||BOARD SPOTLIGHT: Phil Williams Visiting Lecturer at Koç University — AFOT’s longest-serving Board member, Henry (Phil) Williams of Charlottesville, VA, will soon be leaving to resume his lecturing at Koç University in Istanbul, a position he began last spring. “Turkey and America, East and West – Where the Twain Meet” a course he created, was so popular on campus, Phil was asked to return and repeat the course this fall.
Phil joined the AFOT Board of Directors in 1993, shortly after returning to the U.S. from four years in Istanbul where he was instrumental in establishing the Turk Merchant Bank, a joint venture between Bankers Trust/ NY Bank. Is Bank and Dis Bank were minority shareholders in the Turk Merchant Bank.
Phil was responsible for developing the Corporate Finance business, drawing on his extensive experience on Wall Street in international investment banking. While undertaking 11 privatization advisories for the Turkish Government, including Egreli Demir Celik, clients also included private sector Turkish companies and foreign clients such as Tuborg, Marriott and efferson Smurfit and Foster Wheeler. Phil led the acquisition of Is Bank’s Aslan Cimento on behalf of French client LaFarge Coppee, concluding what was then, in 1991, the single largest equity purchase in the history of Turkey at $90,000,000.
A native of Michigan, Phil is noted for his impressive education and intellect. He has received degrees and diplomas from the University of Virginia, the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), the University of Florence (Italy), and two Masters and a Doctorate in International Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, a joint Tufts and Harvard program. Phil has been featured and interviewed on National Public Radio, has written newspaper articles and published in scholarly journals on Ottoman and Turkish Law.
Professionally, Phil is now a licensed realtor and operates a small consulting business. He is a popular lecturer on Turkey and the Middle East. He continues to take an active role in civil society, serving not only in AFOT, but also as the State President of the Sons of the American Revolution, and on the national board of the English-Speaking Union. An avid racquet sportsman and swimmer, he has inherited a love of Antique and Classic cars.
We wish him “bon voyage” and look forward to his return in December..