Conference Associate Chair: Professor Ekrem Erdem. Ekrem Erdem is a Professor in the Department of Economics at Erciyes University, Kayseri, Turkey. He completed his Ph.D. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA. Prof. Erdem has been in charge as the dean of Erciyes University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences since 2008, and the Director for African Economic and Social Research Center. Professor Erdem has more than 120 scientific Works as books, papers published and presented in scientific journals and meetings. His major fields of interest are monetary isues, innovation and labor economics, economic growth, and Islamic economics. He has been scientific referee for many journals, and involved in almost a houndred scientific events as organizator, scientific board member and president. He is the board member of International Trade and Finance Association (IT&FA) since 2010. He teaches monetary and banking economics, macroeconomics, and managerial economics courses at undergraduate, master and doctorate levels, and he has managed 25 master and doctorate thesis as advisor.