Assoc. Prof. Dr.
After graduating from Marmara University Business Administration undergraduate program (in English) with honors, Dr. Hande Karadag commenced her career as a corporate banking portfolio manager in Yapi Kredi (the affiliate of UniCredit Group), the third largest bank in Turkey with 15.000 employees. In the first 11 years of her banking career, she worked as the corporate banking officer responsible from the financial and international trade activities of domestic and multi- national corporations including IKEA, Colgate Palmolive, Hedef Alliance, Alarko Holding and Eczacıbaşı Holding. In the last seven years of her banking career, she was appointed as the branch manager within the same institution.
While she was continuing her career in banking sector, Dr. Karadag received her masters degree on international trade, which provided her with additional theoretical and practical insights on the details of international trade such as customs operations and legal procedures of import/export transactions. After finishing the program with a top degree (3.90/4), she completed her PhD program on strategic management, where she investigated the impact of strategic financial management practices on the performance and competitiveness of small and medium sized businesses in Turkey. During her PhD program, she was invited to Isenberg School of Business to study strategic management with Associate Professor Anurag Sharma in 2013. After finishing her PhD, she was invited by the University of Pennslyvania Wharton School Entrepreneurial Research Center to join the team of international visiting scholars mentored by one of the best professors in the entrepreneurship field, Professor Ian MacMillan. Returning back to Turkey in 2015, Dr. Karadag started working at MEF University in İstanbul as a full-time faculty member in the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences, as well as the Director of Institute of Social Sciences.
In 2015, Dr. Karadag was appointed as the country vice-president of ECSB, the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Karadag has also taken active managerial roles in several business associations including JCI, Junior Chamber International, Propeller Club and GYİAD, Young Businessmen Association. Dr. Karadag has a book named as “Strategic Financial Management in Small and Medium Sized Companies” published by Emerald Publishing Group in 2015, and several articles published in national and international journals about strategy, SMEs and entrepreneurship.
Semen Son Turan
Assoc. Prof. Dr.
She received her BA degree from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, (1998). She completed her MBA at The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), USA (2000) and holds a PhD degree from Yaşar University, Izmir, Turkey (2014). After her graduate education Dr. Son Turan took various corporate and managerial positions at companies such as Ford Otosan, Rehau, İş Asset Management, Ashmore Asset Management and ultimately established her own consulting company.
Dr. Son Turan has been teaching finance and accounting courses at US, German and Turkish institutions for almost twenty years. Dr. Son Turan holds the Capital Market Activities Advanced Level License. Her work has been published in various international journals and books.
She earned the title of “Associate Professor of Finance” in 2017 from YÖK (Council of Higher Education of Turkey). She joined MEF University as a faculty member in 2014 and is still working as an assistant professor in the business administration department.
Her research interests include behavioral finance, higher education finance and sustainable finance.
Petek Tosun has graduated from Ankara Atatürk Anatolian High School in 1996. She received her undergraduate degree from Bilkent University Economics department in 2000. She has worked in various positions including product and product development manager, segment manager and vice president of marketing in Yapi Kredi Bank, Turkcell, Gedik Investment and Odeabank headquarters in the period between 2000-2016. After completing her MBA in Istanbul Bilgi University in 2013, she has started her Ph.D. in Marketing. She has received her Ph.D. in Marketing from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2018.
In the period between 2015 and 2018, she has worked as a visiting instructor of marketing in graduate and undergraduate levels. Petek Tosun has joined MEF University Business Administration Faculty as an assistant professor in February 2019.
Her research fields include consumer behavior, financial services marketing, brand management, sustainability and consumption, consumer complaining behavior and service quality.
Meltem Kayhan, Ph.D.
Meltem Kayhan received her undergrad degree from İ.T.U in industrial engineering and started her Ph.d at Clemson after completing her masters in industrial management. She has a Ph.d in Industrial Engineering , in demand forecasting for fmcg products. She also worked as a lecturer at Clemson between 1991-1993. During this period she joined international university-industry collaborated strategic business and system simulation projects which inspired her to seek a related career after returning to Turkey. She established R & D-Strategic Planning and Business Development departments at Migros and directed the department group with different business units additions for 14 years. Led and sponsored more than 30 pioneering projects-start-ups in her organization and holding company. She has conducted joint projects with European Union, public and university in a wide range of process architecture, digital transformation, business intelligence, new business- new product, CRM area. After 15 years of intense experience in brand and employee loyalty programs, operation and performance development, she has stepped up to establish her own consulting company. Since 2011, her team has been working on corporate structuring, organization and system modelling for different sectors and brands, developing new business, brand and channel and providing a wide range of solution consulting services to companies for agile efficient and sustainable business models and management processes.
