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Halil Kiymaz is Bank of America Professor of Finance at the Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College. He also served as the Faculty Director of the Key Executive MBA Program. Before joining the Crummer School, Professor Kiymaz taught at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Bilkent University, and the University of New Orleans. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and has served as a grader for theCFA Institute.

Professor Kiymaz maintains an extensive research agenda focusing on international mergers and acquisitions, emerging capital markets, linkages among capital markets of developing economies, IPOs, and financial management of multinationals. His published books include “Mutual Funds – Building Blocks for Investment Portfolios”, Oxford University Press, (2016), “Private Equity: Opportunities and Risks”, Oxford University Press (2015), “Market Microstructure in Emerging and Developed Markets”, Robert W. Kolb Series in Finance, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., (2013) and “The Art of Capital Restructuring: Creating Shareholder Value through Mergers and Acquisitions”, Robert W. Kolb Series in Finance, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., (2011).

He has published more than 70 articles in scholarly and practitioner journals. His research has appeared in the Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Review, Global Finance Journal, Journal of Applied Finance, Journal of Economics and Finance, Review of Financial Economics, Quarterly Journal of Business and Economics, Thunderbird International Business Review, among others. He is recipient of several research awards including McGraw-Hill Irwin Best Paper Award and Outstanding Research Awardat the Global Conference on Business and Finance. Professor Kiymaz is the finance editor ofInternational Journal of Emerging Marketsand also serves on the editorial board of numerous journals including theEurasian Review of Economics and Finance,Journal of Emerging MarketsJournal of Economics, Business, and Finance, and Advances in Accounting, Finance, and Economics.

Professor Kiymaz received a BS in Business Administration from Uludag University andan MBA, a MA (economics), and a PhD (financial economics) from the University of New Orleans. He began his academic career at Bilkent University before joining the University of Houston-Clear Lake and later moved to Rollins College. Professor Kiymaz also holds held visiting professor positions at the IMADEC University, School of International Business, Vienna, Austria; East Chinese University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, Copenhagen Business School in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Kellina M. Craig-Henderson, Ph.D. is the Head of the Tokyo office of the National Science Foundation.  Before her current appointment, she served as the Deputy Division Director of the Social and Economic Sciences Division of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF).  


She is a former Professor of Social Psychology and retains an affiliation with the Department of Psychology at Howard University where she was promoted to the rank of Full Professor shortly before undertaking full-time Federal service at NSF.


Dr. Craig-Henderson graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut before attending the Master's Program in the social Sciences at the University of Chicago where she earned a M.A. Immediately following that she attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Psychology.


She served on the faculty in the Department of Psychology as well as the Afro-American Studies and Research program at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. This was followed by an appointment in the Psychology Department of California State University in Long Beach.


She subsequently moved to Howard University in Washington, DC. Dr. Craig-Henderson remains passionate about broadening the participation of underrepresented groups, and has been involved in a number of activities which share this focus. 

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Professor Paul Heywood is Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Sir Francis Hill Professor of European Politics at the University of Nottingham. He graduated with an MA in Politics (First Class) from the University of Edinburgh, then did postgraduate studies in Madrid and at the LSE, from where he received his MSc(Econ) and PhD (Politics). Before joining Nottingham, he taught at the University of Glasgow and at the University of London. He also worked for the Economist Intelligence Unit, London (1989-93). He has been a member of the ESRC Research Grants Board (2001-05) and was Dean of the University of Nottingham Graduate School from 2003-07.


He is currently Director of the University of Nottingham’s ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, which supports research students in the social sciences. Between 2003 and 2009 he was co-editor of the international journal Government and Opposition, and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors.Professor Heywood is author, co-author or editor of fourteen books and more than eighty journal articles and book chapters. His research focuses on political corruption, institutional design and state capacity in contemporary Europe. In 2006, he was appointed Adjunct Professor at the University of Hunan (China), where he is Senior Adviser to the Center for Clean Governance. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (elected 2002), and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (elected 2012).

