Dr Başak Akdemir is the Chief Executive of MLA College and Chief Operating Officer of BAU Global.

She has worked within the maritime industry and academia, served as the managing partner of a ship owning company and acted as a Board Member in the Turkish Chamber of Shipping and a member of the Board of Governors at Piri Reis University. She is a board of trustee member of Turkish Maritime Education Foundation.

Dr Akdemir was awarded a PhD from De Montfort University with the thesis "Improving Supply Forecasting within the Shipping Industry"; the forecasting model developed in this programme of study made use of neural networks and employed novel methods to identify sudden changes in the market. It provided a mechanism of corrective action for when the fluctuations in the market were considered excessive.

Dr Akdemir has been a key team member of several EU related projects, including Maider, SURPASS, MariEMS, and has been involved in the evaluation of successful projects including SeaTALK, ECOLREGS and ACTSPlus. She is currently the coordinator of a number of national and European funded education and research projects.