On Sunday 13th November 2022, the sounds of panic filled the streets of Istanbul. As smoke waded through the streets, the devastation emerged – over 80 injured and 6 dead – a young child and her father, a teenager with her mother and a married couple – all tragically lay lifeless on the once well-trodden road.
As the nation felt an uncomfortable familiarity to the shock, many started to reflect on the deeper questions at play.
Today I am joined by my dear friend Serbülent Sengün, Turkish Author and CEO of a leading firm, who guides me through the questions that redefine the concepts of identity and importantly, touches on the fabric of existence in the face of volatility.
About Serbulent Sengun
Serbulent was born in Ankara Turkey, but was schooled in 4 countries, 5 cities, 7 schools until he graduated from high school. Serbulent majored in Political Science at Middle East Technical University, and later on went on get a MBA, and a degree in Football Management.
He worked in various industries such as banking, foreign trade, jewellery, consulting, football basketball and law, and currently works as a general manager in a major legal company in Istanbul. He is an amateur musician who tries to play the bass, guitar and sing. He also has a book in Turkish, about the pre-global world in the 80s, which is a musical in a way.
About the Global Indian Series:
My name is Rajan Nazran Chief Explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO) and liberal minds, because let’s face it, we are everywhere!
For over 15 years I have travelled across the globe deep diving into 60+ countries whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.
Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for the ideas that re-shape a nation.
My purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, join in as we bring people and communities together.
Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together. Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express through to the CNBC network.
How to get involved:
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Presenter – Rajan Nazran
Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth
Guest: Serbulent Sengun
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