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Professor Dimitrios Buhalis is a Strategic Management and Marketing expert with specialisation in Technology and Tourism. He is Established Chair in Tourism and Deputy Director of the International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research (ICTHR) Director of the eTourismLab and Director of the John Kent Institute in Tourism at the School of Tourism,  Bournemouth University and Professorial Observer at the Bournemouth University Senate. Professor Buhalis is leading eTourism research and is working with the Bournemouth team for introducing technology in all aspects of tourism research and teaching. In 2009 he led Bournemouth University successfully through the UNWTO.TedQual Certification Process and is the BU representative to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. In recognition of his contribution, he was elected in August 2009, as a member of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism. In April 2010, Dimitrios was elected President of International Federation for Information Technologies in Travel and Tourism (IFITT).


His industrial experience includes managerial roles in the Aegean tourism industry, as well as 25 years of international tourism and hospitality research and consultancy.In his research, advisory, consultancy career Dimitrios has worked around the world and has delivered projects, presentations, conferences, consultations in the UK, Ireland, France, Portugal, Spain, Andorra, Greece, Serbia, Italy, Malta, Cyprus, Turkey, Romania, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Slovenia, Estonia, Egypt, Mauritius, United Arab Emirates, Ghana, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Australia, Chile, Mexico, Brazil. He has delivered projects for the governments of Andorra, Egypt, Cyprus and Malta. He was recently appointed in a group of experts to assist the tourism development of the Hainan region in China.


Dr Dimitrios Buhalis was previously Programme Leader MSc in Tourism Marketing, Leader of eTourism Research, Reader in Business Information Management at the School of ManagementUniversity of Surrey and elected member of the University Senate (2003-2007). Until September he was also Course Leader, MSc in eTourism and Director of the Centre for eTourism Research (CeTR). Dimitrios has also been Adjunct Professor at the MBA in Hospitality Management at the IMHI (Cornell University-Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales ESSEC) in Paris, Visiting Professor at School of Hotel and Tourism Management at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Chinaand Professor Associado at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. He has been teaching tourism related subjects in more than 30 Universities around the world. He is regarded as an expert in the impacts of ICTs in the tourism industry and eTourism, the management of tourism distribution channels as well as strategic tourism marketing and management. 


He has written or co-edited a total of 14 books, including two books on the Future of Tourism, namely: Tourism Business Frontiers, Tourism Management Dynamics published by Butterworth-Heinemann, eTourism Case Studies, published by Butterworth as well as eTourism: Strategic Information Technology for Tourism published by Pearson (Prentice Hall/Financial Times) and Tourism Distribution Channels (Thomson), Managing alliances in the global hospitality and tourism industry as well as  a series of three books on IT and Tourism. He has also published more than 80 articles in scholarly journals, books, conference proceedings and consultancy reports.


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Fiona de Londras is a Professor of Law at Durham Law School and Co-Director of the Durham Human Rights Centre in the United Kingdom. In addition, she is Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of New South Wales School of Law (Australia) and a Visiting Professor at University College Dublin (Ireland).


Prior to joining Durham in September 2012, de Londras held a lectureship in University College Dublin (2008-2012) which she took up after completing her doctorate from University College Cork (2005-2008). As a doctoral student she was a National University of Ireland Travelling Fellow and a President’s Doctoral Scholar of UCC. de Londras has held visiting positions in Emory (United States), Minnesota (United States), Osgoode Hall (Canada), Ulster (Northern Ireland), the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (UK), and Peshawar (Pakistan). From 2010-2012 she was a research fellow of the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law. 


Fiona de Londras is the (co)author or (co)editor of eight books and her ninth book—on constitutionalism and counter-terrorism—will be published by Cambridge University Press later in 2014. In addition she has written more than 60 articles and chapters focusing broadly on the relationships between constitutionalism, human rights, and crisis. Her current projects are focused primarily on the EU as a counter-terrorist actor (she is PI of the project SECILE (2013-14) funded by the European Commission), and on the longer term future of the European Court of Human Rights.


