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Executive Board

Gultekin Gurdal

Library Director, Izmir Institute of Technology
EB member, liaison for Standing Committee Outreach, Communication and Engagement

Gultekin has been working as the library director at IZTECH for 15 years. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Hacettepe University, Library Science Program (currently the Information Management Program), and a Master’s Degree from Kocaeli University, Business Administration. He has previously held positions at Bilkent University, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, Sabanci University, and TOBB University.
Gultekin has proven working experience in the field of open access, open science, and open data for more than 10 years. Between the years 2008 and 2012, he served as the Chairman of the Turkish University Libraries Consortium (ANKOS) which is one of the biggest consortiums in Europe and the Middle East. He was also coordinator of the ANKOS Open Access and Institutional Repositories Working Group between the years 2008 and 2018. He is a member of the "Open Science Committee" which was founded by The Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council in 2015, and a member of Open Access and Open Science Working Group which was founded by The Turkish Higher Education Council (CoHE) in 2018. In addition, he is the coordinator “Turkey Research Data and Open Data Task Force" sub-working group.
Gultekin has been with OpenAIRE from the start, participating in OpenAIREPlus, OpenAIRE2020, and OpenAIRE Advance projects. He works heavily in the areas of open access and open science. He accomplished many firsts in this field and he became a very well-known name in open access. He has many national and international publications.

OpenAIRE services and facilities are extremely valuable to all scientists. OpenAIRE plays crucial role to raise awareness about open access and open science all over Europe and beyond with both the largest infrastructure and well established human network. This role very important and meaning for me. Because Open Science promises to make knowledge more democratic, transparent, accessible and reusable for all world. It is possible to make a fairer and better world with open science.