Guler ArasFounding Chair, Integrated Reporting Network Turkey and Founding Director, Center for Finance, Governance & Sustainability at Yildiz Technical University
Professor Guler Aras is an academic, a civil society leader and a researcher who leads key studies on corporate governance and corporate sustainability in Turkey. She is a professor of Finance and Accounting at Yildiz Technical University (YTU) in Istanbul, where she served as the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Graduate School for many years. She spent a sabbatical year as a visiting professor at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business in DC during 2014-2015 academic year.
In 2013, she founded the Center for Finance, Governance and Sustainability (CFGS) at YTU and she started the ground-breaking initiative on Integrated Reporting Network Turkey, which she still chairs. She is the author of more than 25 international books, and contributed to more than 250 articles in international journals and conferences. She is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Capital Market Studies, and Editor of Routledge Finance, Governance and Sustainability Book Series. She is a board member of Allianz Turkey and the Turkish Capital Markets Association.
Professor Aras writes a newspaper column to raise the awareness in the society, and advocates responsible management principles that the institutions should share both financial and non-financial information with all stakeholders. She is known as the ambassador of sustainability and focuses on the education of next generation of academicians and business leaders who would promote sustainable solutions for the societal and corporate challenges.