Dr. Özgür Bolat received his B.A. from Bogazici University School of Education, where he graduated as a valedictorian. During his B.A. degree, he studied the psychology of learning as an exchange student at State University of New York for a year, where he was awarded a “Certificate of Achievement”. He later received a Fulbright scholarship to study at Harvard University, where he also graduated as a valedictorian. Upon completion, he returned to Turkey and taught leadership at Bogazici University for two years. He then started his PhD at the University of Cambridge in the UK. His research focused on leadership, education and achievement motivation. He also worked as a researcher at the Centre of Leadership for Learning at the University of Cambridge. He spent one year of his PhD studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management as a special student and at MIT Leadership Center as a researcher.
He conducted research on leadership and organizational culture during this period. In 2008, he won “The Best Young Researcher” award at an international conference in New Zealand. Dr. Bolat currently works as a researcher and faculty member at Bahcesehir University, a researcher at the Leadership for Learning Center at the University of Cambridge, a columnist at the Hurriyet Newspaper and a project coordinator at the Turkish Education Foundation. He serves as a board member on many NGOs. He consults companies and schools in Turkey on leadership, organizational culture and change. He is a sought-after speaker at companies, schools, organizations and events. He talks about leadership, happiness and achievement. He gave more than 100 talks last year in different events. His column reaches more than 200.000 readers daily.