Name, Surname : Asaf Savaş Akat
Place, Date of Birth : 03.02.1943
Citizenship : T.C
Marital Status : Married with Prof. Dr. Nilüfer Göle
Languages : English - French
Education :
1954 - Levent İlkokulu, Istanbul (primary school)
1961 - Redondo Union H.S., Redondo Beach CA, USA
1962 - Galatasaray Lisesi, Istanbul (high school)
1966 - B. Sc.: University of Istanbul, Faculty of Economics
1968 - M.A.: East Anglia University, Norwich, England
1969 - Ph.D.: U. of Istanbul, Faculty of Economics
1970 - Research : London School of Economics, London, England
Academic Career :
1966 - Assistant at the Faculty of Economics, University of Istanbul.
1973 - Associate Professor of Economics at the same institution.
1974 - 1975 - National Security Academy, Istanbul Turkey, member of teaching staff during Military Service
1980 - Professor of Economics at Istanbul University.
1982 - Resigned from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Istanbul.
1989 - Lecturer in Economics at the Marmara University, Istanbul
1993 - Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Istanbul
1994 - Founder and member of Academic Board, Istanbul School of International Studies
1996 – President, Istanbul Bilgi University
1998 – Professor of Economics, Istanbul Bilgi University
Work Experience :
Various executive positions in the private sector
Columnist of daily Vatan and weekly programme on NTV
Social and Civic Life :
  • Member of the Alumni Association of the Faculty of Economics,
    (Board member 1982 -1984)
  • Member of Galatasaray Spor Klübü
  • Trustee and Board Member of Terakki Foundation operating the Terakki Schools
  • Member of American Economic Association and Royal Economic Society
  • Founding member, trustee and Board Member (1991-93) of TÜSES Foundation for economic, political and social research.
  • Founding member of Turkish Association of Simultaneous Interpreters
  • Member of TÜSİAD Turkish Businessmen and Industrialist Association
  • Founding member, deputy president and canditade for Istanbul from YDH - Yeni Demokrasi Hareketi (liberal political party) in 1993-96
  • Member of Board of Editors of several journals and periodicals
  • Honours, Awards, Scholarships
  • AFS Exchange Student (1 year), Redondo Union High School, California, USA
  • AIESEC Trainee (4 months), Norges Bank (Central Bank), Oslo, Norway.
  • OECD Technical Assistance Feelowship (2 years),Norwich and London, England
  • Distinguished Foreign Guests Program of the U.S.Government (1 month), different cities and States.
  • Sedat Simavi Vakfı Award for Social Scinces (Alternatif Büyüme Stratejisi)
Courses Taught :
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Microeconomics (intermediate and advanced level)
  • Macroeconomics (intermediate and advanced level)
  • Growth Theory
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Economic Planning
  • Turkish Economy Policy
  • Current Economic Issues
Publications :

  • Normal Prices and General Equilibrium. Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis, Istanbul 1969.
  • Modern Developments in the Theory of Economic Growth. Unpublished thesis for Associate Professorship, Istanbul 1973.


  • İktisadi Analiz (Economic Analysis), İ. Ü. İktisat Fak. İstanbul 1980 – Eflatun Yayınları, Ankara 2009
  • Alternatif Büyüme Stratejisi (Alternative Growth Strategy), İletişim Yayınları, Istanbul 1983
  • Sosyal Demokrasi Gündemi (Agenda for Social Democracy), Armoni Yayınları, İstanbul 1991
  • Large number of articles in periodicals, edited books, etc; several radio and TV appearances.