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Jury Members

Professor Gökhan Hotamisligil

Prof. Dr. Gökhan HotamışlıgilHarvard University, JS Simmons Professor of Genetics and Metabolism, Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases / Chairman of Nutrition Department

He is a well-known scientist with scholarships and awards given by Markey, Pew and Sandler Foundations, American Diabetes Association, National Institutes of Health and with J.S. Simmons professor degree given by Harvard University. Having graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Medicine, Prof. Hotamisligil completed a PhD in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Genetics at Harvard University after completing clinical practice training. Syndexa's scientific founder, Hotamisligil, the James Stevens Simmons Professor of Genetics and Metabolism areas and at Harvard University Chairman of Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases mission continues. Professor Hotamisligil participates in Lipomics Technologies,Inc. as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board since 25 October 2005. All his researches focus on the genetic basis of complex diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart. He is the owner of several patents related to obesity, diabetes and atherosclerosis. Also he participates in drug development programs for metabolic diseases.

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Pala

Prof. Dr. Mehmet PalaChemical Engineering Department, Yıldız Technical University

Prof Dr Pala completed his undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Agriculture, Ankara University. He then studied Food Engineering at the Berlin Technical University, where he also completed his PhD. He contributed to the foundation of the Ege University’s Food Engineering Department. He worked for 10 years as the Head of the Department of Nutrition and Food Technology at the TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Centre. Prof Dr Pala has published over 100 scientific works on food technology. Besides his university post, he also is CEO of a number of food companies.

Prof. Dr. Mustafa Üçüncü

Prof. Dr. Mustafa ÜçüncüFood Engineering Department, Ege University.

Prof. Dr. Üçüncü completed his undergraduate studies at the Food Technology Department, Ankara University, and his PhD in the field of Milk Technology. He worked as a researcher in the Milk Research Institute in Kiel, Germany. He was Head of the Food Engineering Department, Ege University. He worked on food and packaging technology in many important universities, research centers and factories in Germany. He has written over 160 articles and compilations and eight text books.

Prof. Dr. Murat Tuncer

Prof. Dr. Murat TuncerChildren's Health and Illnesses Department, Medical Faculty, Hacettepe University

Prof. Dr. Murat Tuncer graduated from Istanbul University in 1980. He obtained his specialization in the departments of Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology at Istanbul University. He became a professor in 1994. He worked in the Transplant Centre of the Helsinki Medical Faculty in Finland. In 1997 he received TÜBİTAK's Scientific Encouragement Award. He is currently Head of the Ministry of Health's Department for the Fight against Cancer and Turkish Pediatrics Association.

Prof. Dr. Halit Tanju Besler

Prof. Dr. Halit Tanju BeslerHealth Sciences Faculty, Head of Nutrition and Dietetics, Hacettepe University

Prof. 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.

Prof. Dr. M. Temel Yılmaz

Prof. Dr. M. Temel YılmazEndocrinology and Metabolic Illnesses, Internal Diseases Department, Medical Faculty, Istanbul University

Prof. Dr. Yılmaz obtained his specialization in the Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty at Istanbul University. He works in the fields of immunology, metabolism and diabetes. He worked as Head of Department of Diabetes at Medical Faculty of Istanbul, Head of Department of Immunology at the Experimental Medicine Research Institute of the Istanbul University. He is currently Head of IU Diabetes Practice and Research Centre, Diabetes Foundation of Turkey. Prof. Dr. Yılmaz is also the author or a member of the editing council of 14 books in this field. He has written over 320 articles.


Prof. Dr. Julian D. Stowell

Prof. Dr. Julian D. StowellConsultant in Nutrition Science and Legislation at DuPont

Prof.Dr Julian Stowell has recently stepped down as a Vice President of Scientific Affairs for DuPont, becoming a consultant in nutrition science and legislation for the company. Prof. 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 35 years experience in R&D, manufacturing, commercial and scientific roles in the food and pharmaceutical sectors. Prof Dr Stowell is a board member of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Europe, Chair of the Leatherhead Food Research Health & Nutrition Forum and a steering group member of the UK Government/industry collaboration on diet and health. He has also chaired a number of other groups active in the field of health and nutrition. In May, 2010 Dr Stowell was appointed as a visiting research professor at the Functional Foods Centre of Oxford Brookes University. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) and Past President of the RSM Forum on Food and Health.


Dr. Zeki Ziya Sözen

Dr. Zeki Ziya SözenMember of Board at Yıldız Holding Companies
Dr Sözen, completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Middle East Technical University. He then obtained his PhD at the Chemical Engineering Department, British Columbia University in Canada. After developing his career in a variety of senior positions in several local and international companies, in 1996 Dr Sözen joined Yıldız Holding as General Manager of Ak Gıda. Between 2003-2009 he worked as Head of R&D and Business Development and retired from Head of the Food, Frozen Products and Personal Care Group at Yıldız Holding.

Prof. Dr. İrfan EROL, DVM, Ph.D.

Prof. Dr. İrfan EROL, DVM, Ph.D.Director General, General Directorate of Food and Control, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock
İrfan Erol, graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. He earned his PhD degree from Freie University Berlin, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Institute of Food Hygiene in Germany, in 1991. He became an associate professor in October 1993 and a professor in March 1999. He worked as a visiting scientist Freie University Berlin in 1996 and Wisconsin University, Food Research Institute, Department of Food Microbiology and Toxicology in the USA in 2000 and 2001. His specialties are food microbiology and molecular microbiology, food safety and public health, and food legislation. He has been served as a representative of Turkey at the World Veterinary Association (WVA), and a Member of Advisory Board of Hygiene Group at Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), a Member of National Food Codex Commission at the Ministry of Food Agriculture and Livestock, a Member of Council of Higher Education (YÖK)- Inter University Council, a Member of VHAG Executive Committee and Advisory Boards of TOVAG and UME at TUBİTAK, Members of the Advisory Boards of TURKAK, TÜBA-Working Group on Food and Nutrition and EFSA, and also national representative at Codex Alimentarius Committee. He was head of the Department of Food Hygiene and Technology between the years of 2003 and 2012. He acts as a Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO), a delegate for World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and congress chairman of 32nd World Veterinary Congress. He is also selected a member of the ILSI (Europe Scientific Advisory Committee). He has many national and international publications and he is writer of four books published in Turkey and in the USA. Moreover, he is a member or editor of many national and international scientific journals. Prof. Dr. İrfan Erol, who has been Director General of the Food and Control at the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock since February 2012, is married and has two children.