Faculty Members


Professor Aylin EGE (Ph.D.)

Aylin Ege is a professor of economics at the Department of Economics of OSTİM Technical University.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in management from the Middle East Technical University (METU), a Master’s Degree in Economics from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, another Master’s Degree in Economics and a PhD in economics from the University of Kent (UK). She worked at different departments of the State Planning Organization of Turkey during the 1972-1993 period. She served as the head of economic policies group of the Directorate General for EU Affairs in the same organization between 1988 and 1993, where she was responsible for coordination of the work on Turkey’s adaptation to the EU economic system and policies and was a member of the Turkish delegation in various negotiations with the EU. She worked at the Department of Economics of METU during the 1993-2017 period and additionally she was an executive board member of the Center for European Studies of METU for 16 years. She is experienced in teaching economics of European integration, macroeconomics and microeconomics courses. Her interest areas are economics of European integration, globalization and regional economic integration. She has numerous international and national publications, conference presentations and was involved in many projects.

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Professor Sabri TEKİR (Ph.D.)

Professor Sabri Tekir graduated from Ege University, Faculty of Economic and Commercial Sciences, Department of Economics and London University, Department of Political Economy. He was a visiting professor at the George Mason University Public Choice Research Institute in the USA. He served as lecturer and Rector's advisor at Hoca Ahmet Yesevi University in Kazakhstan, and as a lecturer and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at Girne American University, TRNC. He served as the Head of Finance Department at Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences; he worked as the Founding Manager of Celal Bayar University Salihli Vocational High School; served as the Founding Rector of the International Black Sea University of Tbilisi and served as the Deputy of Izmir and the State Ministry in charge of Economy. During this period, he worked as a Member of the Parliamentary Budget Committee, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and a spokesperson, a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a member of the Turkish Group of OSCE, a member of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. He worked as a dean at Izmir University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. He has many books and articles published. He speaks English and Arabic.

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Professor Murat Ali YÜLEK (Ph.D.)

Prof. Dr. Murat YÜLEK is a member of advisory councils, various national and international economic and business institutions. He holds and has held high level executive responsibilities in financial and non-financial corporations including as director and chairman. He has held developmental and business responsibilities including macroeconomics, project finance, corporate finance in various countries in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia with tenures at institutions including the International Monetary Fund, the Islamic Development Bank and the Turkish Prime Ministry. He undertook consultancy assignments at the World Bank, EBRD, UNCTAD and advised public and private institutions in various countries. He has authored or led financial, macroeconomic, sectoral studies, impact, feasibility and financial valuation studies.

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Assist. Prof. Faruk CÖMERT (Ph.D.)

Faruk CÖMERT graduated from Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul as a Mechanical Engineer, received his Master’s Degree on Industrial Engineering from the Institute of Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Gazi University, Ankara and had his PhD from Istanbul University Institute of Social Sciences on Social Policy. He also studied “Business Management Training for Engineers” at Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences. Formerly he was a construction engineer at Istanbul GAMAK Electric Motors Inc., project and maintenance engineer at Black Sea Copper Works, project evaluation and privatization expert at Privatization Administration, chief of division and treasury expert at General Directorate of Foreign Investment, Undersecretariat of Treasury, and foreign trade expert at the Ministry of Economy. Furthermore, he served as a member of the board of directors and auditors in behalf of the public in various companies and as an additional task, member of the Automotive Preparation Group in Turkish Standards Institution (TSE) and as a technical expert in Turkish Accreditation Agency (TURKAK). More recently, he served as the vice president, member of board and acting chairman of the board at the Turkish Information and Communication (Telecommunications) Authority and later, served as a commercial consellor in Luanda (Angola) and Budapest (Hungary) at the Turkish Embassies. His expertise is mainly on foreign investment, privatization, foreign trade, supporting of investments, and regulations on telecommunications (information technologies and communication).

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Assist. Prof. Güler MANISALI DARMAN (Ph.D.)

Dr. Guler Manisali-Darman is a graduate of Management from METU-(Middle East Technical University) and has her PhD on Accounting and Finance from Baskent University in Turkey. Dr. Manisali-Darman was the Executive Director of ICC Turkish National Committee from 1980 to 1988. She then worked as the CFO and CEO of eminent groups in private sector. Dr. Manisali-Darman is the author of the “Corporate Governance Worldwide” published in 2004 in Paris by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Dr. Manisali-Darman also lectured on Corporate Governance in Middle East Technical University, Bilkent University Executive MBA program and İzmir Economy University MBA program. She is the Founder, Chair of Corporate Governance and Sustainability Center (CGS Center) in Turkey.

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Assist. Prof. Murat TURGUT (Ph.D.)

Murat Turgut is a Faculty Member at OSTİM Technical University at Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. He previously gave lectures at undergraduate and graduate levels in macroeconomics and international finance at Nişantaşı University and Istanbul Commerce University. In his professional life, he served as a senior consultant and manager at institutions such as Türk Telekom, TMSF, TRT, and served as General Manager and Board of Directors at the Central Registry Agency within Borsa Istanbul. He made his PhD thesis on “Effects of Global Liquidity More on National Economies” and also made academic contributions on “Complaint Management”, “Rating Institutions”, “Securitization” in parallel with his professional life. He has made current economic comments in many media outlets and has several seminars on technical analysis.

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Assist. Prof. Ali Ulvi OZGUL (Ph.D.)

