Prof. Dr. Yasemin Açık was born in Elazığ. She completed her primary, secondary and high school education in the same city and received her BA degree from Hacettepe University. She has an MA degree from Fırat University where she gave lectures. In 1999, she received the title of Associate Professor, and in 2005 she received the title of Professor of Public Health. She served as the Head of Department of Public Health, at Fırat University Faculty of Medicine, between 1998 and 2011.
In 1997, she worked in department of Public Health and Epidemiology at Nottingham University Medical Faculty in the UK. Prof. Dr. Açık, who has more than 400 scientific essays, is interested in maternal and infant health, social status of women, violence against women, women in business, child abuse, healthy cities, environmental health, tobacco, alcohol and addictive substances. Açık, who is also a founding member of the Association for Health Improving and Struggle against Smoking (1991), is currently the chairwoman.
Professor Dr. Açık was awarded with the “Supporting Tobacco Law” Awards due to her successful studies at improving and struggle against smoking by Minister of Health Professor Dr. Recep Akdag in 2009. She has been involved in the struggle against smoking for nearly 27 years. She is also member of the National Tobacco Control Board of the Ministry of Health and a member of the National Committee on Cigarette Health.
Prof. Dr. Açık is a shareholder of companies in many sectors such as construction, tourism, energy, cement, oil fuel, media, sports and health.
Prof. Dr. Açık is currently President of Elazığ Businesswomen Association and Vice President of FIRATSİFED (Fırat Federation of Industry and Business). She is also taking part in activities at many non-governmental organizations and is the President of Health Improving and Struggle against Smoking, board member at Whole Life Women and Breeding Health Association, board member at Fırat Development Agency, member of Ministry of Health National Tobacco Control Committee, President of ETSO (Elazığ Chamber of Commerce and Industry) Entrepreneur Women Committee (One Period), member of Elazığ City Council, board member of Elazığ Sports Club Football Club (Three Period), vice president of Elazığ Tennis Specialization Club.
Açık was the Vice President of TÜRKONFED and Chairwoman of TÜRKONFED’s Women in Business World Commission between 2015 – 2018. In this period, she organized “Role of Women in Sustainable Economy” Summit in 2016 and “The Role of Women in Sustainable Development Goals” Summit in 2017 in cooperation with TÜRKONFED-UNDP-UN Women. She contributed to the UN Women Conference in New York. She supported publication of the Third TÜRKONFED Women in the Business World Report.
In 2018, she retired from her post at the university, focusing her attention on business and NGO work. In 2016 she made the largest private sector investment in Eastern Anatolia Region during the Republican History of Turkey by establishing Seza Cement INC. She is currently the Chairwomen of the company’s board of directors.
Dr. Açık, is married with two children and speaks English.