Advisory Committee

Richard Howitt

Richard Howitt is the chair of CSR Turkey’s advisory board.

Richard Howitt is a Labour Member of the European Parliament for the East of England, first elected in 1994. He is Vice Chair of the Human Rights Sub Committee, a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Common Security and Defence Policy and is the Labour European Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs. Richard is a member of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, and was recently a member of the Parliament mission to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, and to monitor the Palestinian Presidential elections.

He is also a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, and is European Parliament Spokesperson on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). He successfully led the preparation of the Parliamentary report on CSR, which represented a major step towards establishing international regulation for multinational companies. Richard has also been European Parliament representative at the EU Multistakeholder Forum on CSR,and has organised annual hearings in the European Parliament on the impact of European enterprises on developing countries.

Auret van Heerden

Auret van Heerden has 40 years experience in labour and human rights issues worldwide. He began as a student leader and anti-apartheid activist in South Africa before being forced into exile after long periods of detention and torture. He was recruited by the ILO in Geneva to work on the Programme of Action against Apartheid until the Mandela administration was elected in 1994 and named him as Labour Attache at the South African Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva. He returned to the ILO in 1996 to head the Special Action Programme on Social and Labour Issues in EPZs. In 2001 he joined the Fair Labor Association in Washington DC and served as its President and CEO for 13 years. His activities span the globe and consist primarily of consultancy and teaching in the areas of labour relations and human resource management, corporate social responsibility and business and human rights. Auret also founded the Academy for Sustainable Business and works closely with Stern Business School at New York University and the HEC Lausanne. He sits on the Investment Committee of the C&A Foundation, and serves on the WEF Global Agenda Council for Business and Human Rights and the Boards of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, the International Council of the Toy Industry’s CARE Program and co-Chairs the Fair Wage Network.

Dr. Melsa Ararat

Dr. Melsa Ararat is an international advisor and an academic on Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Strategy.

She held various international management and board positions in Asia Pacific, Japan and Europe for over 15 years prior to returning to academia. Her focus in her professional career was on Strategic Initiatives, New Business Development and Joint Ventures. Dr. Ararat’s current work focuses on the overlap between corporate governance, CSR and business strategy as well as on the corporate governance reforms in emerging economies. She was a member of the committees which developed TUSIAD’s and Capital Market Board’s CG Guidelines for Turkey. She is the initiator and the manager of Corporate Governance Forum of Turkey (CGFT) and a faculty member of the Graduate School of Management at Sabanci University .

Barış Dinçer

Barış Dinçer, started his career in Prime Ministry Privatization Administration Presidency (ÖİB)  and continued at World Bank, Harvard University and OECD. Barış Dinçer, who mainly took part in reconstruction and privatization projects in energy and telecommunication sector in ÖİB, also been in Eti Bakır A.Ş. Board of Directors as a member. Within World Bank, he contributed as an advisor to the Privatization Social Support and Investment Climate of Turkey projects. He worked in Harvard Electrical Policies Group, on the field of energy sector reform and partnership of public-private sector. In OECD Paris central Office, he has been an advisor of some governments and organizations, he directed international projects like “Global Network on Privatization and Corporate Governance of State Owned Enterprises”, “Eurasia Group on Corporate Governance for Capital Market Development”, “Asia Network on Corporate Governance of SOEs” which are about Corporate Administration, Capital Market and Public Economic Enterprises. He took his undergraduate education in Galatasaray University, through ABD Fullbright, UK Chevening and German Baden Württemberg Scholarships he took post-graduate education on Business Management and Economy fields in Bilkent University. He continued his education in Hacettepe and Harvard University. 

İsmail Hakkı POLAT

Graduated from METU Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department in 1989. Between 1989-2004, he worked at Siemens, Nortel-Netaş, Ericsson and Turkcell as engineer and administrator. Since 2004, He has been working as an academician at Kadir Has University Communication Department and gives “New Media” lectures.  Also, he took part as administrator/advisor in Doğan Holding, Center Broadcast Group, Ciner Media Group’s mobile communication & related units establishment process.


Polat, shares his opinions and ideas about New Media at Bloomberg Business Week Turkey every week.

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