Orcun Dogancali is a Turkish qualified attorney with 15+ years’ extensive experience. Orcun has corporate law background with expertise in intellectual property law, employment law and commercial litigation. Prior to his role at the American Turkish Society, Orcun was the head of litigation at the Turkish subsidiary of an international sports and entertainment media group. In that role, he was responsible not only for managing all types of commercial litigation disputes but also providing corporate consultancy advice to the management of the group. Prior to that, in consecutive roles, he was the partner at two boutique law firms where he was mainly dealt with commercial litigation. He also worked as a senior associate at the corporate department of a London based international law. During these years, he was involved in various cross-border M&A transactions from day-one to closing arrangements.
Orcun holds an LLM (Master of Laws) from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom and a LLB (Bachelor of Laws) from the University of Istanbul, Turkey.
Alya Toruner is an experienced professional in international relations, and the work of international organizations. Alya worked full time at the United Nations Department of Global Communications where she prepared social media posts and analyzed data on excel, in addition to human resources recruitment, hospitality and guest relations positions. Furthermore, she participated in volunteer work such as helping street children, homeless pets, and Alzheimer's patients. She has a wide range of experience in interacting with people from different cultural backgrounds throughout her education and profession.
Alya was born in New York and raised in Turkey. After finishing high school in New York, she continued her studies in Bard College and graduated with a degree of Global and International Affairs in 2019.