*****With our agenda and list of participants still evolving, please note that new speakers and participants will be added as they are confirmed*****
Zeynep Bulutgil, Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Bhaskar Chakravorti, Senior Associate Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Malik Mufti, Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department, Tufts University
Soli Ozel, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Istanbul Kadir Has University
Elizabeth Prodromou, Visiting Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Arthur Sculley, Senior Fellow, Council on Emerging Market Enterprises, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Ibrahim Warde, Professor of Islamic Finance, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
The Honorable Ali Babacan, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey (invited)
Confirmed Speakers Include:
Daron Acemoglu, Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, MIT
Bekir Ağırdır, Middle East Technical University
Solen Altop, Director, Yatas Furtniture Company, Kayseri
Alexander Christie-Miller, Correspondent in Istanbul for The Christian Science Monitor
Nusret Comert, Advanced Leadership Fellow, Harvard University (invited)
Steven A. Cook, Council on Foreign Relations
Kemal Kirisci, Brookings Institution
John McCarthy, Chairman, ING Bank Istanbul
Mehmet Ogutcu, Chairman, Global Resources Corporation
Ambassador & The Honorable Francis J. Ricciardone
Cenk Sidar, CEO and President, Sidar Global Advisors
The Honorable Dr. Ali Sindi, Minister of Planning, Kurdistan Region, Iraq
Admiral James Stavridis, USN, Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Gunes Murat Tezcur, Associate Professor of Political Science, Loyola University
Gönül Tol, Founding Director, Middle East Institute’s Center for Turkish Studies
Ibrahim Turhan, Chairman & CEO of Borsa Istanbul
Kadir Üstün, SETA Foundation
Haluk Unal, Professor of Finance, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Joshua Walker, Director of Global Programs, APCO Worldwide
With our agenda and list of participants still evolving, please note that new speakers and participants will be added as they are confirmed.
Daron Acemoglu is the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the Economic Growth Program of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research. He is also affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Center for Economic Performance, the Center for Economic Policy Research, and Microsoft Research Center.
His research covers a wide range of areas within economics, including political economy, economic development and growth, human capital theory, growth theory, innovation, search theory, network economics and learning.
He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Econometric Society, the European Economic Association, and the Society of Labor Economists. He was also awarded the John Bates Clark Medal in 2005, given every two years to the best economist in the United States under the age of 40 by the American Economic Association, and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Utrecht.
Acemoglu's work has been published in leading scholarly journals, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, and Quarterly Journal of Economics.
He is also the coauthor of the the book Why Nations Fail with Harvard University professor James Robinson.
Acemoglu received a BA in economics at the University of York in 1989, an MSc in mathematical economics and econometrics at the London School of Economics in 1990, and a PhD in economics at the London School of Economics in 1992.
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Bekir Ağırdır is the general director of Konda, a prominent Istanbul-based research company.
Throughout his career, Ağırdır has held numerous high-level positions in various organizations. Prior to Konda, he worked at the History Foundation of Turkey first as coordinator, then as director general between 2003 and 2005. He also served as CEO and board member at PMB Akıllı Kart ve Bilgi Teknolojileri A.Ş. between 1999 and 2003. Before that he spent three years as Vice CEO at ATILIM Kağıt ve Defter Sanayi A.Ş.
Ağırdır is also a founder of the Democratic Republican Programme and an active member of several NGOs. He graduated from the Department of Business Administration at the Middle East Technical University.
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The Honorable Ali Babacan
On August 29, 2007, Ali Babacan was appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the 60th Government of the Republic of Turkey.
Babacan was first elected to Parliament in 2002 and appointed as the as the Minister of State in charge of Economy, a cabinet position he retained throughout the 58th and 59th Governments of the Republic of Turkey until August 2007. He is also a founding member of the Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Prior to joining the world of politics, Babacan spent eight years running his family business in Ankara from 1994 to 2002, returning to Turkey after spending two years working at a Chicago-based company providing financial consulting services to top executives of major banks in the United States.
