Korhan Karakoç :


Name and Surname : Korhan Karakoç

Place of Birth and Date of Birth : Ankara, Turkey  18.01.1966

Marital Status : Married

Spoken Foreign Languages : English, French

University : Middle East Technical University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences Public Administration




Third Secretary - Deputy Directorate General for OSCE, Arms 02/12/1991 - 31/10/1994 Control and Disarmament


Third Secretary  Permanent Delegation of Turkey to the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, Vienna 31/10/1994 - 01/11/1995


International Officer 01/11/1995 - 30/09/1998


Second Secretary Permanent Mission of Turkey to the OSCE, Vienna 30/09/1998 -14/10/1998


Second Secretary, First Secretary - Turkish Embassy in Kiev  14/10/1998 - 01/10/2001


First Secretary - Directorate of Human Resources 01/10/2001 - 04/12/2001


First Secretary, Head of Section - Deputy Directorate General for Cultural Affairs 04/12/2001 -15/10/2008


Deputy Consul General - Turkish Consulate General in Almaty 15/10/2008 - 16/08/2010


Counselor - Turkish Embassy in Bucharest 16/08/2010 - 15/10/2012


Head of Department - Deputy Directorate General for OSCE, Arms Control and Disarmament 15/10/2012- 01/09/2015


Deputy Director General - Directorate General for the Middle East  01/09/2015

PRIP Bill Boyd :


Bill Boyd was President of Rotary International in 2006/2007. He was Chair of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in 2011/2012 and was appointed to fill an unexpected vacancy as Trustee for 2016/2018.


Bill Boyd joined the Rotary Club of Wellington South in 1971 and was club President in 1978/79. He was District Governor of District 9940 in 1983/84 and he and Lorna moved to Auckland the following year. His first international appointment was in 1991 as Regional Rotary Foundation Co-ordinator, and he was a member of or chaired a Rotary International or Rotary Foundation committee every year till 2019. He was a RI Director from 1998 to 2000 and Treasurer of Rotary International in 1999/2000.. He chaired the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group from 2012 to 2018.


Bill left school at 15 to work in his fathers bookshop and retired in 1995 as General Manager of Gordon and Gotch Magazines Ltd.


Bill and Lorna have always been interested in sport. Lorna played tennis and lawn bowls and Bill was a rugby referee for 31 years. They have four children, twelve grandchildren and six great grandchildren.


Bill has been awarded the Rotary Foundations Distinguished Service Award and Citation for Meritorious Service and was presented with the Queens Service Order for Community Service in the 2007 New Zealand New Years Honours List and made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013.

PRIP Ian Riseley :


Ian Henry Stuart Riseley was born in a suburb of Melbourne in 1947, the second of five children in a working class family.  After completing secondary school with marks that were insufficient to obtain a scholarship to university, he joined a firm of Chartered Accountants and studied part time to qualify.  He later continued part time study and obtained Graduate Diplomas in Accounting and Income Tax as well as a Masters Degree in Income Tax Law.  He was a self-confessed academic late bloomer.


After working in professional accounting, management consulting and industry, Ian launched his own accounting firm in 1976 with the creative name of Ian Riseley & Co.  That firm continues to this day with his brother as manager.


Ian was a proud Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham in 1978 and the third President of that club.  He led a Group Study Exchange team to District 7930, Massachusetts, in 1997 and then became Governor of District 9810 in 1999/2000.  He was elected as a Director of Rotary International for 2006/08 and was Treasurer in 2007/08.  He then served as Chair of the RI Finance committee from 2009/11 before being elected as a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation for 2011/15.  Ian was Co-Chair of the committee that organized the 2016 Rotary International convention in Seoul.


Ian served as President of Rotary International in 2017/18 and gave the theme of Rotary; Making a Difference.  He then again served as a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation for 2019/23.  While President, he authorised six Presidential conferences with an emphasis on peace, an important issue for Ian and his wife Juliet, who was Governor of District 9810 in 2011/12.  He is proud of his encouragement of Rotarys work on protecting the environment, and also of his promotion of women for participation and leadership roles within Rotary.


Ian was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2006.

Prof. Dr. Lucienne Thys-Senocak :


Professor Dr. Lucienne Thys-Senocak, Department of Archaeology and the History of Art, Koç University.  lsenocak@ku.edu.tr


Lucienne Thys-Senocak is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Archaeology and History of Art at Koç University where she has been teaching since 1993.


Her research, publications, and teaching include the heritage of the Gallipoli peninsula, museums and archaeological human remains, early modern Ottoman fortifications, the patronage of architecture by imperial Ottoman women, and medical and health humanities.


