Mustafa Erdem Sakınç is a PhD candidate at University of Montesquieu Bordeaux IV. The preliminary title of his thesis is ‘The Finance of Innovation in The Aeronautics Industry in Europe’. Besides his thesis work, currently, he is a research assistant of the project called Finance, Innovation & Growth (FP7 theme: SSH-2007-1.2.3). The project which is funded by Seventh Framework Programme of European Commission and conducted by a research consortium of seven European institutions including University of Montesquieu Bordeaux IV, aims to understand the relationship between innovation dynamics, changing financial markets and economic performance of European industry. Sakınç’s specific research area within the project is the course of innovation in biopharmaceutical firms with respect to existing organizational and finance schemes for the pharmaceutical industry.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics in 2004 and he worked for a leading insurance company in Istanbul, Turkey as a risk management specialist for three years. During this period he also had his first master’s degree from the department of Science and Technology Policy Studies in Middle East Technical University. Later, he worked as a research assistant in the Center for Industrial Competitiveness upon completion of his thesis on issues of agricultural cooperatives in Turkey in Regional Economic and Social Development Program at University of Massachusetts Lowell in June 2009.