Gülnur Aybet is Senior Advisor to the President of the Republic of Turkey and member of the Presidential Security and Foreign Policy Council. She is a professor at Turkey’s National Defense University. She was professor of international relations at Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, between 2017-2019 and she was former Head of Department of Political Science and International Relations at Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul between 2014-2016. Between 2001-2013 she was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent, England, where she created and directed the first MA programme in International Security. She also held academic posts at the University of Nottingham, England and Bilkent University, Ankara.
She holds a BA Hons degree in Economics and Public Administration from Royal Holloway, University of London, an MSc in International Relations from the University of Southampton, an M. Phil in War Studies from King’s College, University of London and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Nottingham.
Professor Aybet was a principal investigator to research projects funded by the British Academy, NATO and TUBITAK. She has held visiting scholar posts at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Johns Hopkins University, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington D.C. and at St Antony’s College, Oxford University, where she was also a Senior Associate Member of the College.
She is a member of the World Economic Forum, Regional Future Council on Europe. In 2009, The Times nominated her as one of the top 20 most powerful Muslim women in the United Kingdom.