Ülkemizde hayvan haklarının hakkını verebilecek miyiz?

Genel olarak ülkemizdeki hayvanların maruz kaldığı muamele içimi acıtan, canımı ciddi anlamda yakan bir konudur. İçinde yaşadığımız toplumun yüz karasıdır. Memlekette hayvan hakları diye bir şey yokken 14 Temmuz günü çok uzun zamandır beklenen “hayvan hakları yasası” teklifi birçok itiraza rağmen onaylandı. Bu yasa bende iki intiba bıraktı. Birincisi hiç yoktan iyidir, ikincisi de hayvanları korumaktan uzak bu yasayla ilgili daha yapacak çok işimiz var. read more...

Sel felaketleri için risk azaltma

Gün geçmiyor ki Türkiye’de ve dünyada sel felaketi haberleri almayalım. Geçen hafta Türkiye, Almanya, Belçika, Avusturya ve Hollanda’nın farklı bölgelerinde yaşanan seller bunun en güncel örnekleriydi. Sel felaketlerinin artarak devam edeceği öngörüsünde bulunursak, bu yazıda ele aldığım ‘oluşan riskleri nasıl ortadan kaldırabilir veya en azından azaltabiliriz?’ sorusunu yanıtlamak kritik önem taşıyor. read more...

Penaltı şampiyonu İtalya’nın başarı öyküsü

1994 yılında ABD’de Harvard Üniversitesi’nde yaz dersleri alırken denk düşmüş, Boston’da İspanya–İtalya çeyrek finalini seyretmiştim. Geçenlerde (11 Temmuz) sonuçlanan Avrupa Futbol Şampiyonası bana 94’teki Dünya Kupası’nı çağrıştırdı. Tabii bir farkla. Bu defa finalde penaltılarla kazanan İtalya oldu. read more...

Aşı olun!

Aşılama konusunda sürekli bir polemik var. Bir tarafta kafaları karıştıran komplo teorisi tadında aşı karşıtlığı dezenformasyonu, diğer tarafta virüsü yenebilmek için herkesi aşılama çabası. İnsanlığın kaderini şekillendirecek bu mücadeleyi her zamanki gibi bilim aklının kazanmasını diliyorum. read more...

Ders niteliğinde bir RES projesinin kurtarılması -3- (T1’i devreye alma)

Kocaeli’nin Kandıra ilçesinin Babalı Mahallesi’ndeki Rüzgar Enerji Santrali (RES) Projemizi nasıl batmaktan kurtardığımızı, sonrasında da yaşadığımız ağır kanat kazasını yazmıştım. Bu yazımda rüzgar santralimizdeki T1 türbinimizi yaşanan diğer zorluklara rağmen nasıl devreye aldığımızı sizlerle paylaşacağım. read more...

Galatasaray’ımızın yeni başkanı Elmas’a dost tavsiyeleri

19 Haziran 2021 tarihinde Burak Elmas çekişmeli bir oylama sonucunda Galatasaray Spor Kulübü’nün 38. Başkanı olarak seçildi. Toplamda 5 adayın yarıştığı bu seçimde bana göre en hayırlı 2 adaydan biri başkan oldu. Zor bir gündemle iş başı yapan ve gerçekten başarılı olmasını istediğim Burak Elmas’a kalbimden geçenleri ve bilgi birikimimi aktararak tavsiyelerde bulunmak isterim. read more...

Sunny’i yaşamak ve Sunny’den öğrenmek

Geçen sene Ekim ayında hayatıma giren dünyalar tatlısı köpeğim Sunny’nin hayat kalitemi artırdığını söyleyebilirim. Hayvanlara bakmak gerçekten kolay değil ama tüm bu süreçte size yaşattıkları buna katbekat değiyor. Bu yazımda sevimli dostlarımızın bize fark ettirmeden nasıl faydalı olduklarını kaleme alacağım. read more...

Çevre felaketlerinin riskini nasıl azaltabiliriz?

5 Haziran’da Dünya Çevre günü kutlamasını yaptık ama bir yandan da çevre felaketleri artarak devam ediyor. Bu yazımda doğal afet risklerini nasıl azaltabileceğimizi kaleme alacağım. read more...

Efsane Efes sonunda Avrupa’nın zirvesinde!

1996 yılında Efes Pilsen’in Koraç Kupası’nı kazandığı maçı çok net hatırlıyorum. Türk basketbolu adına adeta bir kırılma noktası olan bu zaferden 25 sene sonra yeni adıyla Anadolu Efes’in Avrupa’nın zirvesi sayılan Euro League’i kazanarak başarılarını taçlandırması beni çok mutlu etti. Düşüncelerimi paylaşmak isterim. read more...

200. yıllarını kutlamaya hazırlanan Latin Amerika ülkeleri

Geçen hafta Türkiye Cumhuriyet Dışişleri Bakanlığından yapılan bir açıklama bana iletildi. 200. yılını kutlamaya başlayan Latin Amerika ülkeleriyle 100. yılını kutlayacak Türkiye’nin geçmişte, günümüzde ve gelecekte işbirliklerini nasıl geliştirdiklerini ve geliştirmeye devam edeceklerini anlatan bu açıklama beni ister istemez düşüncelere sevk etti. read more...

Robert De Niro’nun ikizim Baran’la koyu muhabbeti

Geçen gün ikiz kardeşim Baran, kendi sosyal medyasında en sevdiğim aktör Robert De Niro’yla muhabbetini gösteren bir video yayınladı. Bu videoda De Niro, Baran’la muhabbetini övdükten sonra Nobu İstanbul projesiyle ilgili güzel temennilerini iletip babama selamlarını söylüyor. read more...

Pizza Hut Türkiye’nin yükselişi nasıl engellendi?

Pandemi döneminde evlere servis sektörü patlamış durumda. Bu hizmetin en fazla talep edilen ürünü de pizza. Peki, pizza sektörünün uzun yıllar önce efsaneleşmiş markası Pizza Hut neden bir türlü beklenen çıkışı yapamayıp rakiplerinin gerisinde kaldı? Pizza Hut Türkiye’nin şirket tarihindeki kırılma noktalarından birini bir de benden dinleyin. read more...

Sıkça sorulan sorulara cevaplarım 10

Blog yazılarımı düzenli takip edenler bilir: Beni şahsen tanıyan veya tanımayan çeşitli kişilerden farklı kanallar aracılığıyla gelen soruları biriktirip, yeri geldiğinde toplu olarak yanıtladığım bir yazı dizim vardır. Bu hafta da bunların 10.’sunu yayınlıyor ve son dönemde sık yöneltilen soruları cevaplıyorum. read more...

‘Elitizm’in futbola yansıması: Avrupa Süper Ligi

Avrupa Süper Ligi duyurulduğu hafta blog yazısı yazmaya niyetlendim, hatta “Futbolun Berlin Duvarı: Avrupa Süper Ligi” diye başlık attım, alt başlıkları oluşturdum. Ancak bu oluşumun 3 gün sonra dağılması ve benim için çok daha önemli meselelerin gündeme gelmesiyle bu yazıyı ertelemiş oldum. Bugün bu konu kapanmış gibi gözükse de özünde elitizm olan Avrupa Süper Ligi projesiyle ilgili kendi perspektifimden bir analiz yapacağım. read more...

