Management Team

MonitorCRO Dr. Oğuz AKBAŞ

Dr. Oğuz AKBAŞ, MD PhD in Pharmacology

Managing Director

Dr Akbas has 28 years of experience in the Turkish Pharmaceutical Sector. He obtained his Medical and Pharmacology Doctorate degrees in 1981 and 1985 respectively.

After 9 years of managerial positions in pharmaceutical organisations and serving as a freelance consultant on regulatory affairs for 2 years, he became a freelance study monitor in 1996. At the start he was mainly engaged in Bioequivalance studies. Then the services he provided diversified into site monitoring and project management. These successful engagements later resulted in the foundation of MonitorCRO in 1999.

In 2000 the very first GCP training session was conducted for investigators and Ethics Committee members in Turkey by Dr Akbaş in cooperation with other international organisations. In line with his pioneering efforts and as a main contributor for GCP trainings, in 2003 Dr Akbaş became a leading member of AKADEMIKA (www.akademika.org) team. He has been involved in the training of 1500 + investigators in Turkey. Furthermore together with the team, he has been training investigators from Middle Eastern, Asian and North African countries.

He also acts as the Managing Director of MonitorCro since 2013.

MonitorCRO Gülçin OTARAN

Gülçin OTARAN, MSc Agricultural Engineering

General Manager

Gülçin has 36 years of work experience in Sales, Marketing, HR and General management roles mainly in services consultancy and IT areas in government, local and multinational organisations. She has started businesses from scratch, developing business plans and strategies, putting them into action and achieving results both in a multinational environment and on a private level. Her collaboration with MonitorCRO started in 2013 as a Management Consultant. She assumed General Management Role in June 2015.


MonitorCRO Nurşan Özaykut Gün


Clinical Trial Administration Manager

Nurşan has 17 years of work experience in chemical and pharmaceutical industries. She joined MonitorCRO in 1998. She received her Good Clinical Practice Certificate from Ministry of Health in 2010 with an outstanding result amongst all other CRO’s participants. Following this achievement she became the manager of Clinical Trial Administration team in 2011.

MonitorCRO Aslı Eryılmaz

Aslı ERYILMAZ, MSc Pharmacology

Clinical Project Manager

Aslı became a Project manager in 2011. She is responsible for leading Phase I-IV and noninterventional studies. She trained 20+ junior CRAs who are still in this sector working successfully. She received her MSc degree in medical pharmacology from Marmara University in 2014.

MonitorCRO M. Vedat Katıtaş


Finance & Administration Manager

Vedat graduated from university in 2006 and obtained his CPA qualification in 2013. He has 9 years of work experience in banking, finance and accounting positions in finance, automotive, media and pharmaceutical sectors. He joined MonitorCRO in 2013.

MonitorCRO Ali Serkan TOPAL

Ali Serkan TOPAL

IT, Security & Purchasing Specialist

Serkan obtained his Electrical Technician Degree in 1992 from Sultan Ahmet Occupational Highschool. In 1993 he successfully completed Programming and IT Administration Certificate from Ministry of Education approved institution in Istanbul. He has been working as an IT administrator mainly in services sector since 1993. He joined MonitorCRO in 2009 as an IT administrator. Then his responsibilities have been extended to security and purchasing areas.

MonitorCRO B.Murat ÖZDEMİR

B. Murat ÖZDEMİR, MSc Veterinary Medicine

Medical Writer

Murat graduated from University of Istanbul, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Following his graduation from university, he worked in various positions in the pharmaceutical industry in Turkey until 2004. He gained majority of his experience in pharmaceutical research during his employment in leading CROs in Canada in pre-clinical research, pharmacokinetics, data management and reporting roles between 2004 and 2012. He joined MonitorCRO in 2012 as a medical writer.



Human Resources Executive

Aslin graduated from Kocaeli University, Biology department in 2011. After her graduation she started working in medical research area. She joined MonitorCRO in 2013 as a human resources specialist. She is currently involved in internal human resources affairs and leading Site Coordinator operations for our customers.