Among her publications are two books: Divided Spaces, Contested Pasts: The Heritage of the Gallipoli Peninsula, (Routledge, 2019) and Ottoman Women Builders: The Architectural Patronage of Hadice Turhan Sultan (Ashgate Press, 2006). She was co-director of the first architectural survey and archaeological excavation at the Seddülbahir fortress on the Gallipoli peninsula, a project which began in 1997. Since 2015 she has been a scientific consultant for the  Seddülbahir Fortress Restoration and Museum Project  directed by the Çanakkale Wars and Gallipoli Historic Region Directorate (ÇATAB). She is a member of ICOMOS Turkey.


Title of talk. A Shared Heritage: The Archaeological Past of the Gallipoli Peninsula

DGE Nedim Atilla :

Journalist- Columnist- Art Historian


UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: Ege University Communication Faculty - Press Release High School

MASTER DEGREE: Istanbul University Faculty of Literature - Sociology

Master Study: Muslim and Non-Muslim Postal Organizations in Western Anatolia in the Ottoman Period (published in 2001 in the name of İzmir Posta Tarihi)

MASTER DEGREE: Ankara University Faculty of Language and History Geography - Art History-Historical Geography

Master Study: Regional Cultural Effects of First Railway Companies in Anatolia. (Published in 2002 as İzmir Railways, Second Edition in 2007, Third Edition in 2012)

OFFICIAL CERTIFIED EDUCATION ATTENDED: The International Press Institute (IPI) - The Ethical Journalism Network (EJN) - Independent Journalist, Slow Food International - Good Clean Fair Food


Journalist, intelligence chief, news coordinator, editorial coordinator, publishing coordinator, Izmir regional representative, writer in Milliyet (1979-81), Günaydın (1981-87), Sabah-Yeni Asır (1987-2001) as well. He has prepared and presented programs of Rotten Taste (2007-2017), Weekly (2005-2010), “Söz  Meclisten İçeri” (2010-2017) at Ege TV.

He is currently working in İzmirlife, Gastro, Food in life magazines and “Egede Sonsöz”'s news portal. He wrote the screenplay of three, directed two documentaries and won several awards.


He has been teaching has been teaching kitchen sociology and ethnic kitchens since 2013, in Özyeğin University Cordon Bleu, K. Has University Food Arts Center, Bahçeşehir University International Flavor and Art Academy.


• I Loved Thats Why I Killed “Hakim Bey” Your Honour (1985) -

• İzmir 1927-Developing Izmir (1999) -

• Historical İzmir Cuisine (2000 - 1st Edition) - (2010 - Extended 2nd Edition)

• Izmir Postal History (2001) -

• Parchment - The Story of Change in Bergama (2001) -

• İzmir Railways (2002)

• Parchment- (2003)

• Vourla (Temporary Testimony in Urla) (2002)

• Western Anatolia Olive Oil Culture (2003) -

• Adabeyi - (2003)

• Mobolla-Mugla Book (2004) -

• From the Antiquity to Today Rakı- Aliyyülalâ İzmir Rakısı (2004) -

• Alaçatı - An Interchange Village (2005) -

• Historical Geography of Foça- (2006)

• Healthy Western Anatolia (2007) - (Turkish and English)

• Most Fire Love Starts to Eat (2008)

• Kozak- A Highland Story with Foods and Culture 2009- (Turkish and English)

• Olive Monuments from the Tree- 2010

• Western Anatolia Wine Culture-2011

• A Town of Transit Gaziemir-2012

• Good Nutrition Good Life - 2018

Books That Are Common Articles

• Çorum'a Güzelleme- 2013

• Rakı Encyclopaedia - 2014

• Rakı Gastronomy - 2016

• The Nuts Encyclopedia - 2017

Books as co-ordinator

• A Wonderful Urla - Sedef Tunçağ (2003)

• İzmir Sefarad Cuisine (2004)

• BAL's 50th Year (2005)



Kemal Sulaoğlu who invited him to be a member of the Rotary was the UR then. Despite his willingness, He became a member of the İzmir Göztepe Rotary Club during the period of the governorship of Aydın Işık(2001), not during the Sulaoğlu’s period. He served all the committees in Göztepe Rotary Club such as club president in 2016-2017 period. 2002-2020: Served alongside all governors between 2002-2020


• Izmir Gazeteciler Cemiyeti (Head of International Cooperation) (2010-2016)

• Turkey Sports Writers Association Board Member (2002-2008)

• 2006- currently the leader of the Slow Food Movement - Turkey Founder

• 2008-present Vice President of the Association of Friends of Turkey Kitchen

• Chain de Rotisseurie- Vice President of Izmir- 2011- Present

• İzmir Archeology and Art History Club “Founding President” (1992-2002)

• Perpetuate of the Aegean Kitchen - Founding Member of the Board (1994-1998)

• Member of Metropolis Medoder’s Board (2004-2006)

Hatice Hürmüz Başarın OAM :


Hatice Hurmuz Basarin OAM is a Town Planner ( CP78, METU) born in Izmir, Turkey, who migrated to Australia with her husband Dr Vecihi Basarin OAM, in 1979. Obtaining her  Masters Degree (MUP83, Melbourne Uni) she pursued a career within the Victorian Public Service involving policy development and research on state-wide land use planning, local government and public housing related issues.


