Keynote Speaker

The Fuller E. Callaway Professorial Chair
Executive Director, Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)
Institute of International Business, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University

Tamer specializes in the internationalization of the firm, global strategy, emerging markets and buyer-seller relationships in cross-border business. He researches middle-class evolution in rapidly transforming economies and leads an effort to measure and mitigate country risk as a way of building risk-resilient enterprise. He is the founding executive director of CIBER at Georgia State, a national resource center partially funded by the federal government.

His professional career spans teaching, research and administrative responsibilities in international business at Michigan State University, Bradley University, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. He has also been a Senior Fulbright Scholar to Australia and taught at Monash University. Tamer was a visiting professor at Manchester Business School, and held the Gianni and Joan Montezemolo Visiting Chair at the University of Cambridge. He is now a visiting professor at Leeds University Business School and serves on the Hong Kong Research Grants Council.

At Michigan State, Tamer was the inaugural holder of the John W. Byington Endowed Chair in Global Marketing and was recognized as Distinguished Faculty, the highest award given to a faculty member. He founded MSU-CIBER, a leading National Resource Center in 1989 and was its executive director until 2008. At MSU-CIBER, he spearheaded the development of the international business knowledge portal globalEDGE. During his career, Tamer mentored about 30 doctoral students who have gone on to become successful academics at major business schools across the world.

Tamer has authored more than a dozen books and more than 190 journal articles. His work is among the most cited contributions in international business. He is the founding editor of the Journal of International Marketing, now published by the American Marketing Association, and Advances in International Marketing, published by Emerald Group Publishing. He serves on the editorial review boards of a dozen professional journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies and is the editor of a Business Expert Press international business book series.

Tamer is the senior author of the leading textbook “International Business: The New Realities” with Gary Knight and John Riesenberger. Other books include: “Internationalizing Business Education,” “Internationalizing Doctoral Education in Business,” andDoing Business in the Emerging Markets, 2nd Ed.” He also edited the reference books  “Study Abroad for Business Schools” and “Emerging Frontiers in International Business Research and Theory.”

Tamer is an elected Fellow of the Academy of International Business, a distinction earned by a select group of intellectual leaders in international business. He also was vice president of the Academy of International Business and on the board of directors of the American Marketing Association.

Tamer holds a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. He earned his MBA and Ph.D. in business from the University of Wisconsin.