Babacan earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Industrial Engineering from Middle East Technical University in Akara in 1989, finishing tops in his class. Following graduation, he attended the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois on a Fullbright Scholarship, earning his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing, Organizational Behavior and International Business in 2002.
He is married with two children.
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H. Zeynep Bulutgil is an Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. She was a postdoctoral research associate at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University from 2009-2011. Her general research interests include mass ethnic violence, comparative state formation, and civil wars. Her book manuscript, Territorial Conflict and Ethnic Cleansing: Europe and Beyond, develops a theory that explains the conditions under which states decide to deport or exterminate ethnic groups living in their territory. She received her doctorate from the University of Chicago in 2009.
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Bhaskar Chakravorti is the executive director of Fletcher's innovative Institute for Business in the Global Context and Center for Emerging Market Enterprises (CEME) and a professor of practice in International Business. Prior to Fletcher, he was a Partner of McKinsey & Company and a Distinguished Scholar at MIT's Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship. He also served on the faculty of the Harvard Business School and the Harvard University Center for the Environment. Over his 20+ year career as consultant and educator, he has advised more than 30 companies in the Fortune 500, policy-makers, investors, and entrepreneurs. His work has spanned multiple geographies: the Americas, EU, Asia, and Africa. At McKinsey, he was a leader of its Innovation and Global Forces practices and he served on the Firm's Knowledge Services Committee that oversees McKinsey Knowledge Centers, a 1,200 member group of researchers and analysts based in China, India, Belgium, and the US, among others. At Harvard, he taught innovation, entrepreneurship management, and new venture formation. Chakravorti's prior appointments include: partner and thought leader at Monitor Group; game theorist and member of the technical staff at Bellcore (formerly Bell Labs); assistant professor of economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and officer of TAS, the executive cadre for the Tata Group. Chakravorti's book, "The Slow Pace of Fast Change: Bringing Innovations to Market in a Connected World," Harvard Business School Press -- selected as one of the Best Business Books of the year by multiple publications and an Amazon.com best-seller on Innovation -- has been influential in many client and policy recommendations. He has published widely in both academic and widely read publications and has been invited to speak before academic, executive, and policy audiences and to the media around the world.
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Alexander Christie-Miller is a freelance journalist, writer, and photographer, based in Istanbul since 2010. He serves as Turkey correspondent for the Times of London, the Christian Science Monitor and Eurasianet.org. His work has also been published in The Atlantic, Der Spiegel, The Middle East Report, and Vice.
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Nusret Cömert is a Senior Advanced Leadership Fellow with Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative. Previously, he was the Managing Director, Royal Dutch Shell Group's Exploration & Production and Gas & Power activities in Turkey.
Having started his career in 1984, at Shell Company of Turkey at the Samsun Region Directorate, worked his way up through the company. In 1998, he had become the General Manager of Shell EP and Gas Turkey BV, where he was appointed to be the Executive Director in 2002. Cömert then served as Chairman of Shell Energy A.Ş, which was founded by himself.
His responsibilities included business development activities in the fields of natural gas and petroleum exploration and production in Middle East and Middle Asia and supply of natural gas to Turkey and Europe. He was responsible for Middle and Eastern Europe for a period.
After graduating from Çukurova University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cömert completed his graduate education in Management at Istanbul University in 1983. He also received his Leadership Education at IMD Business School in Lausanne in 2006.
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Steven A. Cook
Steven A. Cook is Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is an expert on Arab and Turkish politics as well as U.S.-Middle East policy. Dr. Cook is the author of The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square (Oxford University Press, Fall 2011), which won the Washington Institute for Near East Policy's gold medal for best book on the Middle East in 2012, and Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007).
Dr. Cook has published widely in a variety of foreign policy journals, opinion magazines, and newspapers. He currently writes the blog, "From the Potomac to the Euphrates."
Prior to joining CFR, Dr. Cook was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution (2001–2002) and a Soref research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (1995–96).
Dr. Cook holds a BA in international studies from Vassar College, an MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and both an MA and PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks Arabic and Turkish and reads French.
