Board of Directors of ORASAM  
  Chair:  Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yunus Emre Gurbuz
  Vice president: Assist. Prof. Dr. Kamalbek Karymshakov
  Member: Assist. Prof. Dr. Gokce Yogurtcu
  Member: Assist. Prof. Dr. Harun Ceylan
Working Groups  
  Economics: Assist. Prof. Dr. Kamalbek Karymshakov
  Media: Assist. Prof. Dr. Gokce Yogurtcu
  Sociology: Assist. Prof. Dr. Harun Ceylan
  International Relations and Politics: Dr. Altynbek Zholdoshov
Employees of the Center:  
  Maksat Azhykan Uulu
  Seyda Cevikel

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yunus Emre Gurbuz

He started his university education at Middle East Technical University (METU) Department of International Relations, then changed his department and graduated from METU Sociology Department in 1998. After working in the software sector for a while, he entered academic life in 2001 and started to work as a research assistant at METU(Middle East Technical University) Karadeniz and Central Asia Research Center (KORA). He received his master's degree in History from the same university in 2003 with his dissertation entitled as “History and Theory in the Construction of Özbeg and Kazakh Identity” and in 2007 he received his Doctorate degree with the thesis entitled as "Caught between Nationalism and Socialism: The Kazak Alash Orda Movement in Continuity "(between Nationalism and Socialism: Continuity in the Struggle of Kazakh Alash Orda Movement), and in 2014 he received the title of an Associate Professor of General Turkish History. Gürbüz worked at METU between 2001-2009;  worked at Kyrgyz-Turkish  Manas University (KTMU), in the Faculty of Communication between the years 2010-2012; he has been serving daily at the KTMU  in the Department of History. He also served as the Vice President of the Turkish Civilization Research and Implementation Center at KTMU between 2013-2016. Since 2014, he has been serving as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Literature, Head of Central Asian Studies Center since 2016, Central Asian University Association (MAUB) Coordinator, as a Coordinator since 2016 at Turkish Council,(Turk Keneş) Turkish Universities Union (TürkÜnib). Gürbüz, who has conducted his researches with an interdisciplinary approach, has concentrated on the construction of identity and history textbooks in Turkish-speaking republics in recent years. In ORASAM's work, the focus is on the relationship between politics, history and education. The author knows English, German, Kyrgyz and Russian and can use other Turkic languages ​​and some European languages ​​as research language. He is married and has one child.


Assist. Prof. Dr. Kamalbek Karymshakov

In 2010 he completed his PhD in Economics Master of Science at Yeditepe University (Istanbul, Turkey). He has been serving on the Finance and Banking Department at Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University since 2010. In Central Asia he continues to work on economic integration, migration, poverty, labor market and institutional economics. Since 2016, he has been serving as the Assistant Principal of the Central Asian Research Center (ORASAM).


Assist. Prof. Dr. Harun Ceylan

He completed his doctorate in Sociology Department of Sakarya University in 2013. He attended summer school education at the University of Lodz in Poland during his studies. He took a part in  Youth Festivals and Youth Summits organized by the National Agency and Eurodesk for some period of time. He worked as a researcher in Sweden in 2011-2012 with TÜBİTAK-BİDEB scholarship. In 2013, he completed his doctorate with the thesis called "Life Perceptions of the Elderly Living in the Swedish Welfare State: An example of Stockholm". He conducted research in various social services institutions in various European countries, especially in Scandinavian countries.

Ceylan has been involved in various national and international projects such as "Old-age Politics in Western European Countries and the Problems of the First-Generation old Immigrants" (Austria and Denmark) and various national and internations projects such as “Istanbul Senility  Survey which was an "İSTKA" project of the Ministry of Development. The project called "Youth’s  perception of old age in Kyrgyzstan" at KTMU ORASAM is still continuing.

Ceylan's published books include Old Age and Wisdom (Nobel Publications, 2015), Aging in Istanbul (with Murat Şentürk- Opening Book, 2015), Old Age and Welfare State (Open Book, 2015), Sociology of Old Age (Nobel Publications, 2016) and "Sociological Master Plan for Local Administrations" (City Center of Thought Publications, 2017).

Ceylan works on topics of social policy, welfare regimes, social demography, social gerontology, urbanization, migration, international relations sociology and family. He is married and a father of two children.



Assist. Prof. Dr. Gokce Yogurtcu

Studied in İzmir’s Secondary and High school and completed her university education in Ege University at the Department of Sociology. She has worked at Manas University since 2000. She received her master's degree in 2007 with her dissertation entitled "Identity and Other: National Identity Approaches in Kyrgyzstan in the Process of Democratization" in Manas University's Communication Department in 2007, and completed her doctorate with the thesis on "Dialogue in Media as an Establishment of Domination and Resistance Strategies: Dialogue in Television Debate Programs". Since 2005, she has been working at the Department of Journalism, in the Faculty of Communication at KTMU. She also works as the Media Coordinator at Central Asia Research Center. Her studies focus on areas of communication sociology, intercultural communication, national identity and politics of citizenship. She speaks English, Russian and Kyrgyz. She is married and is a mother of one child.


Dr. Altynbek Zholdoshov

He was born on March 27, 1977 in the Korul Village of the Alay District of Osh oblast in Kyrgyzstan. He studied secondary education at Toguz-Bulak Secondary School in Korul village between 1984-1994. He won the scholarship in Turkey Under the framework of the “ Great Student Project” which was launched between Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Turkey and later in 1994-1995 he studied at the Sisli branch of Ankara University Turkish Language Teaching Center (TÖMER).  Between 1995-1999 he continued his undergraduate education at Selcuk University at the Faculty of Art and Sciences, Department of History.  For his master degree he studied Public Administration and Political Science (Political Science) atAnkara University and received his master degree in 2002 with his thesis on Globalization and Democracy Crisis, later in 2009 he completed his doctorate with the thesis entitled “Social Transformation and Democracy Problem in Kyrgyzstan”. Since 2009, he serves on the International Relations Department of Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University in the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. He continues his studies on Democracy and Identity in Kyrgyzstan. He is married and has three children.