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

Yunus Emre Gürbüz went to the Sankt George Austrian High School in Istanbul. He started his university education at the Middle East Technical University (METU, Turkey) Department of International Relations, and graduated from the Department of Sociology (METU) in 1998. After working in software business for three years, he started his academic life as a research assistant at METU Center for Black Sea and Central Asia in 2001. 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 PhD with his thesis "Caught between Nationalism and Socialism: The Kazak Alash Orda Movement in Continuity". In 2014 he became an Associate Professor of General History of the Turks.

Gürbüz worked at METU in 2001-2009; at the Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University (KTMU) in the Faculty of Communication in 2010-2012. Since then, he is a faculty of the Department of History. He also served as a Vice-Chairperson of the KTMU Turkic Civilization Research and Application Center in 2013-2016, Vice-Dean of Faculty of Letters in 2014-2018 and General Coordinator of the Turkic Council Turkic Universities Union in 2016-2017. Since 2016, he is the Chairperson of the Central Asian Research Center (ORASAM), and General Coordinator of the Central Asian Universities Association (MAUB).

Gürbüz applies an interdisciplinary approach in understanding post-Soviet Turkic countries. His studies are focused on state policies of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan and on identity construction with a special focus on the history textbooks. His native language is Turkish, and he is fluent in English, German and Kyrgyz, in addition to Russian, Dutch and some Turkic languages, which he uses​ ​​in his studies.




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.