Dr. Erkin Ekrem was born on 21 January 1964 in the Chinese city of Lanzhou and studied there till the end of high school. Between 1981-1986 he got his bachelors degree from Xinjiang Chinese Medical Faculity (todays XinJiang Medical University) and worked as a orthopedist in Xinjiang City Hospital between 1986-1991. On December 1991 he moved to Turkey and between 1993-1995 he did his masters degree in Hacettepe University Department of History. Between 1995-2003 he did his PhD in the same university. Since 1999 he has been working in the same department and he currently is an Associate Professor at the Department of History, Hacettepe University. Aside from his academic tasks, he has been working in thinktank organizations as Asia and Far East specialist.