Semen Son Turan, PhD, MBA
Associate Professor of Finance
Director of Vocational School
Throughout her 20+ years long professional career, Dr. Son-Turan has held various positions from intern, analyst, internal auditor, investment advisor, general coordinator to general manager, at companies such as Chase Manhattan Bank, Toronto-Dominion Bank, Ashmore Asset Management, Is Asset Management, Rehau, and Ford Otosan. Subsequently, Dr. Son-Turan founded her own company providing management consulting services to agribusinesses and small to medium-sized family firms.
Her academic career, starting with her employment as Teaching Assistant at The Pennsylvania State University’s Business School in 1998 followed by an appointment as Lecturer at the same institution, evolved in parallel to her professional career.
Natively fluent in Turkish and German, Dr. Son-Turan has been teaching business, finance, and accounting courses in Turkish, German and English at European and US academic institutions as well as corporations for more than two decades. At the beginning of 2014, she became a full-time faculty member at the Department of Business Administration at MEF University in Istanbul, where she is still employed as Associate Professor of Finance and Head of Vocational School.
Dr. Son-Turan holds the Capital Market Activities Advanced Level License, a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University (1998), an MBA from The Pennsylvania State University (2000), where she also completed all course requirements of the MS in Accounting program (2001) (full scholarship), and a PhD in Finance from Yasar University (2014) (full scholarship).
Her academic research interests include sustainability, higher education finance, behavioral finance, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and business model generation. Her research is published in reputed journals such as Sustainability and International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, and various internationally edited books.
Dr. Son-Turan serves on the Advisory Board of MEF University’s Center for Research and Best Practices in Learning and Teaching (CELT).