Biography

 

‘Everyone will be briefly famous some day’  Ayşegül Ekinci

 ‘Human stories interest me the most. Not the stories they tell, but the ones they don’t!’  Ayşegül Ekinci

‘Going from engineering to journalism was coincidental for me but there is no such thing as coincidence in life!’ Ayşegül Ekinci

Ayşegül Ekinci, one of the most important international representatives of the Turkish press, is one of the rare journalists who has interviewed more than two thousand internationally renowned figures, each one a brand of his/her own in politics, science, sports, business and popular culture, including Hollywood stars. Ayşegül Ekinci first made a name for herself with exclusive news reporting from the Guantanamo Military Base in Cuba in 2002 and went on to serve as the London representative of national media outlets such as Hürriyet daily and CNNTÜRK and Kanal D TV stations while she was based in London. Ekinci also wrote for the digital platforms of Hürriyet daily, CNNTÜRK and Kanal D News as well as a column in Kelebek, the popular supplement of Hürriyet daily.

Ayşegül Ekinci gained international recognition with her reporting and interviews with world-renowned figures, which were featured in printed / visual / digital media.

The hundreds of figures that Ekinci personally interviewed include the likes of Professor Stephen Hawking, Tony Blair, Barack Obama, Gordon Brown, Margaret Thatcher, Julian Assange, Bernie Eccleston, Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, Angelina Jolie, Rihanna, Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman, Leonardo Di Caprio, Jude Law, Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Amanda Seyfried, Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman, Matthew McConaughey, Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Jamie Foxx, Samuel Jackson, Naomi Campbell, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Jack Nicholson, Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone among many others.

Her interview series titled ‘The World’s Renowned Figures with Ayşegül Ekinci’ has created a lot of buzz with the comments made by the interviewees.

Following a visit in disguise by the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson to two orphanages in Turkey, which caused a political scandal between the two countries, Ekinci interviewed her in London where the Duchess apologized to Turkey, becoming an example of Ekinci’s mark on Turkish journalism.

 

‘Human stories interest me the most. Not the stories they tell, but the ones they don’t!’  Ayşegül Ekinci

 

Another of her ground breaking interviews was with Professor Stephen Hawking, the iconic scientist with ALS, at the University of Cambridge in his private study where he shared his views about God’s existence.
Ayşegül Ekinci is not only known for her exclusive interviews with Hollywood and world stars, but also for her reporting and investigations in conflict zones.

Ayşegül Ekinci stayed for months in Pakistan to witness a period when Benazir Bhutto, the former Pakistani prime minister and leader of the PPP, returned to her country from exile. She travelled extensively in Pakistan and Afghanistan and together with her team entered the madrasahs, which closed their doors to the press after the attacks of September 11, and of particular importance the Akottak Khattak Madrasah on the Afghanistan border. With her exclusive coverage, she was deemed worthy of a journalism award by TGC (Journalists Association of Turkey).
Ayşegül Ekinci also witnessed an era in Pakistan, where state of emergency was declared at the time, when she entered the Lal Madrasah in Islamabad and interviewed the madrasah’s administrators.

In an exclusive interview with the Al-Qaeda-linked Sharia Supporters Organization’s European Leader Abu Abdullah, Ekinci questioned the unknown facts about the London attacks of 2005.

After yet another exclusive interview, this time with Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange in London, Ayşegül Ekinci pointed out that WikiLeaks would leak information about Turkey months before they actually did.

Starting in 2014, Ayşegül Ekinci has been giving ‘Media Conferences with Ayşegül Ekinci’ in journalism and communications schools and sharing her experiences in international news / world media / social media and the new press as well as their functions.
Ayşegül Ekinci travels across the world for charity work as she continues to report and conduct interviews on the latest medical innovations and treatments.

Education

After graduating from university as an Industrial Engineer, Ayşegül Ekinci started a doctorate program on thermodynamics at the Warwick University (UK) but a year later she decided not to pursue an academic career and earned a Master’s degree.

As she continued to attend various programs on engineering technology in the UK and the United States and worked on her dissertation on factory organization, an interview with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair changed the path of her career.
Ekinci summarizes her career change as ‘one of the most important decisions I made and the greatest adventure of my life’.

