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After working at every level of the organization, Güler Sabancı is the Chair of Sabancı Holding since 2004, one of the leading and most reputable business groups in Turkey and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Sabancı Foundation, the leading private foundation in Turkey. Sabancı is the Founding Chair of Sabancı University and also acts as Chair of the Sakıp Sabancı Museum. Besides being an effective industrialist, art-enthusiast and prominent business figure, she has also been accepted as one of the most influential women in the region for her work on inclusion of women and social development. Her efforts have been recognized internationally with numerous awards including David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award, Clinton Global Citizen Award, Raymond Georis Innovative Philanthropist Award and European School of Management Responsible Leadership Award. Güler Sabancı has been the first female member in most of the organizations like European Round Table for Industry. She also sits on the External Advisory Board of MIT Energy Initiative and Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School.
Yusuf Leblebici received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 1984 and 1986, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), IL, USA, in 1990. Between 1991 and 2000, he worked as a faculty member at UIUC, at Istanbul Technical University, and at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) where he established and directed the VLSI Design Laboratory. From 1999 to 2002, he also served as the Microelectronics Program Coordinator at Sabanci University. In 2002, Yusuf Leblebici became a Chair Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and Director of the Microelectronic Systems Laboratory. In November 2018, he was appointed as President of Sabanci University. His research interests include design of high-speed CMOS digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits, computer-aided design of VLSI systems, intelligent sensor interfaces, modeling and simulation of semiconductor devices, and VLSI reliability analysis. He is the coauthor of seven books (including two internationally acclaimed textbooks), as well as more than 250 articles published in various journals and conferences. Yusuf Leblebici has been the recipient of the prestigious Young Scientist Award of the Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council in 1995, and the "Joseph S. Satin Distinguished Fellow Award" in 1999. He was elected as an IEEE Fellow in 2009, and as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society for 2010–2011.
Sevil Sabancı was born in 1973 in Istanbul. She graduated from Marmara University, the Department of Business Administration. She worked for the group companies at different managerial positions and was a member of the Board between 1997 and 2020. She has been the Vice Chairperson of the Turkish Horseback Riding Federation until 2007. Sevil Sabancı is a Board member of Türkan Sabancı School for the Blind, Sabancı University Board of Trustees and to TUSİAD (Turkish Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association).
Born in Ankara in 1956, Prof. Dr. Sadık Esener received his BS degree in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 1979, and MS degree from Michigan University in 1981. He joined the UCSD faculty in 1987, after receiving his PhD in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from UCSD the same year. Esener leads UCSD's OptoElectronic Computing Group, and is the director of the DARPA-funded multiuniversity Center for Chips with Heterogenously Integrated Photonics (CHIPS), the 3D-Opto-Electronic Stacked Processors industry/university consortium; and the Fast Readout Optical Storage (FROST) Industry consortium. He has authored more than 100 journal publications and 200 conference abstracts. Esener is a member of IEEE, OSA, and SPIE, and co-founded San Diego-based Nanogen, Optical Micro-Machines, Parallel Solutions, Genoptix, and Call/Recall Inc. He is an internationally known expert in photonics and opto-electronics, and he has been closely involved with five startup companies based on technology developed in his laboratories, and holds 15 patents in these areas. Esener is presently a professor at Nano Engineering, Electrical and Computer Department of UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering, Director of Nano-Tumor Center, and a member of Sabancı University Board of Trustees.
Suzan Sabancı Dinçer is the Chair and Executive Board Member of Akbank. Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer is also a board member of Sabancı Holding. Suzan Sabancı Dinçer began her career in banking in 1986 and joined Akbank in 1989. Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer is a member of the Institute of International Finance Board of Directors and Emerging Markets Advisory Board, Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council, Harvard Business School’s Global Leaders Circle, and the Harvard Business School’s Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia Advisory Board (MCAB). Suzan Sabancı Dinçer is also a member of the Global Board of Advisors at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer founded Akbank's International Advisory Board, a platform to discuss and evaluate global and local economic developments and their strategic implications for Turkey. She also sits on the Chatham House Panel of Senior Advisers. From 2010 to 2014, Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer served as the chairman of the Turkish-British Business Council for two terms. Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer is on the Board of Directors of the Global Relations Forum and a TÜSİAD (Turkish Industry and Business Association) member. She is also the Luxembourg Honorary Consul in Istanbul. In 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded Mrs. Suzan Sabancı Dinçer the title of "Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)" in recognition of her proactive and influential contributions to the development of Turkey-UK relations. In 2014, Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer was given the Order of Civil Merit (Orden del Mérito Civil) of the Kingdom of Spain by King Felipe VI of Spain for her contributions to the relations between the two countries and for her support to the cultural convergence. Suzan Sabancı Dinçer is strongly committed to social responsibility activities and assumes various positions in the fields of culture, education, the promotion of entrepreneurship and environmental protection: she is a member of the Board of Trustees of Sabancı University, as well as a founding member and board member of Endeavor Turkey and of the Advisory Board of Akbank Sanat. Mrs Sabancı Dinçer is a patron of Contemporary Istanbul. Under Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer’s stewardship, Akbank became the first deposit bank in Turkey to issue a GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) rated Sustainability Report. It also pioneered the Carbon Disclosure Project in Turkey. Suzan Sabancı Dinçer holds a BA in Finance from Richmond College in the UK and an MBA from Boston University in the USA. Ms. Sabancı Dinçer is married with two children.
