Prof. Dr. Ahmet Kasım Han

Prof. Dr. Ahmet Kasım Han

With over thirty years of experience as a researcher in academia, as an executive in finance, services and industrial production, and as an opinion pundit who is widely quoted and consulted and whose strategic analysis, forecasts and insights has been mediatized by international media including, Independent Turkey, CNN International, The Associated Press, CNBC, Deutsche Welle, The New York Times, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Asahi Shimbun, Nikkei, Reuters, AP, BBC, The Economist, Der Spiegel, Paris Match, and PBS, Prof. Han has been, and still, serving as a Project Manager, General Manager, CEO, Member of Board, General Counsel, Executive Advisor and Advisor to the board for Turkish mega businesses and multinationals. In this capacity he has been focused on managing and facilitating effective strategic thinking processes. He has been advising to a large portfolio of multinationals such as the Bosch Group, BurganBank Turkey, Platin Group, BNP, Citibank and others on strategic thinking, assessment and modelling. His areas of expertise include assessing and structuring strategic insights, crisis management, reputation management, mediatization of strategic communications, social research, polling and data analysis, and risk management, and financial and political risk management. In these capacities he has led processes for identifying key challenges and opportunities, and formulating innovative approaches and strategies. Apart from his role as a strategy consultant for FutureBright Group, Prof. Han is currently a faculty member at the School of Economics, Social and Administrative Sciences, Department of International Relations at İstanbul’s Altinbas University where he also serves as the advisor to the Rector on marketing and strategic processes. He has studied in İstanbul, Boğaziçi, Koç, and Harvard Universities and earned BA, MA, Ph.D. and post-doctoral level degrees on economics, international relations, strategy, and negotiations and has lectured as a visiting scholar in international academic institutions, including St. Andrews University and US Marine Core College, where his philosophy on strategic thinking has been shared, evaluated and discussed. He also worked with an array of global think-tanks such as German Marshall Fund of the United States (US), Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Germany) and l’Istituto per gli Studi di Politica (Italy) and EDAM (Turkey) and a diverse portfolio of global governmental and international institutions, including NATO. He has been a member of multinational second track diplomacy groups working on international commercial and political crisis and issues, as a leader in negotiations. Prof. Han has served as the International Relations Advisor for Turkish Exporters Assembly, the umbrella organization of Turkey’s exporting industries from 2003 to 2006, where he was responsible for structuring negotiations strategies with international stakeholders as well as on building specific companies and Turkey’s brand image. He has also worked as an M&A advisor and chief counsel and negotiator in international projects. He has been awarded a Young Leaders of Europe Scholarship from the US Department of State (2003), and has been a NATO/ TOLA observer in Afghanistan twice in 2005 and 2010. Prof. Han has testified before the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Dubrovnik in 2013. He has been a keynote speaker in more than three hundred domestic and international training programs, conferences, seminars and meetings on strategic assessment and analysis of global commercial and political issues. Believing in a wholistic and integrated approach to strategy, throughout his career Prof. Han has dealt with strategic issues of differing nature and complexity. Building on his vast expertise in public and private sectors, as well as his knowledge both as an executive and academician, he is dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to strategic situations. Based on his training that encompasses economy on the one end and psychology on the other, Prof. Han is committed to sharing his experience and knowledge with the prospective clients of FutureBright Dubai.