“Aç-kapa, aç-kapa, Artema” kafasını tersten yaşayan Türkiye

30 Nisan itibariyle 3 haftalık kapanma kararı alınırken bu açma ve kapama kelimelerini çok duyunca ister istemez Artema reklamı geliyor aklıma. Tabii Şener Şen’in yarattığı gibi muzip ve sempatik bir durum söz konusu değil. Bu ‘aç-kapa’ kafası insanların ciddi anlamda özgürlüklerinin kısıtlandığı, ‘karantina turizmi’ gibi garip kavramların ortaya çıktığı, alkol yasağı gibi ne idüğü belirsiz sınırlamaların koyulduğu ve en kötüsü de tünelin ucundaki ışığı görmediğimiz bir ortam yaratıyor. read more...

Dünyadaki enerji devriminin Türkiye’ye yansımaları

Enerji ihtiyacımızın tamamını yenilenebilir enerjiden karşılamak gibi bundan 10 sene önce ütopik görülen eğilimlerden oluşan enerji devrimi tüm dünyada hızla gerçekleşirken, Türkiye bu değişime tıpkı mehter yürüyüşünde olduğu gibi “iki ileri-bir geri” şeklinde ayak uydurmaya çalışıyor. read more...

Bir devir kapandı: Betsy; Elveda Betsy, hoş geldin Sunny

Bir köpek herkesin sevgilisi olabilir mi? Olur. Fransa’da köpek çiftliğinden ilk alındığından beri hatıralarıma kazınan babamın şirin ötesi Coton de Tuléar cinsi köpeği Betsy’i geçen hafta kaybettik. 2006 senesinden bu yana hayatımıza neşe katan bu harika köpeği sizlere anlatacağım yazımda, hayatımda ilk defa evlat edindiğim yeni köpeğim Sunny’i de sizlere takdim edeceğim. read more...

İyi olarak kalmak bir mücadeledir bu dünyada

Breaking Bad dizisini yeni bitirdim. Dürüst, etik değerleri yüksek ve kendi halinde bir lise kimya öğretmeninin kanser olduğunu öğrendikten sonra nasıl azılı bir suçluya dönüşüp Amerika’nın en büyük uyuşturucu baronlarından biri haline geldiğini işleyen bu senaryo harikası diziyi bitirdikten sonra dizinin kısa bir analizini ve bana neler hissettirdiklerini sizlerle paylaşmak isterim. read more...

İstanbul’da pandemiyle değişen hayat koşulları

İçinde bulunduğumuz salgın, hayatımızı her anlamda etkiliyor. Vefat edenlerin sayılarının gün geçtikçe artması, Covid-19 pozitif çıkanların sayılarının artan bir oranda çoğalması, çemberin daraldığını hissetmemiz ve sağlık sorunu yaşamasak bile hayat koşullarımızın gün geçtikçe zorlaşması… Yaşadıklarımdan örnekler vererek pandemi döneminde İstanbul’da yaşamanın zorluklarını paylaşacağım. read more...

Burası Türkiye: Özlem Türeci potansiyelleri itinayla yok edilir!

Geçtiğimiz hafta İstanbul Sözleşmesi’nin iptal edilmesi tüm yurtta bomba etkisi yarattı. Kadınlar ayaklandı, protestolar başladı, davalar açıldı, hükümet tarafındansa bu iptalin eşcinsellere yönelik bir hamle olduğu bilgisi aktarıldı. Herkes konuyu kendi perspektifinden yorumladı, bazıları aksiyon aldı. Ben de bu yazımda kadına şiddeti tetikleyen iptal sorunsalını niş bir pencereden değerlendireceğim: Değerli beyinlerin göçü. read more...

2020-21 Süper Lig “Kaos Sezonu”

Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe ve Beşiktaş... Türk sporunu yönlendiren Türkiye’nin en büyük 3 spor kulübü, ilklerin yaşandığı 2020-21 Süper Lig’inde kıyasıya rekabete girmiş durumdalar. Covid-19 salgının yaşandığı bir dönemde alevlenen bu amansız rekabet ciddi bir kaos ortamı yaratmanın yanı sıra, zaten sıkıntılı olan toplumun psikolojisini daha da bozuyor. Bu yazımda, söz konusu kaos ortamını yaratan sorunlara ve çözüm yollarına yer veriyorum. read more...

Covid-19 salgınından nasıl kurtuluruz?

Ülkemizde ilk Covid-19 vakası bundan yaklaşık bir yıl önce tespit edildi. O gün bugündür hayatımızda çok şey değişti. Değişmeyense artarak devam eden Covid-19 vakaları ve büyüyen panik atak ortamı. Çevremdeki herkes tünelin ucundaki ışığı göremiyoruz diyor, bense size bu makalede önerdiğim yöntemler uygulandığı takdirde 1 sene içinde salgının tamamen bitmesinin mümkün olduğunu düşünüyorum. İlgililere duyurulur. read more...

Evlilik üzerine...

Bana hep aynı sorular geliyor: Neden bu saate kadar evlenmedin? Yaşıtların evlendi çoluk çocuk sahibi oldu, hatta çocukları büyüdü, sen niçin bekliyorsun? Bir sorun mu var? Bu yazımda bu soruların cevaplarını kendi perspektifimden anlatırken içinde yaşadığımız toplumun da bir analizini yapacağım. read more...

Türkiye’de dolandırıcılık patlaması

Ekonomik kriz, siyasi çalkalanmalar ve Covid-19 salgını derken büyük çoğunluğun çok ciddi zorluklardan geçtiği bir dönemin içindeyiz. Toplumda oluşan ahlaki erozyon, zora düşüp yanlış yola giren insanların artması ve ‘hep yapanın yanında kalıyor, ne olacak ki?’ mantığının toplumda pekişmesiyle katlanarak artan dolandırıcılık olayları, hukuk sistemindeki zaaflardan dolayı aldı başını gidiyor. Sonumuz hayır olsun. read more...

Otelciliğin efsane CEO’su Arne Sorenson’un ardından

15 Şubat günü dünyanın en büyük otel zinciri Marriott Grubu’nun efsanevi CEO’su Arne Sorenson 62 yaşında pankreas kanserine yenik düşerek yaşamını yitirdi. Sektörün içinde olduğum yıllarda şahsen tanıdığım ve gurur verici deneyimler yaşadığım duayen ismin hastalığından haberim olmadığı için ciddi şaşkınlık ve üzüntü duydum. Bu haftaki yazımı Sorenson’la ilgili anılarıma ayırıyorum. read more...

Cesur yürek girişimci kardeşlerime öğütlerim

Geçen hafta ‘egirişim’ adlı mecrada röportajım çıktı. Bu röportajda geçmişteki tecrübelerime değinirken genç girişimci adaylarına da öğütlerde bulundum. Bu yazımda insanlığa faydalı işler yapma çabasında olan cesur yürek girişimci kardeşlerime öğütlerimi çoğaltıp detaylandıracağım. read more...