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Kemal Kirişci is the TÜSİAD senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States and Europe's Turkey Project at Brookings, with an expertise in Turkish foreign policy and migration studies.
Before joining Brookings, Kirişci was a professor of international relations and held the Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. His areas of research interest include EU-Turkish relations, Turkish foreign policy, European integration, asylum, border management, and immigration issues in the European Union, ethnic conflicts, and refugee movements.
His first paper for Brookings is entitled Turkey and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Boosting the Model Partnership with the United States. Kemal Kirişci is the author of several books on Turkey including Turkey and Its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition (co-authored with R. Linden et al; Lynne Reinner, 2011), Turkey In World Politics: An Emerging Multi-Regional Power (Co-edited with B. Rubin; Lynne Reinner, 2001) and The Kurdish Question and Turkey: An Example of a Trans-State Ethnic Conflict (co-authored with G. Winrow, Frank Cass; 1997).
Kirişci earned a Ph.D. in international relations from the City University, London, an M.A. in international relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England and a B.A. in finance and management from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. Kirişci has also extensively published articles on Turkish foreign policy, EU-Turkish relations and immigration in academic journals.
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Following his Army service, John T. McCarthy commenced his forty-two year international banking career with State Street Bank in Munich. Starting in 1976, he held senior executive positions at American Express Bank in New York, London, Bahrain, Dubai, Seoul and Istanbul. Since 1991 he has been CEO of ING Bank’s corporate, investment and consumer banking operations in Turkey and the Mideast Region. In 2007, he lead ING’s $ 3.0 billion acquisition of 100% of a major Turkish bank. McCarthy has served as ING Bank-Turkey’s chairman since.
Married to a Turkish woman, Aylin, he has one son, Sinan ( BA 2001 ). He has resided in Istanbul for twenty-eight years. McCarthy is also chairman of the US Fulbright Commission for Turkey, having been a boardmember since 1994.
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Malik Mufti is a Professor of International Relations and Chair of the Political Science department at Tufts University. He teaches courses on international relations as well as the politics of the Middle East.
He received a Ph.D. and an M. A. from Harvard University, an M.A. from Yale University and a B.A. from Middlebury College. He is the author of Sovereign Creations: Pan-Arabism and Political Order in Syria and Iraq (1996), and Daring and Caution in Turkish Strategic Culture: Republic at Sea (2009). He has also written shorter pieces on the domestic politics, international relations, and political thought of the Near East, including his latest two journal articles "Jihad as Statecraft: Ibn Khaldun on the Conduct of War and Empire" (History of Political Thought, Autumn 2009), and "The Many-Colored Cloak: Evolving Conceptions of Democracy in Islamic Political Thought" (American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Spring 2010).
His current projects include a study of Ibn Khaldun's concept of asabiyya, and a larger research project on realpolitik in Islamic political thought. He is a recipient of the Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising.
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Mehmet Öğütçü has more than 30 years of successful track-record in government, diplomacy, international organisations (NATO, IEA, OECD), banking, and energy business. Currently, chairman of Global Resources Corporation, a senior advisor to BG (British Gas) Energy Holding Group (UK), chairman of Invensys Plc Advisory Board, and an independent non-executive director on the board of Genel Energy Plc, he also serves on the boards of Windsor Energy Group, European Policy Forum, The Oil Council and Beijing Energy Club.
Öğütçü previously served as the head of OECD’s Global Forum on International investment and regional outreach programmes, principal administrator for Asia-Pacific and Latin America at International Energy Agency, Turkish diplomat in Ankara, Beijing, Brussels and Paris, inspector at Is Bankasi, NATO Research Fellow, EU’s Jean Monnet Fellow, and advisor to late Prime Minister Turgut Ozal.
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Soli Özel is currently a full time Professor at Kadir Has University. He is also a columnist at Habertürk Daily newspaper. He has been an advisor to the chairperson of TUSIAD for the last 16 years. He is a regular contributor to German Marshall Fund’s web site’s “ON Turkey” series and writes a bimonthly column for Italy’s Espresso magazine.
