Güler Sabancı is Chairman and Managing Director of Sabancı Holding, the parent company of the Sabancı Group, Turkey’s leading industrial and financial conglomerate. A graduate of Bogazici University, Faculty of Business Administration, Güler Sabancı started her career at LASSA, Sabancı Group’s tire production company, in 1978. In 1985, she was appointed General Manager of KORDSA, the Group’s tire cord production company. In 1997, she assumed the office of President of Sabancı Holding’s Tire and Tire Reinforcement Materials Group. Güler Sabancı was elected to her current post in May 2004. Güler Sabancı holds many offices. She was the Founding President of Sabancı University and has been presiding over the Board of Trustees since its establishment in 1996. She also acts as Chairman of the Sakıp Sabancı Museum. She is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sabancı Foundation, which supports the social development of Turkey through various programs since it was founded in 1974. Güler Sabancı is the first female member of TUSIAD, Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association, as well as the first and only female member of European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT). Güler Sabanci also sits on the United Nations Global Compact Board, International Business Council of WEF and the External Advisory Board of MIT Energy Initiative. Güler Sabancı is also the recipient of numerous awards, including, among others, Belgian Commander's Cross of the Order of Leopold II, the Spanish Encomienda De Numero, France’s Legion d’Honneur, Austria’s Silbernes Ehrenkreuz der Republik Österreich, Raymond Georis Prize for Innovative Philanthropy, the Austrian Schumpeter Prize and the European School of Management and Technology’s Responsible Leadership Award. In 2011, she was named 2nd on the Financial Times’ list of the Top 50 Women in World Business and received the “Clinton Global Citizen Award” by the Clinton Global Initiative founded by former US President Bill Clinton, in recognition of her contribution to women and girls human rights and to the social, cultural and economic development of Turkey.
Zehra Sayers, is a Founding Faculty Member at Sabancı University, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, and she has also been serving as the Director of Foundation Development Program of the university since 2010. Professor Sayers, with a B.Sc. in Physics from Boğaziçi University and Ph.D. in Biophysics from University of London, has worked as a postdoc at Open University Oxford campus and at Uppsala University in Sweden. In 1985 she joined European Molecular Biology Laboratory Hamburg Outstation in Germany as the first female staff scientist and was among the pioneers for use of synchrotron radiation X-rays in studies of three dimensional studies of biological macromolecules. While in Germany she obtained a ‘Habilitation’ degree from University of Hamburg. Her research focuses on structure-function relationships in proteins using synchrotron X-rays. At Sabancı University in year 2000, she and her students have led the way in Turkey in recombinant protein production, protein chemistry and analyses with synchrotron. After taking her position at the Foundation development Program she also got involved in research in pedagogy with emphasis on development of core curriculum courses, active learning and flipped classroom implementations. Professor Sayers has been active in the international science arena, having been engaged in several projects. She has been the Chair of Scientific Advisory Committee of the international project SESAME (Synchrotron Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) since 2001, playing a leading role in the project from its early stages to its completion. She has served as a reviewer for the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL), USA, for the French National Research Agency and for the Research Foundation Flanders (Belgium). Her other involvements include membership of the Internatıonal Scientific Advisory Committee for Turkish Accelerator Center Project (TAC) and of the EMBL Hamburg Project Evaluation Panel. Her research, supported by institutions including Natural Sciences Research Council-Sweden, TUBİTAK, European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), UNESCO, Jülich Research Center, has culminated in several publications and she has supervised a large number graduate students.
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 2001. She has been the Vice Chairperson of the Turkish Horseback Riding Federation until 2007. Sevil Sabancı, in addition to her Sabancı Holding Board membership, 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 Chairman 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.
Sinan Tara, born in 1958 at Istanbul, graduated in 1980 from the ETH Zürich, Department of Civil Engineering with Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc.), and completed thereafter in 1983 his Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree Program at the University of Stanford. Having joined Enka in 1980 when he was assigned to Enka’s jobsite as field engineer. Since 1984, he acted as General Manager, Board Member and Managing Director and Executiveof Enka İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş., and since 1994, he acts as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Enka İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş. Besides these, Sinan Tara is a member of the High Advisory Council of the Turkish Industry & Business Association (TÜSİAD) and of the Turkish Contractors Association.
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.