Forum's Director

Melsa Ararat

Director and Faculty Member

Corporate Governance Forum of Turkey, Sabanci University

Melsa Ararat is a member of the Faculty of Management at Sabanci University and the Director of Corporate Governance Forum of Turkey (CGFT) hosted by Sabancı University and founded jointly by Sabancı University and TÜSİAD (Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association). CGFT works closely with the Global Corporate Governance Forum at International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI).

Dr. Ararat teaches Strategic Management, Corporate Governance and Business and Ethics courses in MBA and EMBA programs. Prior to returning to the academia in 2003, she held various international management and board positions in Asia Pacific, Japan and Europe for over 15 years in the high tech industry. Her focus was Strategic Partnerships and Joint Ventures. Dr. Ararat's current work focuses on the overlap between corporate governance and strategy as well as the corporate governance reforms in emerging economies. She was a member of the committee which developed CG Guidelines for Turkey. 

Dr. Ararat holds a PhD in Management- Corporate Strategy and Organization- from Istanbul University and an MSc and BSc in Chemical Engineering from METU. She has published various articles on strategic management and corporate governance and co-authored a number of books related with corporate governance and social responsibility. She serves in the editorial advisory board of “Corporate Governance, the International Journal of Business in Society” and coordinates Global Corporate Governance Forum’s Research Network.