Ders niteliğinde bir RES projesinin kurtarılması -2- (Kanat Kazası)

Kandıra ilçesindeki Rüzgar Enerji Santrali (RES) Projemizi neredeyse batmaktan kurtarıp yaşanan tüm zorluklara rağmen yolumuza devam ettiğimizi geçen sene Eylül ayında “Ders niteliğinde bir RES projesinin kurtarılması -1-” başlığıyla kaleme almıştım. Bu yazı rüzgar türbinlerinin kurulumuna başlayana kadar geçen süreçteki olaylara ilişkindi.  Projenin tamamen devreye alınması konusunda sona yaklaştığımız şu dönemde bu yazı dizisinin ikincisini paylaşmak istiyorum.  Bu hafta kanat kazası gibi akla gelmeyecek olayları ve devamında yaşananları anlatıyorum. read more...

Elazığ Depremi’nin 1. yıl dönümünün ardından…

Geçen sene 24 Ocak tarihinde Elazığ’daki depremde yardıma koşan STK’ların ortak hareket etmesi sonucu oluşan kıvılcımla, afet dönemlerinde çok kritik rol oynayacak Afet Platformu’nu kurmuştuk. Elazığ’dan sonra sırasıyla Van’daki deprem, Edirne’deki mülteci krizi, Giresun’daki sel ve İzmir’deki depremde aktif rol oynayan afet platformu, bugünlerde afetlere hazır olmak için birbirinden önemli projeler başlatmış durumda. read more...

Aşılama süreci başladı, kafalar karışık

Türkiye dahil birçok ülkede başlayan aşılama süreci beraberinde de birçok tartışmayı getirdi. Aşı olmalı mıyız? Hangi aşı en iyisi? Aşı tercihimiz olacak mı? Bize ne zaman sıra gelecek? Kısıtlamalar ne zaman kalkar? Aşı tüm dünyada pandemiyi bitirecek mi?  Bu makalemde bu soruların cevaplarını arayacağız. read more...

Çoklu afetleri tetikleyen sistem arızası: Diktatörlük

1 Ekim 2020 tarihinde 23 STK’yla birlikte kuruluşunu gerçekleştirdiğimiz Afet Platformu’nun ilk dönem sözcüsü olarak gündemimde hep afetler var. Afetleri genel çerçevede doğal afetler ve insan eliyle yaratılmış afetler olarak ikiye ayırabilirsiniz. Deprem, sel, fırtına ve pandemi gibi doğal afetlerden belki de daha tehlikelisi savaş, zorunlu göç ve iklim değişikliği gibi insanların yarattığı afetlerdir. Bunları artıran ve hızlandıran da bir sistem arızası var: Diktatörlük. read more...

2021: Sağlık, sıhhat ve mutabakat yılı

Geçen sene son yazımda “2020 farklı olacak” diye başlık atmıştım. Bunu tekrar okuyunca kendi kendime “Sene sonu yazılarının başlıklarını dikkatli atmalıyım” diye özeleştiride bulundum. Hakikaten farklı bir yıl oldu. Şimdi önümüzdeki senenin temennilerini kaleme alacağım bu yazımda sağlık, aynı zamanda ‘doğruluk’ anlamına gelen sıhhat ve mutabakat temalarına vurgu yapacağım. read more...

The things the virus has taught us

As you know, the Covid-19 virus epidemic turned our lives into a prison and created an environment where everyone had difficulties. In general, when we have serious difficulties or when we have a crisis in our business life or private life, there can actually be some positive gains. The subject of this article will be what the pandemic has taught us and the environment we live in.   read more...

'Bu daha iyi günlerimiz' dedirten su sorunu

Bugünlerde görsel ve yazılı basında Kasım ayının kurak geçmesinden dolayı İstanbul’da su sorununun baş gösterdiğini ve yetkililerin bu konuda uyarılar yaptığını okuyabilirsiniz. İklim değişikliğinin etkilerini yaşamaya başladığımız içinde bulunduğumuz dönemde korkarım bunlar daha iyi günlerimiz. read more...

İnsanların ikiyüzlülüğü futbola yansıyınca

Geçtiğimiz günlerde futbolda iki önemli olaya tanık olduk. Meslektaşı bir dostunu hastalıktan kaybeden bir futbolcunun onu formasıyla anması, beni geçmişte yaşadığım benzer bir olaya götüren güzel bir hareketti. PSG-Başakşehir maçında 4. hakemin ırkçı söylemine gösterilen tepki ise tümüyle haklıydı ama bu konudaki ikiyüzlülüğü ortaya koyan pek çok başka örnek var maalesef.  read more...

Afet Platformu ve İzmir depreminde yaptıklarımız

Elazığ depreminde bölgeye giden sivil toplum kuruluşları olarak, ortak yardım çalışmaları sırasında koordinasyonu sürekli kılmak amacıyla temelini attığımız Afet Platformu, bu kez İzmir’de görev başındaydı. Deneyimimiz giderek artarken, afet olmayan dönemlerde yapacağımız çalışmalarla da ana hedefimiz olan afetlerde can ve mal kaybını asgariye indirmek için elimizden geleni yapacağız. read more...

İkinci dalganın dalgaya gelir tarafı yok!

Kişisel gözlem ve saptamalarından yararlandığım bazı sağlık uzmanlarının da endişeyle vurguladığı gibi, kışa girerken Covid-19 salgınının ülkemizdeki seyri maalesef hiç de iç açıcı değil. Bir yanda şu anki vakaların ilk kapanma dönemini defalarca katladığı, durumun ‘feci’ olduğu dile getirilirken, diğer yanda salgını ve önlemleri hâlâ yeterince ciddiye almayanlar riski daha da artırıyor. read more...

Aşıyı bulan çift Türkiye şartlarında çalışsa neler olurdu?

Geçen hafta harika bir haber aldık. 2020’de herkesin kâbusu olan Covid-19 pandemisinin nihayet sonunu getirecek aşı haberleri medyaya yansıdı. İşin ilginç tarafı, herkesin mühendisliklerine ve ürettiği teknolojilere güvendiği Almanya’dan çıkan BioNTech şirketinin, aileleri Türkiye'den Almanya'ya göçmüş Özlem Türeci ve Uğur Şahin tarafından kurulmuş olmasıydı. Bu yazımda inanılmaz bir başarıya imza atmış olan çiftin “aynı çalışmaları Türkiye’de yapmaya kalksalardı başlarına neler gelirdi?” senaryosunu size anlatacağım.   read more...

The energy spectrum scale is changing in Turkia

For the last 10 years, I have been emphasizing that Turkia has every opportunity to target 100% renewable energy. Some recent reports reveal that this vision is slowly beginning to bear fruit, albeit with compelling factors. This week's post is about which models for sustainability should be used and what should be considered.  read more...

The critical role of food banks during the pandemic

In this global epidemic, billions of people are fighting a great fight to survive. In such an environment, the global philanthropists who act with the approach of "We should not expect everything from the government" are doing their best to keep humanity alive through the food banking system. Let's recall the critical role of food banks at the October 16, World Food Day and the October 17, World Poverty Day, respectively. read more...

Who will be the greatest tennis player ever?

Last Sunday, the French Open Tennis Tournament was played by Nadal who defeated Djokovic in an epic final. Nadal, the athlete who won the tournament by far the most, won the 13th trophy and increased the number of Grand Slams to 20 and became a partner in Federer's title with the highest number of Grand Slams ever. At this stage, all tennis lovers have this question in mind: Who will be the greatest tennis player ever before their careers are over? Federer? Nadal? Djokovic? read more...

