Independent Auditing in the Context of Corporate Governance and Sustainability   

The 5. Business Workshop Series organized by Ibn Haldun University School of Business took place in Borsa İstanbul. The joint program aimed to discuss the importance of Independent Auditing for Corporate Governance and Sustainability. After opening speeches of Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kemal Yılmaz from Ibn Haldun University  and Mehmet Gönen from Borsa İstanbul, Selçuk Ürkmez from Deloitte as keynote speaker made a presentation on various crucial functions of Auditing in Corporate Governance. The workshop continued with a panel session moderated by Prof. Dr. Tamer Aksoy from Ibn Haldun University. Dr. Güler Manisalı Darman (CGS), Mehmet Şirin (Public Oversight, Accounting and Auditing Standards Authority), Fuat Öksüz (Sabancı Holding), Tahir Çınar (HLB International) and Prof. Dr. Volkan Demir (Galatasaray University) contributed to the panel with their valuable presentations.

Speaker of President’s Tea in April: Dr. Sümeyye Kuşakcı

Within the scope of “Colloquium and President’s Tea” aiming to gather and socialize faculty members of our university in a family-friendly atmosphere, our faculty Dr. Sümeyye Kuşakcı delivered a presentation titled “Leadership and Business Ethics in the Turkish-Islamic Thoughts.” Dr. Kuşakcı, who is interested in the areas of Business Ethics, Leadership, and Strategic Management, stated that her presentation is based on both her doctoral dissertation entitled “Islamic Books of Advice: An Aspiration Applicable to Modern Management,” and a paper of her published in 2017 under the title of “An Ethical Administration Trilogy: The Concepts of Justice, Integrity, and Benevolence Based on Kutadgu Bilig and Siyāsat-nāma, Turkish Journal of Business Ethics”.

In her presentation Dr. Kuşakcı stated that all books of advice through history talked about ethics and appreciated the leaders who had ethical behaviors and traits, except Machiavelli’s view which indicates that acquiring a state and maintaining it may require evil means. “My effort includes not only investigating the concepts of integrity, justice, and benevolence within the framework of Kutadgu Bilig and Siyasat-Nama, but also comparing and contrasting the findings through contemporary discussions on business ethics,” said Dr. Kuşakcı. As Kuşakcı says, for business corporations to achieve sustainability, integrity leading to mutual trust between leader and followers, justice, and benevolence (ihsan) atmosphere of work must be attained.

Ethics Studies Research and Application Center is Launched

Ibn Haldun University Research Center for Ethics Studies (IHU ETAM) was launched with a well-attended program in Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO). After Head of the Competition Authority, Prof. Ömer Torlak delivered a speech about the importance of sustainability and ethics in every aspect of life, İTO Secretary General Assoc. Prof. Nihat Alayoğlu moderated a panel on “Business Ethics from the Perspective of Sustainability”.


3. Business Workshop organized by the School of Business had a very attractive topic and guest speaker this month. Mustafa Serdar Boşca, a partner and general manager at Boston Consulting Group shared his valuable knowledge and experience with us. In his speech entitled “Around the World in Seven Days: International Management Consulting”, he emphasized the importance of intercultural competency and communication as the most crucial success factors in consulting business.

Global Conference on Awaqf was organized in Doha, Qatar

The global conference on Awqaf of which Ibn Haldun University was one of the co-organizers has taken place in Doha, Qatar on December 2-6, 2018. Hamad bin Khalifa University hosted the conference where prominent participants from both academia and practice has made presentations on historical roots and applications of Awqaf under the age of rapid technological innovations and increased need for alternative funding for development and humanitarian purposes. Topics such as Awqaf in history and their modern implications, their role in community development, global development agenda and the possible socio-economic impact of Awqaf, Awqaf in the era of Blockchain, the governance and performance of Awqaf, and the role of cash waqf are discussed during three days together with some case studies covering Muslim countries.

Dr. Nihat Gumus from Ibn Haldun University, School of Business has delivered two presentations named as “Cash Waqf as a Means of Promoting Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship: Evidence and Policy Recommendations” and “An Overview of Awqaf in Turkey”.

A Panel on Blockchain and its Social Benefits

The second workshop organized by School of Business entitled “Blockchain for Social Good: Catalyzing Shared Prosperity through Transparency” took place on Friday, November 16th in Başakşehir Campus of Ibn Haldun University. The opening remarks were made by Prof. Mustafa K. Yılmaz. In panel session moderated by Dr. Nihat Gümüş, UNDP Alternative Finance Expert Marina Petrovic and IHU CIO Dr.Ahmet Kaplan shared their invaluable knowledge and experiences on Blockchain. Marina Petrovic mentioned social responsibility projects carried out by UNDP on Blockchain platform, especially those that adress immigrant people. On the other hand, Dr. Ahmet Kaplan discussed the Blockchain applications on educational matters. The panel gave audience an opportunity to get familiar with Blockchain and its social benefits.

Best Paper Award for Graduate Student Ambreen Sultan

Ambreen Sultan, a student of Ibn Haldun University Finacial Economics Master Program, was granted the best paper award at International Multidisciplinary Conference on Foreign Direct Investment, Investment Promotion and Economic Development organized by Istanbul Technical University on October 25-26, 2018.  
She presented her paper entitled “Foreign Direct Investment for Economic Growth: The case of Turkey” on the second day of  Conference and took her award.