Annual Alumni Leaders Meeting in Gothenburg, 10 December 2019
Sweden alumni network representatives from all over the world (including Turkey) - met up in Gothenburg in the annual Alumni Leaders Meeting where the focus was on leadership ethics, sustainable network management and digital communication.
Glögg Reception with SANI Speaker Event - Zülfü Livaneli
We had the opportunity to listen to Ömer Zülfü Livaneli in Istanbul Chapter's Glögg Reception.
Zülfü Livaneli is s the best- selling Turkish author and poet who is considered one of the most significant and influential authors and intellectuals of his time. His novels have been turned into theatrical movies, stage plays, and operas. He lived in Stockholm, Paris, Athens, and New York where he met and collaborated with artists and intellectuals such as Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller, James Baldwin, and Peter Ustinov among others. Livaneli returned to Turkey in 1984.
Plogging Event of Istanbul Chapter
On 21st September 2019, Swedish Alumni Network, Istanbul Chapter participated to a plogging event held in the largest forest area in Istanbul -Belgrad Forest-, along with around 15 non-governmental organizations including one of the main municipalities of Sarıyer. This activity was a good opportunity for the Alumni to cooperate with local organizations to show the presence of Swedish Alumni and its environmental responsibility mindset and also to create the awareness among the Alumni and other contributors of the activity.
ALM meeting in Stockholm 23-25 May
Swedish Alumni Network Turkey Ankara and Istanbul Chapter leaders attended the Alumni Leaders Meeting (ALM) together with alumni network representatives from 37 countries in Stockholm on 23 May. The ALM was followed by the Inspiration Day where the alumni network representatives got to meet with students who were just about to complete their studies. Finally, on 25 May, the alumni network representatives attended the NFGL diploma ceremony in the Stockholm City Hall as guests of honor.
SANI Speaker Series Easter Celebration had taken place at the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul, featuring two KTH Alumni, Emre Danacı and Erdi Yerebasmaz. After working at private sector for a while, they started working on projects to improve the personal donations in Turkey by providing simple solutions to people. At 2014, they started Yuvarla, which is a social startup as non-profit organization.
Yuvarla converts the donation boxes we see in the shops to digital world and new payment practices. As a team of two, they’ve converted more than 1 million shoppings into donations and touched to lives of people who are in need. Yuvarla, has been awarded with lots of rewards from lots of universities, international organizations and private sector companies, including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Intel, SAP etc.
SANI Speaker Event - Suzi Erşahin
It was organized at the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul, featuring Suzi Erşahin as a speaker of the night. Suzi Erşahin had been working as Counsellor of Cultural Affairs at the Swedish Consulate since 2013 and before her assignment ended in Turkey, we invited her as a speaker. She has an MFA in fine arts from Konstfack, University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm.
She previously worked at the Swedish Art Grants Committee’s international art residency program Iaspis. She also worked as a producer for film and theatre, developed an online education in illustration for Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm where she has been teaching as well as teaching at Kansas City Art Institute, US and Beckman’s College of Design in Stockholm. Suzi shared her experiences about her inspiring and international career in different countries.
Midsummer Alumni Gathering - Mert Fırat
On the 9th of June, Swedish Alumni Network hosted actor and social entrepreneur Mert Fırat, who starred in numerous popular TV series in Turkey. He is also the founder and the spokes person for the successful social impact initiative Ihtiyac Haritasi at our Summer Reception - our little tribute to famous and delightful! Midsummer Celebrations in Sweden.
Mert Firat was born in Ankara in 1981. After graduating from high school, he went to Sweden to receive training in radio and television.
Sunny Speaker Series Reception in Istanbul - Hosting Ms. Rayka KUMRU
Swedish Alumni Network Turkey Istanbul chapter had their first networking meeting in 2017 at the Swedish Palace. Our guest speaker Ms. Rayka Kumru, sexologist, author/blogger and educator, gave an inspiring talk about her work on sexual and reproductive health and education in Turkey. In honor of “fettisdagen” (Fat Tuesday) we served delicious homemade “semlor”.