The fall of two big legal stars

In the past few weeks, we lost two important names in the field of law. Ruth Bader Ginsburg from America and Asli Basgoz from Turkia. Both were people I truly valued and admired beyond knowing them in person. I would like to voice my opinion about these two important personalities, whom we should take example of especially for those who have chosen the field of law. read more...

A lecture-based WPP recovery project -1-

One of the important turning points in my renewable energy adventure, where I first started with solar energy, was the Wind Power Plant (WPP) Project that we set out to achieve in Kandira, Izmit. I will write about the events that took place in this article starting from the beginning of this project, which was the scene of great struggles and continue to write about the rest in the following weeks. read more...

The Coca-Cola Iraq Project

Sometimes the smallest association of ideas can trigger a rich array of memories. In this week's article, I will share with you my experiences and memories related to Coca-Cola, from the association of ideas, to a tough project I conducted in South Africa and Northern Iraq. read more...

The glowing success of Turks in Germany

I begin my post with the migration wave of Turks who flocked to Germany in the 60s, and of which all their income and asset information was first shared with Germany and I will share my thoughts on these individuals’ potentials and achievements which reminded me of my experiences. This week's post is about them. read more...

The future of Turkish football is getting darker at an increasing speed

After the break which was given for the pandemic, the leagues were completed on July 26 with the matches played in the summer. After a break of 47 days, the 2020-21 season commenced this week but without spectators. In the period we are in, I do not see much hope for Turkish football in such a pessimistic environment. read more...

A Turkia first: Vending Food Banking

Basic Needs Association, the umbrella organization of food banking in Turkia (TIDER), Oxivo Group and the Kadikoy Municipality have signed for the first time a policy with a more valuable contribution. This week's article is about "Vending Food Banking", which overcomes the social distance problem in the pandemic environment. read more...

An outcry by women #challengeaccepted

In the past few weeks, the news of violence against women and femicides have been in the headlines. The brutal murder of Pinar Gultekin initiated a trend. Black and white images of women were shared with the #challengeaccepted campaign, not only in Turkia but also encouraged the support and participation of women all over the world. So, did this resounding campaign get a real result ? read more...

A year on from the Cunda Triathlon

It is natural for people to be more pessimistic nowadays when we are experiencing the pandemic compared to the past. In such difficult times, many people, including myself, inevitably try to keep their motivation high by thinking about the beauties of the past. I can’t go without making a mention about the wonderful event organised last year in July, where I, as TIDER, which I founded, carried out our vision to prevent waste.   read more...

To be worthy of animal love

I changed the subject of this week’s article twice. I will definitely write about the other topics one day, and not completely eliminate them. However, there is a matter of priority here. We lost my mother's dog yesterday (Saturday night). In this article, I will write about this loving dog, our Carino, the joy it brought to our home, and the importance of giving all animals the life they deserve. read more...

An unnecessary and harmful invention: fireworks

At the beginning of July, 7 people were killed and over 100 were injured in the explosion at a fireworks factory in Sakarya. After this grave accident, fireworks suddenly became the agenda. I also have something to say about it. I would like to tell you about the events and observations I have about fireworks. read more...

The communication rules taught by the epidemic

Correct communication is the most effective way to solve our problems that deepen in times of disaster and crisis. I recently read the article titled "10 COMMUNICATION RULES taught by the epidemic" by Azime Acar, whose opinions about communication I liked. As I agree with the ideas in this article, I would like to share with you the communication rules taught by the epidemic with a few additions that I will make. read more...

Energy and water efficiency in the retail food sector

In the period where I was the CEO of KFC and Pizza Hut in Turkia, the last thing I had done with the owner of the brand 'Yum International’ was to open the first LEED certified green restaurant in Istanbul Bostancı. At that time, proud of this achievement, I tried to convey what we did with this KFC restaurant to the whole food retail sector in order to encourage the professionals of the sector, however when we did this in 2011, in the name of sustainability, it didn’t attract much attention. Now, I have shared the same experiences in an article in the Gıda Türk Magazine, the voice of the Turkish food industry. I would like to convey this article with you, my readers. read more...

Our football super league has started, shall we wish it the best?

In my last article which I wrote during the outbreak, I mentioned that I found the decision for the Turkia Football League commencing on June 12 wrong, and continued to say that the continuation of contact sports such as football carried major risks, and in this article, I will go into the details of this subject. read more...

Frequently Asked Questions 9

In this article series, where I answered frequently asked questions about myself or my views on certain issues, I have answered exactly 80 questions so far. I continue from where I left off to answer current questions, including the pandemic period.   read more...

The never-ending plague in the brain: Racism

I wrote an article about racism after the World Cup in 2018. Here I drew attention to the unfortunate incidents of racism towards the Turkish origin German footballer, Mesut Ozil and Turkish descent Swedish footballer, Jimmy Durmaz in their national teams. The plague of racism, which you can witness in almost every corner of the world, exploded in the USA this time, and then the protests spread all over the world. read more...

How did Festtogether begin, and how did the first one go?

At the beginning of 2019, I was very happy when my friends Ali Ercan and Mert Fırat, co-founders of İhtiyaç Haritası (Needs Map), contacted me and said, "We are planning to organize a festival, we want to implement your vision of preventing waste in this festival." In this week's article, I write about how Festtogether came about, how it was organized with the motto, "Eğlen İz Bırakma" (have fun, leave no trace) was found and what happened in this first festival. read more...

#FesttogetherAtHome

Together with last years "Eğlen İz Bırakma" (have fun, leave no trace) motto, we organised the first Festtogether, on the sustainability concept created for the first time in Turkia which was a fantastic program and gave much pleasure to all participants. This year, while we live through the outbreak of Covid-19, the festival concept was brought home, again being a first in Turkia.   read more...

Floating Solar Energy Systems 2

In the first article of this year, I had covered the subject of Floating Solar Energy Systems (floating SPP). I have written 8 consecutive articles about the epidemic on the days when we are currently experiencing the Covid-19 outbreak (including the April 23 article). Now, I will write my first coronavirus independent article about floating SPP. This time it will be a more technical article as promised in my first article. read more...

Are the Chinese the only culprits of the global epidemic?

I went to China for the first and only time in my life in June last year. SNEC, the world's largest solar energy fair, is held every year in Shanghai. Stakeholders of the solar energy sector from all over the world come together at this fair. In my article this week, I will also mention this trip and will include the internal assessments we need to make as humanity regarding the Covid-19 outbreak. read more...

Towards a new world order

I listed 17 items in my last blog post titled " The things the virus has taught us". The last of these was related to a new world order. After that, I stated that many things will not be the same as before, we have to change some of our habits, order, management style and even our life model. I now detail these predictions.   read more...

The test of the Turkish banking sector during the global epidemic

I can’t make a claim about the financial sectors of other countries because I live in Turkia. However, I can clearly say that the Turkish bankers are still unaware that we are experiencing a global epidemic disaster, or they choosing to ignore this pandemic that has turned our lives into a complete disaster. read more...

The course of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world and my experiences

I devoted my last article to my observations of the spread of the coronavirus that caused the COVID-19 disease and the precautions that we need to quickly understand its severity. My first article was predominantly based on the effects in Turkia, and in this article, I will focus on the virus and its effects on a global scale, and I'll share some of my experiences on this subject. read more...