Hatice Hurmuz co-authored seven books published between 1985 and 2015, with her husband Vecihi - all bar one are about the Gallipoli Campaign. A Turkish View of Gallipoli: Canakkale, published in 1985 (like its later editions in 2003 and 2015) was a collaborative effort with historian Dr Kevin Fewster AM OBE. An Australian first, the book depicts what it was like on the other side of the trenches at Gallipoli as a parallel story to that of ANZACs.


In 2018, Hatice Hurmuz Basarin became the first woman of Turkish origin to be awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM).

Dr. Ali Suat Ürgüplü :


Dr. Ali Suat Ürgüplü, Ph.D. in Turkology, University of Bamberg


Ali Suat Ürgüplü (Istanbul 1967) obtained a B.A. (1991) from Oxford in Oriental Studies (Turkish with Arabic) and a PhD (2014) from Bamberg in Turkology (thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Klaus Kreiser).


Published works include Der Nachlass des Mustafa Hayri Efendi (University of Bamberg Press, 2014), Seyhülislam Ürgüplü Mustafa Hayri Efendinin Mesrutiyet, Büyük Harp ve Mütareke Günlükleri 1909-1922 (Is Bankasi Kültür Yayinlari, 2015), Seyhülislam Ürgüplü Mustafa Hayri Efendinin Malta Mektuplari (Is Bankasi Kültür Yayinlari, 2015) and The Correspondence of Sir Gerard Clauson (Bogaziçi University Press, 2016).


He  has served as a lecturer at the universities of Bamberg (2003-2005), Bonn (2006-2008) and Istinye (2017-2020) and has been working as an editor at Yapi Kredi Yayinlari, Istanbul since 2016.

Atilla Aşçı :


I was  born in 1956 in Canakkale. After ending my school career in 1974 with high school degree, went to Istanbul to study history at Marmara University.


Without gettinng any graduation left the University 1978 and went out to Germany. After working in several mini jobs startet to study social pedagogy in Hannover and Osnabrück between 1982 - 1987.


I worked from 1987 till 2015  as social advisor in an Europe Union Projekt with/for unemployed young people and as scientific assistent at University of Leibniz in Hannover, gave seminars in section of multiculturell and ethnoculturell.


Since 2015 retired and since 20 years collector of items in terms of Gallipoli War and German-Turkish military colobration during the First World War.

Christopher Pugsley :


Lt Col (Retd) Christopher Pugsley, ONZM, DPhil, FRHistS


Christopher Pugsley is a New Zealand historian who was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of War Studies, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst from 2000-2012.


A former infantry Lieutenant Colonel in the New Zealand Army, he is regarded as one of New Zealands foremost authorities on New Zealanders at war.  He has written and edited some 22 books.


He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Humanities, University of Canterbury. He was appointed an Officer in the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2015 New Years Honours List for services as a military historian.

Dr. Kevin Fewster OAM :


Dr. Kevin Fewster CBE AM


Dr. Fewster edited the Gallipoli diaries of CEW Bean and co-authored the book, Gallipoli: the Turkish Story with the Basarins.


He then pursued a distinguished career in museums, being Director of the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydneys Powerhouse Museum and lastly Royal Museums Greenwich in London [2012-2019].


Kevin has been awarded a British CBE and made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to museums and maritime history. He is currently editing a massive collection of letters written by an Australian AIF soldier at Gallipoli and the Western Front.

Prof. Dr. Mesut UYAR :


Dr. Mesut Uyar is professor of international relations and the dean of school of business and social sciences at the Antalya Bilim University, Turkey. Dr. Uyar is a retired Turkish Army colonel and former associate professor from the University of New South Wales, Australia and the Turkish Military Academy. He is the author or co-author of The Ottoman Army and the First World War (2021); The Phaseline Attila: The Amphibious Campaign for Cyprus, 1974 (2020); The Ottoman Defence Against the Anzac Landing 25 April 1915 (2015); A Military History of the Ottomans: From Osman to Atatürk (2009) and numerous articles and book chapters.

Vecihi Başarın OAM :


Dr. Vecihi [John] BASARIN  OAM


Dr. Basarin was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He trained as a chemical engineer and migrated to Australia in 1973. Apart from Melbourne, he has also lived and worked in Norway, the United States, Brazil, Germany and the UK, mainly in the offshore oil & gas business.


With his wife Hatice Basarin OAM and Dr Kevin Fewster AM, he has co-authored six books on the Gallipoli campaign from the Turkish perspective as well as completing his PhD thesis on Gallipoli. 


He received 2005 Victorian Premier's Award, 2010 ANZAC Peace Prize and the nations highest honour, the Medal of Order of Australia in 2015 for his work on Gallipoli.