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Çiğdem Güler

National Coordinator

Çiğdem Güler joined the experienced, young and dynamic DoEIA-TR team at the beginning of 2018. Her priorities in work life have always been with regards to personal development, education and youth development. Alongside the National Committee and National Office, Güler continues to carry out work in order to spread The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award to reach its true potential across society. A graduate of Bilkent University Political Science and Public Administration, Güler is currently enrolled in a Non-Governmental Organisations and Social Responsibility Management’ masters degree.



Sultan Yılmaz

TIKAV Board President – National Committee President

Sultan Yılmaz completed her education in Ankara Gazi Educational Institute after finishing high school at Istanbul Çamlıca Girls College. Throughout her 35 year old career she spent 12 years working as a researcher for Ankara Radio and the rest of her time as ‘System Development and Education Expert’ in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.

Married with two children and four grandchildren, social work has always been a part of Sultan Yılmaz’s life. Whilst working and raising her children, she also found the time to take part in several voluntary activities; she always found difficulty in understanding those who say that they ‘have no time for voluntary work’. She believes that love, intention and planning increases one’s life energy.

“Since 2003 till now, I have been involved with the Award in Turkey and am a part of the management team. The Award is an incredibly unique programme that aims to develop young people through planned activities. For this reason, I am very happy to have served for this many years. I invite all adults, no matter what age, to continue to help support young people.”



Pelin Akın Özalp

National Committee Vice President

After graduating from Surrey University, England, Spanish Business Administration Department in 2010, Pelin Akın Özalp started her career in the Strategy department within the Finance department of Deutsche Bank’s Madrid office. Following her return to Turkey, she was accepted to the MT program of TAV Airports Holdings, to be trained as a future executive.

Currently Pelin Akın ÖZALP serves as a Member of the Corporate Governance Committee and Member of the Board at Akfen Holding and TAV Airports Holding Corporate Governance Committee. In addition, Pelin Akın ÖZALP also serves as a Board Member of Akfen REIT and IBS Insurance and Reinsurance Brokerage.

Pelin Akın Özalp, takes place in different groups of both Spanish Business Council and British Business Council of DEIK. She is also an active member of the Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors at TİKAV (Turkish Human Resources Education and Health Foundation) founded in Hamdi Akın’s leadership in 1999. Pelin Akın Özalp is Vice President of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award-Türkiye National Committee whose main sponsor is Akfen Holding. She is also Chairwoman at the Advisory Board of the Contemporary Turkish Studies Chair founded in London School of Economics since 2010.

Pelin Akın Özalp had been organising until 2017 the ‘Tatlıdil Forum’ that was founded in 2011 in order to strengthen political, economic and cultural relations between Turkey and the U.K for the last two years. She is also a member of Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation (TURKONFED), Public Policy and Democracy Studies (PODEM), Family Business Association (TAİDER) and TOBB Young Entreprenuers Advisory Board Member. She is Board Member of the Turkish Businesswomen Association (TIKAD). In 2015, Pelin Akın Özalp was chosen to be an Associate Member for TÜSİAD’s Board for 2 years as being the youngest member.



Kıvanç Aker

Training Coordinator

Kıvanç Aker, Turkish teacher and CAS Coordinator for the International Bachelorette at Ankara Bilkent International School, joined the Award family in 2003. Other than her role as Training Coordinator, she is also an active Award Leader.



Yrd. Doç. Dr. Hakan Çalışkan

Adventurous Journey Coordinator

Other than being a Dr. Öğr Member for Zoology under the Biology Department at Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Dr. Hakan Çalışkan also is takes part in activities such as biodiversity museum curatorship, climbing, horse-riding, cave-exploration etc. outside of his academic life. Dr. Çalışkan has been the Adventurous Journey since 2006; he is married to Doç Dr. Figen Çalışkan and has one daughter.

“I believe that this Award is necessary in order to prepare young people for their life journey and to create a strong Turkey. Having been involved in the Award for over 13 years, I believe that the Adventurous Journey is indeed a flawless model of life. The journey provides young people with lasting experience through route planning, challenges and beautiful environments. Setting goals within a team, planning time, writing plans down, implementing and finishing them are the values needed in our life journey. Spreading these experiences to thousands of young people brings us happiness.”



Nilüfer Yilmaz

Independent Participants and Award Leaders Coordinator

Other than the education of young people; Nilüfer Yılmaz who believes in the importance of increasing confidence and similar traits within young people, has been working with the Award team since 2006 onwards. From 2009 onwards Yılmaz has voluntaritly taken on the role of Independent Particapant and Award Leader Coordinator. 



Award Leader Trainers

Kıvanç Aker

DoEIA-TR Training Coordinator

Kıvanç Aker, Turkish teacher and CAS Coordinator for the International Bachelorette at Ankara Bilkent International School, joined the Award family in 2003. Other than her role as Training Coordinator, she is also an active Award Leader.



Doç. Dr. Figen Çalışkan



Müge Kösoğlu



Arzu Akoğlu



Soner Çakı



Öznur Aydoğar



Belgün Akçelik



Supervisor Trainers

Dr. Hakan Çalışkan

Adventurous Journey Coordinator

Other than being a Dr. Öğr Member for Zoology under the Biology Department at Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Dr. Hakan Çalışkan also is takes part in activities such as biodiversity museum curatorship, climbing, horse-riding, cave-exploration etc. outside of his academic life. Dr. Çalışkan has been the Adventurous Journey since 2006; he is married to Doç Dr. Figen Çalışkan and has one daughter.

“I believe that this Award is necessary in order to prepare young people for their life journey and to create a strong Turkey. Having been involved in the Award for over 13 years, I believe that the Adventurous Journey is indeed a flawless model of life. The journey provides young people with lasting experience through route planning, challenges and beautiful environments. Setting goals within a team, planning time, writing plans down, implementing and finishing them are the values needed in our life journey. Spreading these experiences to thousands of young people brings us happiness.”



Doç. Dr. Figen Çalışkan



Sebahat Oluçay



Aybüke Çalışkan



Aybüke Çalışkan



Özlem Gül Hadımoğulları

TİKAV-Genel Sekreter



Soner Çakı

Bireysel Gelişim Programı Proje Uzmanı



Arzu Akoğlu

Bireysel Gelişim Programı Yabancı Dil Eğitmeni



Sebahat Oluçay

TİKAV Eskişehir Temsilcisi



Pelin Akın Özalp

TİKAV İstanbul Temsilcisi