Advisory Board

Vedat Akgiray

Vedat Akgiray

Vedat Akgiray is currently a Professor of Finance at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is also the Director of the Center for Research in Financial Regulation and Corporate Governance at the same university. Since 1985, he taught at various universities in Turkey and the U.S.A. During the period 1991 – 2009, he served as a professor of finance at Boğaziçi University… Full Bio

Tayfun Bayazıt

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1980, Tayfun Bayazıt received an MBA degree from Columbia University in Finance and International Business. Beginning his banking career at Citibank in 1983, he subsequently worked in senior executive positions within Çukurova Group for 13 years, including Yapı Kredi Bank (Senior Executive Vice President and Executive Committee Member), Interbank (CEO) and Banque de Commerce et de Placements S.A. Switzerland (President and CEO). In 1999…  Full Bio


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Marcello Bianchi

Marcello Bianchi is the Chairman of the OECD Corporate Governance Committee since 2007. He has been a member of the Committee since its establishment in 1997, participating to the elaboration of the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance and to their revision in 2004… Full Bio

Yakup Ergincan

Upon receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from Department of Business Administration, Marmara University (1990), Masters Degree on “Accounting & Finance” from the same university (1995) and MBA degree from University of Michigan Business School (1998), he received his Ph.D. in Banking from Marmara University (2001). He obtained Associate Professorship Degree in “Accounting & Finance” from the Council of Turkish Universities (2009).After having worked as a teaching assistant… Full Bio


Ümit Hergüner

Ümit Hergüner

Ümit Hergüner has established his own law firm in 1989. He also taught Business Law, Business and Organization, Special Counsel on Foreign Law at Koç University Graduate School of Business, Marmara University, School of Business Administration, and at Reid & Priest, Attorneys at Law, New York and Istanbul University School of Law. Mr. Hergüner holds a law degree from Istanbul University School of Law (Law Diploma, 1979; Graduate Legal Studies, 1980-1982)… Full Bio

Mats Isaksson

Mats Isaksson is Head of the Corporate Affairs division at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). His responsibilities include corporate governance, state-owned enterprises, equity markets, company law, privatization, dispute resolution and other policy areas of importance to a sound and dynamic business environment… Full Bio



Hideki Kanda

Hideki Kanda is Professor of Law at the University of Tokyo in Japan. His main areas of specialization include commercial law, corporate law, banking regulation and securities regulation. Mr. Kanda served as Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago Law School (1989, 1991, 1993 and 2006), Harvard Law School (1996) and University of Pennsylvania Law School (2012)… Full Bio

İlhami Koç

İlhami Koç graduated from Ankara University, Department of International Relations in 1986 and started his career at İşbank as Assistant Auditor.In 1994, he was appointed as the Vice President in the Securities Department of İşbank. Following the foundation of Is Investment, he was appointed… Full Bio


Ira M. Millstein

Ira M. Millstein

Ira M. Millstein is a senior partner at the international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he practices in the areas of government regulation and antitrust law. He now counsels boards on issues of corporate governance. In addition to his active legal practice, Mr. Millstein is chair… Full Bio

Oğuzhan Özbaş

Oğuzhan Özbaş is Yapı Kredi Associate Professor of Finance at Koç University. He studies corporate finance, corporate investment, internal capital allocation, organizational economics, and corporate governance. His research has been published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies has been profiled in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal… Full Bio


Selim Sühan Seçkin

After completing his high school education at Robert College, İstanbul (1976) and his graduate study at Boğaziçi University Department of Management (1982), Selim Sühan Seçkin started his career at IBM-Amsterdam and then he acted as the founding partner of Toros Securities Inc. In 2005 he ended his partnership with Toros Securities and founded Saha Rating Inc. which is the first rating agency in Turkey. Currently, he is the chair of Saha Rating. Full Bio

Mine Uğurlu

Mine Uğurlu is currently Professor of Finance at Department of Management at Boğaziçi University. She is also the   Director of Executive MBA program since 2013, after serving as a board member for eleven years. Professor Uğurlu has graduated from Üsküdar American Academy , an  American Board School, and received her bachelor’s degree and MBA degree in Management at Middle East Technical University. After five…  Full Bio



Erik P.M. Vermeulen

Erik P.M. Vermeulen is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC). He is also Senior Counsel Corporate of Philips (a technology company) in the Netherlands. Much of his current research focuses on the life cycle of a company – from idea to fully mature company, the sources of capital available at each stage of a company’s development, and the role of corporate governance in encouraging innovation and maintaining an entrepreneurial… Full Bio

Cüneyt Yüksel

Cüneyt Yüksel got his law degree from Istanbul University Law Faculty (1991). He took his second M.A degree and his PhD in law at Harvard University Graduate School of Law. He continued his research and gave several courses at Harvard. He was awarded the Harvard University Graduates Special Award which only two students are nominated to take each year; and a special award of academic excellence by Stanford University Full Bio

Cüneyt Yüksel

Cem Avcı

Cem Avcı  is currently a Professor of Civil Engineering at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. His research has focused in environmental and social impact assessment and quantification in oil and gas upstream projects, energy and infrastructure investment projects conducted in Turkey. He has worked with the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization in development of regulatory framework related to waste management and contaminated land management….Full Bio