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Interviews 2007


Interview with Mr. George Verberg:  

Mr. G.H.B. (George) Verberg was the chairman of the second day of the symposium 2007. Mr. Verberg worked at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands and participated in developing an energy policy during the first energy crisis in the early seventies. Ever since he has been strongly connected to the energy markets. He was the CEO of the Gasunie NV, the largest Dutch gas company, for over 12 years as well as the President of the International Gas Union, the association of 68 gas industries worldwide, for three years (2003-2006) and he currently is the President of the Energy Delta Institute, a leading educational institution focussed on the energy sector. He thinks the topic of the symposium 2007 is of utter importance and relevance given the dynamics of the international energy markets and the trends of consolidation in these markets. He highlights current challenges faced by researchers and practioneers in the field of, for instance, valuation of different types of energy related companies. In the light of these aspects he furthermore stresses the importance of a good interaction between practice and science in the field.


Interview with Prof. Dr. Bert Scholtens:  

Prof. Dr. L.J.R. (Bert) Scholtens was the keynote speaker of the first day of the symposium 2007. He started its career at the ING Postbank and later continued at the University of Amsterdam where he has conducted research in the field of several energy related projects. He later specialized in the field of socially and environmentally responsible corporate conduct with a focus on socially responsible finance. He currently is a professor at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He thinks that due to different market forces (e.g. governmental regulations) market outcomes are often suboptimal in the energy sector. He therefore stresses that the matters discussed at the symposium 2007 are very interesting and important, even more since the energy markets are in constant motion and are very dynamic. He specifically notes that the standard models for valuation, which do not take into account specific important characteristics of companies in the energy sector, are often used in practice to value companies. Mr. Scholtens aims at valuation models that take into account energy specific matters such as the volatility of prices, substitutes of energy products and the limited time frames of these products.


Short CV of Prof. Mehmet Baha Karan:  

Mehmet Baha Karan has been with Hacettepe University (Turkey), Department of Business Administration, since 1995. He is currently working as a professor of finance. He received his BSc degree from Middle East Technical University (Turkey) and his PhD. in 1984 from Gazi University (Turkey). Karan has also significant working and consulting experience in companies and public institutions. He founded and directed the Hacettepe University Financial Research Center and organized numerous national and international seminars focusing on finance and business management during the period of 1997-2004. He was appointed as the vice dean of Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at the end of 2004. His current research areas of interest are portfolio management and market efficiency. Karan’s accomplishments include two finance textbooks, about 35 articles published in national and international journals and 16 international conference presentations. Some of the recent publications are:

  • Arslan, O and Mehmet B Karan, "Ownership and Control as Determinants of Corporate Debt Maturity: A Panel Study of Turkish Firms", Journal of Corporate Governance: An International Review, 14, 3, 2006:

  • Leyla Ozer, Azize Ergeneli and Mehmet B Karan “Risk and Return Perception and the Investment Preferences of Investors and Specialists: Evidence from an Emerging Market”, Eurasian Review of Economics and Finance, 2006, 2 (1), 10-20

  • Mehmet B. Karan, “Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management”, Gazi Publications, Ankara 2004 ( Textbook)

  • R. Aktaş, Mehmet B. Karan and K. Aydogan, "Forecasting Short Run Performance of Initial Public Offerings In Istanbul Stock Exchange", The Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance and Business Ventures, 1 (1), (2003), 23-52

  • H Gönenc and Mehmet B. Karan. "Do Value Stocks Earn Higher Returns than Growth Stocks in an Emerging Market? Evidence from Istanbul Stock Exchange", Journal of International Financial Management & Accounting, 14 (1), (2003),1-25

  • R. Demirer and Mehmet B. Karan. "An Investigation of the Day of the Week Effect On Stock Returns in Turkey", Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, 38 (2002) 47-77. ( Textbook).

  • Mehmet B. Karan and Karacabey Argun “Turkish Capital Market, Current Problems and Future,” Capital Market Board of Turkey Publications, No:140, Ankara, 2002

  • Armağan Tarım and Mehmet B. Karan. "Investment Fund Performance Measured Using Weight-Restricted Data Envelopment Analysis", Russian and East European Finance and Trade, 37 (2001) 63-83.

  • Armağan Tarım and Mehmet B. Karan. "Data Envelopment Analysis in Performance Evaluation", International Journal of Government Auditing, 28 (2001) 12-14.

He also has served to some national and international finance associations. His responsibilities in finance societies are:

  • Finance Society Turkey, General Secretary, 1998-2003

  • Finance Society Turkey, President, 2003-2007

  • Multinational Finance Society, President Elect, 2005-2006

  • Multinational Finance Society, President, 2006-2007

Dr. Karan has organized and worked in the organization of many meetings and conferences. The most important conferences are:

  • 11th Annual Conference of Multinational Finance Society, Istanbul, July 2004, Program Chair

  • From Balkans to Caucasus: Finance Competition and Regional Cooperation, Ankara, May 2005, Program Chair.

  • International Credit Risk and Rating Conference, Ankara, May 2007, Program Chair.

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