Melsa Ararat

Sabanci University
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Areas of Expertise:
  • Business ethics
  • Integrated business reporting
  • Shareholder responsibilities
  • Shareholder rights

Melsa is an internationally recognized expert on corporate governance. During her professional career she held senior management and board positions within Philips Group in Asia Pacific, Japan and Europe. In 2003, she initiated the Corporate Governance Forum at Sabanci University and supported the Capital Markets Board of Turkey in drafting its Corporate Governance Guidelines. Currently she is the director of the Forum and a professor at Sabanci School of Management. The Forum is the leading research and advocacy center on governance and sustainability issues. Melsa’s research focuses on corporate governance of controlled firms. She coordinates IFC’s Emerging Markets Corporate Governance Research Network, edits its research bulletin and sits in the organizing committee of biannual International Conference on Corporate Governance in Emerging Markets. Melsa is a member of ICGN’s Business Ethics Committee. She is an advisor to Carbon Disclosure Project and the director of its Turkey operation, a member of the advisory board of Climate Bonds Initiative and a founder of Global Board Ready Women Project. Melsa has published extensively and quoted by Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Economist, and Reuters and frequently by the daily papers in Turkey. She holds a MSc degree in Chemical Engineering and Phd in Management.