Coronavirus is now a reality of our country

The COVID-19 epidemic, which started in China as the coronavirus and spread to Europe and all over the world in a short time, is now in our country. I devote my first article on this vital issue to my observations about the spread of the virus and the precautions that we need to quickly comprehend just how serious this is.   read more...

2020 is going to be different

Whenever I take a break from writing my articles, believe me when I say, I am dealing with serious issues with hundreds of topics that I have sought to share with you. In the second half of the year we were about to leave behind, I had to take a mandatory break for such reasons. This will change in 2020. read more...

My first visit to China and the speech I gave at the solar energy event

On June 2, I went to China for the first time in my life. It was a really interesting experience from my point of view. I will write two articles about China. In this first article, I will write about the speech I gave at SNEC, one of the largest solar energy events in the world. I will also talk about my experiences in Shanghai and some of my time spent at SNEC. read more...

Frequently Asked Questions 8

Those who follow my blog posts know that I regularly answer questions about my business life or my views on different topics. This is the eight series of my “Frequently Asked Questions” section in which I answer your questions about the world I dream of, my speeches, my “Turkia ”name suggestion, the sustainability of TİDER and the dynamics of the renewable energy market. read more...

The champions of our neighbourhood, Modafen!

Fatih Kanberoğlu, who has contributed a lot to my sister in many ways, is one of my old friends and actually my new neighbor in Çekmeköy. He has also achieved great success with the Modafen Football Club, which he founded, as well as Modafen School, which provides versatile and modern education. By winning the group championship in the Regional Amateur League, they have now made their way to the path of the TFF 3rd League, in which I wish Modafen success in their elevation in the upcoming games. read more...

We laid the foundations of energy independence in Niğde Bor

In a bid to bring the Niğde Bor project to life, our well-equipped team of experts have been working on this for a long time and with the ’super initiative’ that we received for our “100% Domestic Solar Panel for Energy Independence” project, we laid the foundations of our project with a groundbreaking ceremony which was accompanied by Our Ministry of Energy, the Niğde Deputy, the Niğde governor and other valuable public on the 11th of March, 2019. read more...

Frequently Asked Questions 7

As my agenda is continually changing, I am receiving many new and different questions to answer in my “Frequently Asked Questions” series which gives me the impression that those who frequently follow my blog care to find out this information. The article you are about to read which is the 7th in the series will give an insight on my view of life, TIDER, nature, renewable energy, education projects, social entrepreneurship, food banking and my childhood dreams. read more...

Health comes first

I can’t remember where I heard it exactly, but for a long time, I’ve been embracing this expression with my immediate circle “even if you had $1 billion dollars, if you don’t have your health then that money has no value”. Infact to be a little more precise with the expression “health” represents the number 1 at the beginning of that $1 billion. Because without that 1, you are left with a series of zero. read more...

The unavoidable collapse of Arda

Arda Turan, the footballer who broke the nose of singer Berkay, was again on the agenda last week as he was alleged to have harassed Berkay’s wife. After his previous physical attack on journalist Bilal Mese on the plane, this time he has raised the bar with more adverse behavior which is purely a result of not taking the advice I had given him in my previous article I had written addressed to him. read more...

Greed in the wake of disaster of our neighbour

Last week I had written an article about racism. We are living in a time where humanity is degenerating. It seems the distress is never ending; grudges, hatred and violence have hit all new highs, we feel the pressures of climate change and as a result, natural disasters are increasing. In other words, us as humans are bringing the world to an unlivable state. read more...

Racism is nothing but fooling oneself

In a world where racism and polarisation is unfortunately hugely increasing, whether it be of ethics or scientific facts, these types of expressions are showing signals of quite the opposite. I had touched on this topic lightly in last week’s world cup article and on the back of this, in this week’s article I will touch on and direct your attention to what kind of genetic forms people have depending on the effects of their geographical conditions. read more...

Stamped with surprises, the 2018 World Cup

The FIFA World Cup drew to an end last weekend. For me, it was of much surprise that France became the champions. Because as much as France looked like the team with all the star players, they looked like they failed terribly when it came to team work. England also making it to the semi-finals was another surprise. Both teams were not playing great football from the very beginning. read more...

On Living 2 - with love to my youth…

Everyone has a good and bad story. How this story is written is determined from a very young age. I had previously relayed my thoughts about the human lifestyle in my article titled “On Living” which I would like to continue in this piece and share with you, song lyrics written by an artist who went to the same high school as me, Nil Karaibrahimgil’s song “With Love to my Youth”.   read more...

Once again, the excitement of another World Cup!

Football, the world’s most popular sports tournament has commenced as the FIFA World Cup after another 4 years. Personally, I am looking forward to this festival for football lovers. In this week’s article, I will write about my thoughts about the cup and my predictions. I will also provide my memories from the previous World Cups. read more...

Friendly suggestions for Ali Koç

With a triumphant win, Ali Koç was chosen as the President of the Fenerbahce Football Club on Sunday, the 4th of June, which I believe is somewhat like a bed of nails. I wish him the very best of success in his new role. From an outsider point of view and for someone who can perceive things well, I’d like to give him a few pieces of advice. I hope this article is of great benefit to him and I wish him a very successful presidency period. read more...

The political thoughts in Latin America and its adaptation to our region

In my last article, I had written about how the organisation was made by the Costa Rica Embassy on the 21st of March at the Cervantes Institute, and that Professor Roberto Fragomeno, Associate Professor and Director of the School of Philosophy, had made a speech titled “The political thoughts of Latin America”. In this week’s article, I would like to share with you the summary of the panel conversations and how we have applied these to our own region. read more...

100% Local solar panels to become free from energy dependence

In order to have a cleaner future in Turkey, as you all know, I have for many years had a dream to spread renewable energy and make it a pioneered entrepreneurial initiative. With the appropriate conditions emerging in 2012, we established EkoRe, and with its 100% local solar panels and its free from energy dependence vision, it gained a “Project Based Initiative’ worth $2.2billion last week read more...

Half yearly report and targets for the second half

The article that I wrote at the end of last year titled “new targets and hopes for a new year” (http://serhansuzer.com/en/new-targets-and-hopes-for-a-new-year) I shared our plans and goals for 2017. In the period we are now found, I wanted to shared what we successfully achieved and what we have planned for the near future, and that’s why I have to put pen to paper for the half yearly article.   read more...

In the honourable memory of Harun Kolçak...

I was preparing to write a half year article, but unfortunately I got news that we had lost Harun Kolçak. I’m still living the grief of this. I wanted to put pen to paper about our valuable artist who shone like a star in the last big Tider organised event. read more...

A view of the motherlands DNA from military service (2)

Upon getting some news that reminded me of the things I lived through, I wrote about my military training memories from the army. This week from the motherlands DNA view, I move onto the transition period from military training to mastery and stories from the army dormitory. And in my next piece, I will write about my memories from the Brigade Headquarters, the time of discharge and some recommendations regarding the army. read more...

