Student Ambassador, Justice for Kurds
Ozan Beran Akturan is studying Biological Sciences at the University of Chicago and completing additional coursework in Public Policy and Business. His passion for having a positive impact in his communities led him to two equally exciting trajectories in healthcare and politics. He conducted translational medical research at Mayo Clinic and ShanghaiTech University to help develop break-through gene therapies for rare-diseases with no present cure. He believes that reducing human suffering is within the reach of 21st century technology and is currently working at the non-profit BioEnterprise to accelerate the commercialization of the medical innovation our societies need the most. He is also leading Chicago Health Solutions to provide a platform for the next generation of health innovators to create solutions for local public health challenges the disadvantaged communities of Chicago face.
As a Turkish citizen of Kurdish origin, his personal background motivates him to work for advancing the human capital of Kurdish minorities in the Near East. To this end, he believes that intellectual capacity building in the Kurdish diaspora is an essential step. As an ambassador of Justice for Kurds, he his helping building the bridge between the grassroots and the decision-makers on the Kurdish issue on his campus and beyond. He is also a leader of the European Horizons on campus, a student-led transatlantic think-tank, working towards promoting the agenda of responsible US-EU partnership in a multi-polar world order. He led and published strategic research on Turkey’s EU accession process from the Kurdish lens, EU’s peace-building efforts in Western Balkans, and the evolving nature of NATO-EU cooperation in terms of regional security in the Baltic.