Abdullah Akyuz serves as an advisor to Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD) as well as serving on the Board of Is Investment, Turkey’s largest investment bank. He teaches part-time at George Washington University’s School of Business in Washington, DC and Bahcesehir University MBA program in Istanbul. Between 1983-1990, Abdullah Akyuz served on the Capital Markets Board, the Turkish equivalent of the SEC, as an economist. In June 1990, he became the Director of the newly established Bonds and Bills Market at the Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE). At the ISE, he led the teams that set up Turkey’s first organized fixed-income as well as world’s first organized repo markets. In May 1994 Mr. Akyuz became the Executive Vice-Chairman of the ISE, overseeing the operations of several departments during his tenure. He was in charge of Equity, Fixed-Income, Derivatives and Membership Departments at the time of his departure from the ISE at the end of 1998. Mr. Akyuz has also served as a Board Member of the ISE-Settlement and Custody Bank, Inc. (TAKASBANK), as well as a member of Treasury’s “Domestic Borrowing Advisory Board”. Between 1999 and 2011 he served as the founding President of TUSIAD-US Inc., TUSIAD’s US Representative Office, a position that has given him ample opportunity to establish high-level contacts with senior government officials, business leaders as well as the representatives of international bodies in both Turkey and the US.
Mr. Abdullah Akyuz received his B.A. degree in Economics and Finance from the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Ankara (1983), his M.A. degree in Economics from the University of California-Davis (1986), and graduated from Wharton School’s Advanced Management Program (1996).
He has been the author of several publications and appeared on many US, Turkish and international media outlets as commentator on issues related to finance, securities markets, US and Turkish economies, Turkish-American relations and global developments. Mr. Akyuz resides in both the US and Turkey.