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We Are Proud of Our Graduates

Since 1988, we have had over 3900 graduates go on to successful careers in the industry all around the world. The following may inspire you to see how your career may develop. 

Success Stories

We look forward to welcoming you to Bilkent THM, where you can begin your journey toward a bright future. Follow Sevtap Tuncer Ayvaz, our 1990 Graduate, Director of Human Resources, The Ritz Carlton, Istanbul on LinkedIn.

Our graduates

Hakan Özel

1998 Graduate

General Manager

Shangri-La Dubai

United Arab Emirates

Funda Eratıcı

1994 Graduate

Regional Director of Sales Operations Turkey & Sales Operations Lead Focused Service EMEA

Hilton Worldwide

Devrim Kahramanoğlu

2000 Graduate

Strategic Operations Director

Adir Group, London

United Kingdom

Tunç Kılıç

2008 Graduate

General Manager 

Holiday Inn Istanbul Kadıköy

Yakup Dinler

2003 Graduate

Chairman of Cappadocia Touristic Hoteliers Association

Board Member of Turkish Hotelier Federation

General Manager, Kayakapı Premium Caves Cappadocia

Somer Sivrioğlu

1993 Graduate

Professional Chef & Entrepreneur

Anason and Efendy


Aslıhan Bozdağ

2019 Graduate

Management Development Program Trainee  

Hilton Corporation

Yasemin Ataman

2005 Graduate

Corporate Executive Chef & Culinary Manager


Hüseyin Sezer Şenli

2007 Graduate

Culinary Instructor

Alanya Hamdullah Emir Paşa University

Pelin Ulusoy

2003 Graduate

Complex General Manager  

Marriott International

Sheraton & Aloft Bursa 

Ebru Hukanoğlu Sevilengül

2009 Graduate

General Manager

Golden Tulip İstanbul Bayrampaşa Hotel

Başak Denizci Guillet

2000 Graduate


School of Tourism and Hotel Management

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Turkish Cuisine on Oscar Night

Cihan Kıpçak, a 2008 graduate and current advisory board member of the Bilkent Department of Tourism and Hotel Management, was involved in catering the official parties for the Oscar Awards ceremony. The two-star Michelin celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, who organizes the parties, chose Mr. Kıpçak for his team, raising expectations that some Turkish food might be included in this year’s dinner menu.

Hotel Led by THM Graduate Receives International Award

Uğur Bür, a 2002 graduate of the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management and general manager of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) “cluster” comprising the Holiday Inn Ankara Kavaklıdere and the Crowne Plaza Ankara, recently attended a ceremony in London to accept IHG’s CEO Managing Director Award, given in recognition of the Crowne Plaza’s excellence.

Faruk Yılmaz

1999 Graduate

Vice President

ZUMERRET Hookah Tobacco 

United Arab Emirates

Selin İstanbullu Özçaylı

2002 Graduate

Company Owner

Soan Colsulting, London

United Kingdom

Koray Şahmalı

2002 Graduate


Icon & Styles


Murat Can Kınay

1995 Graduate

Director Franchise Support – Continental Europe

Hilton Worldwide, Sofia


İdil Atay

2000 Graduate

Director of People and Culture

Four Seasons Hotel, Baku


Ayşın Paşamehmetoğlu

1999 Graduate

Associate Professor

Özyeğin University

Mehmet Ergül

1995 Graduate


Hospitality and Tourism Management

San Francisco University


Kemal Bayık

2000 Graduate

General Manager

Susona Bodrum

LXR Hotels & Resorts

Osman Keskin

1998 Graduate

Area Director of Sales

OTO Development, Chicago


Burcu Şahmalı

After her sophomore year, continued at one of our partners, the University of Nevada Las Vegas