A view of the motherland’s DNA from military service (1)

Unfortunately, not a day passes in Turkey that we don’t hear about security issues, or upsetting news regarding the military. For example, just recently some soldiers were food poisoned and when I read this, I remembered the things I experienced in the past and felt empathy for them. Therefore, this week, I wanted to share some memories of my 8 month military service, which I completed from the end of 2000 to July 2001. read more...

Best of Gökçeada

Everyone has a favourite holiday spot of relaxation in Turkey. And my most favourite place that I enjoy, that I can unwind and re-energise is Gökçeada. The difference between this island and other islands in Turkey is that the nature here is unbelievable. The island has its own water. It has wide plant bases and amazing beaches. It’s a ‘kitesurf’ heaven and is an island where animals can roam free. read more...

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 4

The first two ‘Frequently Asked Questions’, which I published last year have recently had a new set of questions answered, which I added to the series just last month. This week, I have began the fourth in the series, answering questions like which team I support, my thoughts on world leaders, renewable energy entrepreneurship to food banking questions, which I have again answered below.  read more...

Jose Sancho Exhibition: a tale of art and friendship

Last week I shared with you my role as the Costa Rica Honorary Consulate and whether ‘I’d stay or go’ and stressed that I won’t ever cut ties with this country that has blended well with the ‘Pura Vida’ culture. This week, this enthusiastic, peaceful and positive culture was represented by one of its most important artists, Jose Sancho, who came and met with our country’s art lovers, which I’d like to share with you. read more...

My ‘Pura Vida’ bond with Costa Rica

After nine years of duties at the Honorary Consulate of Costa Rica, I was considering leaving that post this coming year.  However, a meeting about two weeks ago with Foreign Minister Manuel A. González Sanz has led me to reconsider. The foreign minister and his undersecretary honored me with their words. In line with the quintessentially Costa Rican philosophy of ‘Pura Vida,’ a frame of mind that I have internalized while representing that country, I’ve revisited the question of whether to continue as honorary consul. read more...

Farewelling Nişantasi with drums and trumpets!

Leaving my house in Nişantasi, where I lived for 10 years, to set sail for broader horizons and move near our office building in Cekmekoy (Tasdelen), to a house located inside a forest; and the adventure and sadness this bought, along with the traditional Hidirellez celebrations effectively left their mark. read more...

How to reverse Galatasaray’s seemingly unstoppable decline?

I didn’t go to the home match against Fenerbahçe the other day even though I was in Istanbul and I try not to miss the matches played in our stadium.  We have a box, so finding a seat is not an issue. My not bothering to attend a match against arch rival Fenerbahçe means there’s a problem. read more...

They aint 300 Spartans, they’re 22 Tiderians!

Another Adim Adim campaign results have been finalised. Whilst we were happy with the result, everyone went beyond their responsibility and efforts for this campaign. In this piece, I want to touch on the heroes who with their efforts made a great contribution. read more...

A festive run: Runatolia 2017

This has been a busy time, so hectic I didn’t have a chance to sit down and write until Sunday, and that was while jet-lagged. I’d like to share my memories of the Runatolia run held in Antalya two weeks ago. We, the Tider team, joined the colorful event this year to help fund the new Support Market being opened in Bağcılar and in memory of our good friend, Murat Bakan. read more...

We’re running in the thousands to lead by example

At the Runatolia Marathon held in Antalya on Monday, March 5th, we will be running for our second Support Market, which is set to open in the Istanbul district of Bağcılar. I was in the middle of writing a post about the contributions I’m asking from all of you for the Support Market --which will supply basic needs such as food, cleaning products and clothing for hundreds of thousands of people, along with offering them job placement and vocational training  -- when I received some wonderful news that honors the efforts we have made so far: Global Foodbanking Network has seIected Tider as a finalist for their grand prize, which is recognition that our unique model is an example for other foodbanks. read more...

Singapore: a city-state ideal for business

Before traveling to Singapore, I couldn’t really picture the kind of place that awaited me. I’d heard a lot of stories about the country, some good, some bad. Heading there on business after a great vacation in Thailand, I had a raft of questions running through my mind. And I was to find a raft of favorable answers, particularly in terms of business environment and culture. read more...

A Tale of the Far East: Thailand - Bangkok

As you know, I spent some time over the New Year in the Far East, visiting Phuket, Bangkok and Singapore. And in my first blog about the trip last week, I shared my impressions of Phuket. This week I plan to write about the Thai capital, Bangkok, the second leg of my travels. read more...

A giant contact center rises from the ashes

Although it was not among my business objectives, I was impelled to take over, rather than abandon, the contact center I had founded years earlier. That decision was made following a period during which I had begun to form a new “ecosystem” in my professional life. Despite some unexpected crises, we decided to take the company under our wing and support it. After last month’s merger, the contact center, EkoCC, has been transformed into a giant serving a record number of brands. This week I will share the cautionary tale of this roller coaster of a process.  read more...

On living

I spent New Year’s Eve in Phuket, Thailand, where I attended a “White Night” party. As we were having a pre-party dressed in all white, the conversation turned to cultural differences. I was astonished when my friends acquainted with Far Eastern culture pointed out that the color white, which represents purity and beauty in Western culture, symbolizes death in the Far East and is the color worn at funerals. When I was asked about the place the color white holds in Turkish culture, I said that it was the same as in the West, and a color I would never associate with death. In Turkey, too, mourners wear black or dark colors. read more...

New targets and hopes for a New Year…

We have recently left behind an eventful year marked by much sadness for our society, but a year in which we have also enjoyed some great successes as we forged ahead despite the uncertain business climate.  In this, the last post of 2016, I would like to evaluate our achievements over the past year and list our targets for 2017. read more...

Improve your quality of life with sports

Everyone knows that doing sports improves health. But the reasons for that are more complex and far-reaching than they appear. Sport also contributes to one’s overall quality of life and general sense of wellbeing. Right now, as I approach a level of fitness I haven’t enjoyed since my youth, I’d like to share my own observations and conclusions on this subject. read more...

Creation vs Destruction: The Battle for a Better World

The recent terrorist attack outside a football stadium in Istanbul once again highlighted the horrific contrast between two very different groups: the people working with all their might to hand on a more livable world to future generations, which was the original subject of this post, and the monsters who mercilessly plan massacres to further their dark interests. We will never allow the second group to win this battle.  read more...

Memorable moments from the Istanbul Marathon

Last Sunday we got to run as a team in the Istanbul Marathon. As you’ll know, this was part of our campaign for the new Support Market we plan to open with your support in Bağcılar-Esenler, a district home to some 100,000 people in need. So here are a few of the many memorable moments we members and supporters of TİDER (the Basic Needs Association) enjoyed during the run... read more...

10 reasons to run the Istanbul Marathon

The countdown has finally begun for the Istanbul Marathon, which will be run this year on November 13th. It promises to be a high-energy event with some taking part for fun, some purely for the sport and fitness side, and others, like the TİDER (Basic Needs Association) team, as part of a campaign. But the reasons don’t just stop there. As a regular at this international event, I’m giving you 10 good reasons to run the marathon in my blog this week.   read more...

The massive YEKA tender and EkoRE expertise

In this week’s post, I’m writing about the exciting aspects of and examining the framework of the upcoming YEKA tender, which has caught the attention of the Global Renewable Energy Markets. I’d also like to point out that we at EkoRE are not only strong contenders for the tender, but are also ready to support with our expertise all relevant companies and organizations.  read more...

