Istanbul Research Center
The Istanbul Research Center (ITRC) opened in 2013. Based in Istanbul, the ITRC is the most recent addition to the School's network of Global Centers. The center plays an important role in helping the School develop and strengthen relationships with Turkish business and academic leaders. Drawing on Istanbul's strategic location historically, as a gateway between the East and the West, it offers a unique vantage point from which the School might also connect to the Islamic world.
In January 2013, Harvard Business School appointed Esel Çekin as Executive Director of the Istanbul Research Center. As Executive Director, Esel is charged with establishing the Center and facilitating research and course development for HBS in Turkey.