Board of Directors
Talat Ulussever was born on 20th of April, 1970 and completed his primary-secondary-high school education in Adana, Turkey. Holding a bachelor degree in Public Finance from the School of Political Sciences at Ankara University (1994) and a master’s degree in Management of Financial Resources from Carnegie Mellon University (1998), he earned his Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Kansas (2004). During his graduate studies, he worked as teaching assistant, expert, financial analyst, instructor and adjunct professor at different universities and institutions in the U.S. After acquiring his Ph.D. degree, Dr. Ulussever joined Benedict College (Columbia, SC, USA) in August 2004 as an Assistant Professor of Finance and worked until August 2007. Besides his academic career at Benedict College, Dr. Ulussever was certified as FastTrac Business Trainer by Kaufman Inc. in January 2006, and served as business trainer, researcher, project consultant, and financial consultant to the Business Development Center and Community Development Corporation of the College. Dr. Ulussever moved to Saudi Arabia in August 2007, and has continued his academic career as an Assistant Professor of Finance at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals. Throughout his graduate and postgraduate studies, Dr. Ulussever has attended numerous international academic and professional conferences as speaker, discussant as well as chair and published several academic papers in internationally recognized refereed journals. Moreover, Dr. Ulussever has actively participated in many research teams and served as principal investigator, co-investigator as well as consultant on several sponsored research projects in the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. Promoted to the rank of Associate Professorship in February 2013, Dr. Ulussever has served on the editorial and scientific boards of various international institutions and academic journals. Dr. Ulussever worked for the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT) from June 2010 to June 2014 as a chief project director and advisor, responsible for the gulf countries, to the President. In the meantime, Dr. Ulussever delivered lectures on a regular basis and trained the experts and project directors of ISPAT on various topics of economics, finance and investment. Appointed as a board member to Borsa İstanbul Inc. (Stock, Gold, and Derivatives Exchange of Turkey) on April 5, 2013, Dr. Ulussever was elected as the chairman of the Board on 31st of March, 2015 and chaired the Board from April 2015 to April 2016. Dr. Ulussever also served as a board member at Istanbul Development Agency from July 2015 to July 2016. Furthermore, Dr. Ulussever worked as the founding chairman of Economics Department at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University from January 2014 to June 2014 and later served as an associate professor in the School of Political Sciences at Ankara Social Sciences University from June 2014 to October 2016. Meanwhile, Dr. Ulussever was appointed as a member to the Capital Markets Board (CMB) of Turkey on 30st of September in 2016, and currently serving as the deputy chairman of CMB and the board member of the Investor Compensation Center. Appointed as a founding board member to the Energy Exchange Istanbul (Energy Bourse of Turkey) in February 2015 and is currently serving as the deputy chairman of the Board. Dr. Ulussever is fluent in English and has intermediate knowledge of Arabic. Dr. Ulussever is married with four children.