We’re proud of our story of progress: EkoRE

EkoRE existed as an exciting idea for some ten years before conditions allowed the founding of the company, whereupon we quickly made great strides based on knowledge, technology, teamwork and determination to become a company that today is young but still capable of undertaking major renewable energy projects. I would like to share with the you the story of our company, which is well on its way to achieving our goal of becoming a global brand.  read more...

Witnessing History at the UN (4)

This week I’m finally able to share some important information as well as my impressions of the historical ceremony held at the New York headquarters of the United Nations on April 22.  The past weeks and months have been so eventful that this final instalment in the series was postponed. I’ll begin by sharing links to the other articles in the series.   read more...

Gender equality in word and in deed

Years ago, a friend pointed out the difference between two Turkish words for “woman”: bayan and kadın.  While I feel it’s not entirely helpful to get hung up on terminology, I do know that women still have a long way to go in achieving full equality, from sports and business to family life. This week I’d like to share with you my take on “women’s equality,” including some of my personal experiences and the concrete steps I have taken to contribute to the cause. read more...

Famous McGill alumni and notes on “the underground”

I wrote last week about how I was accepted at McGill University and the major impact my experiences there have had on the rest of my life (http://serhansuzer.com/en/broadening-my-horizons-at-mcgill- ) This week I’d like to share a more detailed account of Montreal and its social life – much of which takes place underground – as well as a brief list of alumni from my university who have made their mark in the world. read more...

Broadening my horizons at McGill

Last week I attended an event in Istanbul organized by my alma mater, McGill University. I found myself journeying down memory lane as so many meaningful memories from that important time in my life were rekindled.  This week I wanted to share with you some of my experiences while at university, the place those years hold in my life and the effect they have on me still. read more...

Will the Aegean be able to chart a new course?

It has been an intense news cycle. Before the attack on Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport and the attempted coup, people were making frequent comparisons between the attractions of the Greek Islands and of Çeşme/Bodrum, in Turkey. The Aegean region hit the news again when the hotel the President was holidaying at was raided and some of the soldiers responsible fled to Greece. “Will they be extradited, or not?” was the question everyone was asking. This week I’d like to share some of my observations and experiences concerning the paradisiacal Aegean region and neighboring Greece. read more...

My 15 years in business and notes on the future...

We’ve entered yet another week beginning on the 11th of July. I began my business life 15 years ago on this date, a milestone about which I’d like to share my experiences, along with my views concerning the future. read more...

“Ego” will the end of us!

Our country’s unsuccessful run in the 2016 European Football Championship has caused me once again to think about the underlying ego issues behind this poor performance. I’ve always observed that from football to academia, and from the business world to daily life, displays of an inflated ego are at odds with true strength. In this week’s piece, I present situations I have experienced to prove my point. read more...

Nearing the end as Honorary Consul of Costa Rica

After many years proudly serving as the honorary consulate of Costa Rica in Istanbul, I am planning to relinquish my duties. It’s hard to believe, but it has been 8 years since I was appointed. Don’t worry, I’m not leaving right away. I’ll be at my post for another two years and there are additional goals I intend to achieve. I previously shared a series of posts in which I shared with you what I have done so far as Honorary Consul of Costa Rica, links to which can be found below. Now I’d like to relate some positive developments from this past year and my plans for the future. read more...

Witnessing History at the UN (3)

Last week, after having been at the United Nations in April for the Paris Agreement signatory ceremony, I was there once again, this time to give a talk. “Transitioning to Sustainable Energy without leaving anyone in the world behind” was the subject of my presentation at the “Agora” event.  My experiences leading up to the event, the exchanges during my presentation and the conversations afterwards made for an enjoyable time in New York. read more...

What I learned from a defiant legend

The moment I learned last week of the death of Muhammed Ali, I started to remember all of the things that had drawn me to the legendary boxer over the years: his sportsmanship, which made a lasting mark on the history of boxing and of mankind, his activism and his immortal sayings. read more...

Witnessing history at the UN (2)

I have already shared in recent weeks my first impressions of being a guest of the United Nations at the signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, (http://www.serhansuzer.com/2016/05/07/birlesmis-milletlerde-tarihe-taniklik-etmek-1/), recounting what it was like to enter the UN building and take my place on the balcony. Now it’s time for the second installment of a series of posts on what I believe is a critical subject… read more...

Few know the true meaning of the word “loyalty”

In Turkish, there is a sarcastic expression used in reference to the disloyal: “For most people, Vefa is just the name of a neighborhood.” This expression plays on the word “vefa,” which means “loyal” and “true,” but also happens to be the name of an Istanbul neighborhood. The targets of this expression care about nobody but themselves and are selfish. There are many people, of course, who lead lives of constancy and loyalty. They find ways to show their appreciation to those who have valued them, helped them to feel better and provided them with some form of support. read more...

Congrats to Kartal from a Galatasaray supporter!

In line with my preference for keeping my blog topical and with an eye to current events and recent happenings, I’ve decided to write about Beşiktaş’ championship win this week. I plan to write the second installment of my piece on the United Nations next week. read more...

In the wake of my grandmother: Anatomy of a painful loss…

I had planned to share with you this week the second part of my United Nations series. However, after we suddenly losing my grandmother last Sunday I decided to devote this week’s post to the deplorable shortcomings of the healthcare system during her brief illness. read more...

Witnessing history at the United Nations (1)

I was honored to be a guest of the United Nations and a witness at the Paris Agreement Signature Ceremony, an event world leaders attended on April 22 in New York and one that will have historical consequences for the future of our planet. I will share my impressions in four instalments, the first of which is an account of my experiences prior to the signature ceremony. read more...

Galatasaray makes history again!

I had intended to share with you this week my impressions of the Paris Climate Treaty signing ceremony I attended as a guest of the United Nations. However, having decided I needed more time to write a detailed account of that ceremony and because the incredible Eurocup championship was recently won by Galatasaray in the meantime, I have decided to devote this week’s post to emphasizing the lessons we can learn from this sporting achievement. read more...

The past 5 years as Costa Rican Honorary Consul (2010-2015)

In my previous post I wrote that the visit to Turkey in November of 2009 of the Costa Rican President represented a turning point in relations, emphasizing that it fostered progress both between our governments as well as in economic and cultural terms, and that it was also the first official visit to the Republic of Turkey by the president of a Central American head of state. Now, I will write of the continued progress that made from that date until 2015. read more...

2009: A turning point in relations between Turkey and Costa Rica

A country whose natural wonders, social equality and renewable energy policies are extraordinary, and whose people, from the head of state to the man of the street, are sensitive to the importance of the environment, peace and education… Having written earlier of how I became the honorary consul of Costa Rica, I would now like to share with you the process through which Costa Rica and Turkey reached a turning point in their relations. read more...

“EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION”: IT MATTERS MOST…

In my previous post, I wrote that only education can solve the problems currently plaguing Turkish sports, pointing out that we need to take a more serious approach not only to the education of our youth but to their parents and educators, and adding that I was striving to do everything in my power in this regard. read more...

True athletes are smart, agile and morally upright…

The general disquiet and the unfortunate incidents on the pitch that have been increasingly plaguing Turkish football in recent times once again remind us all of the saying made famous by Atatürk, and they have inspired me to write another post on “sportsmanship” following an enjoyable time I had last weekend participating in a run in Antalya. read more...

