Hakan Yetkiner, Professor of Economics, received his B.A. in Management from Middle East Technical University (METU) in 1989. He holds two master degrees: M.S. in Economics from METU, and M.Sc. in Economics from London School of Economics. Professor Yetkiner was also awarded two doctorate level degrees in Economics, from METU and from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. After graduation, he spent two years at Hamburg University as a post-doctoral researcher. Since September 2004, he has been affiliated with Department of Economics at Izmir University of Economics. In addition to one textbook and three edited books, Professor Yetkiner has published a wide range of articles in national and international journals. Professor Yetkiner is the only economist in the whole Aegean region that is ranked in the top 15 among Turkish economists in REPEC statistics. Since appointment to his present post, Professor Yetkiner has played a leading role in the organization of over 15 conferences, at both national and international level.