Dr. Talat İçöz
Dr. Talat İçöz

Chairman of Sabri Ülker Food Research Foundation

Mr. Talat İçöz was born in Bursa in 1947. He graduated from İzmir Maarif Koleji in 1965 and from Management Department of METU Administrative Sciences Faculty in 1969. He completed his MS degree in City and Regional Planning Department of METU Architecture Faculty in 1971. Upon completion of his military service in 1973, Talat İçöz worked at several private companies as Project Manager, Deputy General Manager, Manager and Founding Partner until 1987. Elected as a member of parliament, he served as Vice President of Motherland Party and also took part in the Constitution Commission, and Industry and Technology Commission of Turkish Grand National Assembly. He engaged in commercial activities both in Turkey and abroad between the years 1991-2000 and also worked as consultant at various private companies. He has been lecturing “Turkish Business Environment” course at Management Department of Bilgi University since 2011.

SCIENCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Prof. Dr. Beraat Özçelik
Prof. Dr. Beraat Özçelik

Honorary Member of Sabri Ülker Food Research Foundation

Beraat Özçelik, after graduation from Ege University in 1990, Food Engineering Department, has gained her Ms and PhD degrees from ITU Food Engineering Department. She worked as visiting scholar at Ohio State University Food Science and Technology Department, for her post-doctorate study. Having a number of scientific national and international publications, her research studies focused on functional foods and nutraceuticals, health effects of bioactive food compounds, nanoencapsulation and bioavailability. To date, she worked as coordinator or researcher in many EU projects, and conducted TUBITAK and other national projects. Having scientific committee memberships in Turkish Food Codex Commitee and some foundations, she has taken place in Editorial Boards of Scientific journals and in organizing committee of international congress. Being a former Head of Food Engineering Department and Rectorate advisor, Prof. Dr. Beraat Özçelik is actively working as Dean of the Faculty.

Prof. Dr. Diána Bánáti
Prof. Dr. Diána Bánáti

Full Professor, Institute of Nutrition; Doctoral School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Debrecen

Prof. Bánáti is with 20-year long experience of research and that of teaching at university, she is a widely recognised professor on food safety, food policy, food regulatory sciences and consumer science.
During her professional career, she served as Director General of the Central Food Research Institute (CFRI/KÉKI), Hungary (2000-2011). She acted as a Ministerial Commissioner for food safety and international scientific research cooperation and Chief Scientific Advisor at the Hungarian Ministry of Rural Development (2011-2012)..
Prof. Bánáti was formerly Chair of the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for 2 mandates (2008-2012) and Vice-Chair (2006-2008). She has been appointed member of several international scientific organisations (e.g. FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius, EFFoST, OECD, European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies of the European Commission). Currently, she is elected Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST) and a member of Academia Europaea. She is also member of several Editorial Boards including Acta Alimentaria, International Journal of Horticultural Science and Food Science, Technology.
Prof. Bánáti is author of 120 peer-reviewed publications, 43 book chapters and more than 100 conference proceedings and abstracts related to food science, in particular food safety, food policy, legislation and consumer sciences. She has also organised and chaired a large number of international conferences (e.g. EFFoST, CEEFood). She was extensively involved in national and international R&D programmes and EU research projects (FP6, FP7).
She had role at ILSI Europe as Executive and Scientific Director between 2012-2018.

Prof. Dr. Gökhan Hotamışlıgil
Prof. Dr. Gökhan Hotamışlıgil

J.S. Simmons Professor of Genetics and Metabolism, Chair Of The Department Of Genetics and Complex Diseases and Sabri Ülker Center, Harvard University

Hotamisligil graduated from Ankara University, Medical School in 1986 and completed his specialty training and dissertation studies in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Genetics at Harvard University. He is currently the J.S. Simmons Professor of Genetics and Metabolism, Chair of the Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases and Sabri Ülker Center. His seminal discoveries and innovative work has opened up new fields of study on fundamental mechanisms related to metabolic diseases and recognized by many distinctions including Markey and Pew Fellowships, TUBITAK Science Award, Outstanding Scientific Accomplisment Award of American Diabetes Association, Naomie Berrie, Wertheimer and Roy Greep Awards and Danone International Nutrition Prize. He is elected member of Turkish Academy of Sciences and elected fellow of AAAS and serves on the Board of Directors of Kadir Has University. Hotamışlıgil’s discoveries have introduced new concepts for diabetes, obesity, atherosclerosis and fatty liver disease and inspired many drug development programs. Through multiple industry-academia partnership programs, Hotamışlıgil continues to pursue preventive and therapeutic solutions for common metabolic diseases.

Prof. Dr. Halit Tanju Besler
Prof. Dr. Halit Tanju Besler

Honorary Member of Sabri Ülker Food Research Foundation

Dr Halit Tanju Besler completed his undergraduate study (BSc) in the Nutrition and Dietetics Department at Hacettepe University in 1986 and he graduated (MSc) from Nutrition and Dietetics Programme in Health Sciences Institute at Hacettepe University in 1988. He commenced at Department of Human Nutrition of Medical Faculty of Southampton University in 1995. His areas of expertise are including "nutrition and dietetics" and "nutrition and nutritional biochemistry". He has published more than 60 papers in reputed journals. He has board memberships and consultancies in many public and non-public institutions, in particular Ministry of Health and Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, in the matters of nutrition, food and health care areas. He has many national and international publications and he is one of the coordinators of Turkey Nutrition and Health Survey 2010 and National Obesity Action Plan.

 Dr Julian D Stowell
Dr Julian D Stowell

Science Committee Consultant of Sabri Ülker Food Research Foundation

Dr Julian Stowell has retired from his previous position as a Vice President of Scientific Affairs for DuPont, becoming a consultant in nutrition science and legislation. Dr Stowell has a background in biochemistry, holding degrees from Birmingham University, the University of Kent and the University of Hertfordshire, all in the UK. He has more than 40 years experience in R&D, manufacturing, commercial and scientific roles in the food and pharmaceutical sectors. Dr Stowell is a past board member of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Europe, and, from May 2010 to July 2020, served as a visiting research professor at the Oxford Brookes University Centre for Nutrition and Health, formerly the Functional Foods Centre. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) and Past President of the RSM Forum on Food and Health. Dr Stowell has also chaired and participated in many other groups active in the field of health and nutrition.

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