Zehra Sayers is a founding academic member for the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences of our university. She serves as the Foundations Development Director since 2010.
She received her Ph.D. degree in Biophysics from University of London (1978) and her B.Sc. degree in Physics from Boğaziçi University (1974). She has conducted her scientific work in the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Germany between 1984 and 1988 and finished her post-doctoral work in the Open University in Oxford and Uppsala University in Sweden.
In the international arena, she serves as the Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) project since 2001. Aside from this, she is a reviewer for Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Turkish Accelerator Center (TAC) project and a member of the EMBL Hamburg Project Evaluation Panel.
Her scientific work throughout her academic career has been supported by institutions such as Swedish Natural Science Research Council, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), UNESCO and Forschungszentrum Jülich.
Her research areas include molecular biophysics, X-ray structure analysis of biological macromolecules, synchrotron radiation applications, production of recombinant proteins and protein chemistry as well as the design and improvement of fundamental teaching programs and novel pedagogical approaches.
She has written chapters in more than 6 books and published more than 45 academic articles including 27 SSCI articles. She has directed more than 17 graduate and doctoral dissertations.
K. Ozgur Demirtas is a Chair Professor of Finance at the Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey. Professor Demirtas received his BS degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bogazici University in Istanbul. He received his Ph.D. in Finance degree from Boston College in 2003. In the same year, he was appointed as a tenure-track assistant professor at Baruch College, City University of New York. In 2003, he earned the best teaching award within the finance department; in 2004, he earned the best teaching award in the Business School; in 2005, he was elected as the best teacher within all departments and the schools of the University and received the Presidential Teaching Excellence Award. He published in prestigious academic journals (Journal of Monetary Economics, Management Science, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Journal of Business Economic and Statistics). He has more than 30 academic publications.
In 2007, he earned a tenured position in US. In 2010, he was listed within top 20 professors out of more than 1 million professors in US, UK, Canada and Scotland. More than 10 million student evaluations are used for the rankings.
In 2012, he joined Sabanci University as a chair professor of finance. As of 2014, in addition to his academic role, he is holding a founding chairman position of the Center of Excellence in Finance at Sabanci University.
Professor Demirtas, is also a founding board member of the first Financial Literacy Association of Turkey (FODER), and was a senior consultant of Young Businessmen Association of Turkey (TUGIAD), Association of Automotive Parts & Components Manufacturers (TAYSAD), Turkish Natural Catastrophe Insurance Pool (DASK), as well as several corporations. In a two year period between 2014 and 2015, he gave more than 70 Keynote Speeches to local and international corporations.
Associate Professor Atılgan received his BA in Management from Boğaziçi University in 2003, his MS in Finance from University of Rochester in 2005 and his PhD in Finance from City University of New York in 2010. In the same year, he joined Sabanci University School of Management as an Assistant Professor. In 2015, he earned the tittle of Associate professor.
Professor Atılgan’s research interests include determinants of equity returns, derivative markets, fixed-income instruments and asset pricing in emerging markets. His research has been published in prestigious academic journals such as Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking and Journal of Business & Economic Statistics among others. He has also co-authored a book on risks and returns of investing in hedge funds published by Academic Press (Elsevier).
Professor Atılgan teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on investments, portfolio theory, fixed-income analytics, financial management and corporate valuation. He is also a CFA charterholder.