Interview / Autograph Session
Théâtre De L'Espérance
Turkish / Translated to English

The World and Turkish Economy in Transition with Dr. Mahfi Eğilmez

Interview / Autograph Session

One of Turkey's most respected economists is visiting Geneva for an interview on the transition the world economy is going through. This is a great opportunity to introduce yourself to fresh ideas on current events and to network with business leaders in Geneva.

Dr. Egilmez is known for presenting complex data with simple charts in an evident fashion.

The interview follows the outline of two bestseller books by Dr. Mahfi Eğilmez. In the first part, Dr. Eğilmez will discuss the transition the world economy is going through supported by current data and in comparison, to the historic economic transitions.

In the second section, we will dive into the current and possible future states of the Turkish economy and how it will affect the region. The Q&A section will be followed by an autograph session.

Join the conference to distill your vision of the economy with the clear, independent views of a prominent academic.

The interview will be conducted in Turkish and simultaneously translated into English.

27 March 2019

  • 18:00 Doors open
  • 18:30 - 19:15 Dr. Mahfi Eğilmez interview by Berat Onur
  • 19:15 - 19:45 Q&A
  • 19:45 - 20:15 Autograph Session
  • 20:15 Closing of the event




Dr. Egilmez has a BA degree in economics and public finance from the School of Political Sciences of Ankara University, Ph.D. in public finance from Ankara Gazi University.

He served in the Ministry of Finance and the Treasury Department as Inspector of Finance, Head of Department, Deputy General Director, General Director, Deputy Undersecretary, Undersecretary for Treasury. During these duties, he also served as the governor for both the World Bank and the EBRD on behalf of the Turkish Government. He resigned from the public service when he was Undersecretary of Treasury and moved to the private sector. He worked in various financial corporations as chairman and the board member, columnist in Yeni Yüzyıl and Radikal Newspapers, commentator in CNBCe and NTV tv channels. He also worked as the lecturer at İstanbul Bilgi University and Kadir Has University.

He is currently working as a lecturer at Altinbas University.

Egilmez has 18 published books and many articles in various periodicals.

About the books:

The topics covered in the two bestselling books will give you an idea about the scope of Dr. Eğilmez’s focus on this interview as well:

World Economy from a Historical Perspective

The Unconventional history of world economics
  • How did humans transition from consumption to production?
  • How did the invention of the plow and the wheel impact economies?
  • How were the feodal production and distribution structured?
  • How did budget rights immerge?
  • What was the impact of the industrial revolution on everyday life?
  • Why did China close its doors to the world?
  • How did the first trade war start?
  • How did Islamic civilization rise?
  • Who went to America first?
  • The rise, evolution and fall of the socialist revolution
  • What is Industry 4.0?

Turkey in Transition

A social-economic analysis, from Ottomans to the Republic

With the fall of the empires, Europe transitioned into nation-states where Renaissance led to the industrial revolution. During the same period, the Ottoman Empire failed to follow suit and did not fully realize neither the enlightenment nor industrial capitalism.

Dr. Eğilmez discusses the transition which took place by the foundation of the republic. He comparatively analyses how the Turkish economy differs from other examples of capitalism in the world.


The interview will be moderated by Berat Onur:








  • BA METU Business Administration
  • MA Galatasaray University International Relations
  • E/IMEA Trade Marketing Leader of Procter & Gamble
  • Columnist in Turkish News Portal NGazete & Hürriyet Daily News

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Practical Info:


Théâtre de l'Espérance

Rue de la Chapelle 8, 1207 Genève


Villereuse, Carrefour de Villereuse 2A, 1207 Genève


Tram N° 12, stop Terrassière

From Gare de Cornavin with bus N° 61, stop Terrassière.


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Les Délices de Genève: Rue de la Terrassière 25, 1207 Genève

Ticket Prices: 

Regular 20 frs, Student  10 frs