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Professor David Weir, currently Professor Emeritus at Northumbria University, has had an extraordinarily successful academic career which has included leading five university Business Schools: University Campus Suffolk, Bradford Management School, Glasgow University Business School, Newcastle Business School, and the Scottish Business School. He was also Chair of the Association of Business Schools (UK) and is a Visiting Professor for several universities. During his 25 years as a Business School Professor and Dean, David has presented and led tracks at high profile conferences at the American, British, European and Irish Academies of Management, the Academy of International Business. He has held Chairs at a number of Universities including Glasgow, Bradford, Northumbria and CERAM and Rennes in France and been a member and chair of both social science and science and engineering research council committees. He was a founding member and long-time Council Member of the British Academy of Management (BAM). The lecture will appeal to anyone with an interest in business and management.

David initiated the very first part-time executive MBA in a University business school at Glasgow in Britain, and in each of his business schools has created strong suites of programs in the international market and developed entrepreneurship and small business support programmes, while building a doctoral and staff publication tradition.

He is the author of several books including the best-selling Modern Britain series, and has wide-ranging research interests, from strategic management and enterprise development to risk and crisis management and management in the Arab Middle East. He writes poetry and was for several years the Poet in Residence at the Edinburgh pub in Liverpool. He won first prize for the raspberry jam at the Sedbergh show in 1974. His secret sorrow is that he is a lifelong Leeds United supporter.


Prof. Dr. Ömer Torlak was appointed President of the Turkish Competition Authority in 2015. He graduated from Business Administration Faculty of Istanbul University. He holds MSc and Ph.D. degrees in Marketing. Until 1996, he continued his work in the private sector. He has made articles, papers and book studies on marketing and consumer behaviors. He served as faculty member, department chairman and dean of many universities. Between 2012 and 2015, he worked as the Rector of KTO Karatay University. He is also a member of TÜBİTAK Science Board.


Prof. Dr. Remzi Altunısık has graduated from ITU Metallurgical Engineering in 1985. In 1989, he completed his Master's Degree at the University of Delaware in the United States of America. In 1998, Remzi ALTUNISIK completed her Ph.D. at The Victoria University of Manchester in England. He has made articles, papers and book studies on marketing and consumer behaviors.