National Sales Manager

Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas


Naz Balek

2015 Graduate

Sales Account Director

W Doha Hotel & Residences


Özgür Yücesan

2015 Graduate

Director of International Sales

JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel


Tahsin Uğur Baydar

2003 Graduate

Director of Hotel Operations 

Lancaster Marriott Penn Square


Soner Cörüt

2003 Graduate

Culture and Tourism Expert

Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism

İlkin Cevahir Erdoğan

2015 Graduate

Flying Service Chef 

Turkish DO & CO

"Best of Ankara in Tourism" Awards Go to THM Graduates

On April 18, the “Best of Ankara in Tourism” awards, given to organizations and individuals for their contributions to the development and promotion of Ankara as a tourist destination, were presented at a gala ceremony organized by the Ankara Anatolian Tourism Administrators Association (ATİD) and held at the Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center. Award recipients included two graduates of the Bilkent University Department of Tourism and Hotel Management. As general manager of the Bilkent Hotel and Conference Center, Arda Yurtsever, a 2003 Bilkent THM graduate, accepted the “Best Congress Hotel” award on behalf of his organization, while Başak Özyurt, a 2015 graduate of the department, received the “Best Product for Diversifying Tourism” award for her Turkish History Park Project, aimed at promoting and marketing Ankara.

THM Graduate Thrives at the Broadmoor

Recently, Bilkent News had the opportunity to interview Dora Giray, a 2018 graduate of the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management who is currently working as a cook III at the Broadmoor, a historic luxury resort in the state of Colorado in the USA. His journey to the States began with a job interview conducted right here on campus, when the Broadmoor’s vice president for human resources, Cindy Johnson, visited Bilkent in the context of the THM department’s collaborative relationship with the resort. As a consequence of the interview, Dora was offered an internship and began working at the Broadmoor immediately following his graduation in May 2018.

Esen Kaynak

2002 Graduate

Commercial Director

Hilton Worldwide

Aziz Yüksel

1994 Graduate


TCF Trade Finance Support Group  

Rabobank Rotterdam

The Netherlands

Osman Sezener

2005 Graduate

Executive Chef/Restaurant Owner

Od Urla and Ristorante Pizzeria Venedik

Mustafa Bulmuş

2007 Graduate

General Manager

W Istanbul Hotel

Aslıhan Bozdağ

2019 Graduate

Food & Beverage Coordinator

Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus

Zafer Güvener

1998 Graduate

Egypt Area General Manager

Swandor Hotels & Resorts

Sharm El-Sheikh


Zeynep Malatyalı

2009 Graduate


Cottonist, Toronto


Evrim Oralkan

1998 Graduate


Collecteurs, New York City


Mete Gürel

2002 Graduate

Managing Partner

TripOtour, Washington DC


Somer Sivrioğlu, 1993 Graduate, MasterChef Turkey Jury Member at 8. Bilkent Tourism Forum

THM hosted the 8. Bilkent Tourism Forum, bringing together representatives of key public and private tourism industry organizations and higher education institutions. The theme of this year’s forum, which took place at the Bilkent Hotel and Conference Center, was “Gastronomy Tourism – 5N1K,” with a focus on utilizing and developing gastronomy and the culinary arts as part of tourism destination marketing.

Soner Kömür

2013 Graduate

Director of Sales & Marketing

W Istanbul Hotel

Çağla Selçuk Meriç

2010 Graduate

Operations Coordinator

British Council

Başar Öztürk

2010 Graduate


Mack House Food & Beverage

Nogay Kanpolat

1997 Graduate

Regional Director Southeast Europe & General Manager WU Turkey

Western Union

Gülçin Öğüt Kofoğlu

2006 Graduate

Director of Operations i.c. of Sales & Marketing 

Divan Ankara & Divan Çukurambar

Şahinaz Çamlıbel

2009 Graduate

Group Conference & Events Sales Manager

Ankara HiltonSA Hotel 

Hakan Arıburun

2003 Graduate

Advisor for Foreign Relations

Grand National Assembly of Turkey (Turkish Parliament/TBMM)

Belen Umuler

2018 Graduate

Complex Groups & Events Sales Executive 

Sheraton Ankara Hotel & Convention Center 

Oğuz Serkan Sefiloğlu

1999 Graduate

Executive Training Manager

Çırağan Palace Kempinski İstanbul

Learn from the very best

Join us and start building your successful career like one of our graduates. 

Erkan Yağcı

2001 Graduate, Board Member of the Turkish Tourism Promotion and Development Agency, President of Mediterranean Touristic Hoteliers Association, Board Member of the Concorde DeLux Hotel Antalya

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