Des. Ilker Gündoğan

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Research Fellow at ESSCA School of Management
Ruhr-Universität Bochum


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Des. Ilker Gündoğan obtained his Doctorate degree from the Ruhr University Bochum (2022) and is a research fellow at the ESSCA School of Management – EU*Asia Institute. From 2018 to 2022, he was awarded with a scholarship by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Des. Gündoğan’s Ph.D. dissertation focused on China’s football politics in the era of Xi Jinping.

Des. Gündoğan spent several periods in Beijing at Tsinghua University and in Shanghai at the ESSCA School of Management during his studies. He also completed an internship at the German Federal Foreign Office in Taipei, Taiwan, and contributed as an external researcher to projects on corporate innovation and internet infrastructure in China commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Federal Foreign Office.