Having completed his undergraduate studies at the Management Department of Boğaziçi University with honors degree, Dr. Ali Ulvi Özgül started his career in textiles sector. After getting extensive training and experience in manufacturing processes, international marketing, and foreign trade, he has hold various managerial positions in finance since 2002. Getting hands-on professional and managerial expertise in financial management, financial/cost/managerial accounting, reporting, ERP projects, Dr. Ali Ulvi Özgül worked as Finance Manager/Director in group companies of Bereket Enerji Grubu A.Ş. (Aydem Enerji) He contributed to establishing the Group’s financial reporting department, thereby acquired vast knowledge on energy sector. Directing this end and his interest in the sector to academic platform, he has obtained his Ph.D. degree from Pamukkale University in 2018 by his thesis on spot price models in electricity markets. Licensed with Energy Risk Professional (ERP®), CPA, and capital market certificates by Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), Union of Chambers of CPAs of Turkey (TURMOB) and Turkish Capital Markets Association (TSPB), Dr. Ali Ulvi Ozgul has proceedings and papers in national and international conferences and journals.          

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Research Assistant  H. E. CANDAN

Huzeyfe Erkam Candan completed his undergraduate education in Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Finance and continues his master's degree in Mülkiye. He worked as a volunteer coordinator in training programs and organizations on economic integrations.  He is interested in international foreign policy, international economic policies, financial markets, development economics, monetary policy and policy instruments. He researchs the effects of economic integraton on development, particulary in Turkey. He still continues his academic studies on the first term of industrial policies of the republic.

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Visiting Professors 


Professor J.G. (Hans) Wissema (Ph.D.)

Hans Johan Gooitzen Wissema is Professor Emeritus of innovation and entrepreneurship at the University o Technology in Delft, the Netherlands, and managing director of Wissema Consulting Ltd. He is educated in chemical engineering and control engineering in the UK and the Netherlands. He is management consultant in strategy, organization, R&D management and innovation. His areas of specialization are management of universities and professional service firms; higher education policy, creation of new technology-based firms, academic entrepreneurship, innovation policy in government and management of innovation in enterprises, strategy, organizational structure, and management of change. He is the author of sixteen professional books (plus reprints and translations) and numerous articles. His latest book is Towards the Third Generation University, published in English, Turkish, Polish, Bulgarian, Macedonian and Russian. His current research focus is on the impact of artificial intelligence on learning. He is a regular international speaker in the fields of higher education and entrepreneurship. He is the co-­founder of YesDelft, the incubator of TU Delft, now one of the largest in Europe. He established entrepreneurship centers in a number of countries. He is a seasoned coach and counsel of entrepreneurs-­to-­be and start-­ups.




Assist. Prof. Haluk Akdoğan (Ph.D.) 

Haluk Akdoğan is the founder and managing partner of Gaussian Holdings LLC, United States since 2015 to present. He graduated from Hacettepe University with a major in economics and a minor in  econometrics. He has a PhD in financial economics from the City University of New York. He taught economics/finance as an adjunct lecturer at several colleges while pursuing PhD. He worked as an assistant professor of economics and finance at Bilkent University, Department of Economics and as an assistant professor of finance at Boston University, School of Management, USA. He has academic articles on portfolio choice, international investments and international integration of capital markets published in various refereed journals, as well as a book titled Integration of Capital Markets: Theory and Empirical Evidence, published by Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. Before establishing Gaussian Holdings LLC, he worked at Citi London as director, EMEA analyst; at ING Barings, London as managing director/global head of EM Equity Research, where he had overseen no.1 ranked research team; and at Wood & Co., London and New York as managing director.




Assist. Prof. Piergiuseppe Fortunato (Ph.D.)

Piergiuseppe Fortunato is currently an economist at the United Nation Conference for Trade and Development where he leads projects on economic integration and Global Value Chains. He has worked at the United Nations in both New York and Geneva. In the past he held academic positions at the University of Bologna and the Universitè de Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne). His research interests include economic development, political economics and international trade. In these fields he has published in journals like the Journal of Economic Growth, The Economic Journal and the European Economic Review. He is also heavily involved in policy-oriented research; he edited a volume on post-conflict recovery for Bloomsbury Academic, published on policy journals like Global Policy and regularly contributes to several blogs.





Rehan Chaudhri 

Rehan Chaudhri is CEO of Peak XV Advisors and is a global investor in the technology. health care, and emerging energy sectors. He is a retired principal and former portfolio manager. at Altrinsic Global Advisors. Prior to Altrinsic. he was a portfolio manager for Lazard Asset Management, on its $30 billion investment fund. His previous investment experience includes Brandywine Asset Management’s (Legg Mason group company) global and international funds as a Managing Director as well as a telecommunications equity research analyst for Morgan Stanley. He began his career as a technology and strategy management consultant and worked for Booz. Ailen & Hamilton. A graduate of McGilI University in Montreal, and he received his M.B.A. from the Wharton School.





Bayram TUNCER (M.Sc.)

In 1983, he received his Master's Degree in Applied Economics from American University, Washington DC, USA. In 1979, he graduated from George Washington University, Washington DC, USA, from the Department of Business Administration (Finance). Between 1984 and 1990, he worked as a Financial Expert and Investment Specialist at Islamic Development Bank (Jeddah-Saudi Arabia). He worked as Finance Director in a private company between 1990-1994 and International Finance and Banking Consultancy in Ankara Metropolitan Municipality. Between 1994 and 2017, he served as the General Manager, Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Executive Board and Managing Partnership, responsible for the Finance and Bank Relations fields of several large companies in Izmir and Istanbul. He currently serves as the Chief Executive of Finance at Grand Medikal Grup A.G. and teaches courses in economics as a part-time lecturer.