I am a medical doctor by training, I have PhD in Public Health. After graduation, I worked as general practitioner for 7 years for Ministry of Health. Then for the next 13 years, I worked as Deputy Health Director at Istanbul Health Directorate. In 2005, I started working as the Executive Director of an NGO, namely the Human Resource Development Foundation. I am still on the Board of Trustees of HRDF. Currently I work as Assistant Professor at Istanbul Medipol University.