Ayşegül Ekinci

Interests and Other Work

Ayşegül Ekinci, who discovered the wisdom of the human body when she was still a child, adopts personal development as her life philosophy because of her belief in the unity of the mind, body and soul.
Ekinci, who has attended seminars and trainings in countries such as the UK, the US, Hungary, Greece and Brazil, studies these teachings not only as a philosophy but also in scientific and theoretical sense. Also, helps people on regular base to keep in touch with their inner wisdom.

Ayşegül Ekinci is a lecturer , teacher and practitioner in the following body mind soul modalities ;

Usui Reiki
Kundalini Reiki
Silver Violet Flame Reiki
Tera Mai Reiki
Cosmic Energy Healing
Quantum Frequency  Biofeedback Therapies

  • 2002
  • Guantanamo Navy Base, Cuba, exclusive reporting/interview
  • Exclusive interview with Ex-Prime Minister, Tony Blair
  • 2003
  • Exclusive interviews with well known sports people:
    – Rafael Benitez
    – Jose Mourinho
    – John Terry
    – Thieery Henry
    – Amir Khan
    – Peter Schmeichel
    – Arsen Wenger
    – Tugay KerimogluExclusive interviews with Hollywood faces:- George Clooney
    – Angelina Jolie
    – Anthony Hopkins
    – Amanda Seyfried
    – Aston Kutcher
    – Ben KingsleyExclusive interviews with Politicans:- Tony Blair
    – Margaret Thatcher
    – Jack Straw
    – Boris Johnson
    – Asif Zardari
    – Benazir Butto
  • 2004
  • Exclusive interview with Rifat Esad (Older brother Hafiz Esad). Esad was in exile, Marbella, Spain
  • 2005
  • Exclusive interview with Ebu Abdullah, The leader of Sharia Supporters (Al Qaeda)
  • 2007
  • Covering on internal war / emergency situation in Pakistan from September to February. Ms Ekinci accompanied late Benazir Bhutto to Pakistan after 8 years of excile.
  • 2011
  • Exclusive interview with Formula 1 boss, Bernie Ecclestone
  • 2012
  • Exclusive interview with Professor Stephen HawkingExclusive interview with Rihanna
  • 2013
  • Exclusive interview with Naomi CampbellExclusive interview with Julian Assange (Wikileaks)
  • 2014
  • Covering Cannes Film FestivalExclusive interview with Matthew McConaughey
  • 2015
  • Exclusive interview and press coverage for John of God, BrazilExclusive interview with Hollywood faces:
    – Daniel Craig
    – Monica Bellucci
    – Ralph Fiennes
    – Harrison Ford
  • 2016
  • Exclusive interview with Hollywood faces:
    – Sylvester Stallone
    – Michael B. Jordan
    – Dakota Johnson
    – Rebel Wilson
    – Alison Brie
    – Leslie Mann
    – Chris Evans
    – Elizabeth Olsen
    – Scarlett Johansson
  • 2017
  • Exclusive interview with Hollywood faces:
    – Jaiver Bardem
    – Chris Pratt
    – Juliette Binoche
    – Monica Bellucci
    – Tom Hardy
    – Christopher Nolan
    – Ben Affleck
    – Henry Cavill
    – Amy Adams
    – Gal Gadot
    – Ezra Miller
    – Jason Momoa
    – Johnny Depp
    – Geoffrey Rush
    – Tom Cruise
    – Russell Crowe
    – Annabelle Wallis
    – Sofia Boutella
    – Jake Johnson
    – Courtney B. Vance
    – Kurt Russel
  • 2017
  • The first hijabi wearing model:
    – Halima Aden
  • 2017
  • Documentary on breakthrough treatment in India:
    – G Theraphy, Dr. Gunvant Oswal(inventor)
  • 2018
  • The fashion icon:
    – Tom Ford
  • The most controversial healer:
    – John of God, Brasil
  • The breakthrough stemcell treatments for Eternal Youth:
    – Dr. Tunç Tiryaki
  • Cognition and Critical Thinking True Research:
    – Prof. William Nelson, Budapest
  • Exclusive interview with Hollywood faces:
    – Alicia Vikander
    – Gary Oldman
    – Kristin Scott Thomas

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