Board of Directors of ORASAM  
  Chair:  Prof. Dr. Yunus Emre Gurbuz
  Vice president: Prof.Dr. Zakir SHOTAYEV
  Member: Assist. Prof. Dr. Gokce Yogurtcu
  Member: Assist. Prof. Dr. Ugur Unal
  Member: Assist. Prof. Dr. Barısh MUTLU
Working Groups  
  Media: Assist. Prof. Dr. Gokce Yogurtcu
  International Relations and Politics: 
 Employees of the Center:  
  Maksat Azhykan Uulu
  Zalina Aboshova
  Ozlem Gul

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. Zakir Shotaev 



Assist. Prof. Dr. Gokce Yogurtcu

Gökçe Yoğurtçu is studied both in secondary and high school in İzmir and finished Ege University, Department of Sociology. She received her master's degree and PhD in Communication Sciences at Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University. She has been working at the Department of Journalism, in the Faculty of Communication at KTMU since 2005. Her studies focus on areas of communication sociology, intercultural communication, representation of disadvantaged groups in the media, national identity and politics of citizenship. She speaks Russian, English and Kyrgyz.



 Assist. Prof. DR. Uğur ÜNAL 
  Assist. Prof. Dr. Barış MUTLU