Dr. Yilmaz ArgüdenChair of Advisory Board at Argüden Governance Academy
Dr. Yılmaz Argüden is the Chairman of ARGE, a management consulting firm known for value creating strategies and institution building and the Chairman of Rothschild investment bank in Türkiye. His career spans the private sector, public sector, multinational institutions, NGOs, and academia. He is an author, columnist, public speaker, and has served on the boards of more than 50 institutions in different jurisdictions.
Yılmaz has held a variety of positions, including adjunct professor of strategy at the Bosphorus and Koç Universities, chair of Turkish-United States and Turkish-Canada Business Councils, vice chair of the governance committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of IFC, and chief economic advisor to the Prime Minister of Turkiye. As the elected chair of the Local Networks Advisory Group he represented the National Networks on the board of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest sustainability platform. He is an Eisenhower Fellow, a recipient of numerous leadership, distinguished citizenship and career awards, and was selected by the World Economic Forum, as a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” for his commitment to improving the state of the world (1999)
Dr. Argüden has a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the Bosphorus University, where he received both the Top Graduating Engineer Award and the President’s Prize for Student Leadership. He received his PhD in policy analysis from the RAND Graduate Institute with General Distinction. Throughout his education, he received scholarships from Fulbright, TÜBİTAK, and NATO.