During her career, she has lectured different courses at different programs in Turkey and abroad. She has returned to her academic studies in 2012 and joined Beykent University. Her academic curiosity and interests are demand dynamics, consumer behaviour, generation preferences, supply chain and operations management. Meltem Kayhan is also the executive director of the KUMPEM Koç University Migros Retail Research Forum, a university-industry collaboration.
Burak Uluocak received his undergraduate degree from Yıldız Technical University Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1998. After completing his master's degree in Business Administration at Yeditepe University Social Sciences Institute in 2002, he completed his doctorate program "Strategic Management" at Yeditepe University in 2015 with honors degree. His dissertation study, "Project Success Perception and Critical Success Factors Affecting Project Performance: The Case of Turkish IT Sector, has become one of the most extensive thesis prepared in the field of information technology project management.
Addition to academic studies, Burak Uluocak has 20 years of experience in professional business life. He took part in important technology projects in Koçbank, Yapı Kredi and Finansbank (Ibtech) as business analyst, system analyst, project leader, project manager, program and portfolio manager; and managed different departments like technology architecture, IT budget, procurement, licensing, process software development. Currently, he is in charge of Project Management Office, Agility Center of Excellence, Cyber Security, Business Continuity, Information Systems Process and Performance Development units with the title of "Enterprise Project Delivery and Governance Vice President" in Türkiye Finans. In addition, he has international certificates in the field of project management, lean / agile product development and gamification subjects.
Burak Uluocak, who has significant achievements in the fields of "Project Management Office in Information Technologies", "Large Scale Agile Transformation", "Information Systems Strategies and Transformation Program Management", participates as a speaker to share his experiences in many related national and international conferences. He has the book "Project Success Factors in the Digital Age" published in 2016.
Öznur Akman graduated from Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Business Administration and then started to work in an international institution. She has worked in the manufacturing industry for sixteen years in the position of Accounting and Finance Manager in Istanbul and Adana regions. Akman has been involved in many innovations within the institution, including the creation of cost accounting methods, the integration of international accounting standards and internal auditing.
She has completed the Executive MBA at Fordham University and the Master of Business Administration at Kadir Has University in order to pursue academic innovations after many years of experience in the private sector. She is continuing his PhD studies in Business Administration at Beykent University.
Between 2015 and 2018, she was involved in the international scientific project titled "Coming Home: Reverse Migration of Entrepreneurs and Academies in India and Turkey in Light of the Chinese Experience" as the project manager at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The project received gratuitous grant support from the "Research Grant Council (RGC) of Hong Kong".
Akman has a CPA license since 1999 and continues to work in the fields of Accounting, Finance and Auditing at multinational corporations.
Burcu Özsevinç graduated from Marmara University Law Faculty. Following 12 years legal practice at top law firms of Turkey, she became the legal and compliance director of a holding company operating in Turkey, EMEA and CIS. Burcu Özsevinç who graduated ranked first in its class from Business Law LL.M. Program at Istanbul Bilgi University has particularly broad experience in corporate law, commercial law, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, labor law, entrepreneurship and funding phases and angel investments; and currently acts as the Legal Head of MetLife Turkey.
Lecturing since 2012 at undergraduate and graduate programs of various universities relating to business law and entrepreneurial Law, Burcu Özsevinç participates in numerous organizations and events as lecturer and instructor. Burcu Özsevinç provides legal support and guidance to companies and high level directors, and also lectures on time management and effective presentation techniques.
Ayça Atalay took her BSc degree from METU Business Administration with honors in 1995 and started his career as an auditor in Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, one of the Big Four companies. After experiencing in financial statement analysis and reporting, in 1997 she continued her career as an investment banker at Ata Invest, in one of the prominent domestic investment banks in Turkey.
During her time at Ata Invest she had worked at various positions as Associate and lastly Director and executed more then 60 IPOs, issued several bonds and as an advisor, advised more than 20 companies during their M&A process at either buy side or sell side. Currently she is providing consultancy services to Small and Mid Cap companies for various issus including strategic planning, reorganizing and investment financing from capital markets.
Having Level III CMB Licence, she is having her MBA degree (2019) from Bahçeşehir University. She is fluent in English.
