Murat Ünal

Executive Officer at SONEAN, IE Alumnus ExLLM 2007 and IE Doctorate in Business Administration

Dr. Murat Ünal (M.B.A., LL.M, Executive Officer, Project Manager)
Murat graduated from the University of Adelaide/Australia with a Bachelors Degree in Commerce. He then worked for an international management consulting firm and joined the investment industry in 1998 as a management committee member (of a German Asset Manager).

As a member of Citibank Northern Europe’s Leadership team (responsible for Belgium & France) in Brussels, he was in charge of investment marketing & sales. Before Murat founded Funds@Work AG (end of 2001), which he now also represents as the responsible board member, he assumed a role as Senior Manager at Fidelity Investments.

Murat has a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management/USA in joint cooperation with WHU/Germany and its network programs at Tel Aviv University/Israel and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology/China SAR. Murat also holds a Master of Laws degree from the School of Law at Northwestern University (NLaw) in Chicago.

He has a Doctorate in Business Administration from the well known IE Business School (Instituto de Empresa) in Madrid and devoted his empirical dissertation to “Multiple Ties and Social Capital`s Impact on Board Membership” specialising in social network analysis and visualization, analysing social networks` effects on organisational outcomes.

He serves on the Dean`s Advisory Board of WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and is a Member of the International Network for Social Network Analysts. Murat is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Network Theory in Finance and serves as an Advisory Board Member of Itijah (Europe-Arab World), a very fine initiative run by the NGO Common Purpose and has been in charge of over 250 projects in Europe as well as in the Gulf Region in the last 13 years. Together with his Funds@Work team, Murat is entrusted to develop SONEAN, founded to provide its clients the unique and complementary social network perspective into decision making and move them beyond financial and non-financial data.

Murat spends a considerable time in global academic networks to develop unique research with fellow academics and regularly lectures and presents at leading universities and their business schools across the world.