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Burak Kocer, PhD International Associate, Aspen Family Business Group

Burak is the head of Corporate Governance Desk of Ünsal Gündüz Attorneys at Law, a full service law firm based in Istanbul. In this role, he has assisted a number of family businesses in developing their family constitutions and moderated meetings to implement their governance models. He is also advising corporate clients on governance-related matters, including development of company and group level governance policies and structures, board performance evaluation, annual planning of board and committee tasks and governance-related public disclosures.

In addition to his advisory assignments, Burak is also an independent board member at Bosch Fren, a Robert Bosch Group subsidiary listed in Istanbul, and Federal-Mogul Izmit, a Turkish American joint venture listed in Istanbul.

Graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Business Administration in 1998, Burak completed his MBA at Ball State University Miller College of Business in 2000. He received his PhD from Istanbul University in 2005 with his dissertation on board structure and functions at listed companies. He began his career as a research assistant at Istanbul University in 1998 and then worked as a teaching assistant at Istanbul Bilgi University, where he taught perspectives on management, organizational behavior and human resource management courses from 2001 and 2004.

Burak is a member of Corporate Governance Association of Turkey, Corporate Governance Working Group at Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association.

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David Bork, Founder Emeritas

David Bork is an original pioneer in the field of family business consulting and is among the world’s leaders in counseling family businesses. Since 1968, he has assisted over 400 families in charting their way through every imaginable family business issue.

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