His writings have been published in international newspapers and academic journals. His latest published work is co-authored with Serhat Guvenc and entitled “NATO and Turkey in the Post-Cold War World: Between Abandonment and Entrapment”
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Elizabeth Prodromou is a Visiting Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution at the Fletcher School. A retired US diplomat (Vice Chair, US Commission on International Religious Freedom, 2004–2012), she taught international relations at Boston University. Her research interests center on religion and security, democracy, human rights, and religious freedom. A regional expert on Southeastern Europe and the Near East, she has published widely in academic journals, including Harvard International Review, European Journal of Political Research, Social Compass, and Journal of Democracy. She co-edited Thinking Through Faith: New Perspectives from Orthodox Christian Scholars (2008). Currently, she is writing on Orthodox Christian contributions to freedom in politics and human rights.
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The Honorable Francis J. Ricciardone
Ambassador Ricciardone was appointed by President Obama to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey on January 1, 2011. His previous Ambassadorial appointments include Deputy U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010, Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 2005 to 2008, and Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of Palau from 2002 to 2005. Prior to that, Ambassador Ricciardone served as Director of the Department's Task Force on the Coalition Against Terrorism and as a Senior Advisor to the Director General of the Foreign Service. From March 1999 until early 2001, he served as the Secretary of State's Special Coordinator for the Transition of Iraq.
Ambassador Ricciardone was born in Boston and graduated from Malden Catholic High School. Upon graduation summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1973, he received a Fulbright Scholarship for teaching and study in Italy. He went to Iran as a teacher in 1976, traveling widely in Southwest Asia, Europe, and the Middle East until he entered the Foreign Service in 1978.
Ambassador Ricciardone's Foreign Service assignments include two tours in Turkey, most recently (1995-1999) as Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d'Affaires; and service in Cairo, Amman, and London. He served in two multinational military deployments: as chief of the Civilian Observer Unit of the Multinational Force and Observers in Egypt's Sinai Desert, and as Political Advisor to the U.S. and Turkish commanding generals of Operation Provide Comfort, based in Turkey and operating in Iraq. In Washington, DC, Ambassador Ricciardone has served in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, and in senior management positions under the Director General of the Foreign Service and of Human Resources. He has won high awards for policy and program management and for political reporting.
Mr. Ricciardone speaks Italian, Turkish, Arabic, and French.
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Arthur Sculley is a Senior Fellow at The Fletcher School’s Council on Emerging Markets Enterprises, covering Turkey and Northern Iraq. His focus is on the impact of investment, trade and commerce on Turkey’s foreign policy. He is a former international banker, technology executive, lecturer and consultant to governments and major corporations.
He was a Managing Director at JP Morgan where he spent 25 years until 1995. His jobs included Head of JP Morgan’s Middle East and South Asia Department following Turkey in the 1980s when he got to know Turkey’s Prime Minister, Turgut Ozal. He later was CEO of JP Morgan’s Private Bank.
In the mid 1990s as an entrepreneur, he became a leader in B2B technology for financial services, co-founding and chairing the first known B2B financial services cloud company, IntraLinks (NYSE:IL) in New York in 1996 and later CreditTrade, Ltd in London now part of the Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE:ICE).
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Cenk Sidar is the founder and managing director of Sidar Global Advisors (SGA), a Washington, DC-based global macro research and strategic advisory firm that has been assisting top financial institutions and multinational corporations investing in emerging markets since 2009. Sidar successfully developed the firm's client base, building a broad range of experience assisting Fortune 100 companies, hedge funds, and private equities in their overseas operations and investments.
Prior to starting SGA, he served as the director of the American-Turkish Council for four years and oversaw the defense and energy programs of the Council. He worked as a liaison for various business and national security issues among companies and the US and Turkish governments. Before moving to the United States, Sidar founded a political organization in 2003, the SU Hareketi/Politicial Vision Movement, which under his leadership became one of the largest and most active independent, youth-focused social democrat & liberal movements in Turkey. As a strategist, businessman and politician, Sidar is a print and TV commentator in Turkey and in the international media on economic and foreign policy issues.
