Hakan Ener (Turkey)
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Spain
Background: BA in Economics and MBA, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey; Worked as a Research Associate; PhD in Strategy, INSEAD (2009)
I heard about how Asia was the world’s rising economic power, but I saw it for myself at the HarbourFront area in Singapore.
I had never really been anywhere east of my home country, Turkey, so the time I spent in Singapore as part of my INSEAD PhD was an eye-opening experience. I heard about how Asia was the world’s rising economic power, but I saw it for myself at the HarbourFront area in Singapore, which is a key cargo transit point for trade between the whole continent and the rest of the world. The volume of cargo waiting to be shipped to Europe, America and Africa was simply mind-boggling.
Half of our world lives in Asia, and I became familiar with this continent only after INSEAD
made it possible to do part of my doctoral research there. As I graduate from the PhD Programme and move on to work as an
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, I know I have received the best doctoral education for developing a global vision as a scholar.
I would encourage all PhD applicants to consider stepping outside their comfort zone and to do part of their doctoral work in a different country: it is very stimulating for the mind. And, of course, if you choose to study at INSEAD it is also very easy to achieve!