For more information see Professor de Londras’ Durham profile, her personal website, her project site, or follow her on Twitter


Claudio Radaelli is a professor of political science at the University of Exeter, where he directs the Jean Monnet Centre for European Governance. Claudio is currently IdEx chair at Sciences-Po Bordeaux, Centre Emile Durkheim, until June 2014. Born in Milan, Italy (1960) Claudio has a degree in economics and a PhD in political science, but between his degree and the PhD he worked in associations and research institutes for six years in Milan and Rome. After the PhD he was appointed lecturer at the University of Bradford in 1995, and move to Exeter University in 2004. 


Claudio is co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research and chaired the ECPR standing group on Regulation & Governance 2010–2012. He is visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen Business School. He was Jean Monnet Fellow and Co-Director of the Robert Schumann Forum on Regulation at the EUI, Florence (2001-2002).


His research interests lie in theoretical policy analysis, policy learning, modes of governance, research design, regulatory reform, and Europeanization. Recently he published Designing Research in the Social Sciences, Sage 2012 (with Fabrizio Gilardi and Martino Maggetti), Research Design in European Studies: Establishing Causality in Europeanization, Palgrave 2012 (co-edited with Theofanis Exadaktylos), and Politics in Italy 2013, Berghahn Books (co-edited with Aldo di Virgilio). In Fall 2013 Claudio completed a four-year project on Analysis of Learning in Regulatory Governance funded by the European Research Council.


Erdogan H. Ekiz is an Associate Professor in King Abdulaziz University, Tourism Institute, Department of Hotel & Hospitality Management, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Ekiz completed his Ph.D. on tourism and hospitality management to the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He had a B.Sc. on tourism and hotel management and a M.B.A. in services marketing from Eastern Mediterranean University in North Cyprus. He is a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) from American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute and has over 13 years of teaching experience in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Cyprus, Turkey, Malaysia and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is co-founder and managing editor of an international journal (International Journal of Management Perspectives) which links the academia to the tourism and hospitality industry. His expertise includes: service failure, consumer complaining behavior, tourist behavior and culture. He has over 130 published journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. His papers have appeared in respected refereed journals such as: International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Managing Service Quality: An International Journal, Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, Scandinavian Journal Hospitality and Tourism, Journal of Hospitality Marketing and Management, Tourism Analysis, etc.


He has successfully completed several consultancy projects with major companies in the industry and still working on a dozen of grants and consultation projects for both government and private sector. Dr. Ekiz has wide range of hands-on management experience within the sector, from fast food to 5 star hotels.



Sule Toktas is a professor of political science at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey. She received her Ph.D. degree from Bilkent University (dissertation entitled “Citizenship, Minorities and Immigrants: A Comparison of Turkey’s Jewish Minority and Turkish-Jewish Immigrants in Israel”) and master’s degree from the Middle East Technical University (thesis entitled “Gender Awareness of Working Women in Turkey: Academics and Teachers Graduated from the Girls’ Institutes 1960-1970”). She was formerly a Jean Monnet post-doctoral fellow at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute; and a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Research on Gender and Women.


Prof. Toktas’s research interests include women’s studies, Turkish politics and foreign policy, minority issues and international migration. She conducted research projects which were funded by TUBITAK (the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), UN Population Fund and Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA). Her publications appeared in academic journals some of which are International Migration, Middle East Policy, Political Science Quarterly, Women’s Studies International Forum, Third World Quarterly, Violence against Women, East European Quarterly, European Journal of Women Studies, Minerva, Turkish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Women’s History Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and the Muslim World.  She co-authored three books on documentation of immigration in Turkey, Syria-Afghanistan politics and think-tanks and foreign policy making in Turkey.

Prof. Toktas is currently in the editorial board of the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Perceptions: Journal of International Affairs and Mirekoc – Migration Research Center at Koc University. She received TUBITAK Incentive Award for Social Scientists in 2009 and Junior Chamber International (JCI)Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Awards in the category of ‘Scientific Leadership’ in 2008. Her contact information: Prof. Dr. Sule Toktas, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Cibali, 34083, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey. E-mail: sule@khas.edu.tr; webpage: http://www.suletoktas.com.


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