FİKRET ALİ CEYHAN was born in Istanbul in 1993. After graduating from the Hasan Ali Yücel Primary School, he began attending Robert College in 2007, where he is currently a 12th grade student. He has taken part in many social and academic activities during his four years at Robert College. He was a columnist for the school magazine Martı (Seagull), and did volunteer work for Turmepa (Turkish Marine Environment Protection Association), the Beşiktaş Municipality, and the French Elderly Charity  House. His interest in history led him to win the “Feyyaz Berker Award” with his project on Universal Values of Atatürk and Peace. He was awarded with certificates of high honors during his summer studies at Harvard and Boğaziçi Universities, and has successfully completed his internship in the energy sector at Marmara TUBİTAK (The Scientific and Research Council of Turkey) in the Institute of Energy. He plans to continue studying physics in the U.S.

Fikret Ali Ceyhan’s family members live in different parts of the world, and their stories reflect a desire to learn about and interact with different cultures. In particular, Fikret Ali Ceyhan was deeply touched by the story of his great-great-grandfather, Ottoman bureaucrat Mehmet Celal Bey. At a time when peace is of paramount importance, he wants to relay the story of his ancestor, who witnessed an important era and whose humanity led him to risk his own life and position to make the right decisions at difficult times.