Dr. Kucukozmen has started his official career at the Central Bank of Turkey in 1986. He holds a BSc in Economics from Dokuz Eylül University, İzmir, 1984. He holds an MSc degree on European Economics and Finance from Loughborough University of Technology, UK (1995) and a PhD degree in Finance, Exeter University, UK (2000).
Upon completing his PhD research he joined to the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BRSA) the supervisory body for Turkish banking system in 2000, and worked there as a deputy head of department of risk management; research department and acting deputy head of human resource management department. He then returned to Central Bank in 2005 after serving five-year at the BRSA. He left the Central Bank of Turkey at 2010 for academic life. He also taught as a part-time lecturer at the Financial Mathematics Department of the Institute of Applied Mathematics in Middle East Technical University.
He is a regular columnist in the weekly newspaper called Economic Solutions (Ekonomik Çözüm) writing on current issues in banking, finance and economics. He regularly makes weekly comments on financial markets on television. Dr. Kucukozmen is also the producer of a television program (live broadcast, a regional TV channel, SKY TV) called Inside the Economics (Ekonomiden). Dr. Küçüközmen has been elected as the Chairman of Aegean Finance Association on November 2015 for a 3-year term. Dr. Kucukozmen is now a full time lecturer at the International Trade and Finance Department of Izmir University of Economics.
Dr. Kucukozmen has actively taken place in numerous projects as well as consultancy, mentoring and business education and training activities. His main areas of interest are banking and financial markets (in particular Basel regulations and implementation), internal controls, financial econometrics, risk management and measurement, graphical data-mining and data visualization.