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Board of Trustees

Enver Yucel

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Enver Yucel is the President of the BAU Global Education Network of which BAU is a part. Mr. Yucel is also President of the World Education Entrepreneurs Association and the President of the European Test Preparation Center Union and is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University’s Steinhardt School Dean’s Council. Mr. Yucel has dedicated his life to education. Since 1967, he has promoted educational programs, including test-prep centers, K-12 programs, foreign language schools, and a global university system.

Dr. Sinem Vatanartiran

Board Member

Sinem Vatanartıran holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Administration and has demonstrated a long commitment to education, particularly science education. In 2005, she became a Principal within the Bahçeşehir Colleges network of high schools in Turkey, and in 2006 Dr. Vatanartiran established the first Science and Technology High School in Turkey. In 2008, she established Turkey’s first Children’s Science Museum, housed at Bahçeşehir College. She also formed Turkey’s first career services center, the Ugur Career Services Center. Dr. Vatanartiran has been a prolific publisher in the field of education, including a weekly column in a national newspaper, Vatan. Dr. Vatanartiran is Vice President of the BAU Global Education Network and President of BAU International University, Washington, D.C.

Esther Coopersmith

Board Member

Mrs. Esther Coopersmith held several key posts representing U.S. interests at the United Nations, including serving as U.S. Representative to the United Nations from 1979 to 1980. She served for Presidents Carter, Reagan, and Clinton, and has been internationally recognized her peacekeeping efforts. Her awards include the United Nations Peace Prize in 1984, the Peace Award from the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland in 1987, the Humanitarian Award by the Government of Armenia in 1991, and the United Nations Education & Science Organization Award in 2008.

Paul Brunson

Board Member

Paul Carrick Brunson is an entrepreneur with expertise in multinational telecom systems, global cloud environments, and relationship coaching. He earned his MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. His well-known coaching business, the Paul C Brunson Agency, has earned him features on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Essence, ABC news, and other media outlets. He has received numerous awards and in 2013 was nominated for the NAACP Image Award.

Ekmel Anda

Board Member

Ekmel Anda is an entrepreneur who, after obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Istanbul, started various business enterprises in the United States. One business is the wholesaling and manufacture of bridal jewelry. The enterprise, “Unique Settings of New York,” commands 70% of the bridal jewelry niche. He also manufactures aluminum products and prints the only Turkish language newspaper in the U.S., Posta 212. Mr Anda is a prominent member of the Turkish American community and is President of the Turkish American Federation, New York.

William Hansen

Board Member

William Hansen is the president of USA Funds, an institution focused on financing higher education for students. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Hansen served as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Education and assisted with the creation of the No Child Left Behind Act. His work at the Chartwell Group ensured compliance with No Child Left Behind. Mr. Hansen earned an economics degree from George Mason University in Virginia.

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