Solar energy provides water

In my previous post I mentioned that I had begun an undertaking that would make my grandfather truly happy: an agricultural development project that has given me great satisfaction. It all began last April with a trip to Niğde exploring added value production. read more...

Remembering the remarkable Hasan Süzer…

I talked about my grandmother in my previous post and promised to write about my grandfather in this, the next one. Last November I gathered with family and friends to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Grandad Hasan’s death, and I’d like to share some of those memories with you.​ read more...

Testing times for Turkish sport…

Today’s sports culture has failed to fully embrace “sportsmanship,” an ethos synonymous with fair play and moral fiber… Why, in Turkey, have we emphasized only the “sport” part of the word “sportsmanship?” Below, I outline a few recent thought-provoking events, some tragic and some inspiring hope, and I propose some possible solutions… read more...

What the Germanwings Disaster Taught Us

It is often said that arbitrary rules are there to be broken. However, some rules have been refined over the years for a reason, and following them can mean the difference between life and death. The failure to do so makes disasters like the one outlined in this article unavoidable.  read more...

My Experiences as Costa Rica’s Honorary Consul in Istanbul

In this, the first of a series of short essays covering each year of a post that I have been honored and pleased to hold since 2008, I would like to begin with how I became Honorary Consul and how we set things up. As you can see in the accompanying videos, we got off with a bang. read more...

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” has swept the world, with videos taken all across Turkey also going viral in Turkish social media.​ read more...

Battling injustice with my twin, Baran

In this, my second post outlining experiences unique to twins, I remember a “hard-hitting” adventure Baran and I had in the last grade of middle school, as well as its repercussions and its lessons.​ read more...

My Twin and Tomy the Robot

Have you ever known what it is to live as a twin? I spent a great deal of my life sharing the same things with my brother. We have some wonderful memories… In this post you’ll find my reflections on what is different about being raised as a twin and how these differences enrich us.​ read more...

Costa Rica in the World Cup

By toppling two mighty teams Costa Rico guaranteed first place in their World Cup group. But what is the secret behind Costa Rica’s stunning performance? And why have none of their successful footballers played in any of the Turkish leagues? read more...

Runtalya: Anatomy Of A Run

I spent a wonderful weekend combining sport and holiday at Runtalya, an event in Antalya that has become Turkey’s second biggest city run and that brings together a diverse group of sports lovers, from top marathoners and pint-sized sprinters, to philanthropists and nongovernmental organizations.​ read more...

The Marathon Of Bozcaada, 2013

Many of my readers have been asking why I haven’t written anything for a long time. They are right, because I haven’t written for over a month now. One of the reasons of this was that the companies I’m in charge of were restructuring themselves. What the phrase “hardly having time to breathe” means should certainly be something like this.​ read more...

Cartagena

It was 2007, if I remember correctly, when I first went to Cartagena. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity when my father asked: “I’m going to Colombia for the New Year holiday, come with me if you want to.” It was the first time I heard the name of the summer city Cartagena of Colombia, the country I was really curious about. read more...

Our Subject Is Galatasaray

Last Tuesday, while I was on the Los Angeles flight, I felt like writing about something I wanted to say for a long time. Our subject is Galatasaray.​ read more...

Argentina, the Magical World of Tango Dancers: Iguazu

In this article, I want to talk about Argentina which I visited two years ago during Christmas vacation. My eyes kept wondering over the map as I was planning my vacation. I had been to Brasil and Colombia. As I was thinking about which country I could visit in South America, I decided that Argentina was the place I decided to see and started making my travel plans.​ read more...

Today Is My Birthday, Age 35, I Don’t Know Where I’m Down The Road

In the last couple of days, I’m jokingly telling my friends: “We’ve come halfway down the road.” There’s a famous poem that everyone in Turkey knows, called “Age 35.”​ read more...

The Passion for Adrenaline

Adrenaline (epinephrine) is a hormone that is secreted by the inner parts of the adrenal glands. In nature, the role of this hormone is to prepare the organism for urgent action. You can see its effect in the pulse, the dispatch of blood to the muscles from the internal organs and the skin, the change of glycogen in the liver into glucose and therefore the creation of an emergent energy source.​ read more...

Solar Electric Cars And A Pleasant Weekend Visit To ITU (Istanbul Technical University)

Everyone is curious about the future of automobiles and the transportation vehicles. There’s always a discussion about it. The design cars of the future are exhibited in fairs or in the media and they are shared with those who are curious.​ read more...

How Can Mankind Restore the Balance In Nature and Secure Its Future?

It took billions of years for the Earth to be formed and to have such a perfect ecological balance so that organisms are able to live on it.​ read more...

Energy And Environment: Where Is The World Heading?

In my mind, I have many issues related to each other which I want to share with you. Both energy and environment are huge topics.​ read more...

Unfortunately We Lost Ülkü Çukurluoğlu Adatepe, Atatürk’s Adopted Child

I have very distinct memories about Ms. Ülkü in my mind. First of all, I’m very sorry to lose someone I love and respect. Life is like this.​ read more...

The Failure of Turkey in London 2012 Olympics

After experiencing several incidents on the day I came to Las Vegas from Reno, between my business trips, I decided to write an article on the Olympics.​ read more...

Airlines and Airport Managements in USA

Frankly speaking, I thought a lot whether if I should write this article or not, but when I experienced five-six serious events one after the other, writing became a must.​ read more...

The Italy-Spain Match Which Was My First Time Watching A World Cup Game And My Days In Harvard

Last week on Sunday, I had just returned from Austria. I got off the plane, went home, took a shower and while I was getting ready for dinner, the Spain-Italy football match of the European Championship caught my eye on TV.​ read more...

On the Final Four of Euroleague Basketball Championship Being Held in Istanbul and on Beşiktaş’s Championship After 37 Years

Last month, Istanbul hosted a very important championship once again. The Final Four (a quadruple final or exactly semifinals and finals played together) of Euroleague, which can be defined as the peak of basketball in Europe, took place in Istanbul.​ read more...

A Weekend of Going Back to My University Days and My Tennis Carrier that Ended Before it Started

Last weekend, two of my university friends came to Istanbul and we had a pleasant time together. As of this month, it’s been 13 years (yes, time flies) since I graduated from McGill University.​ read more...

On The Super Final (Play-Off) And Galatasaray

On the weekend, I was at Dalyan to have a peace of mind. If they asked me “Which places would you count as heaven on earth?”, I would definitely count Dalyan.​ read more...

Somehow, We Can’t Succeed In Communication!

At the end of a rather busy week, I was cleaning my mailbox and arranging my weekly schedule as a routine Sunday work in the hotel room I was staying in America. In the meantime, I was watching the interviews at the 84th Oscar Academy Awards Ceremony, which was about to begin. Right at that moment, an e-mail caught my eye.​ read more...

After an Earthquake

On October 23, 2011 our country was shocked with news of another big earthquake. Frankly speaking, what happened after this earthquake in Van didn’t surprise me at all. Our generation’s first encounter with big earthquakes was the Gölcük earthquake in 1999. I was staying at my aunt’s on the day of the earthquake.​ read more...