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Ayla Göksel, M.Sc.

CEO, Mother Child Education Foundation

Ayla Göksel is CEO of Ozyegin Social Investments, presiding over AÇEV (Mother Child Education Foundation), Husnu M. Ozyegin Foundation and Iz Child. Ayla Goksel is also trustee of Ozyegin University and serves on the boards of the Education Reform Initiative and Tohum Foundation for Autism. She was selected a “Young Global Leader” of World Economic Forum, “Senior Fellow” of Synergos Institute and WISE Laureate of Qatar Foundation. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Politics...

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Çiğdem Kağıtçıbaşı, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychology

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Yasemin Sirali, MBA

International Programs Advisor, Mother Child Education Foundation

Yasemin Sırali is the Director of Özyeğin Social Investment Projects, a network of institutions including the Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV), Hüsnü Özyeğin Foundation (HMOV), İz Child Centers, and Özyeğin University based in Turkey. Prior to joining Özyeğin Social Investments, Yasemin worked as a management consultant at the New York City, Philadelphia, and Istanbul offices of Deloitte Consulting where she provided advisory services to multinational companies on strategic and...

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Diane Sunar, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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Yanki Yazgan, MD

Professor, Marmara U Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul

Research Interests

Child Psychiatry; Health Care; Health Care Facilities, Manpower, and Services; Mental Disorders Diagnosed in Childhood; Psychiatry and Psychology; Psychological Phenomena and Processes; Psychopharmacology

Clinical Interests

Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity; Autistic Disorder; Mental Health; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Tourette Syndrome

Yanki Yazgan, M.D. (1959), a graduate of Ege University Medical School, Izmir, Turkey (1983), received his child and adolescent psychiatry training (1995) at the Yale Child Study Center of Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, where he also completed a research training track in early onset neuropsychiatric disorders.



Dr Yazgan has taught and conducted research at the Marmara University School of Medicine as a full professor. He also holds a clinical/adjunct appointment at the Yale...

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C. Sue Carter, PhD

Research Professor in Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Research Professor Psychology, Northeastern University in Boston

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James F. Leckman, MD at UNICEF

"We need to take action to make our world a better place for our children and for future generations.  The academic community will be one of the partners in this important undertaking to refine and implement in a sustainable fashion ECD programs of proven value."

-James F. Leckman, MD, Program Director Yale Child Study Center, ECPC Launch Event 20 Sept 2013