Sidar holds an MA degree in international economics and international relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, a postgraduate degree in European studies from SAIS’s Bologna Center in Italy, and a BA degree in business administration and international relations from the Istanbul Bilgi University. His academic awards include the Bank of Austria Scholarship, the Jean Monnet Scholarship, and the Johns Hopkins Scholarship.
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The Honorable Dr. Ali Sindi
Dr. Ali Sindi was appointed Minister for Planning in the sixth KRG cabinet in October 2009, following the July 2009 Kurdistan Region parliamentary elections. He was reappointed in the seventh cabinet, on 5 April 2012.
Dr. Sindi's previous position was as an Adviser to the KRG Prime Minister.
Born in Zakho in 1965, Dr. Sindi gained a bachelors degree in Medicine from Mosul University in 1990, and a masters in General Surgery from Salahaddin University in 1998. From 1996 to 2001 he served as the Deputy Minister of Health and Social Affairs in the KRG's Erbil Administration. In 2002 he was awarded a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and the same year was appointed as an Adviser to the Prime Minister. In 2003 he gained a Diploma in Administration and Leadership from Yale University.
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Admiral James Stavridis
James Stavridis is the 12th leader of The Fletcher School since its founding in 1933. A retired Admiral in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander. He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-2009. A Fletcher PhD, he won the Gullion prize as outstanding student and has published five books and over a hundred articles. His focus is on innovation, strategic communication and planning, and creating security through international, interagency, and public/private partnerships in this turbulent 21st century.
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Gunes Murat Tezcur
Gunes Murat Tezcur (Ph.D. University of Michigan - 2005) is an Associate Professor at the Political Science Department of Loyola University Chicago. His research focuses on themes such as political violence, politics of Islam, judicial activism, and electoral politics. He is the author of Muslim Reformers in Iran and Turkey: The Paradox of Moderation. His current main research project examines the motivations of ordinary people who take extraordinary risks and join armed groups with a focus on the Kurdish insurgency. His research has been supported by major grants from the National Science Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, and currently the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches courses on the Middle East, political violence, democracy, globalization, and politics of energy.
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Dr. Gönül Tol is the founding director of the Middle East Institute’s Center for Turkish Studies. She is also an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies. She received her Ph.D. degree in Political Science from Florida International University where she was a graduate fellow at the Middle East Studies Center. She previously worked at the U.S. Representative Office of the Turkish Industry and Business Association. (TUSIAD) She was also an adjunct professor at the College of International Security Affairs at the National Defense University.
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Mr. Ibrahim Turhan was appointed as the Chairman and CEO of the İstanbul Borsası on January 1, 2012.
Mr. Turhan is also a member of the Leaders' Circle as well as the Advisory Board of the Global Economic Symposium organized by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
Prior to his appointment as Chairman and CEO, Mr. Turhan has served in a number of capacities with the Central Bank of Turkey. Mr. Turhan was elected as Board Member by the General Assembly of the Central Bank of Turkey on April 1, 2004. Mr. Turhan was elected as member of the Monetary Policy Committee by the Board on June 7, 2006. He was appointed as Deputy Governor on May 8, 2008.
He also served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Contemporary Turkish Studies Chair at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) European Institute until the end of 2011. He has also lectured at various universities in Istanbul and served as Managing Editor and Editor in Chief in sectoral journals published on banking, finance and finance technologies.
Mr. Turhan earned his undergraduate degree in economics and administrative sciences from Boğaziçi University. He then enrolled in the Institute for Banking and Insurance Studies at the Marmara University in Istanbul, where he received his MA degree in International Banking in 1995 and his Ph.D. degree from the same university in 2001.
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Haluk Ünal is a Professor of Finance, at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, Special Advisor to the Center for Financial Research of the FDIC, and Senior Fellow at the Wharton Financial Institutions Center. He is also the Managing Editor of the Journal of Financial Services Research.