Born in 1943 in Istanbul, İ. Aydın Günter graduated from Italian High School and received a BS degree in Finance and Economics from Ankara University. He started his career as Account Specialist in the Ministry of Finance where he worked for seven years. He then worked at Sabancı Holding for 20 years as Financial Counselor, Financial Consultant, Senior Financial Consultant, Financial Coordinator, Financial President respectively. During this time he was also the Board Member of I-Bimsa, Cignasa Insurance Company, BNP-AK Dresdner Financial Rental Company and Brisa, all of them belonging to Sabancı Holding. In 1994 he founded Günter Consultancy firm.
Jan Nahum, who was born in 1950 in Ankara, had his high school education in Istanbul Robert College. Nahum had his university education in Royal College of Art (RCA) in London, in the department of “Automotive Design” which accepts only four students every year, and he won the “Penguin Design Award” of that year with his research on “Economic Vehicle”. He began his business life in Otosan as a Project Engineer in 1973. Within 9 years as from 1975, he had taken office as the head and coordinator of department design in R&D Center of Koç Holding. Nahum passed to Otokar in 1984, had taken office as the general director of the company for 10 years, and guided Otokar to have operations in manufacture of Land Rover and armored vehicles and in defense industry within this period. Afterwards, he had taken office as the general director in Tofaş, which was the partnership of Koç Holding and Fiat, for three years and initiated Tofaş’s major R&D activities and guided Tofaş to turn its organization into a Fiat manufacturing base by means of the Doblo project. Nahum became the executive director of the company between 1998 and 2002. Nahum had simultaneously held his positions as the deputy chairman in Tofaş and as the head of international business development department in FIAT S.P.A. until 2004. Nahum became a member of the board of directors of Karsan Otomotiv, which had activities within the body of Kıraça Holding, in 2004 and had taken office as the general director of Petrol Ofisi between 2005 and 2007. Nahum initiated the establishment of Hexagon Danışmanlık ve Ticaret A.Ş., which was a family company, in 2005 and he defined the business areas of Hexagon as automotive, renewable energy, new technologies and environment sectors which were closely related to the future of Turkey. Nahum currently holds his position as the chairman of Hexagon Danışmanlık ve Ticaret A.Ş. as well as his position as the executive director of Karsan as from 2008. Nahum, who is married and father of three children, has expertise in automotive, design, industrial engineering and energy.
Prof. Dr. S. Tamer Cavusgil serves as Fuller E. Callaway Professorial Chair, and directs the national resource center, Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at Georgia State University, Atlanta, U.S.A. Tamer also serves as a visiting professor at the University of South Australia Business School and Leeds University Business School (U.K.). He is also a Trustee of Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey. Tamer specializes in the internationalization of the firm, global strategy, emerging markets, and buyer-seller relationships in cross-border business. Earlier in his career, Tamer Most recently, Tamer has been researching the evolution of middle-class in rapidly transforming economies. Tamer also developed decision support systems for international managers (e.g., CORE – Company Readiness to Export), and spearheaded the development of now leading international business knowledge portal, globalEDGE. Tamer’s professional career spans teaching, research, and administrative responsibilities in international business at Michigan State University (inaugural holder of John W. Byington Endowed Chair in Global Marketing; 1987-2008), Bradley University (1983-87), University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (1978-83), and the Middle East Technical University (ODTU), Turkey (1976-78). In addition, he served as Senior Fulbright Scholar to Australia and taught at Monash University. Tamer also served as a visiting professor at Manchester Business School, and held the Gianni and Joan Montezemolo Visiting Chair at the University of Cambridge, the United Kingdom. Tamer authored more than several dozen books and some 200 refereed journal articles. His work is among the most cited contributions in international business. Various reviews have listed him as one of the most influential and prolific authors in international management. Google Scholar indicates over 34,000 citations as of early 2018 (h- index of 82). Google Scholar lists him 1st in the world in export marketing, and emerging markets. He ranks 2nd in international marketing and 5th in the world in international business. Tamer is the senior author of the leading textbook, International Business: The New Realities, with G. Knight and J. Riesenberger (5th ed., 2019, Pearson). He is the founding editor of the Journal of International Marketing now published by the American Marketing Association, and Advances in International Marketing published by Emerald Group Publishing. Most recently, Tamer has helped launch a new business journal, Rutgers Business Review, to feature managerially relevant research for business executives. Tamer has so far mentored over 35 doctoral students, who have gone on to become successful academics at major business schools around the world. Tamer was awarded an honorary doctorate, Doctor Honoris Causa, by The University of Hasselt, Belgium in May 2014, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Southern Denmark in October 2017. In April 2018, Tamer was honored as a Honorary Professor by Atilim University in Ankara, Turkey. Tamer is an elected fellow of the Academy of International Business, a distinction earned by a select group of intellectual leaders in international business. He also served as vice president of the AIB, and on the board of directors of the American Marketing Association. Tamer earned MBA and Ph.D. degrees in business at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and B.S. from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
Agah Ugur was born in 1957 in Istanbul, Turkey. Studied industrial engineering at the University of Birmingham, UK then qualified as a chartered accountant in England in 1985. He worked in accountancy, consulting and banking firms in England and Turkey before joining Borusan Group in 1989 as its CFO. He worked as a Group CEO between 2001-2019 and still he is the advisor to the Chairman and board member of the Board of Borusan Holding. Agah held numerous board and advisory board positions in NGO’s. Currently he is a member of TUSIAD’s High Advisory Council, board member of Dogan Holding AS & Turkish American Business Council, member of the board of Trustees of Sabanci University, member of the advisory council of Bahçeşehir University and member of the advisory board of Columbia University Istanbul Global Center. He is an investor in tech start-ups. Married with two daughters; he is also an art collector.