Köfte, Kebab, and the Koldyke Fellow:

Dinner and Discussion with Batuhan Aydagül

Batuhan Aydagül, Coordinator and Board Member, Education Reform Initiative, and 2012 Patricia Blunt Koldyke Fellow

Join 2012 Patricia Blunt Koldyke Fellow Batuhan Aydagül for dinner and a dynamic discussion, exclusively for Young Professional members. Widely recognized as a pioneer and public voice in education policy in Turkey, Aydagül works as coordinator of Education Reform Initiative (ERI), an institution that tackles challenges in the Turkish education system. At ERI, Aydagül has focused on a wide range of issues pertaining to K-12 education in Turkey, including increasing quality in education, reducing disparities among schools, and fulfilling students’ rights.

Batuhan Aydagül is the coordinator of the Education Reform Initiative (ERI) and a member of the Advisory Board at the Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV) in Istanbul, Turkey. Aydagül works as the lead policy analyst at ERI, which was launched in 2003 within Sabancı University with the goal of improving policies that ensure access to quality education for all children and to ensure that policy processes are participatory, innovative, rational, and transparent. He played a key role in the emergence and development of the Annual Best Practices Conferences in Turkey. From 2007 to 2008, Aydagül was seconded to the Ministry of Education in Liberia to support education reform there. He received a master’s degree in international education administration and policy analysis from Stanford University.

The Chicago Council’s Patricia Blunt Koldyke Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship is funded by the Koldyke family to recognize emerging international leaders who are transforming society through innovative solutions to pressing global challenges – particularly those related to children. This year, the selection committee focused on education policy in Turkey.

40 Under 40 Programs are limited to 40 YP members under the age of 40; these casual “cocktails and conversation” style programs let you explore global topics on a deeper level.




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