Mr. Unal holds doctorates in finance from Ohio State and in economics from Istanbul University, where he did his undergraduate work as well. Mr. Unal also earned a MS degree in accounting from Ohio State. He previously taught at the Ohio State University and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches corporate finance, management of financial institutions, and fixed income securities courses.
His current research focuses on executive compensation, corporate bonds, bank mergers, pricing default risk, risk management, and mutual-to-stock conversions in the savings and loan industry. He is published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Financial Services Research, Journal of Money Credit and Banking, Journal of Banking and Finance, Review of Derivatives Research, and Journal of Financial Economics.
Mr. Unal has been a consultant to the World Bank, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Department of Justice. He is also on the academic council of Standard and Poor’s. Internationally, he delivered invited lectures in Portugal, China, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Switzerland, and Turkey. He also held executive training for Fannie Mae, Hughes Network Systems, Oracle, SAIC, and Wharton’s Executive Masters in Technology Management program.
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Kadir Ustun is the Research Director at the SETA Foundation at Washington, D.C. He also serves as an Assistant Editor of Insight Turkey, an academic journal published by the SETA Foundation. Mr. Ustun holds a PhD in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies from Columbia University and a Master’s degree in History from Bilkent University. Mr. Ustun has taught courses on history, politics, culture, and art in the Islamic World as well as Western political thought at Columbia University and George Mason University. His research interests include civil-military relations, social and military modernization in the Middle East, US-Turkey relations, and Turkish foreign policy. Mr. Ustun has contributed to various SETA reports and his writings have appeared in various publications such as Insight Turkey, Al Jazeera English, Hurriyet Daily News, and Cairo Review of Global Affairs among others. He is also co-editor of an edited volume – History, Politics and Foreign Policy in Turkey – published by the SETA Foundation.
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Dr. Joshua W. Walker, director of global programs, is based in APCO Worldwide’s Washington, D.C., office and specializes in business diplomacy, international affairs and public-private partnerships.
Before joining APCO, Dr. Walker served as an international affairs fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, where he was senior adviser to numerous officials in U.S. federal departments and agencies. He served at the U.S. Department of State in Secretary Kerry’s office of the chief economist and previously served in Secretary Clinton’s Global Partnership Initiative as the senior adviser on the Middle East and North Africa. He has also worked for the U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey Desk at the State Department and the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.
Dr. Walker’s accomplished career has helped him to create deeper connections between the worlds of academia and public policy. Prior to the State Department, Dr. Walker was a transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, responsible for its Turkey program and Japan portfolio of the Asia team. He also co-founded the Yale Journal of International Affairs; Young Professionals in Foreign Policy in New York; and the Project on Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations at Princeton, in addition to being a Foreign Policy Initiative Future Leader and Truman National Security Project fellow.
He has taught at Brandeis University, George Mason University, Harvard Kennedy School, Middle East Technical University, Istanbul Sehir Merkez, Tokyo University, Transatlantic Academy, Princeton University, University of Richmond and Yale University.
Dr. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond, a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University and a Ph.D. in politics and public policy from Princeton University. Raised in Japan, Dr. Walker is a native English speaker and speaks both Japanese and Turkish fluently.
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Ibrahim Warde is a consultant and adjunct professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he teaches courses on Islamic Banking and Finance, Business in the Islamic world, Informal and Underground Finance. He has previously taught at the University of California, Berkeley and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management.
He is also a consultant specializing in international finance and a course director for Euromoney Training. He holds an M.B.A. from France's Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Warde’s book Islamic Finance in the Global Economy (Edinburgh University Press 2000 and 2010) is now in its second edition. His other books include The Price of Fear: The Truth Behind the Financial War on Terror (The University of California Press 2007), which has been translated into French (Agone), Italian (Neftasia Editore), Japanese (Sankosha) and Czech (Deus), and was selected by Foreign Affairs as one of the best books of the year about economic, social, and environmental issues, and Islam and Economics (Edinburgh University Press 2014). He is also a writer for Le Monde diplomatique where his articles have been translated into 30 languages.
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