Entrepreneur, ex corporate entrepreneur, innovative business designer
Yavuz Çingitaş completed his undergradute studies as the top student of his class in Information Systems and Technologies and his received his gradute degree on Business Adminstration and Technology Management.He started his career in 2007 in Borusan Automative BMW Marketing. Some of the projects under his direct supervision were Borusan Automative Motorsport, press relations, driving activities and under and over the line communication. Between 2009-2011, he was transfered to Brisa as the Lassa Brand Management executive, where he was responsible from the brand’s strategy and campaigns, as well as the digital activities of Lassa and Bridstone brands. He won “The Communicator Awards” , “The Web Marketing Association” and “Altın Örümcek- Golden Spider ”awards with his digital projects. He has been the first employee in Sabancı Group who has implemented projects in corporate entrepreneurship. After completing 4 projects (www.lastik.com.tr,www.tripin.com.tr,icat.brisa.com.tr,bip.brisa.com.tr) and numerous trainings, he started his own companies in 2015. He is the founder of four start-ups, including GOOINN (ALLE Hamile, TripMov ve Girişimciye Dönüş).
Yavuz Çingitaş has been awarded Country Champion in Euorope Business Awards innovation category in 2014, second place in European Business Awards in innovation category and third place in İSO Innovation Strategic Planning İnovaleague Innovation Leaders Resource category in 2015. He also has been teaching innovation and entrepreneurship courses as a guest lecturer in İTU, Boğaziçi, Marmara and İstanbul University, as well as ITU Ginova. Mr. Çingitaş is married and has one daughter.
After graduating from Computer Engineering of Istanbul University in 2007 with honors, Dr. Burak Kuzucu started his business career in department of software development and product management in Netas and continued his academic career with Engineering Management master program in Istanbul Technical University. By 2010, he decided to move his career journey into the next stage of business- oriented transformation; he was promoted to Sales Executive role in Netas and he joined the Ph.D. program of Management and Organization in Istanbul University.
After very successful period of three years with sales management and business development in Netas, he started to work for Oracle Turkey by 2014. His last four years had passed in Oracle with sales and business development roles, responsible of wide variety of client industry and extensive product portfolio along to industry trends. Recently, in addition to his main responsibilities, he contributes the development of startup ecosystem by collaborating with many hubs and by providing mentorship to startups. On top of all, he extremely believes in transformational potential of emerging technologies like Blockchain and AI, and power of the ecosystem in new economy; therefore he contributes the collective activities in these areas.
Born in Izmir in 1978. After finishing İzmir Saint Joseph French High School in year 2001 she graduated from Bilkent University Fine Arts and Architecture Faculty. She studied design and language at Accademia Italiana, Florence. She received his master’s degree in Business Management from Bilgi University. She is currently working on her doctor’s degree in Business Administration and Organization at Istanbul University.
Lecturing since 2013 at undergraduate programs of various universities relating to BusinessManagement, Strategic Management, Leadership and Management Skills, Leadership and Corporate Governance and Human Resources Management as a lecturer.
She gives trainings on Negotiation Techniques, Strategic Management, Strategic Leadership and Management Skills as a management consultant to private companies. Her current writings are published in various local newspapers, magazines and internet news sites.
Her first book “In The Path of Enlightment: Bahriye” about the life of the associate professor Bahriye Üçok was published in January 2019.
Asu Ulutürk Yavuz
After graduating from T.E.D Ankara College in 1994; Asu completed Middle East Technical University Environmental Engineering Department. She commenced her career as sales and planning engineer for one of the biggest water and wastewater treatment companies, Aquamatch Türkiye. When pursuing her engineering career, she had her Engineering Management Master’s Degree from Middle East Technical University in 2002. In the same year, she started working for Yapı ve Kredi Bankası where she had the opportunity to be a part of the MT programme of the Bank. During the years she worked for the bank, she completed MBA programme in Bilgi University. In 2005, she started working for Procter & Gamble where she acted in various positions in three years. In 2008, she had the opportunity to move to Coca-Cola İçecek which serves for 10 countries and one of the biggest bottlers in the Coca-Cola system. There she worked for Budget & Consolidation Department where she was responsible for the consolidation of the budgeted financials of all countries and their analysis including management reporting. In 2012, she was transferred to Akzo Nobel as the Supply Chain Controller and had the opportunity to review production and other costs within a plant. She also worked as the Financial Projects Manager where she focused on P2P, OTC and R2R processes and their control. In 2016 she decided to move to consultancy and she worked for a consultancy company which provided her to see different companies with different problems. During her consultancy experience, she worked on business modeling, performance management and target setting. In 2017, she started working for Koton Mağazacılık where she is still the Cost Analysis and Control Manager.