SIUE School of Business’ Demirer to Speak at Middle East Conference

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business Associate Professor of Economics and Finance Riza Demirer, Ph.D., has been invited to be among the keynote speakers at the 2012 Middle East Conference Oct. 18-19 in Houston.

SIUE School of Business Associate Professor of Economics and Finance Riza Demirer, Ph.D.

Dr. Demirer’s participation and his willingness to share his expertise with a wide audience helps to demonstrate the high quality of the faculty in the SIUE School of Business.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business Associate Professor of Economics and Finance Riza Demirer, Ph.D., has been invited to be among the keynote speakers at the 2012 Middle East Conference. The College of Liberal & Applied Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University is hosting the event Oct. 18-19 in Houston.

The conference focus is “The U.S. and Middle East: The Future Relationship.” A select group of specialists and policy makers will examine the U.S. and Middle -East relations from different perspectives, including political and economic. The specialists will then offer policy recommendations. The conference will include U.S. and international speakers.

“Among the invited speakers are policy makers from Israel, Egypt and Turkey; analysts from several think tanks, as well as academics like me,” said Demirer. “It is quite an honor to be considered among these select individuals.”

A native of Turkey, Demirer earned his bachelor’s in industrial engineering from Bogazici University, Turkey. He achieved a master’s in operational research from Lancaster University, England and a Ph.D. in business from the University of Kansas. His recent work focuses on the issues surrounding investor behavior and asset pricing in a number of emerging and frontier stock markets in Asia and the Middle East.

“Dr. Demirer’s participation and his willingness to share his expertise with a wide audience helps us to demonstrate the high quality of the faculty in the SIUE School of Business,” said Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance John Navin.

Demirer has recently published in Energy Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money and Journal of Applied Finance. He has served as an ad hoc reviewer for academic journals and the National Science Foundation Decision, Risk, and Management Science - Economics program.

Topics of discussion will include:

  •     “The New Agenda in the Middle East” featuring Dr. Alaa El-Hadidi, director, Israel Department, Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dr. Haim Koren, Israeli ambassador to South Sudan; and a scholar provided by the Consulate General of Turkey.
  •     “The Political Context: Governance, Regional Cooperation and Demographics” with panelists including Mr. Alan G. Misenheimer, Department of Strategy and Policy at National War College; Dr. Nader Hashemi, director of the Center for Middle East Studies and assistant professor, University of Denver; and Mr. Thomas W. Lippman, scholar, Middle East Institute.
  •     “The Security Context: National Defense, Regional Threats and Social Well-Being” presented by Dr. Roby Barrett, president, Stratplan International and Senior Fellow, Strategic Studies Department, Joint Special Operations University; Dr. Marvin Weinbaum, scholar-in-residence, Middle East Institute; and Dr. Michael Ryan, senior fellow, The Jamestown Foundation.
  •     “The Economic Context: Resources, Globalization and Prosperity” with expert panelists including Dr. Hisham Foad, director, Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies, San Diego State University; Dr. Augustus Richard Norton, director of the Institute for Iraqi Studies, Boston University; and Dr. Riza Demirer, associate professor, SIUE.

The SIUE School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, representing the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review lists SIUE as one of the top 294 business schools in the U.S. and abroad. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in accounting, computer management and information systems, economics, finance, management and marketing. More than 20,000 alumni have earned degrees from the SIUE School of Business. For more information about the School of Business, visit: http://www.siue.edu/business/index.shtml

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