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Burak Kocer, PhD
International Associate, Aspen Family Business Group

Burak is the head of Corporate Governance Desk of Ünsal Gündüz Attorneys at Law, a full service law firm based in Istanbul. In this role, he has assisted a number of family businesses in developing their family constitutions and moderated meetings to implement their governance models. He is also advising corporate clients on governance-related matters, including development of company and group level governance policies and structures, board performance evaluation, annual planning of board and committee tasks and governance-related public disclosures.

In addition to his advisory assignments, Burak is also an independent board member at Bosch Fren, a Robert Bosch Group subsidiary listed in Istanbul, and Federal-Mogul Izmit, a Turkish American joint venture listed in Istanbul.

Graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Business Administration in 1998, Burak completed his MBA at Ball State University Miller College of Business in 2000. He received his PhD from Istanbul University in 2005 with his dissertation on board structure and functions at listed companies. He began his career as a research assistant at Istanbul University in 1998 and then worked as a teaching assistant at Istanbul Bilgi University, where he taught perspectives on management, organizational behavior and human resource management courses from 2001 and 2004.

Burak is a member of Corporate Governance Association of Turkey, Corporate Governance Working Group at Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association.

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David Bork
Founder Emeritas

David Bork is an original pioneer in the field of family business consulting and is among the world’s leaders in counseling family businesses. Since 1968, he has assisted over 400 families in charting their way through every imaginable family business issue.

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Donnel Nunes

Donnel Nunes, PhD
Associate, Aspen Family Business Group

Donnel is a behavior and social learning specialist who brings more than 15 years of experience to his work with families in business. His focus is facilitating engagements that present opportunities for clients to strengthen their ability to share and receive knowledge. With ongoing consideration for the client’s zone of proximal development, he designs and orchestrates interactions where learning goals are targeted and within reach of individuals and teams. Donnel helps families in business to build the capacity to lean into discomfort and conflict, accept the past, and renew the potential for the future.

As Donnel’s clients broaden their skills related to communication, emotional safety, and trust, he provides ongoing support to promote an enduring culture of learning and personal discovery between members. Using strategically aligned educational experiences that employ best practices from family business advising, social learning theory, mentoring, and performance psychology, clients will be provided with the foundation and tools to transform their family and business into communities of learning.

Some of the areas where Donnel can provide support:

  • Succession planning
  • Mentoring between family members
  • Mentoring between employees
  • Professional development of rising generations, key family members, managers, and teams
  • Family teamwork and communication
  • Family education
  • Meeting facilitation
  • Family governance
  • Organizational change
  • Organizational process mapping
  • Capturing and transferring organizational knowledge

In 2018, Donnel received his PhD in Educational Psychology, with a cognate in organizational behavior, from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. His research focused on mentoring between family members. He also holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Chaminade University and is a licensed mental health counselor in the State of Hawaii.

In addition to his work with the Aspen Family Business Group, Donnel maintains a Hawaii-based consulting practice, PVA Knowledge Group, and is the regional associate of Coaching and Mentoring International (CMI). CMI is a European based consultancy that specializes in mentoring program development, implementation, and training.

Since completing his PhD, Donnel has continued his research on familial mentoring with a focus on the knowledge transfer knowledge and the perpetuation of legacy across generations. He has authored chapters for two international handbooks, by SAGE (2017) and Routledge (2018), on the topic of familial mentoring (mentoring that takes place between family members). He regularly speaks at national and international conferences on topics related to behavior, education, and mentoring.

Donnel has lived in Hawaii since 1997, and currently resides on the island of Oahu with his wife and young son. He is an active member of the watersport community and enjoys finding ways to integrate performance and sport psychology into his work with clients.

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