SI-UK Cyprus Staff
Director SI-UK Cyprus & Senior Education Counsellor
Ahmet Ataner, a Cypriot national with BBA from the American University of Beirut and an MBA from Eastern Mediterranean University. Mr. Ataner has worked as a Senior Lecturer, International Office Director and General Secretary of the European University of Lefke. He is a highly experienced manager having coordinated international collaborative partnerships and International student recruitment for the European University of Lefke. He has also worked as the General Manager and CEO of the Development Bank and as the National Director and CEO at the SOS Children Village, Kinderdorf International. Mr. Ataner has significant international experience having represented his institutions in more than 35 countries around the world. Mr. Ataner owns and has run the study abroad education consultancy business Ataner Danışmanlık, in North Cyprus since 2014 and with 35 years of experience in business and education sectors, recruiting students for overseas study.
Mrs. Gönül Ataner
Senior Education Counsellor
Mrs. Gönül Ataner has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the American University of Beirut. She has extensive experience in banking, translation and visa and university applications. Mrs Ataner has many years of education counselling experience.
Marketing Manager, English Language & IELTS Trainer, Sr. Education Counselor
Mert Ataner, a Cypriot National with BA/TEFL from the University of Essex and MA/TEFL from the University of Birmingham. Mr. Mert Ataner has worked as an English Teacher for 10 years at the Near East College. During his teaching years at the NEC, he carried out many projects and took roles in different bodies such as the Honorary Committee of the school, Discipline Committee of the High School, Summer schools and camps, and other social and academic projects. Also, he became the host of all graduation ceremonies of the college (2013-2017) and the grand opening, first graduation ceremony and the groundbreaking ceremony of the University of Kyrenia. He is a highly experienced English Language Teacher who has been teaching English to all levels and all ages and specialised in IELTS Exam. In addition to his teaching experience, Mert Ataner has taken part and led many Summer and Language School projects and is organising International Summer trips for young students. He is also the Marketing Manager of SI-UK Cyprus and leading all the marketing strategies, advertisements, and other campaigns of SI-UK in Cyprus.
Senior Education Counsellor & ELC Teacher
Asil Ataner has a BA degree in TEFL from the University of Essex and a master’s degree in ELT from the University of Warwick in the UK where he is specialized in ICT and multimedia. During his undergraduate and postgraduate education, he was active in societies and students’ unions where he supported thousands of international students about student life in the UK before starting his professional career in this field. He believes that motivation and teamwork are crucial in an organization. For this reason, during his previous experience in both his professional career and his years in education he developed related skills for maintaining effective team-work while being a fast and efficient individual worker at the same time. As his master’s degree was in the field of ICT and multimedia in ELT, he is supporting students’ English proficiency levels with the latest technology and methodologies. Besides of his educational background and experience in the UK, he provides students all required information about all aspects of student life in the UK as he travelled all over the UK in 4 years during his studies. Therefore, he has completely grasped how to use the time effectively for overcoming all difficult assignments and taking an active role in societies at the same time. Before this position at SI-UK Cyprus, he has been teaching English (especially IELTS exam preparation) and consulting students (about life and universities in the UK) at Ataner Consultancy. Currently as the senior education counsellor and ELC teacher at SIUK CYPRUS, he transfers his distinctive knowledge in English and his valuable experience to his students.
Administrative Officer and Ed. Counsellor
Sibel Bahçeci has a B.Sc. degree in Psychology from the Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus, while completing her BSc degree she also took part as a research assistant. Sibel also has a Master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology from Birkbeck, University of London. While her degree she has conducted a research about "Emotion processing and working memory load; resource competition in an adaptation paradigm" for her graduation thesis. Sibel is experienced in personal statement editing and UCAS applications.