Dr. Yilmaz Argüden: Governance
Dr. Argüden is the Founder and Chairman of ARGE Consulting, a management consulting firm known for value creating strategies and institution building. He is also the Chairman of Rothschild investment bank in Turkiye. His career spans the private sector, public sector, multinational institutions, NGOs, and academia.
Dr. Argüden has a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the Bosphorus University, where he received both the Top Graduating Engineer Award and the President’s Prize for Student Leadership. He was a member of the High School and University basketball teams that won National Championships. He received his PhD in policy analysis from the RAND Graduate Institute with General Distinction. Throughout his education, he received scholarships from Fulbright, TÜBİTAK, and NATO.
Dr. Argüden started his career at the R&D Center of the Koç Group (1978-80). He worked at the RAND Corporation as a Policy Analyst focusing on energy policy and human resources policies (1980-85). Later he joined the World Bank where, as a Senior Officer, he participated in more than 100 loan negotiations with more than 20 countries (1985-88). Upon his Government’s invitation, he returned to Turkiye where he led the Privatization Program, when initial foreign investments were attracted to the program, the public offering of Government’s shares in industrial enterprises was initiated flourishing the Istanbul Stock Exchange, and the Turkish investment banking industry was established (1988-90). He also served as the Chief Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister (1991).
Later he founded ARGE Consulting, a leading management consulting firm based in Istanbul. ARGE is the first Turkish signatory of the UN Global Compact and has been recognized at the European Parliament as one of the best three companies “Shaping the Future” with its commitment to corporate social responsibility.
Dr. Argüden served on the boards of more than 50 national and international corporations, served as the Chairman of the largest Turkish steel company, Erdemir (1997-99). He is an adjunct Professor of Business Strategy; and an author of numerous books and a columnist focusing on business and strategy issues. He is a renowned governance expert and has been selected as a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the Global Corporate Governance Forum, established by the OECD and the World Bank, as well as being the Vice-Chairman of the Public Governance Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD. He is also the founder of the non-profit Argüden Governance Academy.
Dr. Argüden is also a social entrepreneur, seeking to improve the quality of life in the community. As the Chairman of the Turkish Quality Association, he initiated the National Quality Movement to improve the management effectiveness of private, public, and civil society institutions throughout Turkiye by promoting TQM philosophy. As the Chairman of Turkish-American Business Council and the Turkish-Canadian Business Council he has been a leader in developing bilateral business relations. As a Founding Board Member of the independent Turkish think-tank, Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) he has been a staunch promoter of public policy analysis. As a Founding Board Member of The Turkish Education Volunteers Foundation (TEGV), he has been active in improving the quality of education by improving delivery systems and content development. As the Founding Vice-Chairman of Corporate Volunteers Association (CVA) he has been a leader in actively promoting corporate social responsibility and volunteerism. As the Chair of Local Networks Advisory Group he represents the National Networks at the Board of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest sustainability platform.
He is an Eisenhower Fellow, a recipient of numerous leadership, distinguished citizenship and career awards, and was selected by the World Economic Forum, as a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” for his commitment to improving the state of the world (1999).