years’ experience in international education Gokhan Ozdemir is an experienced Co-Director with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in E-Learning, Customer Service, Coaching, Strategic Planning, and Marketing Strategy. He is a strong entrepreneur with a Bachelor degree in International Business from Oxford College and the City of London Academy.
Gizem Gok, SI-UK Turkey Country Manager
Gizem is the SI-UK Turkey Country Manager, based out of the SI-UK Izmir office. Gizem joined the team in 2018 and has worked as an Education Counsellor since 2015. During her career, she has focused on academic placements and specialised in UK Universities. Gizem holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Mathematics Teaching from Hacettepe University. She previously worked as a teacher for 3 years and applies her experience to communicating with students and parents to her current role. Gizem completed her internship in Germany and worked voluntarily with exchange students. She has significant experience in managing university admission processes and marketing education services.
Gizem Sonmez , Branch Manager - Istanbul
Gizem is the Branch Manager of SI-UK Istanbul. She started her career journey as an Education Consultant in 2012. After graduating from Business Administration Department of Istanbul Aydın University, she completed her master's degree in Global Marketing at Marmara University. She carried out the first quantitative study in Turkey on education abroad, with the support of Marmara University in the thesis stage. Gizem has received education in many different fields and countries regarding studying abroad. She also studied business administration at the Budapest college of Communication and Business in Hungary. After receiving language education in Malta and Ireland, she completed an internship in marketing in the London capital of UK. She then attended mini MBA programs at the London School of Business and Finance, where she studied finance and business administration.
Sevval Sisman - SI-UK Istanbul Assitant Manager
Sevval is the AssistantManager of SI-UK Istanbul. Sevval started her career interning as a Consultant in 2016 and continued as an Overseas Education Consultant at our Istanbul Head Office. In 2019, she graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Economics, Department of Economics. She also studied language at EC English and Kaplan International College London campuses. She has 3 years experience in sales and marketing in the overseas education sector. Sevval is well-equipped to assist students in choosing a university, selecting an appropriate course, making applications and following up processes effectively and efficiently. She is certified by the British Council having completed Study UK training for agents and consultants.
Damla Tuban, Digital Marketing Manager
Damla is the SI-UK Turkey Digital Marketing Manager, based in the SI-UK Istanbul office. Damla has an MBA with a specialisation in Project Management from London School of Business and Finance and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a focus on Marketing from Koc University, Istanbul. She was also an Erasmus Exchange student in Arhus School of Business, Denmark. Having studied and lived abroad, Damla is personally interested overseas education and understands the international student experience and aims to reflect this in digitising the entire student admissions journey. She is experienced in digital strategy, digital marketing, consumer behaviour, and the user journey and continuously follows developments in digital marketing.
Gamze Sen - SI-UK Ankara Branch Manager
Gamze is Branch Manager of SI-UK Ankara. Gamze graduated from Ege University Department of Business Administration. During her university years, she attended various seminars in line with her field and also did an internship in accounting. Shortly after her graduation, she continued her career in marketing and finance . Gamze, who has 3 years experience in education management, sales and marketing, also holds a Human Resources Expertise Certificate and a Pre-Accounting Certificate.
Alp Keskin , SI-UK Izmir Branch Manager
Alp is the Branch Manager of SI-UK Izmir who has been in the education industry since 2012. He is a graduate of Başkent University, Department of International Trade and took English language education in San Diego, USA. He is also a certified student coach who specialises in finding the right solutions for his students’career goals, directing overseas education and career activities, academic placements, visa and accommodation services. He gives several seminars at universities and schools every year acrossTurkey.
Sule Ozdemir - SI-UK Atasehir Branch Manager
Sule is the Branch Manager with SI-UK Atasehir and has 6 years of experience in education sector. She graduated from Yeditepe University Department of Economics in 2013. Immediately after graduation, began her career in sales and marketing in the overseas education sector. She continued her career in sales and marketing and completed her MBA at Bahcesehir University in 2016. She helps the students to choose the right course at the right university, and assist with the end to end application process. Sule completed her language training in the UK. She also participated in Yeditepe University Sales and Marketing Coaching Certificate Program.
Aylin Berberoglu - SI-UK Izmir Education Counsellor
Aylin Berberoğlu is Education Counsellor with SI-UK Izmir and has been in the Education Sector for 22 years, with 7 years in sales and marketing and 3 years as an counsellor. After graduating in Biology from Ege University in 1997, she worked as a Biology teacher. After a 10-year teaching career, she studied English at the ELC-Bristol language school in Bristol, UK. Upon her return, she began her career in sales and marketing at an institution providing language education in Izmir. She is highly equipped to support students in placements, and university applications at all levels.
Melek Calismaz - Si-UK Istanbul Education Counsellor
Melek is an Education Counsellor with SI-UK Istanbul. She joined the team in 2018. Melek graduated from Anadolu University, Faculty of Business Administration in 2012. She has 7 years of experience in sales and marketing. She is also interested in performing arts in her social life. Therefore, she is confident in her communication skills. Melek provides support in the selection of countries, selection of departments, applications and follow-up in academic programs related to education abroad. She also provides information seminars about - the advantages of studying abroad in schools. Moreover, she also supports her students in language education planning.
Büşra Celebi - SI-UK Istanbul Education Counsellor
Büşra is an Education Counsellor of SI-UK Istanbul. After graduating from Istanbul University Tourism and Hotel Management Department in 2016, Büşra started to work in the field of tourism in the company where she did her internship. After 4 months of language education in Malta, she started to work as an education consultant. She has 7 years of experience in marketing and operations.
Nurgul Cakir - SI-UK Denizli Branch Manager
Nurgul Cakir is Branch Manager of SI-UK Denizli nand has 5 years’ experience. She graduated from Pamukkale University, in Turkish Language and Literature in 2014 after which she worked a teacher in literature and Turkish language. Now she combines her communication skills from being a teacher and marketing experience in her role as branch manager. She provides support to students in planning overseas education, university and internship programs. She is responsible for student registrations, monitoring admissions pipelines and visa processes.
Betul Ural - SI-UK Denizli Education Counsellor
Betul is and Education Counsellor with SI-UK Denizli and is currently studying Philosophy at Pamukkale University. She has 4 years of experience in sales and marketing and also has certifications in HR and Business Management. Betul is well equipped to support students university selection, selection of appropriate courses, applications and the complete admissions life cycle.
Elif Aytur - SI-UK Izmir Assistant Education Counsellor
Elif is an assistant education counsellor in SI-UK Izmir. She graduated from Dokuz Eylul University BA Management department. She has participated in many seminars during her bachelor study on communication, marketing and human resources. As a recent graduate with strong communication and marketing skills, she is keen to start her career in overseas education.